26 degrees, 6-10 inches of snow, 15-20mph winds
This game featured the 6-6 Buffalo Bills against the 3-10 Indianapolis Colts. The Bills were without their starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor due to a knee injury he sustained in the previous week. The game was played in historically heavy snow. In the first half, the ball would not even roll after making impact on a punt due to the layer of snow.
- The Colts did a better of job of establishing the run through most of the game. In such extreme weather we expected both coaches to rely heavily on the run. The Bills looked to set up passing plays on several early possessions while the Colts were noticeably looking to establish a ground game.
- The Bills were without their starting quarterback and also lost their backup quarterback in the 2nd half. Because of the weather quarterbacks were mostly just handing the ball off so this did not create too much of a setback for Buffalo.
- The Colts looked good in their power running game. They leaned heavily on Frank Gore who was productive through the day. Would have liked to have seen them get T.Y. Hilton more involved in the game, as he was limited to only two receptions for 20 yards.
- The blizzard like conditions made this game nearly impossible to game plan. Each coach was certainly running only a fraction of the plays in their playbook.
- Although the Bills won, the Colts appeared to be the stronger team through the end of the game. They orchestrated a 10-minute drive to tie the game, and then forced an important turnover that put them into field goal range. Were it not for the severe weather conditions the Colts likely would have won this game, and it would have been because of momentum and plays they created through the 4th quarter of the game.
- Buffalo had some communication issues trying to get lined up into a wildcat formation formation in the first half. They were forced to use a timeout here on a play that felt out of rhythm to begin with. They also mishandled a couple timeouts right before the 2 minute warning.
- Credit to Indianapolis for putting together a 10-minute drive in the 4th quarter.
What We Liked
- Colts made adjustments and gained momentum through the end of the game.
What We Didn’t Like
- Choppy sequence of timeouts from Sean McDermott.