The ‘ground and pound’ style of Rex Ryan, which is to run the ball and play good defense, was more than enough Sunday as the Bills landed an opening day upset on the Indianapolis Colts 27-14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon each rushed for touchdowns as the Bills pair went off for 147 yards, helping keep the ball out of Andrew Luck and the Colts’ hands.
Buffalo rookie QB Tyrod Taylor did his part, going for 14 of 19 passing for 195 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin. He also ran for 41 yards on nine carries.
Harvin led Buffalo with 79 yards receiving. LeSean McCoy was inconsistent in his Bills debut after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. McCoy had 41 yards rushing on 17 carries, and three catches for 46 yards.
Luck and the Colts had no answers for the Bills physical D, as he finished 26 of 49 for 243 yards and two touchdowns along with two interceptions against the new look Bills.
Both the scores came in the second half after the Colts fell behind 24-0.
Newly acquired running back Frank Gore had eight carries for 31 yards, and two catches for 0 yards. Newly acquired veteran receiver Andre Johnson managed just four catches for 24 yards for Indianapolis.