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Watkins: 'I didn't contribute to the game and we still won'

The Buffalo Bills' offensive game plan was not to stretch the field vertically against Indianapolis. Rex Ryan said that the team wanted to play "keepaway" from Andrew Luck, so Tyrod Taylor didn't force the ball downfield to his No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins.

And when Watkins was open, Ryan added, the pass protection didn't hold up.

On Tuesday, Watkins spoke for the first time this week and repeated that he has no problem at all being a decoy if it means the Bills are winning.

"We played great and we won the game," Watkins said. "I had zero catches. And that's the great thing about it, I didn't contribute to the game and we still won. It might be the same way next week. You know never what the outcome will be. But most of all, I think we have enough athletes to where I don't have to touch the ball every play or even touch the ball every play or even touch the ball. We have Clay, we have Percy Harvin, Woods, Hogan, we have a lot of guys who can make plays. So it's easier on me."

Still, Watkins wasn't even targeted until the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter. On the play, Taylor was flushed right and threw incomplete 20-25 yards downfield into traffic to Watkins. Later in the quarter, the quarterback missed him. Watkins got a step on Vontae Davis off the line, went vertical to the end zone and Taylor overthrow him on a potential 27-yard touchdown.

Davis shadowed Watkins all game with safety help, so the ball went to Percy Harvin.

Watkins believes teams will see this on film and see such a plan can backfire.

"They see that you can take me out of the game but you're still going to leave a number of guys 1 on 1," Watkins said, "which that creates a different match-up. If you're going to double me all game, why not run the ball to the right side? Why not throw the ball to the right side the whole game? Pick on the guys who are matching up with Clay or Woods or Percy Harvin. That's the strength of our offense now.

"If you double me all game, we're going to win the game most definitely because we can pick on the other guys on the other side of the field."

This is a much different New England Patriots secondary than last season. Gone are Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. In are Malcolm Butler and Bradley Fletcher. While the Patriots did knock off Pittsburgh in the opener, Antonio Brown had nine receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Either way, Watkins knows this a game the Bills must have.

"It's a rivalry. It's a big game for us," Watkins said. "And it really sets off the year when you're playing those guys because you know that they're a top contender. ... We've got to win this game. It'd be a big win for this organization, for us to kick off to Miami. Our ultimate goal is to win almost every game."

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