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First quarter analysis: There's s(no)w score between Bills and Colts

New Era Field was a snowglobe Sunday. Whiteout conditions during the first quarter prevented both sight across the field and competent offense.

The Bills and Colts combined to gain 90 yards in a scoreless opening frame. The Bills drove into Colts' territory on their first drive but couldn't convert on fourth down. The Colts got into the red zone, but Adam Vinatieri's 32-yard field goal attempt didn't have a chance at going through.

Passing plays were especially difficult, with Nathan Peterman's first throw going directly through Kelvin Benjamin's hands and Charles Clay failing to hold onto Joe Webb's fourth-down pass. Peterman did have one completion to Benjamin for 9 yards, but the Colts didn't attempt a pass.

Handoffs, handoffs, and more handoffs: A high dose of running plays seemed to be in store Sunday. The Bills ran 10 times for 34 yards in the first quarter, including seven by LeSean McCoy for 26 yards, while the Colts gained 47 yards on 11 rushes.


McCoy watch: McCoy entered the game 195 yards shy of 10,000 for his career but was expected to get a healthy dose of carries due to the weather. His career-high in carries entering Sunday was 31.

Peterman starts: Tyrod Taylor was inactive for the game with a knee injury, leaving Peterman to start with Webb serving as the backup.

See it: Whiteout conditions at New Era Field before Bills-Colts ❄️

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