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BDC 11/26: Bills at Colts Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on November 26, 2012 – 10:57 am

–The Buffalo Bills were defeated by a score of 20-13 in Indianapolis by the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium despite standout efforts from DE Mario Williams, WR Stevie Johnson and RB C.J. Spiller. Williams, who came into the contest as the Bills’ sack leader, recorded a season-high 3 sacks to move his 2012 total to 8.5. Williams also added four quarterback hits, three solo tackles, two tackles for loss and one pass deflection to his stat line. After coming up short of the century mark for the team’s first 10 games, Johnson  became the first Bills receiver this season to surpass 100 yards by catching six passes for 106 yards—including a 63 yard grab in the second quarter. Spiller continued his historic average yards per carry pace by carrying the rock 14 times for 107 yards, an average of 7.6 YPC. Spiller moved his season average to 6.75, good for third all-time in the NFL. Spiller’s performance also marked the sixth consecutive game that he has surpassed at least 100 yards from scrimmage, which is the longest streak by a Bill since RB Thurman Thomas tallied nine straight games with more than 100 yards from scrimmage in 1992. TE Lee Smith caught his first career touchdown on a throw from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the fourth quarter. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing 17-of-33 passes for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception while adding 12 yards via the ground on three carries. Williams’ fellow defensive lineman DT Marcell Dareus chipped in with a strong effort, notching five solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit and a sack. Williams, Dareus and the rest of the defense combined to hold Colts RB Vick Ballard to just 41 yards on 13 carries. In the secondary, CB Stephon Gilmore had one of his strongest performances of the season recording six tackles, two pass deflections, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

The Howard Simon Show – WGR 550
Chan Gailey
Ryan Fitzpatrick

WGR 550 – Schopp and The Bulldog
Stevie Johnson – 4:00 PM


Head Coach Chan Gailey
Opening Statement:
“I thought the defense played well enough to win the ball game. We didn’t execute offensively well enough and gave up the punt return and that was the game. We had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of opportunities when we got them.”

On the passing game struggling against young cornerbacks:
“Well the pass rush had a lot to do with that. They were doing a good job with their pass rush and we ended up trying to throw the ball a little bit more on first down and second down but then you go back and (C.J. Spiller) running the ball extremely well so you want to throw it to stay away from those obvious passing situations where they’ve got the pass rush coming and you want to throw it and not hand the ball to (Spiller) so we were trying to strike a balance between those two thought processes.”

On if he got the balance that he wanted:
“I never make every call exactly the way that it should be made. I always make poor calls in the ballgame. There are things you’d like to have over, that you’d like to have different. That’s always the way it is.”

On the play calling at the end of the first half, which allowed the Colts to get the ball with time on the clock:
“Well we ran it the last time I think, a hand-off draw. We threw it the first two times. We were looking to get out of there and make something happen. We were trying to get down the field and threw it to Stevie (Johnson) deep on the sideline and he ran an option route and he fooled (Ryan Fitzpatrick) a little bit. He turned inside instead of out so we had that incompletion. We didn’t get what we wanted.”

On if the decision to punt in the second quarter was because Rian Lindell might miss:
“He might make it and he might not but we were playing pretty good defensively and I thought if we backed them up down there and held them, that was better for us, better percentage-wise and we would be able to go get a touchdown out of it because of field position.”

On what they feel Lindell’s range is indoors:
“50, 51, 52, somewhere right in there. You always make the decision about that about whether to go for the field goal or go for the punt and play field position and my tendency, for the most part, has been to play field position.”

On if he thought about going for it on fourth down in that situation:
“I think it was too far to be honest with you. I think we took a sack before that and it put us too far out. That’s why we didn’t go for it.” 

On if he’s beginning to wonder on when it’s going to turn around:
“You always wonder when you’re going to be able to get to the point where you’re a consistent contender and you’ve got to work for it. People don’t give it away. This is a tough, physical ballgame and we didn’t come out on top. We didn’t play well enough to win. You always say ‘When are we going to be able to do that’ because you have to get there and do that, get over the hump, before you can make the next step and so we’re still fighting to get there.”

On what T.Y. Hilton’s punt return for a touchdown did for momentum:
“Those things, big plays like that, normally turn games and it certainly turned momentum with that play.”

On how Indianapolis’ pass rush affected their screen plays:
“Well they were doing a good job of their inside guys grabbing our guys, our screening guys, so we actually went to more outside screens than inside screens and had a little bit of success, not as much in the fourth quarter.”

On if they were grabbing the receiving targets:
“Yeah they were grabbing the receivers and mirroring them and not letting them get out.”

On the use of two tight ends and if that was because of the pass rush:
“That’s part of it. We thought we could match up run game-wise. That would help us match up run game-wise a little bit better so that’s what we were trying to do was be able to match up our run game with theirs.”

On how frustrating it is to not get over the hump after three years:
“We’re doing some things better. We haven’t put it all together. We have one group do well and then two other groups, defense or special teams can’t do good when offense does good. We’re not putting it all together. We’ve shown signs of everybody playing well but we’ve got to put it all together and that’s the mark of a good football team and that’s my responsibility to get a team to play in all three phases where they need to play to win football games and that’s my responsibility.”

On if he’s starting to question himself:
“I always question myself. Am I doing the right thing to get us to where we need to be? If you don’t question yourself and you’re hard-headed, to me, you’re doomed for failure so you always are looking for what is the answer because it’s obvious we haven’t found it at this point. I don’t lose confidence, I do question though.”

On not being able to score a touchdown after Stevie Johnson’s big play:
“I don’t remember to be honest.”

On Pittsburgh losing and this being a lost opportunity to gain some ground in the playoff race:
“It’s hard. I told our players our goal now is to get to 7-7. That’s where the World Champions were last year, that’s our goal. We have to get to 7-7 and then see where everything sits because that’s where they were and they won it all so see if we can get to that.”

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On Buffalo’s red zone offense:
“In the red zone, we start focusing when you get down in there, the 15-yard line and tighter. That’s when teams start doing different things and we’re having trouble. I think both times we were near the 20, we stalled out. And then you saw the one play we got down there. We were able to do some things and get it in. We’re having problems right now. It is considered the red zone, but for a couple weeks now it’s been around the 20-yard line where we haven’t been able to get a lot done.”

On not capitalizing on the Colts missing their starting cornerback:
“I thought we’d come in here and play a lot better than we did and score a lot more points, throw the ball better, get the ball downfield. We missed a couple opportunities and had some other stuff we just weren’t able to either get in because of what they were doing or get downfield. Yeah, disappointment.”

On Buffalo’s run game:
“I think he (C.J. Spiller) ended up with over 100. The thing with C.J. is that if you give him the ball enough, he’s going to break some long ones. Every time he touched it, he’s not going to run for 40. I thought we were effective, but it was with three or four-yard runs rather than a 10 runs over 10 yards kind of deal.”

On Buffalo’s screen game:
“I had to throw one away. We threw one that we got a holding call on. I had a couple to Donald (Jones). So we had some stuff in that we did. I think they were very aware and conscious of it. I think when you play a team like this, their rush is tough. They’re getting at you faster and you’ve got to get the screen off real fast and sometimes that makes it difficult.”

On the missed deep throw to Donald Jones down the left sideline:
“I had to step up. (Robert) Mathis was coming off the edge and Andy (Levitre) came over and made a nice block on Mathis. I stepped up and stepping up I didn’t put as much air on it as maybe I would have wanted to. That’s one of those that we just have to be able to connect and make a play.”

On the lack of a deep passing game:
“We essentially had three good opportunities today. One they jumped offside and I threw to C.J. (Spiller). One to Donald (Jones) there, which I don’t really know what happened. And the one to Stevie (Johnson) that he caught. We felt like we would be able to get the ball downfield even more than that today and have more opportunities. They did a good job.”

On not scoring after Tom Zbikowski’s midfield fumble:
“It was disappointing. It was a heck of a play by Stevie (Johnson) to get the ball back. I thought scoring a touchdown on that next drive, having some momentum and then with the interception and Stevie getting the ball back, there was enthusiasm and excitement out there in the huddle. We just couldn’t get it done.”

On the playoff implications of today’s game:
“This is one we obviously really needed. I don’t really want to project or talk about the next however many games we have left. It’s all about getting back to work and trying to win next week. That’s all we can worry about.”

On Chan Gailey’s decision to punt inside the Colts’ 40-yard line:
“I’m not one to question Chan. He’s our head coach and he makes those decisions. That’s what he gets paid to do and I’m behind him 100 percent in what he does.”

On the speed of the Colts defense and pass rush:
“(Robert) Mathis and (Dwight) Freeney are well known, obviously, especially at home for creating some havoc. They did a really nice job. There were times where we tried to get chips on them and just varying the snap count a little bit, not letting those guys get off on us. I thought those guys are really good players over there and they did a good job today.”

On Buffalo’s clock management at the end of the first half:
“I think we had a timeout left. We thought we’d be able to get the ball moving a little bit, get some field position. We had the timeout and enough time to at least get down there and maybe get a field goal before the end of the half. We started out first throw incomplete, got a little pressure, second throw incomplete. Then at that point, we were obviously going to play it safe with a run and make them kill a timeout. That was one of those decisions where we thought we’d be able to put points on the board and didn’t.”

On the touchdown throw to Lee Smith:
“That’s a play that we’ve had in since I’ve been here and I don’t know if we’ve ran it down there. Corey (McIntyre) had gone down, was hurt, so Kyle (Williams) had to come into the game and play fullback in that personnel grouping. It’s just everybody running around in the end zone to different spots. Lee did a nice job and nobody covered him. The ref hit him, and he almost fell over with running into the ref, but nobody covered Lee on the backside and I was able to see him.”

RB C.J. Spiller
–Game-high 107 rushing yds. … 4th 100-yd. rushing game of career, 3rd of season (had 169 at N.Y.J. 9/9 and 123 vs. K.C. 9/16) … 12th player in Bills history with 4+ 100-yd. rushing performance, and is tied for 10th with Greg Bell and Jim Braxton (4 each)
–Increased season total to team-leading 830 … needs 170 to record first career 1,000-yd. season (old personal season high: 561 in 2011)
–41-yd. rush in 3rd qtr. helped lead to TD which reduced Colts lead to 20-13 … 3rd-longest rush of season; had career-long 56-yd. TD rush in opener at N.Y.J. and also had 49-yd. gain in that game
–Has averaged club-record 5.51 yds. per rushing attempt in career (304-1,674) (min. 200 att.) … 2nd highest average was posted by O.J. Simpson (4.80 – 2,123-10,183), with #3 position held by current Bill Fred Jackson (4.57 – 898-4,108)
–Averaging 6.75 yds. per attempt in 2012 (123-830), a new club single-season record … previous mark was held by O.J. Simpson in 1973 (6.03 – 332-2,003)
–6.75 avg. through 11 games is 3rd highest in NFL since 1960 among players with at least 110 att. through 11 games … others with 6.50 or better: Miami RB Mercury Morris in 1973 (6.79, 131-889), Cleveland RB Jim Brown in 1963 (6.78, 221-1,498), San Diego RB Keith Lincoln in 1963 (6.55, 116-760), and Pittsburgh RB Franco Harris in 1972 (6.50, 132-858)
–103 scrimmage yds. (107 rush, -4 rec.) … Along with 110 yds. at Ari. 10/14, 102 vs. Ten. 10/21, 102 at Hou. 11/4, 131 at N.E. 11/11, and 130 vs. Mia. last week, has 100+ scrimmage yds. in 6 straight games … streak is 2nd of career (other streak was 5-gamer between game 14, 2011 and game 2, 2012) and is longest streak by a Bill since Thurman Thomas had 9-game stretch between game 9, 1992 and game 1, 1993
–Now has 12 games in career with 100+ scrimmage yds.

DE Mario Williams
–Recorded 3 sacks yesterday … 17th career multi-sack game, 3rd of season (1.5 at Cle. 9/23 and 2.0 at Ari. 10/7)
–5th time with participation in 3+ sacks in game, first since 9/19/10 with Hou. at Was. (3.0) … other games participating in 3+ sacks: 2.5 at Ten. 12/2/07; 3.5 vs. Den. 12/13/07; 3.0 vs. Jax. 12/1/08
–Raised career sack total to 61.5 … leads Bills this season with 8.5 sacks … needs 1.5 for 3rd career 10+sack season (previous 2 with Hou.: 14 in 2007, 12 in 2008)
–All 3 takedowns occurred on 3rd down plays, forcing Colts to punt
–Along with sack last week vs. Mia., has 8th sack streak of career, first since games 4-5, 2011 with Hou. (his final games played in ‘11)
–Williams’ teams are 25-17 when participating in a sack, 12-5 with 2+, 3-2 with 3+
–Colts QB Andrew Luck is 3rd different Indianapolis QB to be sacked by Williams … 11.0 sacks vs. Colts are most of any NFL team (2nd: Miami – 5.5) … Luck also became 32nd different NFL QB sacked by Williams

WR Stevie Johnson
–Game-high 106 rec. yds. … 5th 100-yd. game of career, 1st of season (last: 116 at S.D., 12/11/11) … 15th Bill with 5+ 100-yd. rec. games in career
–Career-long 63-yd. rec. in 2nd qtr. helped set up FG which reduced Colts lead to 10-6 … previous long rec. covered 55 yds., 12/24/11 vs. Den. … longest pass by Bills since 68-yd. TD strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Donald Jones, 9/30/12 vs. N.E. … longest non-scoring pass by Bills since 65-yarder from Trent Edwards to Fred Jackson, 12/21/08 at Den.
–Forced fumble and also recovered loose ball in 4th qtr., after interception … Bills forced to punt on ensuing possession
–Today was 3rd straight game with 6+ rec. (also had 6 at N.E. 11/11 & 6 vs. Mia. 11/15) … last Bill with such a streak: Lee Evans in games 3-6, 2006 (8, 7, 9, 8)
–Raised season reception total to 53, 3rd consecutive season with 50+ … 6th Bills player (7th occasion) with streak of 3+ straight 50-rec. seasons, joining Bob Chandler (1975-77), Andre Reed (1986-94 and 1996-99), Eric Moulds (1998-2005), Peerless Price (2000-02), and Lee Evans (2006-08)
–Extended rec. streak to career-long 43 games, tying as the 4th longest rec. streak in club history with Andre Reed (between 11/2/86 at T.B. and 10/22/89 vs. N.Y.J.) and Thurman Thomas (between 11/29/92 at Ind. and 10/23/95 at N.E.) … 24 games from #3 Lee Evans’ 67-game streak (between 10/31/04 vs. Ari. and 11/9/08 at N.E.)
–223 career rec. remains 12th on Bills all-time reception list … 46 rec. behind #11 Frank Lewis (269)
–2,876 career rec. yds. now ranks 12th on Bills all-time chart … Today passed Glenn Bass (2,799) … 45 behind #11 Pete Metzelaars (2,921) and 699 from #10 Josh Reed (3,575)
–3 rec. today resulted in first downs … 102 of last 147 catches (69.4%) have resulted in first downs … 45 of 76 rec. in 2011 (59.2%) moved the chains, as have 37 of his 53 rec. (69.8%) so far in 2012
–Is one of 3 Bills (along with Donald Jones and Scott Chandler) with rec. in all 11 games this season

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
–63-yd. completion to Stevie Johnson in 2nd qtr. helped set up FG which reduced Colts lead to 10-6 … longest pass by Bills since 68-yd. TD strike from Fitzpatrick to Donald Jones, 9/30/12 vs. N.E. … longest non-scoring pass by Bills since 65-yarder from Trent Edwards to Fred Jackson, 12/21/08 at Den.
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time passing yardage list with 10,613 (see list, left) … 4,525 behind #3 Jack Kemp (15,138)
–With TD pass today (1 yd. to Lee Smith in 4th qtr.), raised season total to 18 … 10th time a Bills QB has 18+ TD passes through first 11 games of season … needs 2 TD for 3rd season of career with 20+ TD (23 in 2010, 24 in 2011)
–31st time in Bills history with TD on 1-yd. pass play, last: 9/30/07 vs. NYJ (Trent Edwards to Michael Gaines) … last 1-yd. TD pass by Bills in road game: 10/24/99 at Sea. (Doug Flutie-Jay Riemersma)
–Has thrown TD in 38 of 50 games played as Bill
–74 career TDs with Bills remains 4th on club all-time chart (see list, left) … 3 behind #3 Jack Kemp (77)
–59.89% career completion rate with Bills remains 4th on Bills’ all-time list, behind 60.93% by Trent Edwards (535-878), 60.48% by Rob Johnson (401-663), and 60.13% by Jim Kelly (2,874- 4,780)
–Remains 4th on Bills all-time completion list with 954 (see list, left) … 86 behind #3 Jack Kemp (1,040)
–1,593 career pass att. with Bills remains 4th on club all-time list … 647 behind #3 Jack Kemp (2,240)
–3-of-3 for 27 yds. on TD drive … 5-of-9 for 102 yds. on 2 FG drives
–79.8 passer rating in Bills career remains 5th on Bills’ all-time list (min. 250 att.), behind 85.5 by Rob Johnson, 84.4 by Jim Kelly, 81.9 by Frank Reich, and 81.7 by Doug Flutie
–22-40-1 record as NFL starter (18-30 with Bills)

P Shawn Powell
–41 punts in 2012 are 5th most by Bills rookie in season, behind John Kidd (88 in 1984), Brian Moorman (80 in 2001), Greg Cater (73 in 1980), and Daryle Lamonica (52 in 1963)
–45.05 avg. in 2012 ranks 4th for single season in club history (min. 40 punts)
–3 punts today gave Colts possession inside their own 20-yard line … has had at least one “in-the-20” in 6 of 8 games in NFL career … 16 of 41 punts (39.0%) have given opponent the ball inside the 20
–3 punts today covered 50+ yds. … has had 50+ punt in 7 of 8 games of NFL career

DT Marcell Dareus
–Sack in 3rd qtr. … now has 9.0 takedowns in career, 3.5 in 2012
–Bills are 3-6 when Dareus participates in sack

CB Stephon Gilmore
–Forced fumble on Donnie Avery pass rec. in 3rd qtr., but Colts retained possession … FF was 3rd of NFL career (others: vs. Cle. 9/23 and vs. Mia. last week)
–Forced fumble in cons. games for first time in career … first Bill with FF streak since Chris Kelsay in games
14-15, 2011 … first Bills DB with FF streak since Antoine Winfield in games 3-4, 2003
–First Bills rookie with FF streak since Phil Hansen in games 6-7, 1991


DE Mario Williams had 3.0 sacks against the Colts yesterday. That was the most in a game since for Williams since 9/19/10 v. Washington (w/ Houston).

RB C.J. Spiller has 100 or more scrimmage yards in six consecutive games.  It’s the longest streak by a Bill since Thurman Thomas’ nine-game streak from game Nine in 1992 to game One in 1993.

WR Stevie Johnson recorded his fifth career 100-yard receiving game and first since 12/11/11 at San Diego (116 yards).

Buffalo News-Poor passing attack grounds Bills in loss to Colts

Buffalo News-Gailey’s happy talk can’t mask ugly truths

Buffalo News-Gailey is down on Lindell’s distances

Buffalo News-Quarterly Report

Buffalo News-Report Card

Rochester D&C-Buffalo Bills beaten by Indianapolis Colts

Rochester D&C-Maiorana’s Musings

Rochester D&C-Sal’s Six Points: The Answers

Associated Press-Hilton’s big day leads Colts past Bills 20-13

Toronto Sun-Good Luck spells bad luck for Bills

Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Bills come up short in key game – Week 12 report card

Auburn Citizen-Buffalo Bills Week 12 Report Card: Bills hurt by lack of offense, bad coaching playmakers step forward catch up effort falls short in loss to Colts Gailey: ”We’re not putting it all together” FItzpatrick: ”This is one we really needed” Johnson: ”We need to let our QB call these plays” react after loss to Colts

Audio/Video/Photo Clip
Bills Focus: Defensive Line Getting it Done
Bills Roundup: Buffalo Comes Up Short in Indy
Mario Williams Postgame Press Conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick Postgame Press Conference
Stevie Johnson Postgame Press Conference
Chan Gailey Postgame Press Conference

WGR 550
Sideline Reactions: Colts 20 – Bills 13
Bills Make Me Want To Shout(obscenities)
Another Bills season without the playoffs
Holiday Season And Bills Are Cooked

Where the Bills Fell Short
Bills Playoff Hopes Dealt Major Hit
Bills Report Card – Week 12

Former Bills & fans tackle Alzheimer’s
Stevie Johnson delivers TV to fan
Bills lose to Colts
Bills alum Ernie Warlick passed away

Down and Out in Indy
Bills Fall to Colts

Bills kiss playoff chance goodbye
Bills lose at Indy, playoff hopes fade
GameDay: Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts highlights
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson wants Ryan Fitzpatrick calling plays
Bills postgame press conference

Game of Year For Bills

End zone remains elusive
Johnson calls for Fitzpatrick to handle calling plays
Bills Playoff Hopes Take a Hit With Loss to Colts

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Stevie on Fitz changing plays pre-snap, Jackson wishes he could’ve done more, Byrd mystified by no review, Don’t expect Gilmore on Wayne every snap, Colts inactives, Bills inactives, Warlick highlights, Points per game home vs. road

Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Video: Replay [BN]TheHuddle postgame show
Stevie Johnson lobbies for Chan Gailey to give up play-calling
Video: Gaughan, Sully on Bills’ loss at Indy
Mario Williams playing like the superstar Bills, fans wanted
Once again, Chan Gailey shows no faith in Rian Lindell from 50-plus
Points after: Colts 20, Bills 13

Around the League
Stevie Johnson: Chan Gailey should give up play-calling
Former Buffalo Bills TE Ernie ‘Hands’ Warlick dies at 80
Immediate Reactions: Indianapolis Colts 20, Buffalo Bills 13
Bills Playoff Hopes Dashed In Indy 20-13
Offense Struggles Again As Bills Lose To Colts

The Sports Network
Indianapolis 20, Buffalo 13

Sports XChange (CBS Sports)
Postgame analysis: Colts 20, Bills 13

Three-Point Stance (Rochester D&C)
Report card

ESPN AFC East Blog
Wrap-up: Colts 20, Bills 13

Pro Football Talk
Colts don’t need much flash to beat Bills

Buffalo Rumblings
Colts 20, Bills 13: Frustrating Bills Can’t Steal A Win

Pro Football Weekly
Colts hang on for 20-13 win over the Bills

AFC East Daily
Mario finally showing up, earning some of that $100M

Pro Football Focus
ReFo: Bills @ Colts, Week 12

NFL Rapid Reports
Bills WR Stevie Johnson: Ryan Fitzpatrick should call more plays
Postgame analysis: Colts 20, Bills 13

All Sports WNY
Bills Just Not Good Enough, Drop 20-13 to Colts
Former Bills TE Ernie Warlick Dies at 80

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