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Winners and losers from the Buffalo Bills’ win against the Indianapolis Colts

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A lot more winners than losers

Indianapolis Colts v Buffalo Bills Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills kept themselves afloat to fight for the final wild card spot in their win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It wasn't a pretty win by any means, but plenty of player turned in solid performances given the game conditions. There are a lot more winners than there are losers this week.

Winners

QB Nathan Peterman
Despite his injury, Peterman actually played pretty well for the limited amount of chances he had. In one of the worst snow storms during a game in Buffalo, Peterman somehow managed to complete 5 passes on 10 attempts, totaling 57 yards and a touchdown. It is also worth noting that he didn't turn the ball over, which would have been easy to do in the game’s blizzard conditions. Normally we would be ripping him apart for the numbers he put up, but under the circumstances, that is a big win for him.

RB LeSean McCoy
A week after not touching the ball nearly enough, McCoy put on a show. His 32 rushing attempts for 156 yards and the game winning score was enough for a career-high and a his most as a Bills player. Although it was easier to make people miss in the snow, he managed to keep his feet under him and still cut on a dime.

LB Matt Milano
Milano finally saw the increase in snaps that he deserves, and it helped the Bills’ defense. He was a big part of keeping the Colts in check in the run game. The Colts ran the ball 46 times and only gained 163 yards for an average of just 3.5 yards per rush. Racking up 11 tackles in the snow against a team who ran the ball 46 times is a good day at the office. Milano has finally earned the starting spot over Ramon Humber next week against the Dolphins.

DT Adolphus Washington
Washington has been a bit of a question mark the entire season. He hasn't been great, but he hasn't been terrible, either. On Sunday, he was good. He made it easier for the linebackers and safeties to run free and clean up the ball carrier. Washington added 5 tackles of his own. Out of all the defensive tackles, Washington played the most, logging 48 of Buffalo’s 71 defensive snaps.

Losers

RB Mike Tolbert
If you haven't noticed, Tolbert is not the best option as the backup running back on the Bills’ roster. Travaris Cadet has been far better since the team added him to the roster in early November. Tolbert had a 25-yard rush that ended in him coughing the ball up to the Colts. Other than that run, Tolbert had 5 carries for just 7 yards. While he offers special teams potential and crossover appeal as a fullback, it looks like it’s time for the Bills to finally put the Toldozer in the garage for good as a feature-back, allowing McCoy and Cadet to make plays using their speed and agility as both rushers and receivers.