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Second-quarter analysis: Karlos Williams' first career carry is one to remember

Rookie running back Karlos Williams made his presence felt for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday on his first career carry.

Williams slipped through a hole where there seemingly wasn't one for a 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium, helping the Bills take a 17-0 lead over the Indianapolis Colts at halftime.

After taking the handoff from Tyrod Taylor, Williams went to his right but was stood up behind the Bills' offensive line. He shot left and took it to the house for the score with just 20 seconds left in the first half. Williams, who missed a good portion of training camp after having an undisclosed surgery, is a big reason why the team felt comfortable moving on from veteran running back Fred Jackson. His touchdown run showed why.

X-factor: Bills receiver Percy Harvin has felt like a big key to the Bills' offense since he signed as a free agent this offseason. He showed why with a dynamite first half against the Colts with four catches on four targets, for 76 yards and a touchdown. Harvin was used in motion often to keep the Indianapolis defense on its toes.

Pitching a shutout: So far, the Bills' defense is off to a good start in its stated goal of finishing No. 1 in the NFL. The Colts went scoreless in the first half, with a big reason why being the job the Bills' defense has done against running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson. Gore carried six times for 26 yards in the first half, while Johnson had just one catch for 9 yards.

 

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