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The 2-4 Buffalo Bills marched into Indianapolis to take on the 1-5 Colts , and it was as Bills-y a performance as you could expect. Buffalo had a bunch of mistakes, the defense was torched, there were injuries, and they lost. You’re shocked.Here are the five takeaways from the game.Bills live and die by turnoversIf the defense can nab some turnovers, the Bills do well. This week , they were -5 in the turnover battle after Derek Anderson threw three picks and fumbled. Charles Clay had the other turnover. Lorenzo Alexander was sooooo close to a fumble recovery in the end zone but it squirted out the back of the end zone for a safety instead. Without protecting the ball and stealing it from the opponent, Buffalo is going to be in trouble2. It wasn’t Derek Anderson’s faultSo many of the Bills games this season have come down to bad quarterback play. It wasn’t that way this week. While Anderson cost the Bills three points at the end of the first half after an interception return led to a Vinatieri kick, the rest of his turnovers were with the game mostly out of reach. His completion percentage was good through three quarters and he converted on a few third and longs before the wheels fell off late. 3. The Bills pass rush was non-existentBuffalo had to blitz to get any pressure. Jerry Hughes was held, pulled, and tackled all day and it wasn’t called , but Trent Murphy and the rest of the Bills d-line couldn’t capitalize on the extra attention paid to Hughes. Zero sacks against a guy who throws the ball that much is not great. That leads us to鈥?. Speaking of which, the defense was bad todayAfter the first six quarters of the season, Buffalo’s defense has been stout. Not today. The Colts threw and ran through Buffalo’s defense all day and the game was never in doubt. The running game was chunking yards against Buffalo after the first two series of the game. Marlon Mack went for 126 on 19 carries. Nyheim Hines had 47 yards and Jordan Wilkins had 46 yards on a combined 11 carries. Yikes.5. Kelvin Benjamin was okay today.So鈥?Kelvin Benjamin had some nice catches today. Third and long conversions. He looked like he cared. He led the team with 4 catches for 71 yards. So is it time to trade him? Running back LeSean McCoy said this week that he thinks the Bills can win with the talent on hand and he was proven right on Sunday.Steven Hauschka hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired and the Bills improved to 2-3 on the season with a 13-12 win over the Titans. The loss drops Tennessee to 3-2 and ends their three-game winning streak.Hauschka’s kick was set up by an 11-play, 47-yard drive that followed Ryan Succop‘s fourth field goal of the day. That gave the Titans their first lead, but it was short-lived as McCoy and Chris Ivory combined to eat clock and yardage against a Titans defense that couldn’t stop what they knew was coming.McCoy ran 24 times for 85 yards and caught two passes for 23 yards in his busiest and most productive day of the year. Josh Allen scored the only Bills touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first quarter and completed 10-of-19 passes for 82 yards and an interception.That interception came when Adoree Jackson knocked a pass away from Andre Holmes and plucked it out of the air on its way down. Succop’s fourth field goal came a short time later when the drive stalled on a Jerry Hughes sack. Hughes had a chance for a second sack before an earlier field goal , but let Marcus Mariota go after wrapping him up in what may have been an attempt to avoid a roughing the passer penalty.That was the second sack Mariota took on a third down in Sunday’s game and those miscues will go alongside three turnovers and five penalties as issues that contributed to the losing effort.Those errors would have been relegated unhappy footnotes had Mariota been able to pilot one touchdown drive, but the Bills defense didn’t yield much even while their own offense was scuffling for much of the afternoon.The one time they did, wide receiver Nick Williams dropped a pass that would have been worth six points. That pretty well sums up what kind of day it was for the Titans, who will try to bounce back against the Ravens. The Bills will try to even their record in Houston.

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