What a difference a week makes. After an embarrassing performance against the Redskins in their first preseason game, the Buffalo Bills came out with high energy and a lot more decisiveness as the offense was finally able to put points up on the board and defeat the Indianapolis Colts 34-21 at the Rogers Centre.
In the end, a few big plays were definitely the difference, but one can’t ignore that the Bills offense was able to stay on the field for a little over 35 minutes of the game. QB Trent Edwards looked a lot more comfortable out on the field, as the offensive line gave him some much needed time to throw to his receivers. The biggest play coming on a bomb to a wide open Lee Evans for a 69-yard touchdown catch to put the Bills ahead 21-14. It was nice to see Edwards actually go through his reads and find an open wide receiver, rather then stick to his nickname of ‘Captain Check down’ and dump off passes to his running backs.
Speaking of running backs, rookie C.J. Spiller took full advantage on his first start, capping off his 10-rush, 54-yard performance with an ankle breaking 31-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Spiller definitely made his case for being selected 9th overall in this year’s draft. With Jackson and Lynch out for a few more weeks, time is on Spiller’s side to steal the starting role from both these veterans.
QB Brian Brohm came in after Edwards and played a decent game of football. He finished the day 14/21 for 125 yards, with most of his passes aimed at WR Chad Jackson. In my opinion, I’d like the Bills to play Brohm a little more as the preseason enters it’s 3rd week. We’ve all seen what QB Fitz can do on offense(which isn’t much), why not give Brohm a chance to land this number 2 spot.
On the defensive side of things, the Bills managed to control Peyton Manning for the most part, but there’s still a lot of learning to do on this side of the ball. For every strike the Bills had on Offensive, Manning was able to answer the call. Manning did throw one pick which was a tip pass that CB Terrence McGee was able to scoop up and run back 78 yards for the touchdown.
In the end, the Bills played well enough to give fans a little bit of hope as they prepare for their next game on August 28th at Ralph Wilson Stadium as T.O comes back to town with the Cincinnati Bengals