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NFL : First Half Matchup
Sunday 12/10/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



INDIANAPOLIS (3 - 9) at BUFFALO (6 - 6)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/10/2017 1:00 PM
Board First Half
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-9-5.16-66-617.110.3296.0(5.1)1.227.510.9380.0(6.2)1.3
Road Games1-5-3.12-44-217.09.5291.8(5.1)1.732.713.2385.5(6.3)1.2
Last 3 Games0-3-31-20-314.38.7270.3(4.8)1.323.38.3339.3(5.8)1.0
Turf Games0-2-21-12-020.514.0284.0(4.7)1.535.010.0376.5(6.9)2.0
INDIANAPOLIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)17.110.316.630:0227-99(3.7)19-3159.9%197(6.3)58-296(5.1)(17.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.110.718.830:1627-106(4)21-3460.9%216(6.3)61-322(5.3)(15.2)
Offense Road Games17.09.516.227:5925-101(4)19-3259.4%191(6)57-292(5.1)(17.2)
Defense (All Games)27.510.920.730:5028-108(3.9)21-3461.9%272(8)62-380(6.2)(13.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.2210.819.530:2427-112(4.1)21-3460.1%226(6.6)62-338(5.5)(15.3)
Defense Road Games32.713.220.732:0128-112(4)21-3365.5%273(8.3)61-385(6.3)(11.8)
INDIANAPOLIS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-643.4%1-062.5%1-28(18.8)1-7(5.2)6-56
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-537.7%1-054.8%2-39(21.8)19-2(8.3)7-61
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-646.3%1-075.0%1-31(20.7)2-10(6.3)6-54

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-6+3.45-56-618.97.8296.4(5)1.223.611.2361.7(5.6)1.7
Home Games4-2+2.33-24-220.78.3318.5(5.3)0.723.29.7385.2(6)2.2
Last 3 Games1-2+11-21-214.37.7309.7(5)2.329.016.3366.7(5.7)0.7
Turf Games4-4-0.23-45-320.18.4304.9(5)
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.97.816.827:5129-122(4.2)19-3061.5%174(5.7)60-296(5)(15.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.710.819.630:5527-114(4.3)21-3462.3%228(6.7)61-343(5.6)(15.8)
Offense Home Games20.78.317.528:2531-143(4.6)18-2960.8%176(6)60-318(5.3)(15.4)
Defense (All Games)23.611.221.832:0928-121(4.3)23-3665.1%241(6.7)64-362(5.6)(15.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.611.719.830:2326-107(4.1)22-3464.7%241(7.1)60-348(5.8)(15.4)
Defense Home Games23.29.722.831:3427-127(4.8)25-3867.0%258(6.8)64-385(6)(16.6)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-539.9%1-050.0%2-42(21.8)3-12(4.5)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.4 13-540.4%1-045.6%2-43(21.6)16-2(7.5)7-60
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-541.1%1-157.1%2-35(19.2)2-14(6)6-59
Average power rating of opponents played: INDIANAPOLIS 19.3,  BUFFALO 21.2
INDIANAPOLIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/16/2017@ TENNESSEE22-36L6.5L46.5O20-8521-37-212134-16823-32-3051
10/29/2017@ CINCINNATI23-24L11W44O28-11525-39-216121-5817-29-2182
11/5/2017@ HOUSTON20-14W6W45U28-9220-30-279121-9419-44-1941
12/3/2017@ JACKSONVILLE10-30L10L41U26-14121-36-149227-9627-36-3300
12/10/2017@ BUFFALO            
12/23/2017@ BALTIMORE            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/22/2017TAMPA BAY30-27W-3T46.5O33-17320-33-261125-6932-44-3783
11/2/2017@ NY JETS21-34L-3L42.5O22-6329-40-244341-19414-20-1370
11/12/2017NEW ORLEANS10-47L2L48O15-6916-28-129148-29818-25-1841
11/19/2017@ LA CHARGERS24-54L7L42O22-17321-39-220635-14625-37-2830
11/26/2017@ KANSAS CITY16-10W9W47U37-10419-29-164019-5523-36-1811
12/3/2017NEW ENGLAND3-23L7.5L49U26-18315-34-85135-19121-30-2441
12/24/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
12/31/2017@ MIAMI            
INDIANAPOLIS: QB Andrew Luck has the tools to be an MVP, but still holds on to the ball too long and doesn't have a great supporting cast. WR T.Y. Hilton has become a more complete player and is a lethal deep threat, while WRs Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett have work to do. 34-year-old RB Frank Gore is almost running on empty, but Indy is devoid of better options in the backfield. The young offensive line needs to take a step forward this year. New general manager Chris Ballard went on a front-seven shopping spree in free agency, loading up on underachieving and underused talent (e.g. OLBs Jabaal Sheard, Barkevious Mingo and John Simon). Last year's 30th-ranked defense also added former Giants run-stuffer DT Johnathan Hankins. Indy drafted DBs in the first two rounds, playmaking S Malik Hooker and physical CB Quincy Wilson, who are tabbed for starting roles.
BUFFALO: The Bills were the second most run-heavy team in 2016, and that's unlikely to change under the new coaching staff. RB LeSean McCoy's 5.4 yards per rush was tops among runners with 150+ carries, and the Bills signed the NFL's best fullback in Patrick DiMarco. QB Tyrod Taylor's athleticism and arm strength are hindered by his lack of vision and anticipation. He's still stuck with a lackluster receiving group led by injury-plagued WR Sammy Watkins. The Bills will transition to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott. DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have the talent to improve last year's awful run defense (29th in the NFL), and 2016's first two draft picks, DE Shaq Lawson and LB Reggie Ragland, are finally fully healthy. Departed CB Stephon Gilmore will be hard to replace, but former Packers S Micah Hyde and first-round draft pick CB Tre'Davious White bolster the secondary.
Bills likely to ride McCoy in game vs. Colts

The Buffalo Bills travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts, who have already been eliminated from the playoff race.

The Bills, at 6-6, still have a glimmer of hope for an AFC wild-card slot. The Bills can ill-afford a slip up versus the Colts and could be handcuffed on the road without quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor was injured in the 23-3 loss to the New England Patriots last week. Although the injury was not severe to his knee, the mobile quarterback was hampered enough to be unable to finish the contest.

In most cases, Indianapolis' defensive-minded head coach, Chuck Pagano would work on two defensive game plans: one to stop Taylor and the other to focus on rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman. But since neither quarterback has played particularly well this season, Pagano and his troops will focus their attention on stopping Bills running back LeSean McCoy.

McCoy has rushed for 851 yards on the season, which ranks sixth in the NFL. He is tied with New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram with nine rushes over 20 yards.

Buffalo's run game averages 122 yards an outing and is ranked eighth in the NFL. Indianapolis will have to limit the explosive runs by McCoy and attack the football. McCoy has fumbled three times this season.

Turnovers have stagnated the offense all season. Whether they are fumbles or interceptions, the Bills' offense is struggling and will need to right the ship in Indianapolis.

"It's frustrating, yeah," McCoy said. "We had opportunities to capitalize on them earlier in the game. Not sure if that will make a difference between win or loss, but it will sure help it out. We were driving. Running, throwing, running, throwing. Then we had a turnover that hurt us."

This quote came after the loss versus the Patriots but could have been after almost any Bills' game in the 2017 season.

Whomever plays for the Bills at quarterback could be primed for a huge game if they can manage the game effectively and efficiently. The Colts are without their starting cornerbacks. Rashaan Melvin is out with a hand injury and Pierre Desir was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn muscle in his shoulder.

The Colts will have to depend on Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston and Kenny Moore, all of them rookies, as the team faces the Bills. The trio struggled mightily in the loss to Jacksonville in Week 13.

Buffalo's offensive coordinator Rick Dennison needs to find a way to get a semblance of a passing attack going against the injury-ravaged Colts secondary.

The Bills also have a defensive-minded head coach in Sean McDermott. The Bills defensive unit has been Jekyll and Hyde this season. If McDermott wants to make the playoffs in his initial season as a NFL head coach, he will need the defense to play the good role the rest of the schedule.

The Colts enter the game fighting simply for pride at 3-9 and quarterback Jacoby Brissett is looking to simply make it out of the season in one piece. The former Patriot has been hot and cold in terms of production but has taken a beating behind a below average offensive line.

"Jacoby is tough. It's possible all the hits he's taken this year have begun to take a toll," Pagano said. "(But) you keep going. You keep playing. That's what you do, because you love ball."

Getting pressure on Brissett will be the key for a Bills defense that ranks 27th in the NFL, allowing 361.6 yards per game. While this sounds like an easy task, Buffalo is tied with Sunday's opponent, the Colts, producing only 20 sacks on the season. The only team with fewer is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 17.

With the season lost for Indianapolis, the team will look to ride running back Frank Gore's legs in the last four games. Gore is 19th in the NFL in yards with 632. While the former San Francisco 49er is averaging a career-worst 3.6 yards a rush, Gore is currently fifth in NFL history in total rushing yards with 13,697 yards. Gore is 404 yards behind fourth place and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Curtis Martin.

Tight end Jack Doyle was asked about having Gore as a teammate.

"He's the ultimate competitor, the ultimate pro, he's the man," Doyle said. "He's Frank Gore."

Last Updated: 7/7/2020 12:50:42 PM EST

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