Bills/Colts: Report Card
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)
BuffaloFootballReport.com
Posted Jan 5, 2010


High grades across board for Buffalo in 30-7 romp over Indy...

PASSING OFFENSE: B

Ryan Fitzpatrick tied his single-game career high with three touchdown passes, all in the first half, as he found Fred Jackson, Lee Evans and Terrell Owens in the end zone. He threw for only 155 yards, but he had his most efficient game with a rating of 120.8. It helped the Bills that the Colts rested some of their regulars, as the woeful offensive line didn't have to deal with pass rushing stars Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, so Fitzpatrick was never sacked. In what may have been his final game as a Bill, Owens led the way with four catches for 65 yards.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A-plus

Jackson rolled for 212 yards, the seventh-highest total in franchise history, and the Bills finished with a season-best 248 yards on the ground. The line was able to push the Colts' reserve linemen around on the snow-covered turf, and Jackson made a number of cutback runs that just couldn't be stopped because of the conditions. FB Corey McIntyre even contributed a career-long 25-yard run. However, Marshawn Lynch's season of discontent ended with a whimper, as he had one carry for 0 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: A

For the brief time Peyton Manning was in the game, he utilized a quick passing game that produced 95 yards in the first quarter, but once Manning went out and Curtis Painter entered, the Colts had no chance through the air. Painter threw for just 39 yards, and like Manning, he was picked off by rookie FS Cary Harris, who started in place of Donte Whitner, out due to illness. DT Kyle Williams had the only sack.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-plus

The league's worst run defense enjoyed its best day of the season, as the Colts managed a mere 25 yards. Of course, Joseph Addai didn't play, and once Manning sat down, the Bills loaded up the box to stop the run, and they succeeded. The Colts had minus-11 yards at halftime, as Mike Hart and Donald Brown were clueless trying to run on the snow-covered field. LB Paul Posluszny led the way with 11 tackles, and LB Jon Corto was next with seven.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-minus

Despite the snow, cold temperatures and wind, Rian Lindell made all three of his field-goal attempts, and Brian Moorman was solid with a 34.8-yard net average on five punts. PR Roscoe Parrish was once again bottled up, and Jackson had only one kickoff return for 14 yards. The coverage teams were average, as Indy's Sam Giguere had a 36-yard kickoff return and averaged 24.4 yards on five tries.

COACHING: A

If this turns out to be Perry Fewell's swan song, he went out on a good note. The plan was to pound the ball on the ground, knowing the weather was going to be miserable, and the Bills succeeded with a great running day from Jackson. On defense, Manning's absence made things much easier to diagnose because the Colts were primarily interested in running the clock with a short passing game and a ground attack. Neither worked, and they were held to 11 first downs and 157 total yards. As they have all year, the Bills played hard, and this time it was good enough to win.

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