The Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts will finish off Week 1 of the NFL preseason this year at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.
The Colts are looking to keep building on a positive campaign from a year ago while the Bills are just looking to find a starting quarterback and start over in a positive manner.
Here is everything you need to know about the game.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium
When: August 11, 2013, 1:30 PM ET
Watch: WKBW 7 (ABC – Buffalo), WNDY 23 (MyTV – Indianapolis)
Live Stream: NFL Game Rewind
Bills Player to Watch: E.J. Manuel
It looks as if the surprise first quarterback off the board in this year’s draft is going to play most of, if not the entire contest against the Colts after veteran Kevin Kolb suffered an injury walking (we’re not kidding here).
Manuel is an intriguing player and has been on the receiving end of a heap of praise from the coaching staff this offseason. He’ll have plenty of time to keep impressing them or vice versa. if you watch anyone in this game, watch Manuel.
Colts Player to Watch: Bjoern Werner
As part of the Colts continued transition to a 3-4 defense the team brought on pass rusher Bjoern Werner in the draft. He is not listed as a starter yet and it is hard to tell just how the coaching staff plans on using him in the first place.
Watch to see how the Colts use Werner as he’s pretty versatile. Also watch to see how effective he can be in getting to the quarterback in his first taste of NFL action.
Matchup to Watch: Colts Secondary vs. Bills Offense
The Colts are fielding a new look defense in the secondary thanks to the additions of Greg Toler. Both are above average players on paper.
The good news is the secondary will not have a major test in front of it with a rookie quarterback getting the start. Stevie Johnson is a serious weapon, but we’ll have to see how well Manuel can get him the ball. How the Colts play against the pass could act as a bit of foreshadowing.
The deeper team here is the Colts. After Andrew Luck leaves the field, veteran Matt Hasselbeck will come in and continue to roll against a team fielding a rookie quarterback.
Outcomes of preseason games do not matter. The individual performances are what matters. Still, if we had to pick, the Colts come away with the victory.
Bills 7, Colts 21
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