NFL Week 15: Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings Game Preview

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The Indianapolis Colts are set to travel to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings in a week 15 matchup. The Colts come into the game with a record of 4-8-1 and currently sit in third place in the AFC South. On the flip side, the Vikings enter the contest with a record of 10-3 and currently hold a three game divisional lead in the NFC South. These teams have had vastly different experiences this season and there is a good chance that this game could get ugly very quick. 

Indianapolis Colts Hope to Pull Off Huge Upset

The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of a 54-19 loss in their last game against the Dallas Cowboys. While they have had a bye week to try to get the loss out of their system, it was a very concerning performance for Indaianpolis. Quarterback Matt Ryan struggled through the air, finishing the game throwing for 233 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Along with this, the star of the offense, Jonathan Taylor also had a very slow game. He could not get anything going in the rushing game, only gaining 82 yards on 21 carries. 

If the Colts stand a chance against the Vikings, they will have to make a complete 180 from their performance against the Cowboys. Both the Vikings and the Cowboys are among the best teams in the NFC this season. As a result of this, iit will be a very uphill battle for the Colts to be able to just keep the game competitive. Their only hope is that the defense begins to play at the level they have been for the better part of the season and Taylor is able to get back into his zone in the running game. 

Minnesota Vikings Look to Clinch the NFC North

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off of a tough 34-23 loss against the Detroit Lions. The Vikings were unable to get things going, and fell victim to the recent tear the Lions have gone on. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was able to get things going through the air finishing the game with 425 yards and two touchdowns. However, Dalvin Cook struggled on the ground for a very out of character 23 yards on 15 carries. The Vikings defensive unit had a very tough time slowing down the Detroit offense. While they were able to keep the run game relatively in check, they were picked apart by Jared Goff who threw for 330 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. 

They will have a much easier matchup this week against the Colts. As long as they are able to keep Jonathan Taylor in check, they should have no trouble bringing home a win. Matt Ryan is at a point in his career in which he can not be relied on to win games. If it ends up being a battle of the quarterbacks, expect Cousins and Justin Jefferson to have big days.