Home NFL AFC Colts Game Previews: Week 7 vs Buffalo Bills

Colts Game Previews: Week 7 vs Buffalo Bills

423
0
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball for the game winning touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in overtime at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs with the ball for the game winning touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in overtime at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Rock bottom. The Colts have hit rock bottom with their embarrassing loss at the hands of the Jets. The bad news is that this Colts team clearly isn’t what many thought it was. On the bright side, things can only go up from here. Coming into the Circle City this week is the Bills, featured by their incapacitated offense and fairly stout defense. The Colts dropped an overtime game in Buffalo last season 13-7 but it is safe to assume that this game won’t take place in Antarctica. Facing the worst offense in the NFL without their starting quarterback, the Colts will have a chance to build some momentum.

Injury Report

Colts

Out

DT/DE Denico Autry (Hamstring)

TE Jack Doyle (Hip)

S Clayton Geathers (Concussion/Neck)

WR Ryan Grant (Ankle)

RB Robert Turbin (Shoulder)

Questionable

CB Arthur Maulet (Hip)

CB Chris Milton (Hamstring)

TE Erik Swoope (Knee)

Also Listed

OT Anthony Castonzo (Hamstring)

T/G Denzelle Good (Not Injury Related)

WR T.Y. Hilton (Chest/Hamstring)

S Malik Hooker (Hip Groin)

DT Margus Hunt (Knee)

LB Darius Leonard (Ankle)

DT Al Woods (Rest)

Buffalo Bills

Out

QB Josh Allen (Right Elbow)

RB Taiwan Jones (Neck)

Also listed

LB Lorenzo Alexander (Rest)

G Vladimir Ducasse (Knee)

DE Trent Murphy (Ankle)

DT Kyle Williams (Rest)

Key Matchups

T.Y. Hilton vs Tre’Davious White

In the past few weeks, the Colts have experienced a gaping, debilitating hole at the receiver position. The likes of Chester Rogers, Zach Pascal, and Ryan Grant have placed themselves in the dictionary next to the word “drop” and haven’t been close to reliable. Thankfully, this week marks the long-awaited return of T.Y. Hilton. His speed, hands, and big-play ability will be a warm sight for Andrew Luck.

On the other side of the ball lurk’s second-year cornerback Tre’Davious White, one of the best at his position in the NFL. Last season, he broke out as a rookie, recording four interceptions and 18 pass breakups. White has had a down season so far but still is talented. His matchup with Hilton will be one to watch on Sunday.

Darius Leonard vs LeSean McCoy

The Bills are a depleted offensive unit with talent akin to a team like Alabama. Still, they do feature a Pro-Bowl caliber running back in LeSean McCoy. His season has been disappointing so far, with Shady only accruing 243 yards on 61 carries this season. McCoy is still a tough cover and will need to be the primary focus of Indy’s defense.

Captaining the Colts’ defensive unit is rookie Darius Leonard. He’s been stellar thus far, stymying opposing running backs and covering well. It will be his job to command his troops to stop the run and finish up plays.

Spotlight Player: Derek Anderson

As it stood, the Bills were stuck in a major quarterback debacle. With their promising rookie Josh Allen out, the situation is about as horrible as it could be. Buffalo is steering clear of Nathan Peterman who might be the worst player in football. They turn to Derek Anderson, a longtime backup to Cam Newton in Carolina. He will need to pull some magic out of his hat if he wants to give his team any chance of victory.

Prediction

This game will be low scoring but the return of T.Y. Hilton will be enough to outscore the haggled Bills.

23-10 Colts

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: