Reich steps in for woozy Kelly, as Bills waltz over Colts, 42-6

October 14, 1991

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Even with Jim Kelly out of it -- mentally or physically -- the Buffalo Bills' offense was more than coherent enough to overwhelm the woozy Indianapolis Colts.

The NFL's top-rated passer called several plays while in a hit-induced fog, and they were successful, as was just about everything else the Bills' offense tried in a 42-6 pummeling of the winless Colts yesterday.

"When I told him one of our most basic running plays and he said, 'What's that?' I kind of knew he was out of it," said Frank Reich, who replaced Kelly late in the first half and directed the Bills (6-1) for the rest of the rout.

Kelly, who wasn't available after the game, suffered a mild concussion, according to coach Marv Levy. It wasn't immediately clear whether Kelly would miss any games, but the condition wasn't believed to be serious.

Kelly led the Bills to touchdowns on their first three possessions. Reich led the Bills to touchdowns on their next three possessions. All the Colts could muster was two field goals by Dean Biasucci.

From the beginning, it seemed as if it would be a long day for the Colts. Ken Clark, subbing for the injured Eric Dickerson, fumbled on Indianapolis' second play of the game and the Bills recovered on the Colts' 14. On the Bills' first play, Thomas ran for the score.

"That was a devastating thing," Colts coach Rick Venturi said. "We knew they would be a real cranked-up football team and we wanted to withstand anything early and, unfortunately, we set a tone there."

The Colts, who have scored the least points of any team in the league, continue to struggle on offense. Quarterback Jeff George said the fact that Indianapolis was without Dickerson and five injured offensive linemen limits what the Colts can do.

"They knew what was coming," he said. "It might be a little different if we had all of our guys in there."

Then again, maybe it wouldn't have been different, George added.

"They came in to prove a point," he said. "It's a shame it had to be us."

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