Buffalo’s up-and-down season has continued, but the Bills still have a chance of making the playoffs. A road win over the Indianapolis Colts would be a great way to get that postseason push started.
After suffering through a three-game winless streak, which included losses to the Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New England Patriots, the Bills rebounded by beating the Miami Dolphins 19-14 in Week 11.
Though Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense couldn’t get going, Buffalo’s defense was excellent, forcing three Dolphins turnovers and holding their opponents to just 184 yards of total offense.
The Bills will look to carry over that defensive prowess to Week 12 against Andrew Luck’s Colts. Luck has been as advertised and has Indianapolis at 6-4 this season. The Colts are going to be a tough team to beat at home, especially because of Buffalo’s inconsistency.
Fred Jackson has apparently passed his concussion tests and will play a part in Sunday’s game, though Chan Gailey has already let it be known that C.J. Spiller will get a majority of the touches. It’s about time. Jackson has been solid, but Spiller is a threat to go to the house every time he touches the ball. You’ve got to get your best playmakers the ball as much as humanly possible.
We’re not too worried about Buffalo’s running attack this week, but we do fear their defense will have a tough time holding the Colts in check. Buffalo is #18 in pass defense and #1 in run defense, so it’s not like they can afford to make mistakes on the defensive end.
Still, the Bills have shown a tendency to show up when you least expect it, so we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if they come in and beat Indianapolis, while also covering as underdogs in the eyes of those making their NFL picks. Just don’t expect too much.