Colts Week 14 Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills Defense
The Indianapolis Colts have not been playing at the level anyone expected this season on the offensive side of the ball. This week they head to the northeast to face the Buffalo Bills on the road. While the Colts have not been great on offense through recent weeks, this Week 14 matchup could help the team find a rhythm.
The Bills had one of the better starts to the NFL season this year when they burst out of the starting gates with a 5-2 record and an AFC East lead. Since that point, the defense has seemingly forgotten how to play football.
Buffalo’s defense has allowed 34 points to the New York Jets, 47 points to the New Orleans Saints and 54 points to the Los Angeles Chargers. The only thing keeping the defense off the front page of the newspapers is the quarterback dilemma in Buffalo.
The Bills’ defense is allowing 23.6 points per game and currently sits as the 27th best defense in the entire National Football League. Yards allowed is the most glaring statistic as opponents have averaged 361.6 yards against them.
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Buffalo is led in sacks by Lorenzo Alexander and former Indianapolis Colt Jerry Hughes who both have three on the season. In the secondary, safety Micah Hyde leads the Bills with five interceptions.
Frank Gore and Marlon Mack should play a big role in this matchup as the Buffalo defense has been shown to be susceptible to the run. Last week the Patriots piled on nearly 200 yards rushing. If Jacoby Brissett and the Colts’ receivers can provide even a minute threat in the passing game, it should open up lanes for the running backs.
The last meeting between the two team came on Sept. 13, 2015, in Buffalo. The Bills held Indianapolis to just 14 points and won the game by a score of 27-14. The Colts have also lost two of the last three against Buffalo.
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If the Colts can move the ball on the ground, they should be able to control this game on the offensive side of the ball.