Sept. 20, 1992 -- Ah, the early 1990s, when the Buffalo Bills used to blow out teams with regularity and individual performances verged on the spectacular.
The Bills and Henry Jones had such a day against the Indianapolis Colts on this day. Vic Carucci described the blowout for The News:
The Las Vegas oddsmakers weren't exaggerating after all.
In fact, they could have been even more emphatic in their projection of a lopsided Buffalo Bills victory over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night."It's like I said," Colts head coach and former Buffalo offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda said. "It's a lot better to prepare for the Bills than it is to prepare against the Bills."
After overcoming a sluggish offensive showing in the first two quarters, the Bills roared to a 38-0 triumph before a Rich Stadium crowd of 77,781 and a national cable television audience. It was the Bills' first shutout in 31 games, counting playoffs, and left them and the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only 3-0 teams in the AFC. Miami is 2-0.
The Bills, who had been installed as 191/2-point favorites, turned the game into a rout midway through the third quarter when Henry Jones intercepted a Jack Trudeau pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to take a 24-0 lead. They added insult to injury with a 1-yard TD pass from Jim Kelly to rookie offensive lineman John Fina, marking the second scoring toss of the season from the Bills' quarterback to one of his reserve blockers.
Jones closed the scoring late in the game after picking off another pass and returning it 82 yards for a touchdown.
The closest the Colts came to scoring was when place-kicker Dean Biasucci hit the crossbar on a 48-yard field-goal attempt with 5:16 left in the first quarter. The last six times the teams have played, the Bills have outscored Indianapolis, 202-37.
Besides getting into the scoring act, Buffalo's defense, led by Bruce Smith's 11 tackles (including 21/2 sacks), redeemed itself after a dreadful showing in last week's 34-31 victory over San Francisco. The Colts (1-2) were held to 140 total yards, an average of 2.5 per play, while the Bills generated 380 yards, 5.6 per play.
--- Budd Bailey