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MONDAY BILLBOARD

Big Picture: - No one expected the Bills to shut down the Colts' vaunted passing attack, but this was ridiculous. Indianapolis humil iated the Buffalo defense Sunday, scoring touchdowns on six consec utive possessions in a 42-26 victory. The victory lifted the Colts to 2-0 atop the AFC East and dropped the Bills to 0-2 under Gregg Williams.

Bigger Picture: - The Colts joined the rest of the NFL's home teams in a moving pregame cere mony that affirmed America's re solve to carry on in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. Doz ens of area policemen and firefight ers were honored on the field and took part in singing the national anthem with the RCA Dome crowd.

Play of the Game: - With the game tied, 7-7, late in the first quarter, the Colts decided to make the Bills pay for crowding eight men near the line on first down. Peyton Manning handed off to Ed gerrin James, who pitched back to Manning, who threw to a wide- open Jerome Pathon for a 62-yard touchdown.

Player of the Game: - Manning, of course. Bills defensive co ordinator Jerry Gray said it was im portant to pressure Manning so he didn't find a rhythm. But the Bills didn't seem to disrupt the guy's rhythm. He completed 23 of 29 passes for 421 yards (the second most of his career) and four TDs.

Hit of the Day: - Indy's Clifton Crosby, a reserve defensive back, crushed Buffalo rookie Tony Driv er along the sideline in front of the Bills' bench after Driver returned a kickoff 23 yards to his own 39 in the second quarter.

Unsung Hero: - Jerome Pathon. The Colts' offense was frightening enough without a solid secondary receiver. Pathon caught nine passes for 168 yards. He has 17 receptions for 261 yards in two games -- a Pro Bowl pace, to be sure.

About Time: - Rob Johnson's desperation heave to Peerless Price late in the game was his first regu lar-season touchdown pass since the Tampa Bay game in Week 12 a year ago. Through the Tampa Bay game, Johnson had thrown 22 TDs and only six interceptions as a Bill. Since then, he has one TD pass and eight interceptions.

Timely Miss: - The Colts' Mike Vanderjagt had converted on 52 of his last 54 field-goal attempts be fore he missed a 45-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter. He's now 12 for 14 against Buffalo.

Quote of the Day: - Larry Cen ters on the task ahead: "A real pro has to keep his nose to the grind stone and continue to fight through adversity. I mean, that's life, that's not just football. When things are tough, you have to let your charac ter shine through."

Zebra Report: - Armed with a lucrative new contract, the regular NFL officials returned Sunday. They made sure everyone noticed, calling 27 penalties for 192 yards. The Bills tied a team record with 19 penalties, and they deserved most of them.

Attendance: - There were 56,135 loud, flag-waving fans in the RCA Dome, a sellout.

Coming Attractions: - The good news for the Bills is they don't have to hit the road again un til an Oct. 18 game at Jacksonville. They're home next week for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Steelers, then they're back at The Ralph on Oct. 7 for a 4:05 clash with the Jets.

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