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, 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 REPORTBills: 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 Denico Autry Jersey
, 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 LINEBills: 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 NEXTBills: Host division rival New England next Monday night.Colts: Will try to build momentum at Oakland before heading into the bye week. The Indianapolis Colts entered their Week 12 matchup with the Miami Dolphins heavily in the throes of the AFC Wild Card battle. While the Colts were looked upon as relatively comfortable favorites in this one, the game went right down to the wire.We saw one of the most interesting endings to the first half anyone can remember, in which Andrew Luck tossed 2 interceptions to the same player within seconds of each other, and we also saw Luck look exactly like he has over the past several games for long stretches as well. He finished 30-of-37, 343 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and continues carries that 3-touchdown streak into Week 13.The Colts came back from a 10-point deficit to tie up the game late in the fourth quarter, and were able to rattle off 13-straight points to finish off the Dolphins to push the Colts to 6-5 on the season. Here are 3 takeaways from the Colts big win tonight.Colts defense gave them chances to finish off the DolphinsWe often talk about the Colts defense being an opportunistic bunch, and sometimes that’s about all. Of course we discuss the young talent that the Colts will have to build upon over the next couple years, but today they gave the Colts a lot of chances to do something when they did have the ball. After allowing a touchdown on the Dolphins first drive, the defense forced four-straight punts and a fumble in the first half. Additionally, in the fourth quarter, the defense forced a critical punt giving the offense the ball back down 7 points, with less than 8 minutes left in the game. This, of course, set up the game-tying touchdown pass from Luck to Ebron.They did allow a couple big plays by the Dolphins, but also held Ryan Tannehill to a fairly remedial day production-wise, the Miami rushing attack to just over 100 yards on the ground, and was able to get several hits on Tannehill as well as several tackles for loss on the day.With the offense being pretty average for large parts of the day, all things considered, you have to love that the defense was there to do their part on the day.Hilton back to getting big productionLast week we saw T.Y. Hilton get back into the mix in a very big way with 155 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. This week Nyheim Hines Color Rush Jersey
, his production came with a steady flow of targets and a more methodical approach to his game than it was with the big splash plays from a week ago. Today Hilton was targeted 10 times, and hauled in 7 receptions for 125 yards on the day. It’s not so much that Hilton gave everyone something to scream about — even though he did have a big 36-yard catch-and-run late in the game — but he absolutely did remain a consistent part of the gameplan all day long. We’ve seen Hilton disappear a couple times this year, or just fail to have real productive performances. However, if you’re a Colts’ fan, seeing him heavily targeted throughout all four quarters of the game is a very good sign for big things to happen.Too many miscues took points off the boardLook, we’re not talking about a kick return for touchdown, or a field goal attempt being blocked and returned for points, but today the Colts had too many issues going on in this game. First, we start with the craziness at the end of the first half. Luck threw two interceptions in just a a few game-seconds apart. Now, looking back, the first one wasn’t nearly as big of a deal being as the Dolphins fumbled on the very next play from scrimmage and the Colts got the ball back in plus-territory. But, Luck’s second one was an opportunity spoiled. The Colts could have at least ended the half with a field goal to take the lead into halftime, but Luck’s poorly thrown ball towards Eric Ebron took that off the table. Early in the game — the Colts second possession — we also had a fumble from Jordan Wilkins just as the Colts were beginning to move down the field. That didn’t turn into points for Miami, but the Colts certainly missed out on some after a hot start to the game.On the first possession of the second half for the Colts, they were forced off the field in just three plays — which is bad enough — and that was compounded by Rigoberto Sanchez taking a half hour to get his punt off. It was blocked and the Dolphins got the ball at the Colts 42-yard line as a result. Once again, the Colts put together a sustained drive that ends up being cut short by a strip-sack on Luck, however, they were still well within field goal range for Adam Vinatieri. Vinny completely botched this attempt, though, and the Colts left the field without points yet again. This simply cannot continue going forward. The Colts had been the ones forcing mistakes from their opponents, but today they shot themselves in the foot far too often. The Colts came out on top, but the mistakes have to be controlled because good teams won’t allow them to comeback the way they did today.