Indianapolis Colts: Five Keys to Stampede the Buffalo Bills

The Indianapolis Colts, behind QB Philip Rivers, is going to the playoffs. They finished as the number seven seed in the AFC and will travel to Orchard Park, New York to take on the Buffalo Bills. The game will take place on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:05 Est. What will it take for the Colts to upset the high-powered Bills? Here are some keys to pay attention to as you watch this game.

Run Game

Can Jonathan Taylor and the other running backs of the Indianapolis Colts produce? The run defense of the Buffalo Bills finished the regular season 17th. This should help the Colts have some success on the ground. For the Colts to be able to move the ball, they will need to have a successful ground attack. If not, it could be a long afternoon for Rivers.

Philip Rivers

Rivers is going to have to be on his game. The veteran QB will certainly have some opportunities to take advantage of in this game. The Bills defense can be beat as it does have some. If the offensive line can give Rivers time to throw the ball, they can stay in this football game. If Rivers has to hurry, he will be very inaccurate and turn the ball over. How he responds to pressure will be key.

Defense

The Buffalo offense is very high-powered. They finished second in the league averaging just under 400 yards per game. They were also second in the league in scoring just behind the Green Bay Packers. The defense of the Indianapolis Colts will need to be on their “A” game Saturday.If they do not, this game will get out of hand in a hurry.

Weather

More often than not, the weather is a factor when it comes to playoffs games. Warm weather or indoor teams do not fare well when traveling to cold weather areas. That could be the case in this game. Per NFLWeather.com the game is scheduled to be a cold one. 29 degrees at the kick. However, there is no precipitation in the forecast. That will help make the temperature feel a bit warmer.

Turnovers

The Indianapolis Colts are going to have to protect the football on Saturday. Giving the Bills a short field to work with will only let this game get out of control. To be successful, the Colts are going to have to sustain long drives and keep the Buffalo offense on the sidelines. The longer the drive the more suspect the team will be to turning it over. This is why the Colts must take of the ball.

The Indianapolis Colts come into this game winning four out of their last five games. Their only loss came to the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in week 16. In that game, the Colts allowed the Steelers to come from behind in the fourth quarter. Are they prime for an upset? Tune in on Saturday to see.

What do you feel is key for the Indianapolis Colts to upset the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card on Saturday? Leave a comment below.

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