Report Card: Bills' Defense Fails Tests in Second Quarter in Loss to Colts

Bucky Gleason


Passing Game: Derek Anderson wasn't even in the NFL two weeks ago, so it wasn't as if expectations were high for the 35-year-old quarterback. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 175 yards and three interceptions. All five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) came in the passing game. Grade: D-

Running Game: LeSean McCoy was sidelined on the Bills' first drive, but he would not have made the difference in the game. Chris Ivory had 81 yards on 16 carries while Marcus Murphy had 53 yards on four carries. The Bills rushed for 135 yards as a team. Grade: C

Offensive Line: A maligned group early in the season, the unit has come together in recent weeks. Anderson was under pressure but was sacked only twice. The backs had room to run once the game was decided. Grade: B-

Wide Receivers: Kelvin Benjamin actually looked engaged for a change after being reunited with Anderson. He had four catches for 71 yards, his biggest output all season. Zay Jones' performance looked familiar: Three catches for 27 yards. Grade: C-


Passing Game: Andrew Luck threw for only 156 yards. He didn't need to throw often because the Colts were in control. He carved up the defense in the second quarter and finished with four TD passes. Grade: D

Running Game: One reason for Luck's low yardage total was Marlon Mack having a career day on the ground. He had 126 yards on 19 carries. The Colts averaged 5.9 yards per rush against the Bills' defense. Grade: F

Defensive Line: Kyle Williams & Co., were getting pushed around for much of the day. They were prime for a letdown after playing so well. Jerry Hughes was invisible. No sacks. Grade: F

Linebackers: Tremaine Edmunds looked lost for much of the afternoon. His head had to be spinning like Josh Allen's in the second quarter. He still led the Bills with seven tackles. Matt Milano also took a step back Sunday. Grade: C-

Special teams: Corey Bojorquez has quietly had a solid season, and he averaged 46.3 yards on four punts. Stephen Hauschka made his only field-goal attempt. Grade: B