By Troy Robertson*
The Buffalo Bills (3-0) beat the Indianapolis Colts (0-3) 26-13 in what might have been their final contest in Buffalo for quite some time. Having played their first three games at home, the Bills moved their games to Orchard Park for this year, and will not return to play another game in the Blue and Gold until 2017, instead.
The Bills used the second half to fully utilize rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman and they look to continue this moving forward. Against the Colts, Peterman connected on his first two passes to Bills’ newcomers Mike Williams and Jordan Matthews. This set the ball rolling and Peterman orchestrated a productive stretch that saw him complete 21 of his 27 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns.
As a team, the Bills are unbeaten with 300+ passing yards through three games.
Head coach Sean McDermott has spent some time this week giving the impression that the Bills won’t be as lucky with allowing big plays as they have been the past two weeks. As good as the offensive line has been and as well as the offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has managed his play calling, he has warned that the pace will likely return to the way it was in the past season against some opponent.
There is no way to play in Orchard Park for weeks on end (next year or indefinitely) without a Chip Kelly-like head coach.
The Bills play their next two games on the road against Jacksonville and the Oakland Raiders. They return home for their final two games against the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Obviously, because Buffalo is currently getting away from their home games, it’s difficult to gauge how long they may last there as a season.
The Bills, looking to compete with the top teams in the NFL, are behind schedule (short of cracking the top five) in their pre-season expectations, as this year’s schedule has them playing four of their first seven games on the road. After seven weeks, it’s fairly clear that the Bills will be trying to salvage a season that, after three wins, probably won’t make many football experts “dream” of the NFL Playoffs.
*Troy Robertson is a nationally recognized contributor for NFL.com, FNTSY Sports Network, the Buffalo Bills Official Radio Network, and Bon Jovi Nation. Follow him on Twitter @troyrobertson
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