As Brian rightly points out on the front page, Turk Schonert is the most significant addition to Buffalo's offense.
For the first time in....................... well................. 4 years I actually have to guess what play Buffalo will run next. And Schonert is showing us that he understands defenses and where to attack them. Against Pittsburgh our 1st team exploited the 3-4 by using a lot of play action and aggressively attacking the open intermediate zones that are vulnerable in the 3-4. Against Indy, we spread them out and took advantage of quick short passes to keep corners from sitting on routes. We did to Indy what we've been watching teams do to us since we installed the Cover 2: shred it with quick hits and seam routes. I also love the play calls of running out of the spread, it's a much better match-up for the OL when teams bring their pass rushers in and only use 1 LB (duh). Even in spite of the short routes and check downs (which JP couldn't do to save his life, it's like he can't throw the ball less than 300 mph) available to the QB, there are still sufficient routes down the field. I was discouraged by Buffalo's effort in running between the tackles, those plays seem to get clogged up too quickly. But off-tackle and pull plays work pretty well for us.
The defense looked pretty awesome as well, as they should have against the short-handed Colts. I think Spencer Johnson lost the "starting" tackle sweepstakes last night as he was pathetic in the run game and it showed... the Colts ran it pretty well with him rotating in there. I saw him on his bum a couple of times. His pass rush is phenomenal, though. I think one of my new favorite Bills is Kawika Mitchell. He's a straight-up beast... we really have one of the best LB corps in the league now. I liked what I saw from Ko Simpson... he's my biggest concern heading into the season. He's getting more comfortable and taking better angles to the ball. I know exactly how he feels because I had the exact same injury. Only it took me a full year to get 100% because obviously the Bills trainers and doctors weren't working with me.
As for JP, he played well but there are still 2 huge holes in his game: his pocket presence and his accuracy. There were a couple incompletions he threw because he rushed a throw when all he had to do was step up in the pocket. And his accuracy last night was inconsistent and never stellar. There are time where if he could just put the ball in the right spot it would equal large amounts of YAC for the receiver. JP's footwork and pocket awareness have always been the downfall to his accuracy. Other than that, he still showed he's an invaluable back-up and can keep the Bills competitive if Trent is injured.