1. Why this home playoff game will be special for Micah Hyde
Bills Mafia has been chomping at the bit all season long to be able to cheer on the team in person and on Saturday, about 6,700 fans will get that very opportunity. Under Sean McDermott, it's been the goal of this team to win the division and earn the right to have a home playoff game. Micah Hyde is motivated by the fact that his wife and son will be at Bills Stadium to cheer him on. He also knows what this game means to the fans and the city of Buffalo.
"It's been a very weird year not having any fans, kind of got used to it, to be honest," Hyde said. "You run up the tunnel and you get used to not seeing any fans so it's gonna be different to see fans. My wife at home has been very excited that this is the first game she gets to bring my son too. He's gonna have no idea what's going on but she's excited to bring him too. That's big for me, that's important for me that they're gonna be in the house watching me play and it's going to give me more motivation. For this community to have a first playoff game in a long time and this is something we talked about since 2017. Since Sean McDermott made a pitch to us in '17, and said, we gotta have a home playoff game. Now we want to be walking into our stadium, go into the tunnel and listen to the salt crack underneath your shoes. And we're here now, so the vision that we had since '17 has come true and we are going to go out there and play our best for this community."
Scroll through to see the best photos from Buffalo's practice as they prepare for this Saturday's wild card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, presented by Pepsi.
2. Bills crack Marc Sessler's top five dream Super Bowl matchups
The NFL Wild Card games have not been played yet but Around the NFL writer Marc Sessler is already dreaming of the Super Bowl. He came out with his top five matchups that he would love to see on Super Bowl Sunday, and his second pick was the Bills against a familiar foe – Tom Brady. Here's what Sessler had to say about it:
2) Buffalo Bills (AFC No. 2 seed, 13-3) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC No. 5 seed, 11-5)
This season represents a cleansing for the Bills. For eons, they were pushed around and giggled at by the New England Patriots. Those ghosts were slayed this season, as Buffalo morphed into an offensive juggernaut with New Age wonder Josh Allen at the controls. Name a more appropriate ending for Buffalo than a final showdown with Tom Brady. The Bills would hit the scene as lovable types from Western New York. The Bucs don't pull at my heartstrings but watching their 43-year-old quarterback battle for one last Lombardi would do the trick.
Hopefully the broadcast would include home-cam footage of a super-grumpy Bill Belichick intermixed with cutaways to Robert Kraft gripping mint juleps and wondering what could have been. The sideswiped Patriots franchise would operate as a central character in the game itself, not unlike a sad Force ghost hanging around with no clear mission on a day entirely about New England's ex-quarterback and an AFC East forever changed.
3. ESPN ranks Josh Allen here among quarterbacks playing in the playoffs
ESPN sports analytics writer Seth Walder came out with his quarterback rankings for all 14 teams in the playoffs. He had Josh Allen posted at number four behind Mahomes, Rodgers and Wilson. Allen is looking to get his first career playoff win and looking to advance the Bills to the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since 1995. Walder listed out Allen's biggest strengths and weaknesses from what he's seen this season and for his full analysis on Allen click here.
No. 4. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Biggest strength: It's incredible how many areas in which Allen was a top-10 performer: QBR against the blitz or not against the blitz, against pressure or not against pressure, against man, against zone, using play-action, on third down. But I want to highlight an area of remarkable improvement: accuracy. It was deemed a weak point for him a few years ago, but in 2020 he led the league in completion percentage over expectation and completed air yards over expectation. His off-target rate is middle of the road, but that's a far cry from his worst-in-the-league ranking in the same metric a year ago.