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Big plays carry Bills to win over Colts -
"After a lackluster performance in the preseason opener, Buffalo’s first string offense bounced back in impressive fashion as they made use of some of their top playmakers to put up 14 points on the board early. The defense chipped in with four takeaways and a touchdown of their own en route to a 34-21 victory over Indianapolis."

Breakout time in Toronto - The Buffalo News
"Surprise, surprise: The Buffalo Bills gave Toronto fans a lot to cheer about in Thursday night's exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts." Mark Gaughan reviews the game.

C.J. Spiller sparks Buffalo Bills to win over Colts | Democrat and Chronicle
John Wawrow of the Associated Press gives the high and low points of the game.

Observations from Colts-Bills in Toronto - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills bounced back from a putrid performance in their preseason opener to beat the Indianapolis Colts 34-21 on Thursday night in the Rogers Centre. Some notes and observations from the game:"

Game Recaps
Bills Roundup: Big Plays Lead to Victory (3:04) -

CJ Spiller and Lee Evans scored big touchdowns, the defense forced four turnovers and scored once themselves, and the Bills defeated the Colts last night in Toronto.

Toronto fans at least see big plays - The Buffalo News
"For all their shortcomings, the Bills have playmakers, especially in the secondary. Terrence McGee picked off a deflected pass and returned it 78 yards for a score. They had three long TDs in the first quarter, or more big plays than they had in two dreary regular-season losses here in 2008-09."

Bills Show Hints Of Excitement - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Well after an abysmal showing against the Washington Redskins just last week, the Buffalo Bills got their act together in a 34-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. How about two touchdowns in five possessions? Not too shabby."

Bills Trump Colts 34-21 In Toronto - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Pat Malacaro's blow by blow of the Bills win. | Buffalo, NY | Buffalo Bills Beat Indianapolis Colts in NFL Preseason Game
"I thought we made a step this week. What I told our team is, you've got to keep making steps forward and I thought we made a step forward in this ball game. Hopefully you can do that all the time, but when you get four turnovers and you don't turn the ball over, and you get one of those returned for a touchdown, you win most of the time."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - NFL Games: Spiller leads Bills over Colts
The scalper outside the Rogers Centre has a wad of ducats in his hand and a forlorn look on his face. "Look at this!" he laments. "These tickets have a face value of $100. And I’m lucky if I get half of that."

Empty seats and one good quarter not enough -
"Even though the volume and enthusiasm of the crowd throughout the Bills’ 34-21 pre-season win was less than overwhelming, making home field advantage virtually non-existent, there was still the novelty and thrill of live four-down football. But overpriced and overhyped is never a good combination, especially with skeptical consumers in tough economic times."

Bills outlast Colts in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
"A light round of applause followed Spiller crossing the goal line, after which the Rogers Centre speakers began blaring Shout, the Bills’ adopted fight song that automatically sends fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium into song and dance. But instead of igniting a frenzy, there was silence, interrupted only by the noise of "Shout!" echoing around the Rogers Centre. When the Colts returned the score later in the first quarter, the applause that followed eclipsed that for the Bills’ score."

Spiller shines in Buffalo win - National Post
Eric Koreen recaps the game from a Canadian perspective.

The game recap from the Colts perspective.

Preseason Immediate Reactions: Bills 34, Colts 21 -
Nick Mendola gives his thoughts right after the game including: "Stat line I didn’t enjoy: Bills third down offense, 3-of-14 – That’s 4-for-23 this preseason. Yikes."

Studs, Duds & Flood of Notes: Bills Beat Indy : Buffalo Sports Daily
"The Buffalo Bills got their first win of the preseason with a 34-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night in Toronto. We could bore you with another game play-by-play recap, but instead here’s a collection of notes this reporter put together throughout the game."

Bills vs. Colts: Preseason Game 2 Impressions |
"It looked like a completely different Bills team out there this week, as the first-team offense finally showed signs of life against the Colts in a 34-21 win in Toronto."

Other Bills-Colts Links
C.J. Spiller Postgame Press Conference (3:49) -

The Bills rookie running back talks about his performance against the Colts.

Trent Edwards Postgame Press Conference (4:32) -
The Bills starting offensive line was together for the first time and QB1 talks about the protection.

Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference (6:15) -
The head coach talks about CJ Spiller and Brian Brohm's performances against Indianapolis.

Poz unhappy with debut – Inside The Bills
"I definitely found out that I have a long way to go," he said. "I wasn’t comfortable with the way I played or the way I felt so it was good to out there and get some experience again, but it also made me realize that I have a lot of work to do before the regular season starts."

Evans on his TD play – Inside The Bills
"It was just a play action play," he said. "They kind of bit up on Steve (Johnson) coming across and I was able to spring free and Trent (Edwards) just layed it out there, let me run up under it and it was a well-executed play."

Colts coach on Spiller – Inside The Bills
"Spiller is obviously a real fine back," Caldwell said. "He’s got quick feet, he’s got speed and had a little cut back run – made a couple guys miss on that play and certainly had the after burners to take it the distance."

Schouman injured – Inside The Bills
"Bills TE Derek Schouman left the game Thursday night with another knee injury. Head coach Chan Gailey was uncertain after the game how long he’d be sidelined."

Pt. of emphasis for offense – Inside The Bills
"After reviewing the game tape of the preseason opener, Gailey wants to see his offensive players get up to the line quicker so as to allow more time for QB Trent Edwards to survey the defense, make the necessary pre-snap checks, etc." They did a better job last night I think.

Spiller shows off his talent - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson spotlights CJ Spiller's performance from last night and the back's expectations for the season.

Offensive line does good things - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson provides quick hits on the game and updates of injuries.

C.J. Spiller gives Bills more than just a back - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills were supposed to draft a tackle or a quarterback with their ninth pick. They didn't. But they improved both positions with the player they did select: running back C.J. Spiller."

C.J. Spiller ignites Buffalo's offense with TD - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"On his second touch of the game -- the first was a 4-yard run for a first down on the preceding play -- he made a defender miss in the backfield and darted outside, up the left sideline. He eluded Colts safety Antoine Bethea near the goal line and trotted into the end zone to give the Bills a 7-0 lead and ended a Buffalo drought that dated back to 2008."

Bills Toronto Series
More fans needed In Toronto? | Democrat and Chronicle

Interviews of Canadiam fans, journalists, and the VP of the Rogers Centre on how the game went and whether it met expectations.

Schopp: Is Toronto Snubbing NFL? - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Would it be right to think that a tepid, sparse crowd is an indication that Toronto just doesn't want the NFL? Not to me. It would be like saying that not going to an overpriced, subpar restaurant with snooty service is proof that you don't like to eat."

JONAH BRONSTEIN: Toronto doesn’t love the Bills like you do " Sports " Niagara Gazette
"Folks up here like having the NFL in their lives; like being associated with the biggest pro sports league in the world; like the prospect of one day having a team to call their own and filling out the foursome that only the biggest cities in the states can claim. Buffalo is in love with the Bills. Still smitten after a quarter century of heartbreak. Like and love. There is no comparison."

Just who is getting fleeced on this deal? - National Post
"Clearly, it's been a debacle. It's not easy to screw the National Football League up, since it's the most powerful sports entity in North America and all. But here we are."

Other Bills Links
Video: Fantasy look at Pats WRs, Bills RBs - AFC East Blog - ESPN

"ESPN fantasy football expert Christopher Harris shares his thoughts on the upcoming season, including whether you should draft New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and how injured Buffalo Bills backs Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch impact rookie C.J. Spiller's value."

Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News
The Bills beat the Green Bay Packers 31-0 in a 1976 preseason game. They ended that year 2-12.