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Bills Beat Colts 20-7 to Ruin Stadium Debut

The Indianapolis Colts were looking forward to showing off their new pad, Lucas Oil Stadium, in their first pre-season game there this year, but the Bills spoiled the party. Traditionally the fans come to see the Colts offense take the field, but unfortunately for Colts fans without Peyton Manning the offense made a very brief appearance.

The Bills lead the time of possession battle 42:54 to just 17:06 for the Colts. The Bills offense controlled the ball all night, especially on their TD scoring drive in the 2nd Quarter. That drive, engineered by JP Losman, was 18 plays and approximately 10 minutes long. Losman got more work than usual, playing the whole 1st half due to a Trent Edwards injury, and he took advantage of it. If Trent Edwards stays healthy it’s quite possible that this was an audition for Losman going into free agency next year, and he didn’t disappoint. Losman was 13 for 19 and 108 yards with 0 TD’s and 0 Int’s.

He also lead the Bills on a drive for a field goal in the 1st quarter, while Terrence McGee gave the Bills a 17-0 lead at the half with a 68 yard fumble return for a TD. Thus far the Bills have shown a great ability to score with their defense and special teams, which bodes well for the regular season. The only negative was an injury to Langston Walker’s forearm. The word after the game was that the X-Rays were negative, but it seems likely he may still miss some time. Because Walker was starting at left tackle to replace Jason Peters the lengthy hold-out by Peters becomes more of an issue, and there appears to be no immediate resolution in sight.

In the 3rd Quarter Quinn Gray threw a 94 yard TD to Devin Aromashodu to bring some excitement to the crowd, but after 5 Colts turnovers the fans must have felt like they had a bad burger at their pre-game tailgate parties. 4 of the turnovers were Gray interceptions, which more than took the luster off his long TD pass. Other then the long pass the most exciting moment of the second half was a 4th quarter FG by Rian Lindell, so needless to say this wasn’t the most exciting game these fans have seen. But in this new stadium the Colts will see plenty of offensive firepower, so they need not worry.

Looking back at this game the player that has to be happiest is J.P. Losman, as he probably feels like he vindicated himself to a degree with this performance. If nothing else he may have improved his stock slightly when he hits free agency, as this can still be a QB starved league. In the meantime the Bills hope the guy they’ve put their trust in, Trent Edwards, is back to good health soon and that Langston Walker, or even better Jason Peters, will be protecting him to keep him that way.

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