The Vikings and the Colts are in the same boat, they both desperately need a win to stay in playoff contention. Both teams have significant injuries to overcome also.
Indianapolis Colts- The Colts are still in the playoff hunt with a 6-7 record, courtesy of being in the AFC South. The offensive line has been terrible all year, and the defense has not been much better. Last week QB Andrew Luck was sacked just once but was hit over a dozen times and missed practice this week.
Minnesota Vikings- At one time the Vikings were 5-0 and looked like the best team in the NFC. Then the injuries seemed to mount more and more each week. Adrian Peterson participated in the Vikings walk -through on Friday and said he would play; Coach Mike Zimmer was not so sure when asked about Peterson’s status on Friday.
Keys to the game
Can either team protect their QB? The Colts and Vikings have two of the worst offensive lines in football. Which is why Bradford and Luck are beaten up and questionable for Sunday’s game right now.
Can the Vikings contain the Colts skill position players? They have the eighth-best rusher in NFL history in Frank Gore. They’ve got tremendous skill, and speed with Donte Moncrief and T.Y.Hilton, but once again it goes back to the offensive line. You can have all the speed in the world, but it does not matter if you do not have the time to get them the ball.
The Colts front office is why this team is 6-7, up until this past season they did not draft wisely, and it will take a few years of good drafts to entierly fix this teams problem. The Vikings on the other hand, are a tough, hard nosed well-coached football team, With no injuries the Vikings would be sitting solidly in the playoffs right now, but they are not. I look for the Vikings defense to overrun the Colts offense and the defense to do just enough to win this game. Vikings 24 Colts 14