Bills vs. Colts: 10 Keys to the Game for Buffalo

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Bills vs. Colts: 10 Keys to the Game for Buffalo
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Remember this guy? Bruce Smith does.

Sometimes, a team’s record says everything about that team’s relative strength, and at other times, it can be deceiving.

Out of the Bills' six losses, two have been blowouts suffered against a superior opponent (New England 1 and San Francisco), two have been relatively close losses to a superior opponent on the road (Houston and New England 2), and there’s been one close loss at home to a bad opponent (Tennessee), and one blowout on the road to a bad team (New York Jets). Am I the only one who still can’t believe that that Jets team from Week 1 has fallen so low?

For the Bills’ Week 12 opponent, the upstart Indianapolis Colts, their four losses have consisted of two blowout losses to better teams on the road (Chicago and New England), one loss to the unpredictable (let’s just use the adjective bad again, just for fun) New York Jets on the road and an inexplicable home loss to the NFL’s 2012 version of what the Colts were in 2011, the league’s worst Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Colts have beaten some pretty good teams in the Packers and the Vikings, while the Bills have yet to beat a team with a winning record in 2012. The Colts might be on the road to a playoff berth in a weak AFC, but their two looming games with the Houston Texans will give the Bills a chance to catch them if the Bills can pull off something they’ve needed to accomplish for years: a signature road win.

You know, what the game in Foxborough would have been if wide receiver T.J. Graham has run the right route in Week 10.

It’s amazing how the NFL schedule creates the perfect matchups at times. This Week 12 showdown between the former divisional foes (mental image: Jeff George cowering under Bruce Smith’s wingspan) shows two teams at a crossroads to a possible, if unlikely, playoff run. If the Bills are going to make the dance, they’ll need to catch the 6-4 Colts. If they win, they’ll be within a game of Colts and entering the softest part of their schedule. If they lose, well, then they’re pretty much toast.

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