Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (10-3), Saturday at 1 P.M. EST
Kicking off the NFL’s slate of Saturday games is not going to be great. The Colts continue to sink further under the leadership of first-time coach, Jeff Saturday. He looks out of place and that is because he is. Minnesota is coming off a shocking loss to the Lions last week that saw the team play their worst game of the year.
Prediction: Vikings 31, Colts 14
One of the biggest factors going in the Colts favor is that they are coming off a bye week. They have had an extra week of preparation for Minnesota, but that is about the only positive going in their direction. The Vikings are going to be out for blood after last week’s upset and the Minnesota defense should be able to handle Jonathan Taylor.
Baltimore Ravens (9-4) vs Cleveland Browns (5-8), Saturday at 4:30 P.M. EST
Running the football will not be easy for the Ravens this time around. They destroyed the Steelers defense on the ground, despite becoming predictably one-dimensional. Both of their top two quarterbacks could be out of this game, which provides Cleveland a great chance to emerge victorious for the first time with Deshaun Watson in the lineup.
Prediction: Browns 23, Ravens 16
Even though Baltimore will likely be starting their third-string quarterback, they will have a chance in this game. Watson looks like he might not be the savior in Cleveland that the fan base has been so desperate for. The Ravens keep it close, but the lack of a passing game will cost them in the end.
Miami Dolphins (8-5) vs Buffalo Bills (10-3), Saturday at 8:15 P.M. EST
Here is the game on Saturday that will make everyone stop what they are doing to take notice. This could be a potential playoff preview on Saturday and that belief seems like it could become reality in the future. You have two offenses that are strong and a couple of defenses that are good groups of players.
Prediction: Bills 27, Dolphins 21
An overtime win seems like a nice sendoff for the NFL’s first Saturday slate of games in a snowy Buffalo atmosphere. These games will always come down to which quarterback can play mistake-free football and the Bills need a big win after falling back some. Both defenses have good players that could make some significant plays but expect Buffalo to do enough to win in overtime.