Darius Leonard: Everybody is counting the Colts out against the Bills

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Colts linebacker Darius Leonard will be one of the best players on the field when this year’s playoffs begin on Saturday in Buffalo. But he knows not many people are giving his team a chance.

Leonard says coach Frank Reich has made sure that everyone in the facility knows that the experts think the Colts are going to lose to the Bills.

“I feel like for me, there is never any pressure. Like coach said, when you are the seventh seed everybody expects you to fail, that’s the mindset,” Leonard said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “Everybody is saying you will fail. I looked at something today, it was pretty crazy that everybody said that the Bills are going to win, everybody is counting us out. So we can just go in there and just be us.”

The Colts are 6.5-point underdogs against the Bills. Maybe not everybody is counting them out, but they’re certainly viewed as long shots.

31 responses to “Darius Leonard: Everybody is counting the Colts out against the Bills

  1. Weak….
    Trust me, the Bills and fans are not counting the Colts out.
    On any given Saturday…and we are approaching it that way..

  2. Another team using the underdog card against the Bills. Am I in bizarro world?

  3. The Bills are clearly the better team and have a MUCH better QB and are playing at home. Of course they’re big favorites. That doesn’t mean the Colts can’t win and it’s no disrespect to them as a team. Still, the Bills are rolling right now and the Colts needed help to get into the playoffs (and wouldn’t have made the playoffs at all under previous postseason rules).

  4. Their RB has something like 600 + yards and a 6.7 ypc avg over the last few games of the season. Beast. Love the Bills if they can get by Indy.

  5. Good Luck. He’s a hell of a player but this isn’t going to be close. With Tre White handling Hilton 1 on 1 all day and the Bills stacking the box, the Colts are cooked. There’s no way the Bills party comes to an end at the hands of Phillip Rivers.

  6. Go ahead and try to get pumped up by the lack of respect , but forget about it because Buffalo knows how to put their nose to the grind stone and stay focused on worse teams than they are.

  7. I’m not counting the Colts out. They have a good team and my bills have a long track record of choking in the playoffs. From wide right to the music city miracle my bills have humiliated this town for a long time.

  8. They were 3-4 against playoff teams this season, with wins against Green Bay, Tennessee, and Bears but losses against the Baltimore, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee.
    They are being somewhat disrespected with the line, they are surprisingly in the top ten in points scored and points against, yet don’t seem potent enough on either aspect to be considered dominating or even threatening. Losing to the Jaguars, even if it was in week one, leaves an impression that lingers.
    Bills should win, unless the Colts have some uncharacteristic big plays on offence and/or win the turnover battle.

  9. As fantastic as Josh Allen has been, I guarantee he makes at least one excruciating blunder. It may not be as silly as his pitch in last year’s playoffs, but something is going to happen. Whether the Colts can cash in on that will go a long way in determining the winner of this ballgame.

  10. I agree with billsrock.
    Colts are a damn good football team but when it comes down to it, if the Bills can get out to an early big lead. The Jonathan Taylor narrative dries up.
    The Bills have also seen another team that dinks and dunks in the Steelers and their defense didnt have any issues with that.

    As long as the Bills score early and often, I dont think that the Colts can keep up.

  11. The Bills offense is built to score quickly, which then forces the opponents offense to play catch up. Like the poster above me said, Tre on Ty, stack the box. The Colts are a good team, and don’t forget they have a coach who engineered one of the largest comebacks in football when he played for the Bills. I think they’ll give a good game but I don’t think the Colts will be able to keep up.

  12. If the Colts can actually put together both halves of a game, they have a chance.

    They just have been playing one half of each game this year, and need to put it all together this Saturday

  13. Tre on TY is a wash. Have you seen his stats? If the Colts win this it will because of BOTH RBs. Allen has a lot to prove and has the weapons to do it. Will old man Rivers give them an easy pick 6? Could be the difference.

  14. They have a chance, it’s just not a very good one. Since the Super Bowl era, the Bills have a 9-2 record at home in the NFL Playoffs.

  15. Oh, please. I don’t know one Bills fan who isn’t concerned about what the Colts bring to the table. Great running game, great defense, veteran QB & an excellent coach. No one thinks this is automatic.

    Every player tries to play that “no one believes in us” card before games like this. The Bills are favored, as they should be – but that’s it.

  16. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    January 8, 2021 at 9:27 am
    As fantastic as Josh Allen has been, I guarantee he makes at least one excruciating blunder. It may not be as silly as his pitch in last year’s playoffs, but something is going to happen. Whether the Colts can cash in on that will go a long way in determining the winner of this ballgame.

    —————

    The difference is, last year’s low scoring version of the Bills offense was far less equipped to handle a big mistake. But with the way Allen is playing it will take more than one big mistake. I’ll never consider a playoff game a given, but Allen and the Bills have come a long way since that Texans game.

  17. “Another team using the underdog card against the Bills. Am I in bizarro world?”
    Happens when you are the #2 seed

  18. Of course they are. The Bills are gonna steamroll everyone in their path, just like the ’94 49ers, and dominate all the way to the Lombardi.

  19. I get all the “we’re under appreciated’ and “no one gives us a chance” mantra..

    But I think the Bills are the last team I would want to face right now

  20. Darius, use whatever method you need to maximize motivation within the organization. WE are behind you! It will take a great effort, and two solid halves of football from all sides of the ball, but that is why they play the game! In the words of Dennis Green, show all those NY lovers that ““If you want to crown them, then crown their (expletive),” but know that the Colts won’t go easy!!!!

  21. Rivers is the least clutch QB in the playoffs. If it weren’t for him, I might give the Colts a chance.

  22. As an older Bills fan I remember the losing SB years and after the 3rd and 4th how players tried using that same motivation. Nobody believes we can win and everyone is counting us out chip on their shoulder. How did that work out? It’s not what you believe, it’s what you can prove.

  23. Michael Jordan used to use other’s criticism to psyche himself up. Whatever toots your whistle, if the results are positive.

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