INDIANAPOLIS, IND-It was an impressive performance in the preseason opener for the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo scored a preseason record 44 points in a44-20 win over the Colts.
Both rookie quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel had strong showings.Although only a preseason game it appears that this Bills coaching staff demands the Bills play a physical, aggressive style on both sides of the ball.
Manuel finished 16 of 21 with a quarterback rating of 102.6 and wasn't sacked though he was credited with a fumble after botching a handoff to C.J. Spiller, which led to an Indianapolis field goal.Manuel played his best on the final drive of the first halfwhen he was 9 of 10 for 68 yards as most of the Bills' starters continued to play against an Indy defense full of backups. The TD pass to Dorin Dickerson gave Buffalo its first lead.
Tuel a free agent from Washington State was 19 of 23 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. Tuel threw a six yard touchdown pass to Da'Rick Rogers and a five yarder to Brandon Kaufman.
The Bills also got an impressive performance from Marquise Goodman on special teams. The rookie wide receiver had two long kickoff returns for the Bills, including a 107-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Indy's Andrew Luck played only two series and didn't produce a scoring drive.Backup Matt Hasselbeck played only three series.
The Bills are home Friday against the Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff is scheduled for 7-pm at Ralph Wilson Stadium.