Buffalo Bills: Four Keys to Putting the Indianapolis Colts Out to Pasture
The Buffalo Bills had their best season in quite a while. They finished the season 13-3, winning the AFC East for the first time since 1995. They will play at least one home in the 2020-21 playoffs. Depending on the outcome of Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Bills would be home in the divisional round of the playoffs. However, let’s not look too far ahead. What will it take to beat the Colts? Here are some keys to look for on Saturday.
Allen is only playing in the second playoff game of his young career. Each year, the QB from Wyoming has grown. This season Allen threw for over 4,500 yards, 37 TDs, and 10 INTs. He got a new toy in Stefon Diggs this offseason. The Bills acquired Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade. Allen will need to be on his game Saturday. The Colts are friendly on the pass. They finished 20th in the regular season. Thus, there should be some holes to exploit for Allen and the Bills.
The secondary of the Buffalo Bills has had some struggles this season. They finished the regular season 13th against the pass. The Colts had the 11th ranked pass offense. This should be a pretty even matchup. The weather should not be a factor according to NFLWeather.com. Thus, I expect the ball in the air on both sides. If the Bills’ secondary can stay strong and force Philip Rivers into a couple of mistakes, then Buffalo should advance to the divisional round.
The Bills are going to need to run the ball in this game. This will help keep the Colts defense off balance. However, this could be a tough task. The Colts finished 2nd in the league this season against the rush. On the flip side, the Buffalo Bills were the 20th ranked rush offense. If Buffalo wants to exploit the weaker Colts pass defense they will have to make sure they stick with the running game. Even if it is not working in the beginning.
The Buffalo Bills have always had a stingy pass rush. They will need to utilize that against Philip Rivers and the Colts. Rivers is not a very mobile QB. After all, he is 39 years of age. The Bills should be able to get after him upfront. This will also help out their secondary when covering the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Zach Pascal, and Trey Burton. I expect Sean McDermott to bring the heat early against the Colts passer to see how they handle the pressure.
The Buffalo Bills are in the middle of an unbelievable season. One that should continue after Saturday afternoon. Look for this team to pressure early and often making the trip to Buffalo a miserable one for the Indianapolis Colts. You can also expect this team to make a deep run in the playoffs this season.
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