NFL Wild Card Round: Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills Prediction and Analysis

Published 01/09/2021, 2:30 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) stiff-arms Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) while running with the ball during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The Indianapolis Colts finished 2nd in the AFC South behind eventual winners, Tennessee Titans. They ended their regular season campaign with a 28-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17.

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However, they will go up against an in-form Buffalo Bills led by their dynamic quarterback Josh Allen. WR Stefon Diggs is listed as ‘questionable’ in the final injury report, so only time will tell if he features on Saturday.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Wild Card Round predictions.

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Indianapolis Colts start as underdogs in Wild Card Round

The Frank Reich-coached Indianapolis Colts narrowly made it through to the NFL Playoffs with an 11-5 record. This is veteran QB Philip Rivers’ first season in the AFC South, and it is safe to say he has been impressive thus far.

The Colts will definitely start Saturday’s game as underdogs. But they are proven giant-slayers. Don’t believe us? Then ask the Green Bay Packers and the Tennessee Titans.

Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor is having a ROTY-level season this year. He has bagged 1,169 rushing yards with 11 rushing TDs in his debut season already.

But the home team will need a strong defensive display from the likes of Darius Leonard, Julian Blackmon, and others if they want to stop the free-flowing Bills offense led by Josh Allen.

Will Stefon Diggs feature for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday?

What a season it’s turning out to be for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Coach Sean McDermott has managed to get the best out of his young shot-caller, who was also in the running for the NFL MVP award at the start of the season.

Although the Bills’ form has been inconsistent in recent weeks, they are brimming with confidence due to the cohesiveness of their dynamic offense.

Summer recruit Stefon Diggs is listed as ‘questionable’ ahead of Saturday’s Wild Card Round Playoff. But he is expected to start for the visitors along with WR Gabriel Davis and RB Antonio Williams.

Let’s hope the Bills keep their heads in the game as they tend to get carried away in crucial moments on the field.

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NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills Team Updates

Indianapolis – Out

OT Will Holden – Ankle

Rock Ya-Sin – Concussion

Questionable

DT DeForest Buckner – Ankle

Buffalo – Questionable

WR Cole Beasley – Knee

WR Stefon Diggs – Oblique

Colts vs Bills Prediction

Indianapolis Colts 29 – 35 Buffalo Bills

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Dec 19, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to throw against Denver Broncos defensive tackle McTelvin Agim (95) during the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

This is it, we’ve finally reached the NFL Playoffs after what seems like one long season. The Bills take on the Philip Rivers-led Indianapolis on Saturday, and we expect the former to emerge victorious.

We simply don’t see anything stopping Josh Allen and the Bills from setting up a potential clash with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the post-season. Frankly, we can’t wait for these two to go head-to-head soon.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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