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All eyes will be on the sixth overall pick when he makes his debut Thursday night. Best guess is we will see Jones early, as Eli Manning figures to make a quick exit.

You have been hearing about how well the young man has throws the deep ball during training camp. Will we see an example?

You’ve heard about his athleticism. Will we see him make a play or two with his legs?

You’ve heard how Manning-like he is in temperament. Will that manifest itself?

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When he has struggled, it’s been perhaps being a little hesitant when going through his reads. Will we see some of that against the Jets?

Jones is the future at quarterback. It’s going to be exciting to get a glimpse of his development.

The Giants have said they selected DeAndre Baker because he was the best cover corner in the draft class. He will be a starter in 2019. Julian Love is playing in the slot and is the backup free safety. Corey Ballentine has been drawing raves lately as he seems to keep getting better. Sean Chandler and Ronald Zamort are fighting for roster spots.

What’s all the excitement about with these young players? See for yourself.

Tight end C.J. Conrad, a guy I have steadfastly predicted will make the 53-man roster, tops the list. Wide receiver Reggie White Jr. is another. Not sure if Alex Wesley will see game action since he took his first reps during full team periods of practice just a couple of days ago. Offensive linemen James O’Hagan, Paul Adams and Nick Gates (who was on IR a year ago). On defense, maybe we get our first look at newly-acquired edge Joey Alfieri. Inside linebacker Josiah Tauaefa is another player to look for.

These are the games in which these players can give themselves a real shot at making the roster. Let’s see who takes advantage.

Not sure how much Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill will play. When they are in the game, can they impact the pass rush? How much of Lorenzo Carter will we see? Will Oshane Ximines look like a guy who can help the pass rush in 2019? Will RJ McIntoshlook like he can help?

Many of the veterans. Coach Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal anything about who would or would not play on Thursday. We can, however, take an educated guess.

You almost certainly won’t see Saquon Barkley. It would, in fact, be stunning if Barkley plays a single preseason snap. Get used to watching Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Paul Perkins and Jon Hilliman.

You will probably see only a little bit of Eli Manning. I doubt Markus Golden plays as the Giants have been careful with his practice reps. Guys like Janoris Jenkins, Antoine Betheaand Alec Ogletree will make cameos — if they play at all.

The veteran offensive line might play a little more, particularly to give Jones a chance to work behind them for a series or two.

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All eyes will be on the sixth overall pick when he makes his debut Thursday night. Best guess is we will see Jones early, as Eli Manning figures to make a quick exit.

You have been hearing about how well the young man has throws the deep ball during training camp. Will we see an example?

You’ve heard about his athleticism. Will we see him make a play or two with his legs?

You’ve heard how Manning-like he is in temperament. Will that manifest itself?

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When he has struggled, it’s been perhaps being a little hesitant when going through his reads. Will we see some of that against the Jets?

Jones is the future at quarterback. It’s going to be exciting to get a glimpse of his development.

The Giants have said they selected DeAndre Baker because he was the best cover corner in the draft class. He will be a starter in 2019. Julian Love is playing in the slot and is the backup free safety. Corey Ballentine has been drawing raves lately as he seems to keep getting better. Sean Chandler and Ronald Zamort are fighting for roster spots.

What’s all the excitement about with these young players? See for yourself.

Tight end C.J. Conrad, a guy I have steadfastly predicted will make the 53-man roster, tops the list. Wide receiver Reggie White Jr. is another. Not sure if Alex Wesley will see game action since he took his first reps during full team periods of practice just a couple of days ago. Offensive linemen James O’Hagan, Paul Adams and Nick Gates (who was on IR a year ago). On defense, maybe we get our first look at newly-acquired edge Joey Alfieri. Inside linebacker Josiah Tauaefa is another player to look for.

These are the games in which these players can give themselves a real shot at making the roster. Let’s see who takes advantage.

Not sure how much Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill will play. When they are in the game, can they impact the pass rush? How much of Lorenzo Carter will we see? Will Oshane Ximines look like a guy who can help the pass rush in 2019? Will RJ McIntoshlook like he can help?

Many of the veterans. Coach Pat Shurmur didn’t want to reveal anything about who would or would not play on Thursday. We can, however, take an educated guess.

You almost certainly won’t see Saquon Barkley. It would, in fact, be stunning if Barkley plays a single preseason snap. Get used to watching Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith, Paul Perkins and Jon Hilliman.

You will probably see only a little bit of Eli Manning. I doubt Markus Golden plays as the Giants have been careful with his practice reps. Guys like Janoris Jenkins, Antoine Betheaand Alec Ogletree will make cameos — if they play at all.

The veteran offensive line might play a little more, particularly to give Jones a chance to work behind them for a series or two.

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It’s not at the stage where they don’t have their destiny in their own hands because if they were to shockingly run the table and win their remaining four games, the Bills more than likely would make the postseason tournament for the first time since 1999.

The fact that they still have a road game at New England makes that scenario a bit unlikely, but the other three games are certainly winnable, and the first of those comes up Sunday at New Era Field when the Indianapolis Colts take up residence on the other sideline.

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The Colts are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and the Bills should take care of business even with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman expected to start. A win would get Buffalo to 7-6 with Miami in town next week before the game with the Patriots.

It’s very possible the Bills will go to Miami for the final game sitting at 8-7 and still alive, though probably in need of much help. However, the postseason dream would die Sunday if the Bills falter against Indianapolis.

1. Can the Bills win offensively on the early downs? The Colts don’t do many things very well, but one thing they excel at is stopping the run on first down. Indy is allowing just 2.9 yards per first-down rushing attempt, lowest in the league, and that could be troublesome for the Bills. Buffalo, as always, will have to rely on its running game, especially with rookie Nathan Peterman most likely at quarterback in place of injured Tyrod Taylor. But if the Colts stuff the run and put the Bills in unfavorable down and distance situations, that ramps up the pressure on Peterman. The Bills haven’t been terrible on first down as they’re averaging 4.24 yards rushing on those plays, ninth-best in the NFL. However, they’ve also been maddening inconsistent on the ground as they’ve also had about 25 percent of all their rushing attempts stuffed, meaning zero or lost yardage. The Colts are solid on the front line, but are weak at linebacker, especially with John Simon getting hurt last week and now out for the season. This is a matchup the Bills have to exploit with LeSean McCoy.
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New Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught 3 passes in a 47-10 loss to the Saints. (Photo: JAMIE GERMANO, @jgermano1/Staff Photographer)

2. How much will Peterman and Kelvin Benjamin matter to the passing game? The weather isn’t supposed to be too cooperative, so the passing game — a weakness for both teams — may end up being a non-factor. However, the Bills need to find a way to take advantage of a Colts defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 30th in sacks per pass attempt. We haven’t seen much from Peterman, but it certainly seems he’s more willing to throw the ball downfield than Taylor, and Sunday he’ll have the Bills’ best WR at his disposal as Benjamin is expected to play after missing nearly three full games with a knee injury. The last time we saw Benjamin, he was catching a perfectly-thrown 20-yard pass over the middle from Peterman in Los Angeles. He hurt his knee on the play, left the game, and Peterman melted down with five interceptions. Also, it will be interesting to see whether Brandon Reilly — if he’s active — can factor into the passing game. He and Peterman have worked closely for three months on the scout team and have a connection with each other.

3. Can the Bills dominate Colts QB Jacoby Brissett again? If you’ll recall, the Bills beat the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2016 season because Brissett was filling in for suspended Tom Brady, and injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Buffalo held him to 205 harmless passing yards and pitched a shutout that day. Now, Brissett is replacing injured Andrew Luck in Indy, and while he’s made some progress through increased playing time, he’s still a lower-echelon QB who holds the ball too long and has absorbed a league-high 47 sacks behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Brissett has completed only 60 percent of his passes, has a mere 10 TD passes to seven interceptions, and is still learning the full scope of the offensive system as he joined the team right at the start of the regular season. If CBs Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines can combine to slow down WR T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ only legitimate offensive threat, it will be a difficult day for Indy. RB Frank Gore may be a future Hall of Famer, but he’s at the end of the line.
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Theoretically, there is no way the Bills can lose this game. The Colts are awful, as their 3-9 record suggests. They aren’t productive on offense, they’re sieve-like on defense, they’re decimated by injuries, they have an all-time nice guy but lousy coach in Chuck Pagano, and they’re a dome team coming outside to snowy Orchard Park in December. There isn’t a single thing that points in the direction of an Indianapolis upset, except for this: The Bills have a long history of doing things that are absolutely inexplicable, and losing this game — which would effectively kill their already slim playoff hopes — would rank right near the top of the list of all-time playoff drought era screw-ups. There aren’t many teams the Bills are more talented than, but that’s the case in this game. Buffalo has the better roster from top to bottom, and that should carry the day. Last week in their loss to Jacksonville, the Colts were playing three rookie CBs on passing downs. Combine that with the Colts inability to generate a pass rush (just 20 sacks), and the Buffalo offense should be able to take advantage, even with the inexperienced Peterman expected to be under center. The Bills have reached the annual “must-win” portion of their schedule, and they should be able to get it done. MY PICK: Bills 20, Colts 10.
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Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is the Colts most dynamic offensive player. (Photo: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)
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5 – Straight games in which the Bills defense has allowed a score on the first drive after halftime, four touchdowns and a field goal. The Bills have scored twice on their first possession of the third quarter, both field goals.

3 – NFL teams that rank no better than 25th in both total yards gained, and total yards allowed. The Bills (26th, 27th) and Colts (27th, 29th) are two of the three, and the Giants (28th, 32nd) are the other team.

47 – Times Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has been sacked. It’s the most sacks through a quarterback’s first 12 games of a season since Steve Beuerlein also was sacked 47 times through his first 12 games with Carolina in 2000.

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It’s not at the stage where they don’t have their destiny in their own hands because if they were to shockingly run the table and win their remaining four games, the Bills more than likely would make the postseason tournament for the first time since 1999.

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The fact that they still have a road game at New England makes that scenario a bit unlikely, but the other three games are certainly winnable, and the first of those comes up Sunday at New Era Field when the Indianapolis Colts take up residence on the other sideline.

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The Colts are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and the Bills should take care of business even with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman expected to start. A win would get Buffalo to 7-6 with Miami in town next week before the game with the Patriots.

It’s very possible the Bills will go to Miami for the final game sitting at 8-7 and still alive, though probably in need of much help. However, the postseason dream would die Sunday if the Bills falter against Indianapolis.

1. Can the Bills win offensively on the early downs? The Colts don’t do many things very well, but one thing they excel at is stopping the run on first down. Indy is allowing just 2.9 yards per first-down rushing attempt, lowest in the league, and that could be troublesome for the Bills. Buffalo, as always, will have to rely on its running game, especially with rookie Nathan Peterman most likely at quarterback in place of injured Tyrod Taylor. But if the Colts stuff the run and put the Bills in unfavorable down and distance situations, that ramps up the pressure on Peterman. The Bills haven’t been terrible on first down as they’re averaging 4.24 yards rushing on those plays, ninth-best in the NFL. However, they’ve also been maddening inconsistent on the ground as they’ve also had about 25 percent of all their rushing attempts stuffed, meaning zero or lost yardage. The Colts are solid on the front line, but are weak at linebacker, especially with John Simon getting hurt last week and now out for the season. This is a matchup the Bills have to exploit with LeSean McCoy.
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2. How much will Peterman and Kelvin Benjamin matter to the passing game? The weather isn’t supposed to be too cooperative, so the passing game — a weakness for both teams — may end up being a non-factor. However, the Bills need to find a way to take advantage of a Colts defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 30th in sacks per pass attempt. We haven’t seen much from Peterman, but it certainly seems he’s more willing to throw the ball downfield than Taylor, and Sunday he’ll have the Bills’ best WR at his disposal as Benjamin is expected to play after missing nearly three full games with a knee injury. The last time we saw Benjamin, he was catching a perfectly-thrown 20-yard pass over the middle from Peterman in Los Angeles. He hurt his knee on the play, left the game, and Peterman melted down with five interceptions. Also, it will be interesting to see whether Brandon Reilly — if he’s active — can factor into the passing game. He and Peterman have worked closely for three months on the scout team and have a connection with each other.

3. Can the Bills dominate Colts QB Jacoby Brissett again? If you’ll recall, the Bills beat the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2016 season because Brissett was filling in for suspended Tom Brady, and injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Buffalo held him to 205 harmless passing yards and pitched a shutout that day. Now, Brissett is replacing injured Andrew Luck in Indy, and while he’s made some progress through increased playing time, he’s still a lower-echelon QB who holds the ball too long and has absorbed a league-high 47 sacks behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Brissett has completed only 60 percent of his passes, has a mere 10 TD passes to seven interceptions, and is still learning the full scope of the offensive system as he joined the team right at the start of the regular season. If CBs Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines can combine to slow down WR T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ only legitimate offensive threat, it will be a difficult day for Indy. RB Frank Gore may be a future Hall of Famer, but he’s at the end of the line.
and Out

Theoretically, there is no way the Bills can lose this game. The Colts are awful, as their 3-9 record suggests. They aren’t productive on offense, they’re sieve-like on defense, they’re decimated by injuries, they have an all-time nice guy but lousy coach in Chuck Pagano, and they’re a dome team coming outside to snowy Orchard Park in December. There isn’t a single thing that points in the direction of an Indianapolis upset, except for this: The Bills have a long history of doing things that are absolutely inexplicable, and losing this game — which would effectively kill their already slim playoff hopes — would rank right near the top of the list of all-time playoff drought era screw-ups. There aren’t many teams the Bills are more talented than, but that’s the case in this game. Buffalo has the better roster from top to bottom, and that should carry the day. Last week in their loss to Jacksonville, the Colts were playing three rookie CBs on passing downs. Combine that with the Colts inability to generate a pass rush (just 20 sacks), and the Buffalo offense should be able to take advantage, even with the inexperienced Peterman expected to be under center. The Bills have reached the annual “must-win” portion of their schedule, and they should be able to get it done. MY PICK: Bills 20, Colts 10.
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Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is the Colts most dynamic offensive player. (Photo: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)
By the Numbers

5 – Straight games in which the Bills defense has allowed a score on the first drive after halftime, four touchdowns and a field goal. The Bills have scored twice on their first possession of the third quarter, both field goals.

3 – NFL teams that rank no better than 25th in both total yards gained, and total yards allowed. The Bills (26th, 27th) and Colts (27th, 29th) are two of the three, and the Giants (28th, 32nd) are the other team.

47 – Times Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has been sacked. It’s the most sacks through a quarterback’s first 12 games of a season since Steve Beuerlein also was sacked 47 times through his first 12 games with Carolina in 2000.

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The morning opened with press conferences from coaches Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia. Belichick took time to speak about his admiration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Patricia, meanwhile, was notably Belichickian when asked about his relationship with Belichick.

And then the two teams were off to practice, where they briefly took a moment to greet one another. As Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn are both former Patriots, the teams have no shortage of personnel overlap.

The rookie wideout stood out during training camp practices at Gillette Stadium when the Patriots were competing against themselves. And while the team added a receiver in Cameron Meredith – which might be a sign they’re not content with their current depth chart at the position – Meyers is holding strong against the Lions, according to reporters on the scene.

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Tom Brady threw his first incompletion to Meyers on Monday. While that’s technically a negative, it speaks to how positive camp has been for the undrafted rookie out NC State. Meyers also saw work on the punt team for the first time, but he muffed one return. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue to evaluate him at that position.

At the close of practice, the Patriots worked on a 2-minute drill against the Lions defense. Here’s a look at which offensive skill players were on the field, per MassLive’s Andrew Callahan.

Watson, White and Dorsett make sense – they have the most experience with Brady. Meyers’ presence is more of the same, even if he has been the biggest surprise of camp. Berrios, meanwhile, is surprising, because he’s struggling to get separation against defensive backs. When Julian Edelman returns, it will be interesting to see if Berrios can stick with the first-team offense.

Rookie cornerback D’Angelo Ross matched up against tight end T.J. Hockenson in practice on Monday, and Hockenson won with ease. Why is this notable? It’s a reminder of what training camp is: an evaluation period.

ESPN’s Michael Rothstein provided a reminder in his story on Monday morning that Belichick and Patricia are inspecting their rosters closely. Ross has gotten some work with the first-team defense, but seems to have lost handily against a player (Hockenson) who figures to be on Detroit’s first-team offense. It’s just one rep, but if Ross wants to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot, he needs to start winning these reps.

It seems the Patriots are doing the same thing with linebacker Shilique Calhoun, a veteran journeyman who could be in the mix for a roster spot.

The 2019 second-round pick had a rough start this offseason. He wasn’t stellar in organized team activities nor in minicamp. Even at the start of training camp, he didn’t stand out. But over the last few days, he has made more break-ups.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore allowed his first reception in training camp during Monday’s practice. He was previously perfect during 11-on-11 drills, which are most similar to game action.

He has been absolutely stellar in camp, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found receiver Danny Amendola for a reception – even with Gilmore in tight coverage.

The Patriots 2018 first-round draft choice is limited from the Achilles injury he suffered during last preseason. In Wynn’s stead, the Patriots are starting Dan Skipper, a 6-foot-10 tackle.

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The morning opened with press conferences from coaches Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia. Belichick took time to speak about his admiration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Patricia, meanwhile, was notably Belichickian when asked about his relationship with Belichick.

And then the two teams were off to practice, where they briefly took a moment to greet one another. As Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn are both former Patriots, the teams have no shortage of personnel overlap.

The rookie wideout stood out during training camp practices at Gillette Stadium when the Patriots were competing against themselves. And while the team added a receiver in Cameron Meredith – which might be a sign they’re not content with their current depth chart at the position – Meyers is holding strong against the Lions, according to reporters on the scene.

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Tom Brady threw his first incompletion to Meyers on Monday. While that’s technically a negative, it speaks to how positive camp has been for the undrafted rookie out NC State. Meyers also saw work on the punt team for the first time, but he muffed one return. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue to evaluate him at that position.

At the close of practice, the Patriots worked on a 2-minute drill against the Lions defense. Here’s a look at which offensive skill players were on the field, per MassLive’s Andrew Callahan.

Watson, White and Dorsett make sense – they have the most experience with Brady. Meyers’ presence is more of the same, even if he has been the biggest surprise of camp. Berrios, meanwhile, is surprising, because he’s struggling to get separation against defensive backs. When Julian Edelman returns, it will be interesting to see if Berrios can stick with the first-team offense.

Rookie cornerback D’Angelo Ross matched up against tight end T.J. Hockenson in practice on Monday, and Hockenson won with ease. Why is this notable? It’s a reminder of what training camp is: an evaluation period.

ESPN’s Michael Rothstein provided a reminder in his story on Monday morning that Belichick and Patricia are inspecting their rosters closely. Ross has gotten some work with the first-team defense, but seems to have lost handily against a player (Hockenson) who figures to be on Detroit’s first-team offense. It’s just one rep, but if Ross wants to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot, he needs to start winning these reps.

It seems the Patriots are doing the same thing with linebacker Shilique Calhoun, a veteran journeyman who could be in the mix for a roster spot.

The 2019 second-round pick had a rough start this offseason. He wasn’t stellar in organized team activities nor in minicamp. Even at the start of training camp, he didn’t stand out. But over the last few days, he has made more break-ups.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore allowed his first reception in training camp during Monday’s practice. He was previously perfect during 11-on-11 drills, which are most similar to game action.

He has been absolutely stellar in camp, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford found receiver Danny Amendola for a reception – even with Gilmore in tight coverage.

The Patriots 2018 first-round draft choice is limited from the Achilles injury he suffered during last preseason. In Wynn’s stead, the Patriots are starting Dan Skipper, a 6-foot-10 tackle.

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It’s not at the stage where they don’t have their destiny in their own hands because if they were to shockingly run the table and win their remaining four games, the Bills more than likely would make the postseason tournament for the first time since 1999.

The fact that they still have a road game at New England makes that scenario a bit unlikely, but the other three games are certainly winnable, and the first of those comes up Sunday at New Era Field when the Indianapolis Colts take up residence on the other sideline.

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The Colts are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and the Bills should take care of business even with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman expected to start. A win would get Buffalo to 7-6 with Miami in town next week before the game with the Patriots.

It’s very possible the Bills will go to Miami for the final game sitting at 8-7 and still alive, though probably in need of much help. However, the postseason dream would die Sunday if the Bills falter against Indianapolis.

1. Can the Bills win offensively on the early downs? The Colts don’t do many things very well, but one thing they excel at is stopping the run on first down. Indy is allowing just 2.9 yards per first-down rushing attempt, lowest in the league, and that could be troublesome for the Bills. Buffalo, as always, will have to rely on its running game, especially with rookie Nathan Peterman most likely at quarterback in place of injured Tyrod Taylor. But if the Colts stuff the run and put the Bills in unfavorable down and distance situations, that ramps up the pressure on Peterman. The Bills haven’t been terrible on first down as they’re averaging 4.24 yards rushing on those plays, ninth-best in the NFL. However, they’ve also been maddening inconsistent on the ground as they’ve also had about 25 percent of all their rushing attempts stuffed, meaning zero or lost yardage. The Colts are solid on the front line, but are weak at linebacker, especially with John Simon getting hurt last week and now out for the season. This is a matchup the Bills have to exploit with LeSean McCoy.
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New Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught 3 passes in a 47-10 loss to the Saints. (Photo: JAMIE GERMANO, @jgermano1/Staff Photographer)

2. How much will Peterman and Kelvin Benjamin matter to the passing game? The weather isn’t supposed to be too cooperative, so the passing game — a weakness for both teams — may end up being a non-factor. However, the Bills need to find a way to take advantage of a Colts defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 30th in sacks per pass attempt. We haven’t seen much from Peterman, but it certainly seems he’s more willing to throw the ball downfield than Taylor, and Sunday he’ll have the Bills’ best WR at his disposal as Benjamin is expected to play after missing nearly three full games with a knee injury. The last time we saw Benjamin, he was catching a perfectly-thrown 20-yard pass over the middle from Peterman in Los Angeles. He hurt his knee on the play, left the game, and Peterman melted down with five interceptions. Also, it will be interesting to see whether Brandon Reilly — if he’s active — can factor into the passing game. He and Peterman have worked closely for three months on the scout team and have a connection with each other.

3. Can the Bills dominate Colts QB Jacoby Brissett again? If you’ll recall, the Bills beat the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2016 season because Brissett was filling in for suspended Tom Brady, and injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Buffalo held him to 205 harmless passing yards and pitched a shutout that day. Now, Brissett is replacing injured Andrew Luck in Indy, and while he’s made some progress through increased playing time, he’s still a lower-echelon QB who holds the ball too long and has absorbed a league-high 47 sacks behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Brissett has completed only 60 percent of his passes, has a mere 10 TD passes to seven interceptions, and is still learning the full scope of the offensive system as he joined the team right at the start of the regular season. If CBs Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines can combine to slow down WR T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ only legitimate offensive threat, it will be a difficult day for Indy. RB Frank Gore may be a future Hall of Famer, but he’s at the end of the line.
and Out

Theoretically, there is no way the Bills can lose this game. The Colts are awful, as their 3-9 record suggests. They aren’t productive on offense, they’re sieve-like on defense, they’re decimated by injuries, they have an all-time nice guy but lousy coach in Chuck Pagano, and they’re a dome team coming outside to snowy Orchard Park in December. There isn’t a single thing that points in the direction of an Indianapolis upset, except for this: The Bills have a long history of doing things that are absolutely inexplicable, and losing this game — which would effectively kill their already slim playoff hopes — would rank right near the top of the list of all-time playoff drought era screw-ups. There aren’t many teams the Bills are more talented than, but that’s the case in this game. Buffalo has the better roster from top to bottom, and that should carry the day. Last week in their loss to Jacksonville, the Colts were playing three rookie CBs on passing downs. Combine that with the Colts inability to generate a pass rush (just 20 sacks), and the Buffalo offense should be able to take advantage, even with the inexperienced Peterman expected to be under center. The Bills have reached the annual “must-win” portion of their schedule, and they should be able to get it done. MY PICK: Bills 20, Colts 10.
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Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is the Colts most dynamic offensive player. (Photo: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)
By the Numbers

5 – Straight games in which the Bills defense has allowed a score on the first drive after halftime, four touchdowns and a field goal. The Bills have scored twice on their first possession of the third quarter, both field goals.

3 – NFL teams that rank no better than 25th in both total yards gained, and total yards allowed. The Bills (26th, 27th) and Colts (27th, 29th) are two of the three, and the Giants (28th, 32nd) are the other team.

47 – Times Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has been sacked. It’s the most sacks through a quarterback’s first 12 games of a season since Steve Beuerlein also was sacked 47 times through his first 12 games with Carolina in 2000.

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It’s not at the stage where they don’t have their destiny in their own hands because if they were to shockingly run the table and win their remaining four games, the Bills more than likely would make the postseason tournament for the first time since 1999.

The fact that they still have a road game at New England makes that scenario a bit unlikely, but the other three games are certainly winnable, and the first of those comes up Sunday at New Era Field when the Indianapolis Colts take up residence on the other sideline.

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The Colts are one of the worst teams in the NFL, and the Bills should take care of business even with rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman expected to start. A win would get Buffalo to 7-6 with Miami in town next week before the game with the Patriots.

It’s very possible the Bills will go to Miami for the final game sitting at 8-7 and still alive, though probably in need of much help. However, the postseason dream would die Sunday if the Bills falter against Indianapolis.

1. Can the Bills win offensively on the early downs? The Colts don’t do many things very well, but one thing they excel at is stopping the run on first down. Indy is allowing just 2.9 yards per first-down rushing attempt, lowest in the league, and that could be troublesome for the Bills. Buffalo, as always, will have to rely on its running game, especially with rookie Nathan Peterman most likely at quarterback in place of injured Tyrod Taylor. But if the Colts stuff the run and put the Bills in unfavorable down and distance situations, that ramps up the pressure on Peterman. The Bills haven’t been terrible on first down as they’re averaging 4.24 yards rushing on those plays, ninth-best in the NFL. However, they’ve also been maddening inconsistent on the ground as they’ve also had about 25 percent of all their rushing attempts stuffed, meaning zero or lost yardage. The Colts are solid on the front line, but are weak at linebacker, especially with John Simon getting hurt last week and now out for the season. This is a matchup the Bills have to exploit with LeSean McCoy.
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New Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin caught 3 passes in a 47-10 loss to the Saints. (Photo: JAMIE GERMANO, @jgermano1/Staff Photographer)

2. How much will Peterman and Kelvin Benjamin matter to the passing game? The weather isn’t supposed to be too cooperative, so the passing game — a weakness for both teams — may end up being a non-factor. However, the Bills need to find a way to take advantage of a Colts defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 30th in sacks per pass attempt. We haven’t seen much from Peterman, but it certainly seems he’s more willing to throw the ball downfield than Taylor, and Sunday he’ll have the Bills’ best WR at his disposal as Benjamin is expected to play after missing nearly three full games with a knee injury. The last time we saw Benjamin, he was catching a perfectly-thrown 20-yard pass over the middle from Peterman in Los Angeles. He hurt his knee on the play, left the game, and Peterman melted down with five interceptions. Also, it will be interesting to see whether Brandon Reilly — if he’s active — can factor into the passing game. He and Peterman have worked closely for three months on the scout team and have a connection with each other.

3. Can the Bills dominate Colts QB Jacoby Brissett again? If you’ll recall, the Bills beat the Patriots in Week 4 of the 2016 season because Brissett was filling in for suspended Tom Brady, and injured Jimmy Garoppolo. Buffalo held him to 205 harmless passing yards and pitched a shutout that day. Now, Brissett is replacing injured Andrew Luck in Indy, and while he’s made some progress through increased playing time, he’s still a lower-echelon QB who holds the ball too long and has absorbed a league-high 47 sacks behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. Brissett has completed only 60 percent of his passes, has a mere 10 TD passes to seven interceptions, and is still learning the full scope of the offensive system as he joined the team right at the start of the regular season. If CBs Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines can combine to slow down WR T.Y. Hilton, the Colts’ only legitimate offensive threat, it will be a difficult day for Indy. RB Frank Gore may be a future Hall of Famer, but he’s at the end of the line.
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Theoretically, there is no way the Bills can lose this game. The Colts are awful, as their 3-9 record suggests. They aren’t productive on offense, they’re sieve-like on defense, they’re decimated by injuries, they have an all-time nice guy but lousy coach in Chuck Pagano, and they’re a dome team coming outside to snowy Orchard Park in December. There isn’t a single thing that points in the direction of an Indianapolis upset, except for this: The Bills have a long history of doing things that are absolutely inexplicable, and losing this game — which would effectively kill their already slim playoff hopes — would rank right near the top of the list of all-time playoff drought era screw-ups. There aren’t many teams the Bills are more talented than, but that’s the case in this game. Buffalo has the better roster from top to bottom, and that should carry the day. Last week in their loss to Jacksonville, the Colts were playing three rookie CBs on passing downs. Combine that with the Colts inability to generate a pass rush (just 20 sacks), and the Buffalo offense should be able to take advantage, even with the inexperienced Peterman expected to be under center. The Bills have reached the annual “must-win” portion of their schedule, and they should be able to get it done. MY PICK: Bills 20, Colts 10.
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Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is the Colts most dynamic offensive player. (Photo: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports)
By the Numbers

5 – Straight games in which the Bills defense has allowed a score on the first drive after halftime, four touchdowns and a field goal. The Bills have scored twice on their first possession of the third quarter, both field goals.

3 – NFL teams that rank no better than 25th in both total yards gained, and total yards allowed. The Bills (26th, 27th) and Colts (27th, 29th) are two of the three, and the Giants (28th, 32nd) are the other team.

47 – Times Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has been sacked. It’s the most sacks through a quarterback’s first 12 games of a season since Steve Beuerlein also was sacked 47 times through his first 12 games with Carolina in 2000.

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For the first time under head coach Chuck Pagano, the Indianapolis Colts are ensured of a losing season. You have to go back to 2011, the year Peyton Manning missed with neck surgeries and the season prior to the arrival of Andrew Luck to find such a disappointing performance by the team. The 3-9 Colts bring a three-game losing streak into this Sunday tilt at Orchard Park.

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As for the 6-6 Buffalo Bills, last Sunday’s disappointing setback at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots was the club’s fourth defeat in its last five games. Each of their last three losses have been by 20 or more points, including their last home contests vs. the Saints (47-10) and Patriots (23-3). Sean McDermott’s club has allowed a whopping 168 points (33.6 average) in its last five outings.

It’s a 1:00 pm ET kickoff at New Era Field in upstate New York and CBS has the call. How else can you catch the game? When it comes to apps, check out NFL Sunday Ticket MAX, NFL Game Pass, Fubo and Verizon NFL Mobile, all with subscription required.
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At press time, we still did not know the status of Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The underappreciated signal-caller suffered a knee injury in the loss to the Patriots. And that’s why (via OddsShark) this weekend’s clash with the Indianapolis Colts is off the board. Stay tuned for further updates.

Who’s Playing

Indianapolis Colts (home) vs. Buffalo Bills (away)

Current records: Indianapolis 1-5-1; Buffalo 2-4-1

What to Know

Indianapolis will square off against Buffalo at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Indianapolis are a solid favorite in this one, with an expected 7 point margin of victory.

Last Sunday, Indianapolis came up short against the Jets, falling 34-42. On a positive note, Andrew Luck put forth a good effort for the losing side as he passed for 301 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Buffalo came within a touchdown against Houston, but wound up with a 13-20 loss.

With both teams hitting sour notes in their previous games, they will no doubt be looking to produce a better outcome in this one. With four turnovers, Indianapolis had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if Buffalo exploit that vulnerability.

How To Watch

  • When: Sunday at 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana
  • TV: CBS
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $22.87

Prediction

The Colts are a big 7 point favorite against the Bills.

This season, Indianapolis are 2-4-0 against the spread. As for Buffalo, they are 3-3-0 against the spread

Vegas had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Colts as a 6.5 point favorite.

Series History

Buffalo have won both of the games they’ve played against Indianapolis in the last 4 years.

  • 2017 – Buffalo Bills 13 vs. Indianapolis Colts 7
  • 2015 – Buffalo Bills 27 vs. Indianapolis Colts 14

Top Projected Fantasy Players

  • LeSean McCoy: 12.41 points
  • T.Y. Hilton: 10 points
  • Eric Ebron: 7 points

Weather

The current forecast: sunny, with a temperature of 43 degrees.

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Patriots vs Lions odds, picks: 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game predictions from top expert on 63-46 run

Scoring could be at a premium when the NFL preseason opens on Thursday. The Denver Broncos face the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The previous seven Hall of Fame Games have produced an average of 30.3 points, including the Ravens edging the Bears 17-16 last year. Oddsmakers expect another close, low-scoring game this year and list Denver as a 2.5-point favorite in the latest 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game odds after the line moved as high as a field goal. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 34.5 after opening at 34. Before you make any 2019 Hall of Fame Game picks or NFL predictions, see what famed pro football expert Mike Tierney has to say.

An acclaimed sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has reported from seven Super Bowls. Now a SportsLine expert, Tierney was all over the Patriots in the 2019 Super Bowl, enabling him to finish the season with a sparkling 63-46 record against the spread. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.

Now, with the 2019 Hall of Fame Game fast approaching, Tierney has evaluated Falcons vs. Broncos from every angle and locked in his pointspread pick. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Tierney knows the Broncos are determined to make Vic Fangio a winner in his head coaching debut. The beloved 60-year-old ran the Bears’ defense last year, and Chicago led the NFL in scoring defense (17 points per game) and takeaways (36). Now, Fangio has a slew of defensive playmakers in Denver.

Rookie quarterback Drew Lock will get a long look Thursday night after Kevin Hoganstarts the game. Broncos starting quarterback Joe Flacco will not play, so the second-round pick out of Missouri could steal the show. Denver traded up to grab Lock at No. 42 overall; the 6-4, 228-pounder has a big arm and has gotten increasingly accurate, completing 63 percent of his throws last year. In 2017, Lock set a single-season SEC record with 44 touchdown passes. He finished his Missouri career with 99 TD throws against 39 interceptions.

But just because the Broncos appear to have the motivational edge doesn’t mean they’ll cover nearly a field goal against the more talented Falcons.

Quinn knows what he has in a passing game led by Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper. Ryan will sit out on Thursday, just like Flacco, but Quinn is brimming with anticipation to see his explosive group of running backs perform. Devonta Freeman looks like his old self after a groin injury doomed his 2018 season. Behind him, the Falcons want to get a long look at Ito Smith (four touchdowns last season), dynamic rookie Qadree Ollison, Kenjon Barner, and training camp standout Brian Hill. “That’s a lot of weapons at running back,” Quinn told reporters.

The Falcons drafted two offensive linemen in the first round — guard Chris Lindstromand tackle Kaleb McGary — and they’ll get extended snaps. Atlanta wants to re-establish its running game after averaging just 98.3 yards on the ground last season, which ranked 27th, so look for the Falcons to pound the ball behind their upgraded O-line.

We can tell you Tierney is leaning under, but he’s isolated a critical X-factor that has him going big on one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who wins the 2019 Hall of Fame Game? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see Mike Tierney’s strong Falcons vs. Broncos pick, all from the acclaimed expert who went 63-46 on NFL picks against the spread last season, and find out.