Buffalo Bills' Dorin Dickerson (82) makes a 17-yard touchdown reception while being tackled by Indianapolis Colts' Josh Gordy (27) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Bills Start Pre-Season With A Win
Indianapolis, IN (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills opened their pre-season schedule Sunday afternoon with a 44-20 win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills got a good look at what some of their young players are capable of and probably took away some positives especially when it came to the return game and the two-minute offense.
The return game had a pair of big gains thanks to rookie wide-out, Marquis Goodwin. Goodwin ripped off a 53-yard return following a Colts’ score. Later in the half, he then returned another kickoff 107 yards for a score.
All eyes were on rookie quarterback, E.J. Manuel who looked a little shaky at times but led the team to a touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half. Manuel capped a 10 play, 92 yard drive that culminated with a 17 yard scoring throw to Dorrin Dickerson. Manuel finished the day 16 of 21 for 107 yards and the touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed three times for 28 yards.
Running back C.J. Spiller saw limited time and appears to have picked up right where he left off last year. Spiller gained 36 yards on four carries but also had a fumble in the mix.
Bills opened the second half with another scoring drive. Jeff Tule completed 17 yard pass to rookie receiver, Da’Rick Rogers which capped a 10 play, 92 yard drive in just over 90 seconds. Tule had a down moment of sorts in the final frame when an apparent forward pass was ruled a fumble by the officials and it was returned by the Colt defense for a score which cut the Bills lead to ten. Stat-wise, Tule finished the half 19 of 23 for 212 yards, a pair of scores and like Manuel, no interceptions.
Buffalo will be home its next tune-up game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.