Running back Jonathan Taylor‘s career day, headlined by five touchdowns, helped the Indianapolis Colts cement their biggest victory of the season — a vanquishing of the Buffalo Bills on the road, 41-15, to get back over .500.
In addition to Taylor's big day, the Indianapolis defense tagged along with four takeaways, including two interceptions of Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
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Carson Wentz registered one of his more anemic passing grades of the season (53.4, pending review), as he barely eclipsed 100 passing yards. On the bright side, he didn’t make a turnover-worthy play and held up against arguably the best defense in football.
Jonathan Taylor was a demon when it came to gaining yards after contact. Of his 184 yards on the ground, 136 were after contact. He tallied 14 first downs and totaled six explosive runs. Four of his scores came on the ground, and the other was a 23-yarder in the passing game.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The Colts' passing game struggled due to the weather conditions in Buffalo, but the unit still did a solid job of moving the chains. Tight end Jack Doyle had two of his three receptions go for first downs, while Michael Pittman Jr. had one of his two grabs move the sticks. Pittman and T.Y. Hilton each earned pedestrian receiving grades (69.9 and 59.9, respectively) on first review.
Guard Quenton Nelson was uncharacteristically poor for the second straight week, giving up four pressures on just 22 pass-blocking snaps. Still, the offensive line's work in the game, led by Braden Smith (pending 91.3 run-blocking grade), propelled the offense.
The Colts' defensive line racked up 16 pressures and constantly made Bills quarterback Josh Allen uncomfortable. Kwity Paye registered a sack, while DeForest Buckner tallied four pressures en route to a 75.0-plus pass-rushing grade on first review.
Zaire Franklin made an interception and allowed just one catch en route to what will likely be a 90.0-plus coverage grade after PFF's review process.
George Odum had one of his better days in coverage at the safety position, making a game-changing interception and surrendering no catches.
Josh Allen earned his second-worst passing grade of the season (48.0) on first review, stacking the stat sheet with plenty of negatives (five turnover-worthy plays, two interceptions) and few positives (just two big-time throws). He did have five dropped passes go against him, but it was another lowly performance against a favorable opponent.
The Bills' ground game never gained traction after the team fell behind early. Matt Breida was the lone bright spot on the ground, as he tallied two rushing first downs and an explosive play on just five carries.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Stefon Diggs made two touchdown grabs on just four total catches. Emmanuel Sanders wasn’t as efficient moving the chains and registered only 26 yards on three catches. Tight end Dawson Knox made two explosive grabs but also dropped a whopping three passes.
Buffalo's offensive line finished with an 83.5 pass-blocking grade, pending final review, and didn't allow a sack, but the Colts' pass rush still caused fits for quarterback Josh Allen.
Fifteen pressures, including a sack, headlined the Bills' pass-rushing effort, but they were annihilated as a team against the run. The group missed seven tackles in the ground game.
Matt Milano forced two incompletions and made a run stop, serving as the lone bright spot in the Bills' front seven in Week 11.
Tre'Davious White had a pedestrian day in coverage (49.5 coverage grade, pending review), as he allowed four catches on five targets for 39 yards and two first downs.