Indianapolis (0-0) at Buffalo (0-0)
When: Sunday, September 13th 2015
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Time: 1:00 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 813, 82
Rex Ryan starts his tenure in Buffalo today and will try and get the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Former Eagle LeSean McCoy will make his debut for the Bills as well. He’s been dealing with hamstring issues, but should be ready to go Sunday. He ran for almost 3,000 yards in his last two seasons in Philadelphia while catching 80 passes out of the backfield. They will rely heavily on McCoy early on until quarterback Tyrod Taylor settles in. Taylor is a mobile QB who Ryan thinks can lead them to the playoffs. Ryan, a defensive guru, will inherit the 4th best defense from a year ago. He will switch the Bills from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, but that shouldn’t be an issue. Buffalo used a similar scheme in 2013. The Bills have a tough start to the season with the Colts today, Patriots next week, and the Dolphins in week 3. If they can come out of that 2-1, Ryan just might have something.
The Colts are looking for more than just the playoffs this year. They were one game away from the Super Bowl last year and they’ve added some more weapons for Andrew Luck. Running back Frank Gore comes over from San Francisco and WR Andre Johnson from Houston. Luck had a monster year in 2014. He threw for 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns. If Johnson can stay healthy, he will be Luck’s favorite target and should haul in over 100 passes easily. Gore will be limited for the most part so they can keep him fresh for the playoffs. Defense will again be the weak spot for Indianapolis and they lost starting defensive tackle Arthur Jones for the season. The Colts will use a couple of rookies on the line this year, but still have veteran Robert Mathis at outside linebacker. Unlike the Jets, the Colts have an easy first part of their schedule. After today, they play the Jets, Titans, Jaguars, and Texans before the schedule gets a little tougher.
I like the excitement Ryan has brought to Buffalo and I think they will have one of the best defenses in the league. As long as Taylor doesn’t make too many mistakes, the Bills will be fine and could get to 10-6 this year. We almost made this one of our Supercontest plays, but the 2.5 scared us away. Plus, Luck can go off anytime. I like the home team in this matchup.
Pick: Bills +2.5