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End zone remains elusive

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When we look at the Bills loss to the Colts, what stands out? Most likely the fact that the team let up a special teams touchdown for the second straight game, and that the Bills offense had trouble finding the end zone once again.

I think many fans were glad to see the Bills stick with what works best for them, running C.J. Spiller. He had 14 carries for 107 yards. But the Bills offense, for the third time of the last four weeks, had an inability to find the end zone. That may have been most evident on their first drive of the second quarter. They ran Spiller three times in a row, gaining 27 yards. Then, a Robert Mathis sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick took them out of field goal range. It was a problem all too common throughout the game.

"I thought we'd come in here and play a lot better than we did," said Ryan Fitzpatrick. "We missed a couple opportunities and had some other stuff that we couldn't get in because of what they were doing or get downfield. But yea, disappointment."

It took the Bills until the 11:30 mark of the fourth quarter to finally score an elusive touchdown. Fitzpatrick hit Lee Smith with a one yard pass that broke a string of seven quarters without crossing the goal line. It's the most apparent reason that the Bills have fallen to 4-7.

"This is one we obviously really needed," Fitzpatrick said of their playoff hopes. "I don't really want to project or talk about the next how ever many games we have left. It's all about getting back to work and trying to win next week. That's all we can worry about."

On the other side, Dave Wannstedt had his hands full with Andrew Luck. The Colts didn't ask him to do too much. But it was a lot like watching a young Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. Luck was 20-37 for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception. While those numbers don't jump off the page, it was clear that Luck possesses the control and ability to be an elite quarterback for years to come, painting a bright future in the Colts win.

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