|Avg. Depth of Target
- It was a rough afternoon for Case Keenum, as he registered a pending 45.5 passing grade on 21 dropbacks.
- Matt Barkley is set to earn a strong passing grade despite his interception, which was not a turnover-worthy play for him. Barkley’s three big-time throws will buoy that high mark.
- With Devin Singletary not in the lineup, veteran Duke Johnson Jr. and rookie Raheem Blackshear secured 12 of the 18 carries split between Buffalo’s four active running backs.
- Two of Blackshear’s six carries resulted in touchdowns. The undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech ended with just 11 yards but did force a missed tackle.
- Second-round selection James Cook hit an in-game wall, too, mustering just 1.7 yards per carry on a limited three attempts.
- Third-year pro Isaiah Hodgins converted his 11 targets into nine catches for 77 yards, four first downs and a pending 81.3 receiving grade.
- Rookie Khalil Shakir went 5-for-5 on his targets, resulting in five first downs, 92 receiving yards and a receiving grade likely to fall only just short of Hodgins'.
- While the Bills' offensive line did not allow a single hit, the unit did surrender a sack and 10 quarterback hurries. The Colts' other sack was charged to the quarterback.
- Sixth-year lineman Jordan Simmons was one of the few bright spots of the Bills' line. He registered a pending 86.8 pass-blocking grade on 26 pass-blocking snaps while staying clean in pass protection.
- Wake Forest standout Boogie Basham achieved a first-review 92.8 pass-rushing grade on just 10 pass-rushing snaps. The performance was headlined by his strip-sack of quarterback Nick Foles.
- Undrafted free agent Kingsley Jonathan registered a game-high four pressures and a 22.2% win rate on 27 pass-rushing snaps.
- Joe Giles-Harris tallied three run stops and a tackle for loss on 16 run-defense snaps.
- First-round selection Kaiir Elam was the Bills' most targeted defensive back throughout the afternoon, seeing four passes in his direction. The results were positive; he forced an incompletion and allowed two catches for just 20 yards.
- Matt Ryan averaged only a 4.1-yard target depth on his 10 attempts and finished with 58 passing yards on six completions.
- Former Texas standout Sam Ehlinger registered a team-best 74.7 passing grade, pending review, on 15 dropbacks. He completed all but one of his 11 pass attempts and averaged 8.0 yards per attempt alongside his two touchdown passes.
- Nyheim Hines and Phillip Lindsay each had an explosive run of 10-plus yards and accumulated a combined 27 rush yards before contact.
- Ty'Son Williams averaged a woeful 1.7 yards per carry on his five attempts. He also forced a missed tackle.
|Michael Pittman Jr.
- The flashes of potential were there for the Michael Pittman Jr./Alec Pierce duo in Indy’s passing game. Each registered an explosive play of 15-plus yards, and they combined to catch four of their combined six pass targets for 57 yards.
- Tight ends Kylen Granson (88.4 receiving grade) and Jelani Woods (75.0 receiving grade) caught all of their combined five targets for three first downs (one of which was a touchdown grab by Woods) and an explosive pass play.
- Internet meme sensation Will Fries is set to earn the highest pass-blocking grade from the Colts’ offensive line on 25 pass-blocking snaps. Fries didn't allow any pressure on the day.
- It was tough sledding for rookie left tackle Bernhard Raimann. The Central Michigan standout played a team-high 27 pass-blocking snaps but allowed a team-high four total pressures.
- Third-year edge rusher Kameron Cline beat his opponent a game-high three times without notching pressure in addition to tallying a hurry and one of the Colts’ two sacks for the game.
- DeForest Buckner played just five pass-rushing snaps but recorded a 60% pass-rushing win percentage to accompany his team-high 91.0 pass-rushing grade, pending review.
- Undrafted rookie James Skalski accumulated two tackles and a run stop to finish with a pending 73.7 run-defense grade.
- Rookie safety Nick Cross had two assisted tackles and a run stop to complete a rather solid 72.3 run-defense grade on first review.
- Targeted three times, undrafted rookie Sterling Weatherford intercepted a pass and allowed just two catches for nine yards to cement a 90.1 coverage grade on first review.