Colts vs. Vikings Prediction
Can the possible return of Adrian Peterson give the Minnesota Vikings an offensive boost against the Indianapolis Colts today at 1PM ET?
According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Vikings are favored at home on Sunday, as they are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Colts. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. The Colts have won four straight in this series and the two have hit the under in three of their last four meetings.
Minnesota is coming off a 25-16 win at Jacksonville last week to move to 7-6 on the year and keep their hopes alive for a playoff spot. The Vikings are 8-5 with the under this season, but they may get a surge on offense as Peterson has claimed he will play today. He has been out since Week 2 with a knee injury. Minnesota is putting up just 19.8 points and 319.2 yards per game. They have one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL at just 73.4 yards per game. Peterson didn’t do well when he did play this year, rushing for just 50 yards on 31 carries. Sam Bradford has thrown for 2,954 yards and 14 touchdowns with only three interceptions, but has been sacked 28 times. The Vikings are led by their defense, as they are allowing just 17.3 points and 324.5 yards per game. Their pass defense is very strong, holding opponents to only 222.4 yards per contest. Minnesota has 35 sacks as a defense and has forced 22 turnovers. Danielle Hunter has 10.5 sacks to lead the team.
The Colts are coming off a 22-17 loss to the Texans at home last week to fall to 6-7 on the season. The loss especially hurt as now the Colts are a game behind the Texans and Titans in the AFC South race. The Colts are 8-5 with the over this season, but have hit the under in three of their last four games. Indy is still a dangerous team because of its offense. The Colts are putting up 25.2 points and 377.2 yards per game. Andrew Luck has thrown for 3,381 yards and 25 touchdowns to lead the team while TY Hilton has caught 78 passes for 1,203 yards and six touchdowns. Still, Luck has been sacked 37 times this year and doesn’t have a reliable run game. Defensively, Indy is giving up 25.6 points and 389.1 yards per game. They have struggled against the pass, giving up 273.7 yards per game through the air.
Peterson may return today, but I don’t expect much. He’s still fresh off an injury and wasn’t running the ball well even when he did play. The Colts have an offense that can move the ball, but I don’t see good things on the road against this Vikings defense. Minnesota should be able to luck up Indy somewhat while continuing to struggle on offense.
NFL WEEK 15 PREDICTION: COLTS/VIKINGS UNDER 45.5