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Buffalo Bills lose 37-5 to Indianapolis Colts

The game really wasn’t even that close

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Indianapolis Colts Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills were thoroughly embarrassed on Sunday, sleep-walking through an abysmal afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts. Buffalo lost 37-5, and truthfully, the game wasn’t even that close.

It all started off well enough, with Buffalo forcing the Colts to punt on their first two drives. After that, however, the Colts scored on their next four drives. Andrew Luck threw 3 touchdown passes in the first half, hitting Eric Swoope, Marlon Mack, and T.Y. Hilton for scores. Adam Vinatieri added a field goal in what was a 24-0 halftime lead for the Colts.

Buffalo had two turnovers in the first half. Charles Clay fumbled away a promising drive in the red zone, losing the ball when the game was still close at 6-0. Derek Anderson threw an interception in the red zone to close out Buffalo’s first half drives.

The second half wasn’t much better for the Bills, as Anderson added three more turnovers (a lost fumble and and two interceptions). Colts running back Marlon Mack had a huge day, rushing for 126 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that was essentially uncontested.

On the day, Anderson was 20-of-31 for 175 yards and 3 interceptions. Chris Ivory was effective, carrying the ball 16 times for 81 yards. He had much more work than expected as a result of LeSean McCoy’s head injury, sustained on his second play of the game. McCoy carried twice for one yard before his injury.

Andrew Luck was efficient and nearly flawless on the day. He completed 17-of-23 passes for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Colts only allowed a Stephen Hauschka field goal on the day, with a botched snap that went out of the end zone for a safety accounting for the only other points Buffalo scored.

The loss leaves the Bills and Colts tied in the conference at 2-5.