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This was a wild watch. You saw parts of this or watched the highlights. Like a foot of snow fell and the players were playing a sandlot-like game back when I was a kid growing up in New York winters. You almost have to gallop like a horse to lift up out of the snow shackles when running through this stuff. You throw a pass like your pushing out a shotput…this frozen orb being heaved in the direction of a receiver with almost no hope of completion.
So, why bother reading anything into this performance? Even the Broncos turned on the tape this week to study Indy and just stopped after a few plays because it was so ridiculous. This was a survival of the fittest/luckiest game and the Bills survived…luckily.
The Colts are now losers of seven of their last 8 games. They always seem to put up a fight but always end up on the short end of the stick. Denver at Indy on TNF Week 15 may be the least interesting game in the history of TNF.
Buffalo’s miracle season continues. Now, 7-6 and holding the #6 spot in the wild-card/playoffs. They have a HUGE game with Miami this week. The winner of that game is a good shape for a wild card chance…the loser is on the ropes, and if Miami loses they’re all but done. Miami is the team to watch because they hold so many wild-card tiebreaking wins…if Buffalo beats them it pretty well vanquishes the Dolphins. If Buffalo loses they let a dangerous team into the wild-card chase. The Bills face the Patriots next week so this Week 15 is must win…must win for both Buffalo and Miami. I think the Bills are too banged up and Miami has too much momentum, which results in a Miami win and the Bills playoff hopes get put on life support.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Tyrod Taylor didn’t play this game but is expected to return Week 15. I think he’s got a pretty rough injury…one that allows him to play but not run as effectively or plant on his throws. When Tyrod isn’t running you can’t use him for fantasy.
-- IF Tyrod is back, in any capacity, I kinda like Charles Clay (2-11-0/5) this week. Why? Revenge…
It’s so stupid but so effective…players facing their old, long-time teams suddenly getting more inspired, or spiteful, or whatever. The player feels it. His teammates/QB wants to do them a solid.
Clay has faced his old Miami teams 4 times in his Buffalo career…he has averaged 9.5 FF PPG (13.5 PPR) on 4.0 receptions, 50.5 yards, and 0.75 TDs per game. He has scored a TD in three of the four games.
Tyrod works well with Clay…the player…not ‘clay’ like that scene in ‘Ghost’. Get that image out of your mind of Tyrod and Charles reenacting the Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore famous scene. Whatever happened to Demi Moore? As you can tell, I don’t have many notes generated from this game…
-- Frank Gore (36-130-0, 1-10-0/1) took 36 carries in this game for reasons I cannot understand…a heavy workload for a 34-year old RB…or a 24-year old RB. Wouldn’t it make sense, on 4 days rest this week to get Marlon Mack (7-23-0, 2-21-0/3) more involved? I think so…Mack could be a sleeper on TNF, even if more a clever Daily option.
-- Zay Jones is supposedly benched now, for reasons unknown…but that’s never good. He was the one WR starting to make things happen. Now it’s Deonte Thompson time, I guess.
It’s going to be a long few years stuck in Buffalo for Zay.
Kelvin Benjamin doesn’t do a thing for me.
-- Do you like the Bills DST versus Miami this week? I don’t want to get excited because they held Indy to 7 points here…it was a snowball fight in a blizzard. The five games before, the Bills allowed the following point totals to their opponents: 34-47-54-10-23. I don’t think they’re ‘fixed’ because they held Indy down in these conditions.
Snap Counts of Interest…
54 = Gore
17 = Mack
57 = Thompson
41 = Zay Jones
41 = Benjamin