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NFL Saturday Preview

Colts at Vikings

The trifecta of Saturday games in Week 15 kicks off with the Colts and Vikings in Minnesota. The Vikes come into the game following a loss to Detroit last week and a record of 10-3 despite a negative point differential on the year. Even with one of the best records in the league, questions have been surrounding this team all season and many people think that they won’t be a real threat come playoff time. Regardless of the talk, though, they have one of the best receivers in the world right now in Justin Jefferson. His matchup with Stephon Gilmore will be a great one to pay attention to tomorrow.  

For the Colts, it’s just been a tough year in every way. Many people thought this team could contend for an AFC South title, but they’re now 4-8-1 following last week’s bye. With Jonathan Taylor going through injury issues and an offensive line that can’t protect an aging Matt Ryan, it really is no wonder this offence has struggled this season. This week, though, they may be able to find a little success against a Minnesota defence that has allowed at least 22 points in five consecutive games. 

Ravens at Browns

The Saturday afternoon matchup features an AFC North rivalry game between the Browns and Ravens. It’s a much bigger game for Baltimore than it is for Cleveland in terms of the playoff race, but whenever these two rivals get together, they don’t need anything extra to play for. Tyler Huntley will lead the Ravens into Cleveland with Lamar Jackson still out due to injury while J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards will both be active in the backfield. On the other side of the ball, Baltimore will hope to see their defence remain hot, as the unit has allowed 14 points or less in four of their last five games.  

The Browns are hoping that Saturday is the day that Deshaun Watson shows himself to be fully back. After a tough first game, Watson was better but still not great in last week’s loss to the Bengals. For the Browns to succeed against a tough Ravens defence, they’ll need Watson to have his best game yet, especially if Nick Chubb is being contained. The weapons are there for Watson, but it’s never easy coming back to the NFL after missing almost two full seasons.

Dolphins at Bills

Finally, Week 15’s Saturday slate will finish with an AFC East matchup between the Dolphins and Bills. With a win, Buffalo will take a stranglehold on the division and remain the top seed in the AFC. Although Josh Allen’s MVP hopes have been all but dashed in the last few weeks, he’s still got a great opportunity to lead his team to the first round bye and set Buffalo up very well for the playoffs.  

The Dolphins may be even more desperate for a win. Things have not looked great for the team recently and they’ll be looking to avoid falling to 8-6 with a third straight loss. Both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have been playing hurt recently and it’s clearly affecting Tua and the pass game. The offence has scored just 17 points in each of the last two losses after scoring at least 30 points in the four games prior. Another concern for Miami on Saturday will be the weather. Buffalo is expected to see a fair amount of snowfall tomorrow, and many people have been questioning whether the Dolphins will be able to handle the unusually cold conditions. 

The Picks

If we had to make a pick for every game on the Saturday slate, they would be: 

VIKINGS –3.5 // RAVENS +3 // DOLPHINS +7  

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