Indianapolis Colts Game Recap: Week 14 at Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: The Indianapolis Colts huddle during the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: The Indianapolis Colts huddle during the first quarter of a game against the Buffalo Bills on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Today’s game was ugly from the start. The temperature was in the twenties all game long, over a foot of snow fell throughout the game, and players were slipping from start to finish. After many momentum shifts, the Bills won the week 14 contest by a score of 13-7 in overtime.

Frank Gore Was The Colts’ Offense

Without Frank Gore today, the Colts would have done absolutely nothing. The 5th-leading rusher in NFL history finished with a career high 36 carries for 130 yards. He also came up with one reception for 10 yards. The Colts gave the ball to Gore all day long as the pass game was nonexistent until late in the game.

Jacoby Brissett Is Still Holding Onto The Ball For Too Long

The Colts didn’t allow Brissett to attempt a pass until the middle of the second quarter because the weather was downright awful. But as conditions improved a little, the Colts started calling open up the passing game.

Brissett finished the game 11/22 for just 69 yards and 1 touchdown. He led a beautiful drive to tie the game, throwing his lone touchdown pass to Jack Doyle.

However, the Colts were set up with a beautiful opportunity following a fumble by Bills running back Mike Tolbert, and failed to score any points as Brissett failed to find open receivers and held onto the ball for too long like we have seen many times before.

He has all the intangibles to be a starting quarterback in this league, but he needs to get rid of the ball sooner if he wants to reach his potential.

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Kamar Aiken Cost The Colts The Game

Following the Colts’ touchdown drive, coach Pagano elected to go for two. This decision was probably due to both the weather and the way the Colts had shifted the momentum.

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Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski called a beautiful play similar to the touchdown pass to Doyle, and it worked again. After the Colts’ celebration a late penalty was called for an offensive pass interference against Kamar Aiken. The Colts ended up settling for an extra point and tied the game 7-7, instead of the 8-7 lead that likely would’ve won it for them.

All in all, it was an ugly game that could’ve gone either way. Unfortunately, the Bills came out on top.

The Colts had a couple chances to pick up their fourth win of the season, but Aiken’s costly penalty and a late missed field goal from Adam Vinatieri led to another loss. The Colts now sit at 3-10 and will face the Broncos this Thursday on a short week.

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