Terez Paylor & Charles Robinson preview Saturday's wild-card game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills. Is there any hope for the Colts to stop the hottest team in the league? If there is, Indianapolis needs only look back one year to Tennessee's playoff victory over the Baltimore Ravens to find the blueprint.
Hear the full conversation on the Yahoo Sports NFL Podcast.
TEREZ PAYLOR: Here's a game that's going to be interesting though. Indianapolis Colts at the Buffalo Bills. This game is fascinating in a lot of different ways. First of all, let's start with the Colts' offense. We've, season we've talked about the inevitable Philip Rivers three interception game in the playoffs. And it is kind of setting up for that.
But there's a scenario where that doesn't happen, and it starts with them being able to run the football effectively. Like if they can found a way to run the ball with Jonathan Taylor, who's been getting the ball around 20 times a game and it really does look great. He's been looking great, you know, that's going to take a lot of pressure off Rivers. And there's a scenario where they can win that game.
You know, I think the Colts got to shorten it, man. I think they got to, I think they got to run the football, and then you got to make Josh Allen go the length of the field. And they're almost built up to do it, because it's a heavy zone team that Tampa two. You know, they play a lot of zone anyway. Like there's a scenario here where if Buffalo doesn't bring it, they can lose to this football team. But I certainly think the Bills are favored. And you know, Josh Allen is at the point where I have a hard time thinking he will play poorly enough to lose a game like at this point in the playoffs.
CHARLES ROBINSON: It's funny, because a year ago, I sat here and I looked at the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens and thought, yeah, the Titans are going to housed. Like they're going to get the brakes beat off 'em by this Ravens team. And then what happened? Tennessee came out, they ran the football, they controlled tempo, they didn't, you know, leave Lamar Jackson out on the field running around all the time. They frustrated that offense.
And I do not think the Colts are as good as that Tennessee team. However, I do think that there are some tenets of that offense, as you said, that have changed down the stretch and become more run-oriented and protecting Philip Rivers a bit. I do think that there are some tenants that are similar to what the Colts could do, to what the Titans could do offensively last year to frustrate a team that we all thought was exponentially better.
I would be surprised if the Bills do not come out, and the Bills are, to me, scariest team to face in the playoffs for everybody, including Kansas City. I'm sure Kansas City's sitting there going man, you know, yeah, if we're going to pick a team we really don't want to face right now, the Bills are amped up, they're having fun, they're loose.
TEREZ PAYLOR: They got a play-making quarterback.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Play-making quarterback with a huge arm. They can run it when they want to run it. They have a dynamic wide receiver. They have, you know, a coach that the team will run through a wall for. That's a lot. So I would not pick Indianapolis in this game. But seeing what Jonathan Taylor has done down the stretch and how that has affected the offense and their ability to really control a tempo game and grind teams down a little bit, changed my mind a little bit about whether or not the Colts could run into a hot ass team and just really slow it all down.