The NFL Playoffs are here. Finally. They will start during Wild Card Weekend with the Indianapolis Colts taking on the Buffalo Bills in what should be a tremendous AFC matchup.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to exact revenge against the Tennessee Titans following their loss in the NFL Playoffs last season. Meanwhile, Drew Brees wants to make sure this is not his final game as his Saints host the Chicago Bears in one of the most-lopsided matchups of the weekend.
It’s in this that we look at the first weekend of the NFL Playoffs with game-by-game predictions.
NFL Playoff schedule: Saturday wild card games
Time/station: 4:05 PM EST, CBS
Colts-Bills point spread: Bills -6.5 (over/under 51.5)
The Bills finished up the regular season with a 13-3 record and in style by virtue of a blowout 56-26 win over the Miami Dolphins. It’s a game that saw MVP candidate Josh Allen throw three touchdowns in just over two quarters of action to finish the regular year with a franchise record 45 total touchdowns. All said, Buffalo averaged an otherworldly 47.7 points in their final three regular-season games. Talk about entering the playoffs on a high note.
Buffalo will host a limited number of fans for its wild card game against the underdog Colts. For Indianapolis, getting into the playoffs with an 11-5 record was no small accomplishment. Philip Rivers played pretty darn good football in his first regular season with the team.
At issue here is a lackluster season-ending performance from the Colts. Their Week 17 game against the one-win Jaguars was within one score in the final stanza. Indy also finished 2-4 during the regular season against teams that boasted a winning record. Despite the feel-good story in Indianapolis, it’s hard to imagine Fran Reich’s squad keeping pace with the high-flying Bills.
NFL Playoffs prediction: Bills 31, Colts 24