The opening match of the NFL playoffs and the Wild Card round takes us to Buffalo, where Bills await the Indianapolis Colts. Josh Allen and his crew won the AFC East after 24 years and are pretty pumped up coming into this match. They are favorites as the second-placed team in the conference, with one of the best QB-WR duos in the league.
On the other side, we have the Colts, whose game is balanced and very consistent in the last several weeks. For Philip Rivers, this is one of the last chances to make something notable in the playoffs, and we are sure that the veteran has a few tricks up his sleeve for this contest.
Colts vs Bills Schedule
- Where: Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
- When: Saturday, January 9, 1:05pm ET
- How to Watch: CBS
Colts vs Bills Odds (Vegas)
Colts vs Bills Preview
How to Stop Allen?
The Colts aren’t very good when it comes to stopping rivals’ passing game. They allow 241.6 yards through the air, which is somewhere in the middle when looking at the entire league. The Colts also allow 22.6 points, which is not that bad, and are the second-best rushing defense in the NFL.
Opposite to them are Josh Allen (arguably the best QB in the league this year, along with Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes), and Stefon Diggs, the No.1 WR in the NFL in receiving yards. It will be one hell of a task for Frank Reich to find a way to stop these two.
Colts, too have several weapons themselves, one in the form of the league’s third rusher this season, Jonathan Taylor, who posted 1.169 yards. For Philip Rivers, this is one of the biggest games of his life. It could easily be the last time he sees the playoffs.
The Show Begins
It was already clear last year that the Bills have playoff material. However, this season, Sean McDermott’s side showed that they possess more quality than projected, and they became one of few teams who could possibly dethrone the Kansas City Chiefs.
Only Green Bay scores more points than they do per game, 31.8 compared to 31.3. The Chiefs are the only team with more yards from the scrimmage than the Bills, who are also the second-best passing offense.
That is mostly because of Allen and Diggs, but many tend to forget Cole Beasley, who had 967 yards, and Gabriel Davis, who racked up seven touchdowns. By the way, he averages 17.1 yards per catch.
Colts vs Bills Head to Head
The previous time these two sides met was in 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The home team blew the Bills apart, 37-8.
Colts vs Bills Prediction and Pick
The Bills are seven-point favorites, and that is for a reason. We respect the Colts and Rivers especially, but at this moment, Buffalo is way better than them. Only the Chiefs, and occasionally Green Bay, have offensive bursts as Bills have this year.
We want to tell you just one thing. Just take a look at how they dismantled the Dolphins in the last round. By the way, Miami has one of the better defenses in the league. All this suggests Buffalo’s win.
Other NFL Wild Card Games:
Saturday, Jan 9th
Sunday, Jan 10th