Bills win preseason opener against the Colts, 24-16

Rugby star Christian Wade takes his first NFL carry for a 65-yard touchdown

Derek Kramer
August 08, 2019 - 7:56 pm

Photo: Rich Barnes - USA TODAY Sports

In the first preseason game of the 2019 schedule, the Buffalo Bills captured a 24-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night at New Era Field. 

In the first quarter, Buffalo's starting defense forced a punt on the first series of the game. However, Buffalo could not get much going on their first drive either. Buffalo did let Josh Allen throw it on every play of the opening series, 2-for-5 for 17 yards in their opening drive. Following a Colts three-and-out, Allen led the Bills offense down the field with big plays to Zay Jones and John Brown, but Buffalo fizzled out in the red zone and Stephen Hauschka ended up missing a 34-yard field goal, keeping the game scoreless. Allen's day was over after that second drive, finishing 6-of-11 for 66 yards.

The Bills could not escape injury news in the first quarter, as receiver Zay Jones was evaluated by trainers and taken to the locker room after a hit to the head. However, Jones was able to return to the sideline after being looked at in the locker room. Jones led the Bills starters with 31 yards on two catches. 

In the second quarter, the Bills would strike first on the scoreboard, courtesy of backup quarterback Matt Barkley connecting with receiver Cam Phillips for an eight-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0. Buffalo's focus was on getting rookie running back Devin Singletary some touches after the starters were finished. Singletary was solid in the first half with his opportunities, gaining 27 yards on nine carries while adding three catches for 21 yards. 

The Colts defense wound up with the first turnover, after recovering a fumble on a high snap from Bills center Russell Bodine, but a fourth down stop from the Bills defense negated any potential damage from the turnover. However, Buffalo had a second fumble in the first half, as T.J. Yeldon coughed up the ball at the Colts' 19-yard line, with Buffalo poised to enter the red zone. 

Buffalo's defense was once again up to the task though, with an interception from Bills safety Dean Marlowe to set up the Bills at the Indianapolis 20-yard line. The drive ended with a one-yard touchdown dive from running back Senorice Perry to make it a 14-0 lead with the first half ending. However, the Colts marched down the field with a minute left to get a field goal to cut the Bills' lead to 14-3 to end the first half. 

UB Bulls product Tyree Jackson took over at quarterback to start the second half for the Bills offense, but the first NFL action for Jackson did not treat him well, going just 2-of-10 for 45 yards. Meanwhile, Chad Kelly, the nephew of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, took over in the third quarter at quarterback for the Colts. After the teams traded field goals, it was Kelly's legs that helped get the Colts to within four points, as his 33-yard touchdown run cut the Bills lead to 17-13. 

The very next offensive play saw Bills running back Christian Wade, a rugby star brought in by the Bills this offseason, take his first preseason carry to the house with an impressive 65-yard touchdown run to make it a 24-13 Bills lead. Buffalo's defense let up a field goal, as Indianapolis cut the lead to 24-16. That would be the final score, as the Bills ran out the clock in order to secure the win in the preseason opener to start the preseason with a 1-0 record. 


SCORING SUMMARY: 

First Quarter: 

  • 3:28 - 0-0 TIE - Bills missed field goal - Stephen Haushcka's 34 yard field goal is no good.
     

Second Quarter: 

  • 9:36 - 7-0 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Matt Barkley 8-yard touchdown pass to Cam Phillips (Stephen Hauschka's extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards, 5:04 
  • 4:58 - 7-0 BILLS - Colts fumble recovery - Russell Bodine's snap goes over Matt Barkley, recovered by Colts defensive lineman Carroll Phillips at the Buffalo 40-yard line 
  • 2:10 - 7-0 BILLS - Colts fumble recovery - T.J. Yeldon fumbled at the Indianapolis 19-yard line, recovered by Colts safety George Odum 
  • 1:32 - 7-0 BILLS - Bills interception - Bills safety Dean Marlowe steps in front of a pass from Philip Walker and returns it to the Colts' 20-yard line 
  • 1:01 - 14-0 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Senorice Perry 1-yard touchdown run (Stephen Hauschka's extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 20 yards, 0:31
  • 0:07 - 14-3 BILLS - Colts field goal - Cole Hedlund's 42-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 56 yards, 0:54


Third Quarter: 

  • 0:30 - 17-3 BILLS - Bills field goal - Chase McLaughlin's 38-yard field goal is good 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards, 3:34 


Fourth Quarter: 

  • 12:41 - 17-6 BILLS - Colts field goal - Cole Hedlund's 44-yard field goal is good 
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 49 yards, 2:49 
  • 9:51 - 17-13 BILLS - Colts touchdown - Chad Kelly 33-yard touchdown run (Cole Hedlund's extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards, 2:26 
  • 9:28 - 24-13 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Christian Wade 65-yard touchdown run (Chase McLaughlin's extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 1 play, 65 yards, 0:17
  • 2:43 - 24-16 BILLS - Colts field goal - Cole Hedlund's 25 yard field goal is good 
    • Drive info: 16 plays, 69 yards, 6:45 

 

THE LOTEMPIO COMPLETE STATS OF THE GAME:

Individual Stats: 
 

Passing: 

Buffalo Bills: 

Matt Barkley - 9 of 14, 126 yards, 1 TD 

Josh Allen - 6 of 11, 66 yards 

Tyree Jackson - 2 of 10, 45 yards 


Indianapolis Colts: 

Chad Kelly - 13 of 19, 121 yards 

Philip Walker - 8 of 18, 85 yards, 1 INT 

Jacoby Brissett - 2 of 5, 21 yards 

 

Rushing: 

Buffalo Bills: 

Christian Wade - 1 carry, 65 yards, 1 TD 

Marcus Murphy - 6 carries, 33 yards 

Devin Singletary - 9 carries, 27 yards 

Senorise Perry - 4 carries, 10 yards, 1 TD 

T.J. Yeldon - 2 carries, 8 yards, 1 fumble lost 

Frank Gore - 2 carries, 7 yards 

Tyree Jackson - 6 carries, 5 yards 

Matt Barkley - 1 carry, 0 yards 
 

Indianapolis Colts: 

Chad Kelly - 4 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD 

Aca'Cedric Ware - 8 carries, 25 yards 

Jonathan Williams - 8 carries, 24 yards 

Philip Walker - 1 carry, 2 yards 

Nyhiem Hines - 6 carries, 1 yard 

 

Receiving: 

Buffalo Bills: 

Isaiah McKenzie - 2 receptions, 62 yards 

Zay Jones - 2 receptions, 31 yards 

Devin Singletary - 3 receptions, 21 yards 

Keith Towbridge - 1 reception, 21 yards 

Ray-Ray McCloud III - 1 reception, 20 yards 

Senorise Perry - 1 reception, 15 yards 

Robert Foster - 1 reception, 14 yards 

Cole Beasley - 1 reception, 13 yards 

John Brown - 1 reception, 10 yards 

Cam Phillips - 1 reception, 8 yards, 1 TD 

Andre Roberts - 1 reception, 8 yards 

Frank Gore - 1 reception, 4 yards 


Indianapolis Colts: 

Daurice Fountain - 5 receptions, 63 yards 

Krishawn Hogan - 2 receptions, 36 yards 

Jonathan Williams - 5 receptions, 33 yards 

Marcus Johnson - 2 receptions, 27 yards 

Devin Funchess - 2 receptions, 21 yards 

Hale Hentges - 1 reception, 19 yards 

Deon Cain - 2 receptions, 15 yards 

Jordan Veasy - 1 reception, 8 yards 

Gabe Holmes - 1 reception, 6 yards 

Aca'Cedric Ware - 2 receptions, minus-1 yard 

 

Defense: 

Buffalo Bills: 

Tyrel Dodson - 5 tackles 

Tremaine Edmunds - 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Darryl Johnson Jr. - 3 tackles 1 sack 

Eddie Yarbrough - 2 tackles, 1 sack 

Dean Marlowe - 2 tackles, 1 interception 


Indianapolis Colts: 

E.J. Speed - 6 tackles 

Al-Quadin Muhammad - 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Carroll Phillips - 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery 

George Odum - 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery

 

Team Stats: 

Total Yards: 

BUF: 381 
IND: 314


Passing Yards: 

BUF: 218 
IND: 209


Rushing Yards: 

BUF: 163
IND: 105


First Downs: 

BUF: 21 
IND: 20


Penalties: 

BUF: 7 for 67 yards 
IND: 8 for 60 yards 


Time of Possession: 

BUF: 30:01 
IND: 29:59

 

What's next:

The Bills head down to Spartansburg, South Carolina for some joint practices with the Carolina Panthers before their next preseason game against the Panthers, Friday, August 16 at 7 p.m. You can hear all the action on WGR with John Murphy, Eric Wood and Sal Capaccio on the call.

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