Rex Ryan lamented there was only one thing missing in making his Buffalo Bills coaching debut complete.
In other words, he'll take it.
The Bills showed signs of unveiling the bully Ryan had vowed to build in Buffalo when he took over in January after Doug Marrone stepped down abruptly.
Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon each rushed for touchdowns as part of a ground-and-pound attack that combined for 147 yards. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was efficient in his Bills debut. He completed 14 of 19 for 195 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Percy Harvin, and added 41 yards rushing.
And Buffalo's dominating defense put the clamps on Andrew Luck and what was one the NFL's best offenses a year ago.
"They beat us pretty bad," Luck said. "You don't let one game necessarily define you, but that doesn't make it any easier of a pill to swallow."
"It's a game changer," linebacker Nigel Bradham said of how the offense capitalized on the turnover. "Any time you get a situation like that where the offense just goes down and puts it in for us, we're going to sit back as a defense and be happy, with smiles on our faces."
Buffalo proceeded to score on its next three possessions, capped by Dixon's 1-yard run in the third quarter to build a 24-0 lead six minutes into the second half.
For Indianapolis, Hilton didn't return after bruising his left knee late in the third quarter. Colts owner Jim Irsay said preliminary tests were negative, but added it's too early to determine whether their top receiver will miss any playing time.
"Big disappointment," Irsay said. "It's very tough to take. We have nothing but to bounce back."
NOTES: Taylor technically didn't start at quarterback as the Bills opened with a trick play. Taylor lined up at receiver, with veteran Matt Cassel taking the snap and handing the ball to LeSean McCoy for a 6-yard loss. Taylor signed with the Bills this offseason after spending the past four years as Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore. ... Bills LB Randell Johnson recovered a punt muffed by rookie Phillip Dorsett at the Colts 26 early in the fourth quarter. The turnover led to Dan Carpenter's 45-yard field goal for a 27-8 lead. ... Carpenter was 2 for 2 by also hitting a 45-yarder after missing three of six in preseason.
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