The Bills’ decisive 27-14 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday was their most significant season-opening victory in 12 years, since the 31-0 rout of the Patriots in 2003.
There have been a few other good opening wins in that span. The Bills blew out a bad Seattle team in 2008 and blew out a pretty good Kansas City team on the road, 41-7, in 2011. Last year’s overtime win at Chicago was nice.
But this was against the AFC runner-up from last season, with an elite quarterback on the field. And the Bills outclassed Andrew Luck & Co.
The QB Formula: Tyrod Taylor did exactly what the Bills want this season: No turnovers, make a few key plays with the legs, hit a couple big passes. His 51-yard TD strike to Percy Harvin was perfect.
As advertised: The Bills’ defense was as good as its billing, despite injuries in the secondary.
Weaponry: The Colts tried hard to defend Sammy Watkins, having their best cornerback (Vontae Davis) follow him and giving some safety help. But that’s why the Bills added more skill players. Taylor has more places to go with the ball.
Not enough D: The Colts need more playmakers on defense. They’re lucky they’re in the AFC South.
Not smashing: It didn’t look like the right side of the Bills’ line (John Miller and Seantrel Henderson) had a great debut. The Bills’ run game was good but could have been better in that direction.