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Colts Arians sees imposing Bills attack

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 5:46 pm

Interim Colts head coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has begun to take a look at the Bills and with a solid offensive football mind of his own, he’s impressed with what he sees from Buffalo’s attack on film.

“They can sling it,” said Arians appearing on the Indianapolis based Pagano show with Bob Lamey. “(Ryan) Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger that just rears back and fires it. He doesn’t hold anything back. He’s a very bright guy. He’s a Harvard guy and he’s very mobile too. That’s another thing that he brings to the table. They’ve got skill players coming out of the kazoo. C.J. Spiller is one of the best young backs in the league. They’ve got weapons on offense.”

Fitzpatrick currently ranks 15th in the league in passer rating (87), while Andrew Luck ranks 28th (77.2).

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Colts have yet to lose back-to-back

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 12:23 pm

At 6-4 the Colts have flip-flopped wins and losses here and there this season, but they have yet to lose back-to-back games.

Through their first five games, Indianapolis traded wins and losses before going on a four-game win streak. With Sunday’s loss at New England, a Buffalo win Sunday would mark the first set of back-to-back losses for the Colts.

Colts safety Tom Zbikowski explains why it hasn’t happened to this point.

“Throughout the year, we’ve bounced back. Every loss we’ve had, we’ve bounced back from pretty well,” he said. “We are looking to do the same thing but just have a long-term picture in mind also that we got to get better and can’t perform like we did if we want to make it to the places we want to make it to.”

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Colts ‘D’ sees Pats and Bills offense as similar

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 11:59 am

The Colts believe facing the Patriots last week will serve as good preparation for Buffalo’s offense Sunday.

As Colts safety Tom Zbikowski sees it there are some similarities between the two AFC East attacks.

“We’ve got an offense coming here that’s going to be very similar to what we faced,” Zbikowski said. “It’s something that you have to take personal because you have to be ready Wednesday to have one of the best practices we’ve had here, and a good week of preparation. Get familiar with (the offense) because we’re going to see it again this upcoming week.”

Indianapolis surrendered 59 points to the Patriots in a road loss last week.

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Colts know Bills coming in hungry

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 10:51 am

Sitting two games back of the Colts in the AFC conference standings, the Bills are a team eager to close the gap. That’s not lost on Indianapolis heading into Sunday’s game.

“Buffalo is a tough team,” said Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. “They took New England to the wire and they won last week against the Dolphins. They are coming in here trying to win and we’ve got to fight.”

“I think everybody in this locker room knows the opportunity we have in front of us, but we’re not taking it lightly,” said Spiller of Sunday’s game at Indy. “Those guys they’re great over there. There’s a reason they have a great record. They’re playing great at their place so that’ll make it even tougher. We just have to have a great week of preparation leading up to the game and then go out on Sunday and win. That’s the biggest thing.”

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Bills now enjoy advantage of playing Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 9:17 am

After cramming in two division games in five days, the Bills now enjoy being ahead of the game. Monday the team got in an extra practice in preparation for Indianapolis. They also are coming off extra rest having Saturday and Sunday off.

“Everything from getting your body back right, to being able to sit on your coach and watch them go against a divisional opponent, an opponent we know well, a good matchup,” said Sheppard in reference to the Colts-Patriots game this past Sunday. “It gives us a good advantage.”

“It’s good for us,” said Kyle Williams. “The later you get those Thursday night games,  its tougher to get ready for  physically, it’s much more mental preparation.  Having a weekend off, and getting back to work, and giving us  a chance to get our legs back under us, will be good.”

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Fred to finish concussion protocol Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 4:24 pm

Fred Jackson did not practice Monday with his teammates, but was in attendance as a spectator. Head coach Chan Gailey said the main reason he was not participating was because the running back has not yet finished his concussion protocol.

“Fred has not completed everything,” Gailey said. “He’ll complete everything tomorrow, but everything is on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday. He said he’s feeling well.”

Provided Jackson comes through the end of the concussion protocol Tuesday with no problems, he’s expected to practice Wednesday. Jackson missed last Thursday night’s game against Miami.

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Gailey encouraged about Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 4:21 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay returned to practice on Monday after being almost two weeks with a neck injury, and though he only participated in individual drills, head coach Chan Gailey believes the veteran defensive end has a good shot to play Sunday in Indianapolis.

“Kelsay went through individual but didn’t do any team,” said Gailey after Monday’s practice. “It looked like it went well and we’ll find out what he can do Wednesday, but it looked promising.”

Gailey said if Kelsay comes through the week well and does dress to play Sunday that he’ll likely be eased back in and not given his typical snap count.

“We’ll have to wait and see how that works,” Gailey said. “Kelsay has been out a couple or three weeks now. I don’t know that we’ll throw him back in there full boat. We’ll have to talk about what the best way to handle all that will be.”

Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman have seen the most work at right defensive end in Kelsay and Mark Anderson’s absence.

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