Publish Date: 30/05/2021
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Buffalo Bills host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday as the NFL’s wildcard weekend gets underway. The Bills are the number two seed after defeating Miami Dolphins last weekend, while the Colts are the seventh seed after losing to Tennessee Titans. This is the first time that these two teams will meet in the NFL play-offs, so spectators should be in for an entertaining clash. Read on to see where we think the key clashes are, and where you can find the best betting value!
Bills need focus
This game will be the first play-off game staged in Buffalo since 1996, and the Bills have confirmed an agreement with New York State that will see 6,772 fans allowed to attend the game. Bills head coach Sean McDermott is insistent that this is a different Bills team to the one that won 10 games in 2019 and then exited the play-offs at the first hurdle. McDermott knows that his team, which finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, is facing a strong Colts outfit that racked up 11 regular season wins. He has therefore acknowledged that the week of preparation leading up to the game should be intense and focused. The Bills can’t rest on their laurels after their 56-26 win over Miami last week. The Bills have won nine of their last 10 games and are led by an MVP contender quarterback in the shape of Josh Allen. Their defense is also picking up form at just the right time of the season.
For the Colts, head coach Frank Reich has insisted that the pressure is off his team of underdogs. He is also convinced that his team can cause an upset this weekend. Reich has asserted that winning 11 games in a season is not easy, and his team have managed that feat. He has only been part of a team that has won 11 or more games eight times in his career and six of those teams have reached the Super Bowl. A seventh seed has never won the Super Bowl, but Reich has stated that he wants his Colts to be the first to do so.
Our Pick: Bills by 7-12
Our tip for this game comes from 888Sport, which is offering odds of +360 on the Bills winning the game by seven to 12 points. We suspect that, despite Frank Reich’s positivity, Josh Allen and his Bills will just have too much offensive power for the Colts to cope with. The team from New York State will give the small number of fans in the stadium something to cheer on Sunday.
Our pick: Bills by 7-12 @ +360 with 888Sport