A.F.C. Wild Card Round Preview: Broncos @ Bills
AFC Wild Card Round Preview
Teams: Denver Broncos (13-3) @ Buffalo Bills (10-6)
Start Time: 8:30pm ET
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium - Buffalo, NY
Coaches: JT (79-29) // Nate (45-33) Network: COFL Network - America's Network
COFL Expert Analysis
The last time the COFL Nation saw Coach Nate in the playoffs it was a devastating loss to the Houston Texans 24-23 in the AFC Championship game. The Playoffs haven't seen him since, until now. Coach Nate and the AFC East Division Champs host the two time COFL Bowl and defending champion Denver Broncos. If you aren't ready for this game then you aren't ready for the playoffs. You can probably say that about any game but this one is one for the ages.
A lot of people are looking at the standings and saying "Denver is the 5 seed and they're 13-3? How?" Well, the team that won their division went 16-0, not much you can do about that. Is it fair? No, probably not but it is what it is and now Denver has to go on the road and face a pesky Bill steam that finished 10-6. Some say the Bills don't really deserve to be in the playoffs. They were in the weakest division and that's pretty much the only reason they are in. The COFL Experts disagree with that, this is a Bills team that is as deadly as any.
LeSean "Shady" McCoy was quoted as saying "we want to be the underdogs, we literally have nothing to lose. The pressure is all on them. We will have our crowd ready and a chip on our shoulder as well. Bring it JT, bring...it." McCoy has reason to talk, he ran for 1900 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. He will need to back that up tonight because Denver's run-defense is the best in the league right now. The Broncos know that the key to beating Buffalo is containing McCoy. The two teams faced off in week 1 of the season and McCoy had 117 yards on 14 carries, that can't happen tonight if the Broncos want to move on to the second round.
CJ Anderson and the Denver running game is a major key tonight. They've been sputtering as of late and that has fans on edge. Paxton Lynch will do what he does, he'll go 9 of 12 for 140 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT's. He won't win you the game but he sure isn't going to lose it for you. The Broncos have to be able to run the ball. We're not saying they have to have 150 yards and 3 touchdowns. They simply need to chunk away at drives, keep their defense fresh and keep the Bills high-powered offense off of the field. The longer the Bills are off the field, the more they get away from their style of play. If the Broncos can keep the Bills on edge offensively, they will win this game.
It all comes down to which team can make the other play their style of football. Can the Broncos make the Bills play a slug fest or can the Bills make the Broncos play in a shoot out? Only time will tell.
Spread: Broncos -3.5
Broncos - 20
Bills - 17