Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/13/13
1. Kolb doesn't play in preseason game: Usually when a veteran doesn't play in a preseason game it's not a big deal.In Kevin Kolb's case, it is a pretty big deal. Kolb is in the middle of a quarterback battle with 1st round draft pick EJ Manuel, one in which some would say Kolb is losing.Every time Manuel is on the field and Kolb is on the sideline, Kolb's chances of winning the QB battle become slimmer and slimmer.2. Manuel starts preseason game: With Kevin Kolb injured and listed as an "emergency QB" for Buffalo's first preseason game, EJ Manuel was named the starter.Manuel completed 16 of 21 passes (76 percent), threw 1 TD and no INTs. These are pretty good numbers, but with Indy's pass defense looking atrocious Sunday, I think I could have thrown a TD. Manuel did help himself out by not playing terribly. With Kolb on the bench, Manuel is helping himself win the QB battle with Kolb.3. Jeff Tuel: Undrafted rookie QB Jeff Tuel impressed a lot of people during Buffalo's preseason game. The former Washington State QB completely 19 of 23 passes (83 percent), threw 2 TD and no INTs. He is not a threat to take the starting job from Kolb or Manuel just yet, but Tuel could solidify himself as a capable backup QB in the NFL.4. Special Teams: Buffalo's special teams unit looked solid on Sunday. Marquise Goodwin took a kickoff deep in the end zone and ran it back 107 yards for a TD. Rookie kicked Dustin Hopkins made both of his field goals (23 yards and 24 yards), although on one kickoff he kicked the ball out of bounds, resulting in a penalty.5. Buffalo's Defense: Buffalo's new defense played pretty well on Sunday. Buffalo kept Andrew Luck and Indy's first-unit from scoring a TD. I tend to overlook turnovers in preseason play because they are almost inevitable; nevertheless, Buffalo's defense came up with 2 INTs, 1 fumble, and held Indy to 20 points.
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