The Indianapolis Colts will head into New York this week to face the Buffalo Bills in a Sunday afternoon showdown. While the Bills have had their own struggles as of late, their offense should not be taken lightly.
Buffalo currently ranks 30th in the NFL in passing offense and it’s easy to see why. Tyrod Taylor entered the season as the clear starting quarterback and the Bills rushed out to a 5-2 start before the waters became a little murky.
After two straight losses and allowing 47 points to the New Orleans Saints, the Bills benched Taylor and instead went with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. The decision proved to be a bad one as Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half of his first start before being benched in favor of Taylor. The Chargers won the game by a lopsided score of 54-24.
The big question on everyone’s mind in Week 14 is whether or not Taylor will be on the field against Indianapolis. In the first offensive play against the Patriots last week, Taylor suffered a patella tendon contusion that took him out of the game for good. Peterman didn’t exactly play inspired either, completing 6 of 15 passes for 60 yards and no touchdowns.
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The Bills’ passing game and rushing game are both led by the same shady, elusive runner in LeSean McCoy. The 29-year-old running back has amassed 851 yards and four touchdowns rushing and 304 yards with one touchdown receiving. Taylor, if healthy, also adds the threat of a mobile quarterback.
The lack of a true downfield passing attack is great news for Indianapolis as they struggle with an injury-depleted secondary. The threat for the Colts will come in the form of broken plays. If Buffalo can get McCoy involved in the passing game early and often, Indianapolis may be in for a long day.
The Colts have also had issues containing quarterback this year, as every quarterback they have faced has avoided finishing with negative rushing yards.
Overall Indianapolis will have their hands full with the Bills’ playmakers, but they have a good chance at coming home with a win in Week 14.