ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., SEPT. 9 -- The Buffalo Bills overcame a strong NFL debut by Jeff George, getting four field goals from Scott Norwood in a 26-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts today.
George, the top pick in the draft, completed 13 of 24 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. He left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion after linebacker Cornelius Bennett tackled him. Although down four minutes, George walked from the field. He went to the locker room shortly thereafter and his status for next week's home debut against the Patriots is uncertain.
Jim Kelly outpassed George, completing 28 of 37 passes. His 283 yards included a three-yard touchdown to Butch Rolle. Thurman Thomas, last year's NFL leader in combined yards from scrimmage, ran for 84 yards and caught nine passes for 61 yards. He ran six yards for a touchdown with 1:37 left.
George wasn't intercepted and led the Colts on two drives of 67 yards each, finishing the second with a pretty 25-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan. He was sacked three times.
Dean Biasucci kicked a 24-yard field goal, but missed a 29-yarder in the fourth quarter that would have brought the Colts within three points.
Trailing by 16-3 at the half, George drove the Colts 67 yards with the second-half kickoff. He ended the drive with his perfect pass to Morgan, who sped past rookie James Williams along the sideline to catch the pass in stride as he crossed the goal line.
The Bills opened the game in a hurry-up offense that surprised the Colts. After moving quickly from their 11, the Bills stalled at the Colts 11; Norwood's 29-yard field goal provided a 3-0 lead.
After missing his first pass, George completed four passes on the next drive to put the ball on the 1. A delay of game hurt, so Biasucci made a 24-yard field goal.
After Bruce Smith forced George to fumble -- Leon Seals recovered on the Colts 22 -- Kelly threw to Rolle for the touchdown.