OPINION: Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Colts at Bills preseason

The Bills win their ninth preseason game in-a-row

Orchard Park, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Bills won their ninth preseason game in-a-row with a dramatic come-from-behind 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

That means for the ninth preseason game in-a-row, we get to start with the Arrows Up:

Photo credit Shawn Dowd - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle via USA TODAY Sports


Khalil Shakir

The rookie wide receiver was steady, but impressive in his debut. He led all pass-catchers in the game with 92 yards receiving on five catches, averaging a whopping 18.4 yards a grab.

He also fielded two punts for four yards.

Zack Moss

Moss had an impressive first drive, totaling 37 yards on just three carries, including a cut-back 27-yarder for a 12.3 yards per-run average. He also caught a pair of passes out of the backfield.

Overall, Moss looked fresh and healthy.

Tim Settle

Settle was terrific against the Colts' starting offensive line, constantly getting penetration and making plays right at the line of scrimmage. He finished with a pair of tackles.

Kaiir Elam

It wasn’t all perfect for the rookie cornerback. He was called for a pass interference, but he was also picked on quite a bit and was up to the task. This included a huge pass breakup on third down on his very first series as a professional.

Matt Araiza

On his very first NFL punt, Araiza absolutely bombed one that traveled 76 yards in the air and grossed 82 yards. It was actually a bit too long, though, and went into the end zone for a touchback. However, it was still impressive to see.

Also importantly, Araiza held for Tyler Bass’ only extra point and two field goals and didn’t have any issues.

Tyler Bass

Bass did what Bass does, connecting on all three of his kicks, including a 48-yard field goal and a game-winning 46-yarder as time expired.

Basham/Bernard sack and fumble touchdown

Third-round linebacker Terrel Bernard recorded the first touchdown of the preseason for the Bills, returning a fumble 69 yards after second-year defensive end Boogie Basham sacked and knocked the ball away from quarterback Nick Foles.

Bernard has had an impressive camp, doing exactly what he did on that play: Finding the ball and getting to it.

Isaiah Hodgins

The third-year receiver has had a very impressive training camp and came up big against the Colts with nine catches for 77 yards. This included a fantastic 27-yard grab, laying out and getting his elbow down inbounds, setting up a touchdown two plays later.

Raheem Blacksheer

The rookie undrafted running back had only 11 yards rushing, but several of his six carries came from the red zone, where he scored two touchdowns.

Blacksheer also had a terrific day catching the ball, grabbing four passes for 60 yards, added a punt return for 16 yards and a pair of kickoff returns for 34 yards.

That’s 71 yards from scrimmage and 121 all-purpose yards.

The comeback

The Bills were down 24-10 with just 10:30 left in the game. From there, they outgained the Colts, 177-3, forcing two three-and-outs, while scoring on all three offensive possessions, including two touchdowns and the game-winning field goal.

Photo credit Mark Konezny - USA TODAY Sports


Case Keenum

The Bills' backup quarterback was personally responsible for three turnovers, including two interceptions and a fumble. Although one interception actually hit Jamison Crowder‘s hands and was tipped into the air.

The other interception was a poorly thrown ball intended for Isaiah Hodgins on a fade pattern just after the Bills had an interception themselves to set up the play from the Colts’ 15-yard line.

Keenum finished the game 11-of-18 for 86 yards.

Jake Kumerow’s fumble

Kumerow made a big catch in the first quarter that went for 20 yards, but put the ball on the ground after he was hit. The Colts recovered, and returned it to their own 45-yard line.

Joe Giles-Harris

Although it was incorrectly called on Daniel Joseph, Harris committed the rare “defensive low block” penalty that wiped out a big sack credited to Prince Emili (Baylon Spector was also responsible) that took the Colts out of field goal range and should have, instead, forced a fourth down punt.

Jamison Crowder

Crowder had one target in the game, but it didn't end well.

The ball was a bit high and got into him fast, but he was still able to get his hands on it. However, he didn’t catch it, and the ball deflected up in the air and resulted in an interception for the Colts.


The Bills turned the ball over five times. That’s never a good thing, regardless of whether it’s preseason or any other game.


The Bills were called for 11 penalties, totaling 90 yards. That’s definitely something head coach Sean McDermott will address with his club.

Follow me on Twitter: @SalSports

Photo credit Outlet Liquor
We strive to be a platform where varying opinions may be voiced and heard. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the author(s) of this article and/or by those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not represent those of Audacy, Inc. We are not responsible for any damages or losses arising from this article and/or any comment(s).