The Buffalo Bills' decision to rescue guard Richie Incognito off the NFL scrapheap is paying dividends so far.
Incognito got rave reviews from coach Rex Ryan for his performance in the Bills' 27-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
"I will say this: Richie Incognito, woo! He played outstanding," Ryan said.
The analytics website Pro Football Focus, which grades every play of every NFL game, agreed, giving Incognito a grade of 3.5, the second-highest overall grade for a left guard through Sunday's games. Incognito had a 2.4 grade as a run blocker, which PFF recognized as being "especially good."
Conversely, left guard Cordy Glenn's minus-2.6 run-blocking grade tied for 50th among 58 graded tackles.
"It wasn’t our best," Ryan said of the Bills' run blocking in general. "We had a couple guys take a step back. ... We have to be better, we have to be better, I know we can get better. Our techniques, just some things we have to tighten up a little bit and I think when we do we can be special running the football."
Here are some other noteworthy grades compiled by PFF:
• Quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished 16th among graded quarterbacks through Sunday's games, but had the seventh-best accuracy percentage, at 83.3 percent. Taylor was 2 of 4 on throws of at least 20 yards, for 78 yards and a touchdown. PFF charted him as being pressured 10 times, on which he went 5 of 8 with one drop. His accuracy rate of 75 percent while under pressure was eighth best in the league. Against the blitz, which the Colts sent 10 eight times, Taylor went 5 of 7 for 84 yards.
• Cornerback Stephon Gilmore had a grade of 3.2, the fifth best among cornerbacks. Gilmore's 3.2 coverage grade ranked second. He was targeted 14 times, according to PFF, allowing six catches for 94 yards and a 65.8 quarterback rating. Gilmore's four passes defensed were the most in the NFL entering Monday's games.
• Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant did well stepping into the staring lineup for Marcell Dareus. Bryant had a 1.4 overall grade, the highest among the Bills' front seven defenders. Bryant had one sack.
• The blitz was not overly productive for the Bills. Of the 27 times Buffalo blitzed Andrew Luck, according to PFF, he was pressured just 11 times. However, Luck's completion percentage and quarterback rating of 40 and 36.1, respectively, when he was blitzed was much lower than his overall 66.7 completion percentage and 92.2 quarterback rating.