The Colts 37-5 trouncing of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday certainly felt a lot different than recent Colts games in the past. A difference that the Colts certainly wouldn’t mind to see more of moving forward.
If you felt that something was unusual this past Sunday, you were correct. The Colts blew out the Bills in a game that was basically over by halftime, a game that featured arguably the best outings for the offense and the defense so far this season. Blowing a team out, something the Colts haven’t been able to do in a long, long time. As a matter of fact, the last time the Colts beat a team by more than 12 points was week 15 of the 2016 season, when they took down the Vikings by 28 points. The Colts would finish 8-8 that year.
What changed for Indianapolis versus Buffalo? One could argue that the Bills were just phenomenally undermanned, playing a Quarterback who had only arrived there two weeks prior, and losing their best player in the first series of the game. Others might say that Indianapolis needed to get back in Lucas Oil Stadium. But, the answer can be found in one simple word… turnovers.
The Colts had 13 turnovers in their first 6 games of the season, and they were the reason that the Colts struggled to pull out some of these close games that they have had. Turnovers were not an issue against the Bills, as the Colts only had one, and it came when the game was already basically out of reach. On the other side of the ball, forcing turnovers is what has kept Indianapolis in games this season. They had forced at least one in every game so far this year, and that streak continued when they forced a season high 5 turnovers against a brutal Buffalo offense.
When the Offense and Defense are clicking at the same time, this Colts team is very dangerous. This week they will face another struggling team in the Oakland Raiders, a team that has seemingly given up on this season with their recent trade of Amari Cooper. Throw in that Marshawn Lynch will not be playing, and this game looks to be another great opportunity for the Colts to get a big win before they head into their bye week.
The Colts are going to turn the ball over, every team turns the ball over, that is just how the game works. But if they can limit these turnovers, starting this week in Oakland, the Colts will continue to be a team to watch out for, especially in a division that is struggling.
The Colts blew out an opposing football team on Sunday, something we have been waiting to say for a very long time. Winning is what everybody wants to do, and being able to blow them out is even better. It makes you wonder when that next blowout win will come. Well… if the Colts continue to win the turnover battle like they did against Buffalo, we will be seeing a lot more wins like this sooner, rather than later.