ORCHARD PARK - Notes from the Bills’ 30-7 win over the Colts on Sunday afternoon at the cold, windy, snowy “Ralph:”
- Bills running back Fred Jackson had a career day with 212 yards on 33 carries. He became the sixth Buffalo running back to rush for 200 yards in a game joining O.J. Simpson (six) and Cookie Gilchrist, Terry Miller, Greg Bell and Thurman Thomas with one each.
Jackson’s total was seventh best single-game by a Bill.
He also became the 11th Bill to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season, finishing with 1,062.
- Buffalo’s rookie cornerback Cary Harris got his first two career interceptions, picking off Peyton Manning, then backup Curtis Painter. Buffalo’s other takeaway was a fumble recovery by defensive end Chris Kelsay off a bobble by Painter.
The two interceptions gave the Bills 28 on the season. Buffalo’s team record is 36, set in 1962 over a 14-game season.
The Bills committed no turnovers for the second time this season, they also had no giveaways in the win at Carolina.
- Buffalo’s 30 points were the third-most the Bills scored this season . The 23-point margin was the most by which Buffalo won this year and going back to last season at Kansas City (54-21) in Game 11.
- Terrell Owens 4-catch, 65-yard effort moved him past Tim Brown (14,934) and into third place (14,951) all-time on the NFL receiving yards list.
- The game’s only sack came when defensive tackle Kyle Williams dumped Painter on the last play of the first half, his fourth of the season.
“I enjoy playing in (the snow),” he said. “I think it’s an advantage for us. I’ve been telling the rookies around here that they don’t realize how good we’ve had it this year.
“We haven’t had a crazy weather game until this one.”
- With his 12-point afternoon (three field goals, three extra points), Bills’ place-kicker Rian Lindell exceeded 1,000-career points (he now has 1,005). It also gave him his sixth 100-point plus season.
- Buffalo middle linebacker Paul Posluszny had a game-high 11 tackles including eight solos. Five Colts were credited with seven tackles including cornerback Kelvin Hayden who had all solos.
- The announced crowd of 68, 848 seemed a exaggeration by nearly half.
-Talk about personnel shortages, the Colts had 10 starting lineup changes and that didn’t include Manning, running back Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark or wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
The Colts’ seven inactives inactives were all injured starters: defensive end Dwight Freeney (abdomen), offensive tackle Ryan Diem (elbow) cornerback Jerraud Powers (hamstring), H-back Gijon Robinson (knee), linebacker Clint Session (knee) and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (shoulder).
Indianapolis listed a numbing 30 players on its injury report, only 15 of them probable.
- All seven Bills’ inactives were hurt: quarterback Trent Edwards (ankle), wide receivers Josh Reed and Steve Johnson, both with ankle injuries, offensive tackles Jonathon Scott (ankle) and Andre Ramsey (calf), linebacker Bryan Scott (concussion) and linebacker Ashlee Palmer (ankle).
Jamon Meredith replaced Scott at left tackle and special teams star Jon Corto opened at linebacker with the Bills having only four players healthy at that position.