Week 16 is here which is also the weekend before Christmas. To those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you all and happy holidays to those of you who celebrate other things. To start of the week, the 3-11 Colts will Ben traveling to Baltimore to take on the 8-6 Ravens who will be looking to inch closer towards a spot in the playoffs as a wildcard team. After this game the 11-3 Minnesota Vikings will be traveling to Lambeau Field to take on the 7-7 Green Bay Packers who will be looking to spoil the Vikings’ chances of clinching a first-round bye come Saturday. With this said, here’s what to watch for in Saturday’s games.
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens; 4:30pm
1. Jacoby Brissett Vs Ravens Pass Defense
Brissett will be looking to put up more passing yards than last week as he only threw for 158 passing yards against the Broncos. However, he’ll most likely post a similar stat line against a Ravens defense that ranks 9th in passing yards per game allowed (214.6). Also, the Colts have the worst offensive line in the league which means Brissett will have another long day against this Baltimore defense.
2. Joe Flacco Vs Colts Pass Defense
Joe Flacco will be looking to post a similar stat line as last week as he threw for 288 passing yards and a TD. He could have a monster game against a Colts defense that ranks 30th in passing yards per game allowed (257.3). This matchup is very favorable for Joe Flacco and it’ll be interesting to see if Flacco capitalizes on this poor pass defense.
3. Both Teams Run Games
The run game for both teams has been inconsistent throughout the course of the season but the Ravens run game could play a major factor this game especially since the Colts run defense ranks 29th in rush yards per game allowed (124.2). The Colts will have a tougher time running the ball against the Ravens as they rank 14th in rush yards per game allowed (110.1). Regardless of these stats, the run game will help take pressure off Joe Flacco and Jacoby Brissett at the end of the day.
Bold Prediction: Joe Flacco and the offense rack up 400 yards of offense and 4 TDs.
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers; 8:30pm
1. Brett Hundley’s Return to Starting Lineup
Now that the Packers have been officially eliminated from the postseason and Aaron Rodgers has been placed on injured reserve, Brett Hundley will be starting again. He has a tough task ahead of him as he faces a Vikings defense that ranks 3rd in passing yards allowed (198.6). Since his offensive line struggles to pass protect and that the Vikings know that they’ll have to shut the run game down to make the offense one-dimensional, Brett Hundley could be in for a tough outing.
2. Case Keenum Vs Packers Defense
In his last performance, Case Keenum threw for 236 passing yards and 2 TDs and will be looking to carry that performance into this game against a Packers defense that ranks 24th in passing yards per game (240.0). Also, the Vikings offensive line can hold up well against the Packers pass rush as the Vikings rank 26th in total sacks allowed with only 22. The Packers devens could be in for a long game come Saturday.
3. Vikings Pass Rush
The Vikings have one of the best defensive fronts in the league and will give Brett Hundley a tough time on a Sunday. As mentioned before, the Vikings defense ranks 3rd against the pass and also rank 13th in total sacks (35.0). Add that up with a Packers offensive line that ranks 3rd worst in sacks allowed (46.0), and you get a long day for Brett Hundley and the Packers offense.
Bold Prediction: Case Keenum throws for 350 yards and 3 TDs.