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Turnovers, Time Management Help Bills Dominate Colts 20-7

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jared Lorenzen (13) is tackled by Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. The game is the Colts' first in the new Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Indianapolis Colts, as they welcomed their opponent the Buffalo Bills to their new home, Lucas Oil Stadium, played like a shell of what they typically are around this time of the preseason.  Turnovers doomed the Colts from the onset, not to mention that Buffalo held Indianapolis to only 9 first downs – the end result being a impressive 20-7 win for the Bills.

The Bills scored at opportune times, including a touchdown run by running back Xavier Omon and a 68-yard fumble recovery for a score by cornerback Terrence McGee – courtesy of a fumble by Colts RB Joseph Addai. Colts reserve quarterback Quinn Gray threw 4 interceptions, which contributed to the Bills holding onto the ball for 42 minutes to the Colts’ 18. So as you can tell, the Colts were dominated on both sides of the ball. Both teams lost players during the game – Buffalo losing offensive tackle Langston Walker to a badly bruised left forearm while the Colts lost center Jeff Saturday in the third quarter and kick returner T.J. Rushing in the first quarter – both to knee injuries.

Neither QB who played for the Colts stood out at all; Jared Lorenzen went 7-of-11 for 52 yards while Gray went 8-of-16 for 158 yards with a TD and four INT’s. Addai led the Colts rushing attack with 23 yards on 5 carries; Devin Aromashodu led all Colts receivers with a catch for 94 yards. QB J.P. Losman, replacing injured starter Trent Edwards, went 13-of-19 for 108 yards; Fred Jackson led all Bills rushers with 7 carries for 30 yards. Lee Evans led all Bills receivers with 44 yards on 5 receptions while Josh Reed added 34 yards on 3 receptions. Buffalo play their final preseason game on August 28 as they host the Detroit Lions while Indianapolis plays again – also on August 28 – as they host the Cincinnati Bengals.

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