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Indianapolis Colts 2010 Pre-Season: Indy Falls to Buffalo 34-21

Chan Gailey says that the Buffalo Bills’ win against the Indianapolis Colts was an important step for the team. The Bills rocked in a 34-21 rout over the Colts, who lose their second straight game after losing the San Francisco 49ers just previously, 37-17.

C.J. Spiller shows that he is the future of the Bills, playing great that day, rushing for 54 yards on ten carries with a touchdown. The main play was his 31-yard score. Spiller is a play-maker and showed that in the game. He shows real bright signs for this team’s future and especially their running backs’ core, which also includes Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Joique Bell led the Bills in rushing, however, with eleven carries for 80 yards and one touchdown.

Trent Edwards redeemed himself, completing five-of-eight passes for 93 yards along with a 70-yard touchdown that was connected tot Lee Evans. Brian Brohm also played well, going 14-of-21 for 125 yards with a 82.4 rating.

Usually, when you see the Colts’ quarterback play, it is always star Peyton Manning excelling while Curtis Painter is, well, very shabby. But this time, it was the other way around tonight. Painter connected on five passes out of six with 97 yards and a touchdown. This all goes down towards a 158.3 rating! Manning, however, struggled; going eight-of-15 for 91 yards with a touchdown and an interception. This all went down to a 66.3 rating. Obviously was a disappointment, but we won’t be seeing this a lot at all this year, hopefully.

“Curtis Painter certainly had a better evening,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he played well, threw the ball well.”

Painter was booed off the field against the Niners after throwing three interceptions and just literally playing just a terrible game. But he played great, finally. There was one key drive, however, when he led the Colts 81 yards down the field towards a touchdown on only two plays. It was all thanks to the help of Taj Smith. Painter connected on the first pass, which was 38-yards to Smith. Then on the next play, it was 43-yard-pass to Smith, which ended up as six points. Smith would finish the game with three catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Brody Eldridge finished in second place in receiving, catching two passes for 32 yards.

The Colts were not good in the rushing game, like last time against the Niners. Devin Moore rushed for 26 yards on six carries. Javarris James ran for 29 yards on eight carries. Although the yards-per-carry and all of that stuff looks pretty solid on paper, the performance when you look at it with your own eyes: it was pretty dull.

Indianapolis will face the Green Bay Packers next on August 20th.

Blurbs

Peyton Manning hopes the offensive line improves….Bob Sanders is expected to play against the Packers, as he hasn’t seen the field for a real long time….Indy fills in all their roster spots with the signing of rookie safety Terrell Skinner.

“Curtis Painter certainly had a better evening,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he played well, threw the ball well.”

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