Thoughts on the Colts’ 20-13 win over the Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium:
What it means: The Colts bounced back from the bad loss at New England to beat a lesser conference foe. At 7-4, Indianapolis maintains solid wild-card footing. Without factoring in any tiebreakers, the Colts have a one-game lead on both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the fifth spot in the AFC’s field of six.
What I liked: Chuck Pagano, who’s fighting leukemia, looked pretty good as he acknowledged the crowd from owner Jim Irsay’s box. T.Y. Hilton’s first-quarter 75-yard punt return touchdown gave the Colts a lead they would never relinquish. He also scored the Colts other touchdown, on an 8-yard reception. Reggie Wayne continued to produce at an excellent rate, with eight catches for 102 yards.
What I didn’t like: Outside of Hilton’s punt return, the Colts got nothing in very big chunks. Andrew Luck found Wayne for 25-yard completions twice. But Buffalo got a 63-yard pass completion from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson and a 41-yard run from C.J. Spiller. Johnson also undid an interception by Tom Zbikowski, who stiff-armed Johnson during his return and still got stripped by the receiver, who recovered.
Solid scoring defense: The Bills first eight possessions produced just one drive of more than six plays, resulting in six punts and two field goals.
Too many take-downs: Luck was sacked four times, three by Mario Williams.
What’s next: The Colts travel to Detroit for a matchup with the Lions. Indianapolis is 2-1 against the NFC North so far.