The Indianapolis Colts open the Wild Card round at Buffalo on Jan. 9. Fans and bettors can tune in for kickoff at 1 p.m. ET on CBS as the Colts (11-5) battle the Bills (13-3).
The Bills will have up to 6,700 fans in the stands as QB Josh Allen and WR Stefon Diggs look to continue their Pro Bowl seasons and lead the Bills’ strong offensive attack.
But Colts veteran QB Philip Rivers has been in this position before, and Indianapolis looks to be a tough out despite the NFL playoffs odds showing the Bills a 6.5-point favorite at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Every big NFL game during the playoffs has prop bets for every key player and plenty of parlay options. With that said, here are 10 ways you can bet on the Colts opening playoff game.
10. Philip Rivers passing attempts
Saturday is going to be cloudy and cold in Buffalo with temperatures near 32 degrees and winds greater than 12 MPH. Rivers has been efficient for most of the back-half of the season, but the season-ending ankle injury to offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo is a big blow. Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards this season with 4,169. During the second half of the season, Rivers had some of his best games – many against playoff teams. In the Colts’ 34-17 win at the Titans in early November, Rivers threw 39 times for 308 yards. In a 45-26 late November loss to Tennessee, Rivers threw the ball 42 times for 295 yards. Should the Colts play from behind, or fall behind by double digits in the second half, Rivers should be attempting plenty of passes, making over his passing attempts a preferred prop. The Bills pass defense allowed an average of 36 pass attempts per game to rank in the bottom quartile of the league. One negative note – the Bills’ opponent QB passer rating was best in the league over its last three games.
9. Jonathan Taylor touchdowns
Taylor has been the Colts most productive offensive player down the stretch. He scored seven touchdowns in the final four games of Indianapolis’ regular season. Taylor also had his two biggest rushing games in those games with 150 yards at Las Vegas and a season-high 30 rushes for 253 yards in the season finale against Jacksonville. But rather than play Over an inflated rushing yards prop, consider taking a shot on Taylor scoring a touchdown with a little juice ‘Over’ 0.5 touchdowns. You’ll be able to take close to +200 on Taylor scoring at least two touchdowns.
8. Nyheim Hines pass receptions
While Taylor has been the lead running back, Hines has been the key pass-catcher out of the backfield. Hines led the Colts with six receptions for 50 yards in the playoff-clinching Week 17 win. Rivers should continue to target him in the short passing game with the Bills bringing more pressure on defense on the left side with the Colts top offensive tackle sidelined. Hines had 63 receptions to lead the Colts this season. The third-year running back also had at least three receptions in seven of the Colts last eight games and the game plan may actually be Taylor-made for Hines more than Jonathan Taylor.
7. Point spread
The most popular bet for NFL games is on the point spread. The Colts went 5-3 ATS (against the spread) on the road this season. Indianapolis also went 3-4 ATS against playoff teams. The best price you can get on the Colts right now is .
As mentioned in the point spread above, Indianapolis has proven they can compete well with the best teams. The Colts led Pittsburgh on the road 24-7 in the second half before blowing the game 28-24. Also recall that in late November the Colts beat the NFC’s top seed Green Bay Packers, 34-31, in overtime. Indianapolis is on the moneyline.
5. Alternate point spread
If you believe the Colts can win, then an alternate point spread at an even bigger price and payoff is waiting if you bet on the Colts -3.5. Should Indianapolis jump out to an early lead, you’ll be able to buy back on the Bills on your in-play bets to set up another winning betting position.
4. Game over/under
Despite the typical less-than-ideal weather conditions in Buffalo, sportsbooks still anticipate scoring with an Over/Under of . First half totals betting will also be available closer to kickoff and will be priced near 26 points. It’s hard to argue with these two teams scoring points, with the Bills offense scoring an AFC-high 31.3 points per game and the Colts 28.2 points per game.
3. FanDuel’s Same Game Parlay Insurance
You can place a 3+ leg parlay on the Colts game and if only one leg of the parlay loses, you’ll get a refund in FanDuel site credit, up to $25. Take advantage of FanDuel’s offer by going here.
2. Multiple game parlays
There will be two other Wild Card NFL games on the day that the Colts play the Bills. Keep an eye out for bonus offers and odds boosts from top sportsbooks like DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM.
1. Super Bowl futures
The best odds to on the Colts (+4100) to win the Super Bowl are at FanDuel Sportsbook. The Super Bowl futures market may appeal to Colts bettors now at longer odds. But Indianapolis has arguably the toughest path to the Super Bowl. If the Colts upset the Bills, they then travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. Then a road game at Pittsburgh, Tennessee or Cleveland? If you bet the Colts to make or win the Super Bowl, you can get an even better return parlaying a moneyline bet on each Colts playoff game. Should Indianapolis make Super Bowl LV, they will have surely earned the opportunity to be world champions.