The Bills beat a team that was 11-5 last season without making use of their top receiver Sammy Watkins. Buffalo’s No. 1 wideout wasn’t targeted until the third quarter as the Colts made a concerted effort to roll coverage to Watkins’ side of the field and have their top corner follow him everywhere the entire game. It was the first game of Watkins’ career that he did not post a reception, but head coach Rex Ryan is anything but concerned.
“I think sometimes it is going to be like that,” said Ryan. “Whatever the plan is…and you know quite honestly we were trying to play keep away a little bit from Indianapolis and you know had some more underneath throws and things like that. I will say this he was open a couple times, but it’s just like gosh the protection broke down once or we would have had a 60 or 70 yard touchdown.
“A guy whiffs on protection and we can’t make the throw down the field. Is it rare that Sammy [Watkins] is going to go without a catch? Yeah, that will probably happen once this season. Our thing is our focus is trying to win the game, whatever the means, however we can do that, to give ourselves the best chance that is what we are going to do.”
Watkins had no problem that his personal stats weren’t all that impressive. He was more satisfied with the victory.
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