The NFL will have games played on Saturday for the first time this season as the year begins to wind down around the holidays and college football begins its bowl games.
For week 15, there will be three games on Saturday. One in the afternoon, one in the afternoon and one at night. All the games have some meaning as four of the six teams are in the middle of the playoff hunt.
The playoff race is as close as it’s going to get. The Philadelphia Eagles clinched a playoff spot last week, and the San Francisco 49ers wrapped up the NFC West division title with a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
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This is how Saturday is shaping up.
Vikings (10-3) vs. Colts (4-8-1) — 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The Vikings are in a position to win their first division title since 2017. Minnesota returns home after an upset loss to the Detroit Lions. Taking out the Colts may be easier than facing a team on a hot streak that was at home.
The Vikings can clinch a win or a tie or a loss or a tie from the Lions.
Minnesota has one of the most dynamic offenses in the league with the three-headed monster of Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson also on an unprecedented run. The defense will need to buckle down, as you never know when a guy like Jonathan Taylor is going to snap.
The Colts are 18th in points allowed and eighth in yards allowed. Their offense has lacked explosiveness since the first weeks of the season. Indy is 31 in points scored and 25 in yards gained.
Browns (5-8) vs. Ravens (9-4) — 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network
With the Ravens’ quarterback situation in flux, it could be the perfect time for the Browns to really throw a wrench into their division rival’s playoff hopes.
Whether it’s Anthony Brown or Tyler Huntley, the Ravens’ offense hasn’t performed as well as predicted. Lamar Jackson’s injury two weeks ago also messed with the flow of things. Baltimore has still managed to win games, but that’s really to credit for a great defense. Their defense is 8th in points allowed and 12th in yards allowed.
Cleveland has Deshaun Watson back at center, but he looks like a quarterback who hasn’t played in 700 days. He was 26 of 42 passing for 276 yards, one touchdown and one interception in last week’s loss to the Bengals. In his third week, he’s going to have to stand out in a big way for Cleveland.
Baltimore will need to win to stay in contention for the AFC North division title. The Ravens and Bengals have been head-to-head all season.
Bills (10-3) vs. Dolphins (8-5) — 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL Network
There will be football weather in Western New York where the Bills and Dolphins meet on Saturday night.
The area is expecting a major snow storm in the area, which is expected to hurt Miami’s chances. The Dolphins have gone from the Bay Area to southern California and now upstate New York on their travels for the past three weeks.
Miami’s offense looked a bit stagnant against the Chargers. Tyreek Hill returned an electric fumble for a touchdown, but that was really the only thing that got Dolphins fans excited.
On the other hand, Buffalo will be looking to avenge an early season loss. Josh Allen and the Bills have seemed to silence the doubters in recent weeks. Buffalo is on a four-game winning streak and is over 132 in point differential.
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It should be a great finish to a Saturday game list.