Darius Leonard and the Indianapolis Colts are underdogs in their upcoming wild-card playoff matchup against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. They maybe shouldn’t be, though, as Indianapolis is 11-5 this year and has played really well at times, as the Colts even defeated Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers earlier this season. In fact, Leonard recently let Allen and the Bills know that they should be very nervous for Saturday’s game.
Darius Leonard and the Colts are underdogs against the Bills
After having a down year in 2019 due to the shocking retirement of Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts have been pretty good this year.
Philip Rivers has ultimately led them to an 11-5 record, as he has thrown for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. However, their running game and play on defense have been the big reasons why they have had so much success. Jonathan Taylor has become one of the best running backs in football. Taylor has run for 74 or more yards every week since Week 11 and even ran for 253 yards in Week 17 against Jacksonville. He ultimately finished third in the NFL in total rushing yards this season with 1,169.
The Colts’ defense, though, has been really successful this year. It was No. 10 in the NFL in points allowed per game this season, as it only allowed 22.6 per outing. It also gave up the eighth-fewest yards in the league and the second-fewest rushing yards. Guys like DeForest Buckner and Justin Houston have been crucial to the defense’s success, but Darius Leonard has been the Colts’ star. Leonard just earned his second Pro Bowl selection in his first three seasons, and he got snubbed in the year he didn’t earn the honors. He ultimately recorded 132 total tackles and three sacks in 14 games this season.
However, despite Indy’s success, they are the underdogs against the Buffalo Bills in their wild-card matchup on Saturday. The Bills are 13-3 this year behind the stellar play of Josh Allen, who has thrown for 4,544 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. This doesn’t mean that the Bills shouldn’t be very, very nervous, though.
Leonard subtly let the Bills know they should be very nervous
On Jan. 7, a tweet surfaced of the Buffalo Bills dancing and keeping loose during practice. It looked like Josh Allen was right in the middle of it, too.
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport then quote-tweeted it and said, “Bills by a million.”
That tweet and the video alone should probably be enough motivation for Leonard and the Colts heading into Saturday. However, Leonard subtly let the Bills know that they should be pretty nervous, as he made sure to like Rapoport’s tweet. No, this isn’t Leonard taking a big shot at the Bills or anything, but he is simply letting them know that he sees them dancing.
So, should the Bills be nervous?
Should Josh Allen and the Bills be nervous to play the Colts?
Let’s be honest; this is probably one of the most difficult teams that a two-seed in the Bills could face during the wild-card round.
Buffalo has had the success it has had this season due to its high-powered offense. In addition to Allen, Stefon Diggs has had a huge year at receiver. He caught 127 passes for 1,535 yards and eight touchdowns. However, the Colts have an excellent defense and could easily give them a more challenging time than they are used to having. Darius Leonard is also one of the best players in the NFL and could be hard for the Bills to contain.
Additionally, the Bills’ defense has just been mediocre this year. It was 16th in points allowed per game and has allowed nearly 2,000 rushing yards this season. The Indianapolis Colts’ offense is actually quietly dangerous, too. Indy scored 28.2 points per game this year, and, as mentioned earlier, saw its running game take off toward the end of the season.
Buffalo could ultimately have a tough time containing Jonathan Taylor, and maybe even Philip Rivers, on Saturday. So, indeed, the Bills should be very nervous.
Yes, the Buffalo Bills still have a higher chance of winning in their game against the Colts. Their offense has been incredible. However, they should still certainly be pretty nervous because Indy is a really good seven seed.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference