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Colts, Luck use efficient air show to blow out Bills 37-5

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Andrew Luck kept pleading with coach Frank Reich to stick with the ground game Sunday.

Reich gladly granted his wish.

After throwing 164 passes the previous three weeks, Luck watched his runners deliver the hard shots and took advantage of the openings by throwing for four touchdowns in a 37-5 rout over Buffalo.

''When you run the ball really, really well, the byproduct is throwing the ball efficiently,'' Luck said.

It seems as though with the Colts getting healthy, the offense is more in sync.

Running back Marlon Mack returned from an injured hamstring last week and the Colts responded with back-to-back season-high rushing totals. Even Buffalo's No. 3 ranked defense couldn't slow down the Colts, who ran for 220 yards - the highest total in Luck's seven seasons.

Indy hadn't topped 200 yards since Dec. 18, 2011 against Tennessee, and Mack had a career-high 126 yards on 19 carries.

Luck, meanwhile, went 17 of 23 with 156 yards, hooked up with receiver T.Y. Hilton for two TD passes, another to Mack and one to Eric Swoope.

As a result, Indy (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak, pulled off its most lopsided victory since a 37-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sept. 29, 2013 and finally celebrated the franchise's 300th win since moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.

Indy was in such command, Luck even made the wise decision to run out of bounds at the Bills 1-yard line in the fourth quarter rather than risk an unnecessary hit by reaching for the goal line.

''I was really proud on the 1 where he ran out of bounds because I told him if you get into scramble mode take care of yourself,'' Reich said. ''So we had the conversation on the sideline and fortunately he listened.''

The only thing that didn't go according to script was Adam Vinatieri breaking Morten Andersen's career scoring record.

Vinatieri scored five points to move within five of becoming the NFL's scoring leader despite missing two extra points in one game for the first time in his career.

But it didn't matter against the Bills' struggling offense. Buffalo (2-5) has lost two straight and three of four despite benching turnover-prone Nathan Peterman and starting 35-year-old Derek Anderson in place of the injured Josh Allen.

Anderson went 20 of 31 with 175 yards, three interceptions and lost a fumble in his first start since December 2016.

Putting offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on the field for the first time this season didn't help either. Buffalo has two touchdowns and 31 points in its last four games.

''I just have to be better with the ball, have better awareness,'' Anderson said. ''I'm not going to pout about it. I expect more from myself. I came here to help this team win football games.''

On Sunday, Luck did all the winning things.

He hooked up with Swoope on a 17-yard pass early in the second quarter and found Mack wide open in the right flat for a 29-yard scoring play - just before taking a hit. Mack's conversion run made it 14-0.

Hilton's 5-yard TD catch extended the lead to 21-0 and Mike Mitchell's 47-yard interception return just before halftime set up Vinatieri for a 36-yard field goal to make it 24-0.

All the Bills could muster in the second half was a 34-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka and a safety when Ryan Kelly's snap sailed over the head of Luck and rolled through the end zone.

''I think our team needed a game like this to see what happens when we do the little things right, and we did that,'' Luck said. ''It was a joy to watch.''

INJURY REPORT

Bills: Buffalo started the game with only four active receivers before losing running back LeSean McCoy with a head injury on the second play of the game. McCoy's replacement, Chris Ivory, left briefly in the third quarter but returned and finished with 16 carries for 81 yards.

Colts: Defensive tackle Jihad Ward was carted off the field with an injured right ankle in the first quarter and Swoope left with a knee injury. Neither returned.

STAT LINE

Bills: Buffalo did not have a sack. ... Kelvin Benjamin had four catches for 71 yards, 32 yards coming on one reception.

Colts: Indy rushed for 116 yards in the first half, its highest first-half total since September 2009 and the sixth-highest total by the franchise since 1950. ... Vinatieri has missed two or more extra points only four times in a season during his 23-year career.

UP NEXT

Bills: Host division rival New England next Monday night.

Colts: Will try to build momentum at Oakland before heading into the bye week.

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Key Players
C. Ivory 33 RB
81 RuYds, 25 ReYds, 3 RECs
10
FPTS
A. Luck 12 QB
156 PaYds, 4 PaTDs, 5 RuYds
30
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 5:26
A.Vinatieri extra point is No Good Wide Right Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
5
37
Touchdown 5:26
M.Mack left end for 20 yards TOUCHDOWN. #7 Brissett at QB.
1
plays
20
yds
00:06
pos
5
37
Point After TD 13:13
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
5
31
Touchdown 13:13
A.Luck pass short right to T.Hilton for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
2
yds
1:31
pos
5
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Safety 0:25
A.Luck FUMBLES (Aborted) at IND 9 ball out of bounds in End Zone SAFETY.
plays
yds
pos
5
24
Field Goal 7:46
S.Hauschka 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
12
plays
56
yds
7:18
pos
3
24
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
A.Vinatieri 36 yard field goal is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
3
plays
14
yds
00:13
pos
0
24
Point After TD 1:41
A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 1:41
A.Luck pass short right to T.Hilton for 5 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
82
yds
5:35
pos
0
20
Two Point Conversion 9:25
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. M.Mack rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 9:25
A.Luck pass short right to M.Mack for 29 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
74
yds
1:29
pos
0
12
Missed Point After Touchdown 13:31
A.Vinatieri extra point is No Good Wide Right Center-L.Rhodes Holder-R.Sanchez.
plays
yds
pos
0
6
Touchdown 13:31
A.Luck pass deep middle to E.Swoope for 17 yards TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
75
yds
6:53
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:41 33:19
1st Downs 15 22
Rushing 6 11
Passing 9 10
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 2-9 7-13
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-2
Total Net Yards 303 376
Total Plays 55 60
Avg Gain 5.5 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 135 220
Rush Attempts 22 37
Avg Rush Yards 6.1 5.9
Net Yards Passing 168 156
Comp. - Att. 20-31 17-23
Yards Per Pass 5.4 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-7 0-0
Penalties - Yards 7-59 4-35
Touchdowns 0 5
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 5 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 1-0
Int. Thrown 3 0
Punts - Avg 4-46.3 4-47.0
Return Yards 48 0
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-48 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 3-0
Kicking 1/1 3/5
Extra Points 0/0 2/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 3-4 -75%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 1 0
1234T
Bills 2-5 00505
Colts 2-5 02401337
168 PASS YDS 156
135 RUSH YDS 220
303 TOTAL YDS 376
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Anderson 3 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 175 0 3 39.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 175 0 3 39.8
D. Anderson 20/31 175 0 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Ivory 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 81 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
67 210 1
C. Ivory 16 81 0 21 10
M. Murphy 45 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 123 0
M. Murphy 4 53 0 30 6
L. McCoy 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 244 0
L. McCoy 2 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Benjamin 13 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 71 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 217 1
K. Benjamin 5 4 71 0 32 7
Z. Jones 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 226 1
Z. Jones 5 3 27 0 15 2
C. Ivory 33 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 129 0
C. Ivory 6 3 25 0 9 10
M. Murphy 45 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 25 0
M. Murphy 6 5 17 0 7 6
C. Clay 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 133 0
C. Clay 5 3 14 0 11 0
A. Holmes 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 84 0
A. Holmes 2 1 13 0 13 1
J. Croom 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 81 1
J. Croom 2 1 8 0 8 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-15 0 1.0
T. Edmunds 7-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 1 1.0
T. Johnson 7-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hyde 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-5 0 0.0
M. Hyde 5-0 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-17 1 1.0
M. Milano 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Phillips 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 1.0
J. Phillips 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-13 2 0.0
J. Poyer 3-2 0.0 0 0
R. Bush 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 0 0.0
R. Bush 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Lotulelei 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
S. Lotulelei 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-2 0 0.0
T. White 2-0 0.0 0 0
P. Gaines 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-5 0 0.0
P. Gaines 2-0 0.0 0 0
H. Phillips 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
H. Phillips 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Murphy 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 3.0
T. Murphy 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Dawkins 73 T
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Dawkins 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-3 0 4.0
J. Hughes 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Holmes 18 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Holmes 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 3.0
K. Williams 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Alexander 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-7 1 2.0
L. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Murphy 45 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Murphy 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Yarbrough 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-3 0 0.0
E. Yarbrough 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
10/11 7/7
S. Hauschka 1/1 34 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Bojorquez 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
40 45.8 20
C. Bojorquez 4 46.3 3 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Murphy 45 RB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 26.1 49 0
M. Murphy 3 16.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Luck 12 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.9% 156 4 0 131.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.3% 1948 20 8 93.3
A. Luck 17/23 156 4 0 30
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Mack 25 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 126 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 249 1
M. Mack 19 126 1 23 29
N. Hines 21 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 160 1
N. Hines 5 47 0 18 4
J. Wilkins 20 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 221 0
J. Wilkins 6 46 0 18 4
A. Luck 12 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 65 0
A. Luck 3 5 0 5 30
J. Brissett 7 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -4 0
J. Brissett 4 -4 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Rogers 80 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 295 1
C. Rogers 4 4 40 0 29 4
M. Mack 25 RB
29
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 33 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 39 1
M. Mack 3 2 33 1 29 29
E. Ebron 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 31 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 357 6
E. Ebron 7 3 31 0 14 3
T. Hilton 13 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 25 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 319 4
T. Hilton 4 4 25 2 11 14
E. Swoope 86 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 17 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 83 3
E. Swoope 1 1 17 1 17 7
J. Wilkins 20 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 42 0
J. Wilkins 1 1 8 0 8 4
M. Alie-Cox 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 58 0
M. Alie-Cox 1 1 7 0 7 0
N. Hines 21 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 -5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 180 2
N. Hines 2 1 -5 0 -5 4
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Leonard 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-25 0 4.0
D. Leonard 12-5 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 1 0.0
M. Mitchell 7-0 0.0 1 1
K. Moore 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-6 2 0.0
K. Moore 5-2 0.0 1 0
P. Desir 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-10 1 0.0
P. Desir 4-0 0.0 0 0
K. Turay 57 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 3.0
K. Turay 3-0 1.0 0 1
J. Sheard 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 4.0
J. Sheard 2-0 1.0 0 0
H. Ridgeway 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
H. Ridgeway 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
M. Adams 2-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Pascal 14 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Z. Pascal 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Muhammad 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
A. Muhammad 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Hairston 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-4 0 0.0
N. Hairston 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hunt 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 4.0
M. Hunt 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Walker 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-16 1 1.0
A. Walker 1-4 0.0 0 0
C. Moore 36 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
C. Moore 0-1 0.0 1 0
M. Hooker 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-9 1 0.0
M. Hooker 0-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Wilson 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
Q. Wilson 0-1 0.0 0 0
N. Goode 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-7 1 0.0
N. Goode 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 4 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/4
SEASON FG XP
12/14 17/19
A. Vinatieri 1/1 36 2/4 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Sanchez 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 46.0 8
R. Sanchez 4 47.0 2 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:11 BUF 20 4:41 8 30 Punt
6:50 BUF 23 1:26 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:31 BUF 25 2:37 5 49 Fumble
9:25 IND 35 2:09 3 4 Punt
1:41 BUF 25 1:28 4 32 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 28 7:18 12 56 FG
2:39 BUF 16 2:14 5 25 Punt
0:20 BUF 29 0:36 3 2 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:13 BUF 25 2:20 7 58 Downs
6:11 BUF 8 0:39 2 5 INT
5:26 BUF 25 1:13 4 24 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IND 25 1:49 3 9 Punt
8:30 IND 10 1:40 3 6 Punt
5:24 IND 25 6:53 13 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:54 IND 26 1:29 3 74 TD
7:16 IND 18 5:35 9 82 TD
0:13 BUF 32 0:13 3 14 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:42 BUF 35 5:03 7 18 Punt
0:25 IND 13 0:05 1 -13 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 BUF 2 1:31 3 2 TD
10:53 IND 17 4:42 8 35 Punt
5:32 BUF 20 0:06 1 20 TD
4:13 IND 31 4:13 7 35 Downs