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Halftime quick hits: Big plays the difference as Bills lead, 17-0

Just about everything has gone right for the Bills so far. Buffalo leads Indianapolis 17-0 at halftime.

All offseason, the team coveted speed, speed, speed at all positions. That speed's been the difference so far with several new players hitting on the big play...

Rex Ryan is getting the best of Andrew Luck. With well-timed blitzes and constant confusion, the Bills head coach is owning the MVP candidate so far. Luck is 11 of 23 for 124 yards with an interception and a 46.3 passer rating. He really could've had two or three other interceptions, too. Both Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby have held up in coverage. And when Darby left with an injury, Mario Butler stepped in with a big hit on third and 10. ... The Bills have been sticking some big hits, too. Preston Brown stood up 217-pound bruiser Frank Gore in the hole for no gain. Indy will need to regroup somehow and have some semblance of a running game in the second half.

Tyrod Taylor goes deep. The Bills mostly worked underneath Indianapolis' secondary in the first half, but Taylor took his shot deep with a 51-yard touchdown pass on a "go" route to Percy Harvin. The play probably brought back memories of Taylor's first deep ball on the varsity football team in Virginia. Harvin burnt Darius Butler badly and Taylor hit him. ... Later in the first half, Taylor dazzled with his running ability, juking one defensive back and then accelerating past another for 31 yards. He's giving Colts fits so far. And it looks like he might be able to make teams pay in one-on-one coverage, too.

Hello, Karlos Williams. Fans were probably OK with the release of Fred Jackson after seeing the rookie out of Florida State busted through the line for a 26-yard touchdown. Williams took a bow in the end zone and suddenly the Bills were ahead, 17-0. This is the speed/size combo that was so impressive in training camp before his medical procedure. And considering LeSean McCoy hasn't found much running room --- 7 carries, 7 yards --- maybe Greg Roman will look to use Williams a bit more in the second half. At 6-1, 230, he can move.

No targets for Sammy Watkins. The Bills are moving the ball on the offense without arguably their best player being a factor. Watkins has zero targets so far. Percy Harvin and Charles Clay have combined for eight receptions for 108 yards.

Down goes Corey Graham. Well, one thing hasn't gone right for Buffalo. Graham was lost the first play of the game with a possible concussion. Bacarri Rambo came in, suffered an injury but soon returned. The loss hasn't hurt Buffalo's secondary so far, but Graham brought a high football IQ to the secondary.

 

 

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