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The Buffalo Bills made a statement in their 27-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Buffalo Bills moved to 1-0 following a convincing 27-14 over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Buffalo Bills had a chance to make a statement against the Indianapolis Colts and they delivered. Buffalo's first two opponents in 2015, the Colts and New England Patriots, faced off in the AFC Championship Game last year, so the Bills were going to be tested early this season. After defeating the Colts in all three phases of the game, it's safe to say that Buffalo passed their first test.

Tyrod Taylor was calm and cool, just like he was in the preseason. The quarterback was efficient with the ball and simply scanned the field and took what was given to him. A lot of the time, it was short and intermediate passes, but Taylor delivered the ball with accuracy. While most of Taylor's passes were short, he also hit Charles Clay for 27 yards and Percy Harvin for a 51 yard touchdown. Early in the third quarter, the Bills had a commanding 24-0 to nothing lead. In addition to his passing, Taylor also gained 41 yards on nine carries, breaking off a 31 yard run late in the first half. Taylor made a statement. He's ready to be a starting QB in the NFL.

Buffalo's running blocking left a lot to be desired, but the team still gained 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 36 carries. The offensive line will have to be more consistent going forward. LeSean McCoy was hit in the backfield numerous times before he even had a chance to make a move. Despite his lack of success on the ground, McCoy added 46 yards receiving on Sunday. Rookie Karlos Williams had more success on the ground, rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown on six carries. His first NFL carry went 26 yards for a touchdown. It was a great debut for Williams. Anthony Dixon also added a one yard touchdown run. Despite some poor blocking, the run game made a statement. They're deep in talent and will pick up tough yards to keep the chains moving.

In the passing game, Percy Harvin stole the show with 79 yards receiving and a touchdown on five receptions. He's been a model citizen in the locker room since being signed and he made a statement on Sunday showing that he can still play. Charles Clay also made a statement in his debut by picking up 43 yards on four receptions. He had a big gain taken away after being called for a chop block that clearly wasn't a chop block. His statement? He can still contribute, regardless of the reports about his knee. Sammy Watkins was shut out in Week 1 but he was lined up across from Vontae Davis. Taylor simply took what was given to him and next week, Watkins will get involved against a weak Patriots secondary.

Defensively, the Bills made a pretty clear statement. They once again proved that they can shut down the best quarterbacks in the NFL. They did so last year against Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers and did so on Sunday against Andrew Luck. Yes, Luck threw two touchdown passes but he was also intercepted twice. He faced pressure throughout the game and it led to some very erratic passes. Ronald Darby recorded his first career interception and wasn't a liability on the field at all. Aaron Williams also recorded an interception and came close to a second interception. The secondary did this without two key players: Leodis McKelvin and Corey GrahamMario Butler stepped up on the field, as did Nickell RobeyStephon Gilmore was also pretty good on Sunday, although he let an interception fall right through his hands.

The defensive line pressured Luck throughout the game and played well against the run. What makes that impressive is that the Bills were without their best defensive player, Marcell Dareus. Next week, that defensive line should be significantly better with Mr. Big Stuff back in the lineup. 

And don't forget about Preston Brown. The linebacker played well on Sunday and his signature play was meeting Frank Gore in the hole and taking the hard hitting running back down to the ground. 

Last, don't forget about special teams. Dan Carpenter, extremely shaky in the preseason, was perfect on Sunday. Jordan Gay boomed quite a few of his kickoffs and showed why the team carries a kickoff specialist as well. Most of all, Colton Schmidt deserves recognition for his strong punting on Sunday. Late in the game, Buffalo was stopped a few times deep in their end of the field. Luckily, Schmidt bailed the Bills out with some booming punts. He finished the game averaging 50.4 yards with a long of 63 yards. He flipped the field for the Bills when they really needed it. In addition to the kickers, Chris Hogan made a great special teams tackle and Randell Johnson came up with a big fumble recovery that led to a Bills field goal. The special teams play was superb and their statement was simple. Last year was no fluke.

When the Bills play this well in all three phases of the game, they'll be tough to beat. Many statements were made on Sunday and the biggest statement made came from the entire team. They proved that they can play with the best in the league.


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