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Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium for Bills at Colts

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Buffalo Bills will get a clearer idea of their playoff chances this afternoon, when they play the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. here in Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Bills must catch the Colts to get into the tournament. If the season were to end today, the Colts would have one of the AFC's two wild-card playoff spots.

Here is a digest of items about today's game.

Weather report: What do you care? The game is indoors.

Matchup to watch: Bills rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn versus Colts pass-rusher Dwight Freeney. Glenn didn't see much of Miami Dolphins pass-rusher Cameron Wake last week. That responsibility mostly fell on right tackle Chris Hairston.

But Glenn could be busier today. Freeney is a seven-time Pro Bowler with 25 career multi-sack games. Freeney has only two sacks this year because of injuries, but he's healthy now.

Matchup to watch II: As Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski points out in today's Scouting Report, Bills running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson could have big performances. The Colts have been weak against the run, allowing 120 yards a game.

Did you know? Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has missed 18 field goals against the Bills. He has made 30 of his 48 attempts. He hasn't missed more than seven attempts against any other team.

The Buffalo News has you covered throughout the day. Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan, columnist Jerry Sullivan and I are in the Lucas Oil Stadium press box, and photographer James P. McCoy will be shooting from the sidelines.

Skurski will moderate our live chat from noon until 5 p.m. "[BN] the Huddle," our postgame webcast, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by Skurski and Lauren Mariacher, the recap show will include reports from Indianapolis and analysis from One News Plaza staffers such as executive sports editor Lisa Wilson and reporters Milt Northrop and Keith McShea.

Today's game will be televised by CBS and shown in Western New York on WIVB Channel 4. Marv Albert will call the play-by-play with Rich Gannon adding analysis.

Fast fact: The last time the Bills won in Indianapolis was in 1998 with Doug Flutie at quarterback.

Something to consider: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has 12 touchdown passes, third for a rookie in Colts history. He needs only four to catch Jeff George but will need to get hot to surpass the 26 touchdowns Peyton Manning threw in 1998.

Bills all-time games versus the Colts: Fred Jackson rushed for 212 yards two years ago. Joe Ferguson passed for 317 yards and Frank Lewis had 158 receiving yards in separate 1979 games.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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