BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a game worthy of past preseason openers — where starters see about as much of the field as the fans — the Indianapolis Colts beat the Buffalo Bills, 19-18, on a rainy night at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Rookie QB Cardale Jones entered the game in the third quarter, going 11-21 for 162 yards and a late touchdown to Jarrett Boykin to bring the Bills within one. Buffalo then tried for two and failed, ending the game.
After Buffalo led for three quarters, the Colts took their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Morris to Chester Rodgers, who broke a tackle attempt by Bills defensive back Sterling Moore and scampered into the end zone. That play made it 16-12, before a 38-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal late in the fourth quarter extended the lead.
Tyrod Taylor played one series, going 2-3 with 7 yards passing. Backup EJ Manuel played just more than two quarters, completing 10 of 18 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown to tight end Chris Gragg. Gragg also blocked a Colts punt in the first quarter that resulted in a safety and a 2-0 Bills lead.
LeSean McCoy had once carry for nine yards in his one series. The Bills played their starting defense for three series before pulling Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus and Ronald Darby. Stephon Gilmore did not play for Buffalo, with Corey White starting in his place.
Dan Carpenter added to the scoring with a 37-yard field goal before the end of the first half. He later missed a try off the post from 53 yards.
Perhaps the most important development came in the injury department. Linebacker IK Enemkpali left the game in the second quarter with a right knee injury that head coach Rex Ryan described as “major.” The Bills have already suffered major injuries at the linebacker position, including a season-ending injury to rookie Reggie Ragland. Losing Enemkpali for any extended period would be a blow to the depth once again.
The Bills host the New York Giants next Saturday at 4:00pm.