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The Speed Option: Indianapolis Colts

The Bills take on their former division foe in the Wild Card

Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

We’re finally there Buffalo Bills fans—it’s time for the playoffs. The Bills’ dominating win over the Miami Dolphins secured them the second seed in the AFC and it also helped get the Indianapolis Colts into the playoffs. Now the Bills will face off against their former division foe and former quarterback, Frank Reich. Here’s an update on how the Colts have fared through the 2020 season.


2020 Regular Season Summary

The Colts finished the regular season with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to bring their season record to 11-5. They finished second in the AFC South behind the Tennessee Titans, but snagged the brand new seventh seed to make their way to the playoffs.

Head Coach

Former Buffalo Bills backup quarterback / legend, Frank Reich has been the head coach in Indianapolis for the past three seasons. Over those three years he has a 28-20 record (.583 W-L percent) in the regular season. He is 1-1 in the playoffs with the one playoff win coming in 2018 over the Houston Texans.

Offensive Coordinator

Jamestown, NY native Nick Sirianni has been Reich’s offensive coordinator since he took over the team in 2018. Siriani was previously a wide receivers and quarterbacks coach with Reich for the San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers. His offense finished the regular season tenth in yards per game and ninth in points per game.

Defensive Coordinator

Reich has also had the same defensive coordinator for his full head coaching tenure in Indianapolis. Matt Eberflus is the man that Reich has entrusted with the defensive side of the ball. Prior to running the defense for Indianapolis, Eberflus was the linebackers coach for the Dallas Cowboys for seven seasons. Eberflus’s defense finished 2020 ranked eighth in yards per game allowed and 11th in points per game allowed.

Offensive Starters

  • QB: Philip Rivers ^
  • RB: Jonathan Taylor *
  • WR: T.Y. Hilton
  • WR: Zach Pascal
  • WR: Michael Pittman Jr. *
  • TE: Jack Doyle
  • LT: Chaz Green
  • LG: Quenton Nelson
  • C: Ryan Kelly
  • RG: Mark Glowinski
  • RT: Braden Smith

^ = free agent / trade
* = rookie

Defensive Starters

  • DE: Justin Houston
  • DT: DeForest Buckner ^
  • NT: Grover Stewart
  • DE: Denico Autry
  • WLB: Darius Leonard
  • MLB: Anthony Walker
  • SAM: Bobby Okereke
  • CB: Rock Ya-Sin
  • FS: Julian Blackmon *
  • SS: Khari Willis
  • CB: Xavier Rhodes ^
  • N: Kenny Moore II

^ = free agent / trade
* = rookie