Quick Look: Colts and Bills in Week 14
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts are going to be prepping for two quarterbacks in Week 14.
Buffalo Bills starter Tyrod Taylor has a patella contusion and he is day-to-day after being carted off the field during the team’s loss to the Patriots this past Sunday.
If Taylor cannot go on Sunday, the Bills have young backup Nathan Peterman waiting.
Peterman was horrid in his one start earlier this season, throwing 5 interceptions in a November loss to the Chargers.
After that performance, the Bills went back to Taylor, who led them to a win in Kansas City two weeks ago.
It’s the lone victory the Bills (6-6) have had since the end of October.
Despite the recent slide, Buffalo is in a position for a possible Wild Card berth thanks to their 5-2 start to the season.
New head coach Sean McDermott came over from Carolina this past offseason, replacing Rex Ryan.
McDermott’s Bills have been near the bottom third in offensive and defensive rankings this year.
Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy is the main offensive weapon for Buffalo, with his 48 receptions leading the Bills.
Former Colts first-round pick Jerry Hughes is second on the team with 3.0 sacks.
If the Bills do make the playoffs this coming year, it will end a playoff drought dating back to the 1999 season.
2017 Record: 6-6, 2nd place in the AFC East.
Head Coach: Sean McDermott, head coach (1st season as an NFL head coach, 6-6 overall in regular season).
2017 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 26th (296.4); Rushing, 8th (122.0); Passing, 30th (174.4). Defense – Overall, 27th (361.1); Rushing, 25th (120.4); Passing, 24th (241.2).
2017 Leading Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor (206-of-326 comp., 2,090 yards, 63.2 pct., 12 TDs, 4 INTs, 88.6 rating).
2017 Leading Running Back: LeSean McCoy (207 carries, 851 yards, 4 TDs).
2017 Leading Receiver: LeSean McCoy (48 receptions, 304 yards, 1 TD).
2017 Leading Sacker: Shaq Lawson (4.0).
2017 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 6 (tied for 7th in the NFL).
2017 NFL Draft Results: Buffalo was active in this past draft, trading back from the 10th overall position down to No. 27, where they took LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White. The Bills then traded up in the second round to take East Carolina wideout Zay Jones, who has been their leading pass catcher at the receiver position this season. The Bills had just one other pick until Round Five. They selected Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins 63rd overall.
2016 Review: The Bills got off to a nice 4-2 start last season and were even 6-5 entering the final month of the season. But they lost 4 of their last 5 games and missed the playoffs for yet another season. The Rex Ryan era ended after just two seasons at the helm. It led to an interesting offseason in upstate New York as the team parted ways with both Ryan and GM Doug Whaley.
Last time in Playoffs: 1999 season. Lost to the Tennessee Titans, 22-16, in the AFC Wild Card Round of the Playoffs.
Last time in Super Bowl: 1993 season. Lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 30-13, in Super Bowl XXVIII.
Super Bowl Championships: None.
2016 Pro Bowl Selections: RB-LeSean McCoy, OG-Richie Incognito, OLB-Lorenzo Alexander, DT-Kyle Williams, ILB-Zach Brown, CB-Stephon Gilmore.