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Buffalo Bills Links, 1/9: Game Day vs. the Colts

Key matchups to watch, game previews and predictions as the Bills host the Colts in Wild Card game.

The Buffalo Bills (13-3) and their fans have waited 24 years to host a playoff game. That wait ends later today when the No. 2 seeded Bills welcome the Indianapolis Colts (11-5) to Bills Stadium at 1:05 p.m. EST Saturday in a Wild Card clash.

Today’s edition of the Bills daily links has everything you need to know leading up to kickoff, from breaking down the key matchups, offering up game previews and predictions, and providing information on how to watch the game from home.

We also hear how wide receiver Stefon Diggs became the first Bill to earn first-team All-Pro honors while being joined by wide receiver Cole Beasley, quarterback Josh Allen, cornerback Tre’Davious White and returner Andre Roberts on the All-Pro teams, discover how the Super Bowl-era Bills are embracing this year’s squad, read about how a billboard outside Bills Stadium will honor a Western New York man who was “the representation of every Bills fan,” and much more!


Key Matchups to Watch

Bills-Colts: 10 matchups that could decide the playoff game – The Athletic
The Colts will likely rely on their running game, while the Bills have the offensive firepower to overwhelm Indianapolis’ secondary. (Subscription required).

Colts at Bills: Sal’s keys, notes and stats - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills are looking for their first playoff victory since 1995 when they take on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday afternoon in the AFC Wild Card Round,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Previews, Predictions and How to Watch

Bills aim to show they’re Super Bowl contenders - Democrat & Chronicle
The quest begins as the Buffalo Bills look to prove they are Super Bowl contenders.

Buffalo Bills vs. Indianapolis Colts 2020: Preview, odds, predictions for Wild Card game - newyorkupstate.com
Bills host Colts in first home playoff game since 1996 on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. EST on CBS.

Greg Cosell Previews Bills-Colts Wild Card matchup - BuffaloBills.com
“NFL Films senior producer and ESPN NFL Matchup host Greg Cosell analyzed the Bills-Colts Wild Card game in his weekly segment on One Bills Live.”

Buffalo gears up for playoffs and hopes Saturday’s Bills game is just the start | Local News | buffalonews.com
“The Bills are hosting a home playoff game Saturday for the first time in 24 years and the Bills Mafia, local businesses and the team can’t wait,” writes Stephen T. Watson.

Colts’ Frank Reich: Buffalo will always be a special place – The Athletic
For Colts’ Frank Reich, Buffalo is a special place but not this Saturday. (Subscription required).

Why is Colts legend Dwight Freeney rooting for the Bills? Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“‘Those are my guys,’ Freeney, a member of the Colts Ring of Honor, said this week in a phone interview with The Buffalo News,” writes Jason Wolf.

Buffalo News’ picks for NFL wild-card weekend | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Here are The News’ selections for NFL wild-card weekend from Jay Skurski, Mark Gaughan and Jason Wolf.”

Bills vs. Colts | How to watch, stream, and listen to Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game - BuffaloBills.com
Here are all the details you need to follow Saturday’s game.

Cold, clouds expected for Buffalo Bills playoff game against Colts - newyorkupstate.com
No snow is in the forecast.

Stefon Diggs Among Bills to Earn All-Pro Honors

Bills’ Diggs named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press - Democrat & Chronicle
The wide receiver earned first-team honors, while quarterback Josh Allen was one of five Bills named to the All-Pro first or second team.

Stefon Diggs earns First-Team All-Pro honors - WGR 550
“The honors and accolades continued for Buffalo Bills players when on Friday five different players were named All-Pros, including Stefon Diggs, who became the first wide receiver in franchise history to earn First-Team honors,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Stefon Diggs lone Bills player named first-team All-Pro | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Diggs is the first player in Bills history to lead the NFL in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535),” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills’ Stefon Diggs named first team All Pro; Josh Allen, Tre’Davious White earn second team honors - newyorkupstate.com
“Diggs became the first Bills wide receiver to be named an AP First Team All Pro after setting franchise records with 127 receptions and 1,535 receiving yards,” writes Matt Parrino.

Stefon Diggs earns 1st team All-Pro recognition in 2020 - BuffaloBills.com
For the first time in his five-year NFL career, Stefon Diggs was named first team All-Pro.

Peter King explains voting Bills’ Cole Beasley as All-Pro - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo’s slot receiver was named a second-team All-Pro on Friday.

Injury Updates, Roster Moves

Bills’ Cole Beasley confident he will go vs. Colts (report) - newyorkupstate.com
“On Friday night, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that Beasley feels confident that he will be able to play in the opening game of Super Wild Card Weekend,” writes Ryan Talbot.

Bills elevate WR Duke Williams, OL Jordan Devey from practice squad vs. Colts - newyorkupstate.com
Williams hasn’t played since playoff loss against Houston Texans last season.

Bills elevate Duke Williams and Jordan Devey for Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game - BuffaloBills.com
The Bills elevated two players for Saturday’s playoff game.

Odds and Ends

Bills’ Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs connection was meant to be – The Athletic
Since Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs first hit it off at an offseason workout, they’ve become one of the NFL’s most productive duos. (Subscription required).

Bills Mailbag: So, who won the Stefon Diggs trade? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“If you asked both teams today if they would do the deal again, they would each say yes,” writes Jay Skurski.

The old Bills are “jumping on tables” for this team | News 4 Buffalo
“This Bills season has been an absolute joy for Buffalo fans, who waited a quarter-century for a true championship contender, one that would stir memories of the team’s long playoff run during the Jim Kelly years,” writes Jerry Sullivan.

Taiwan Jones seeks playoff redemption after Texans-Bills – The Athletic
“I cannot wait to make a great play for the Bills so that the Bills can forget about that,” Jones said of his play for Houston last year. (Subscription required).

Sean Kirst: On a day filled with hope, Bills fans will see a tribute to a man who embraced it | Local News | buffalonews.com
A billboard for a man described as “the representation of every Bills fan” will be visible to thousands Saturday as the Bills host the Colts in the first playoff game since 1996 in Orchard Park.

Friends put up billboard in Hamburg to honor late Bills fan | wgrz.com
“Jaron Bruzgul died suddenly in May, never living to see the Bills’ rise to glory. His friends wanted to make sure that his support of the team was not forgotten.”

About 130 Bills ticketholders test positive - Democrat & Chronicle
New York State required all of the 6,772 ticketholders to submit a COVID-19 test prior to Saturday’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Buffalo sports radio icon Chuck Dickerson reflects on career – The Athletic
Eighteen years after his radio show ended its aggressive run, The Coach reflects on the good and bad times (and current Bills). (Subscription required).

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Five Buffalo Bills to watch vs. the Indianapolis Colts - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills host the Colts in their first-ever playoff meeting.

Five Indianapolis Colts to watch at the Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Colts come to Orchard Park to face the Bills in the Wild Card Round.

Crumbling their cookies: How the Buffalo Bills should attack the Indianapolis Colts - Buffalo Rumblings
Copy paste.

Jamie D and Big Newt: Colts Playoff Game Preview - Buffalo Rumblings
We’ve waited all season for this! The Buffalo Bills enter the playoffs as the number-two seed against the Indianapolis Colts.

Buffalo Bills Wild Card Round opponent preview: Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills aren’t the only team with dominant players.

Stefon Diggs named first-team All-Pro in his first season with Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Well-deserved honor for Buffalo’s star receiver.

Josh Allen, Cole Beasley, Tre’Davious White, Andre Roberts named second-team All-Pro - Buffalo Rumblings
Huge recognition for the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills elevate wide receiver Duke Williams, offensive lineman Jordan Devey from practice squad - Buffalo Rumblings
The moves come in advance of Saturday’s playoff matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

Buffalo Bills vs Indianapolis Colts: COVID-19 test results are in - Buffalo Rumblings
There’ll be less than 6700 in attendance due to results.