NFL Week 16 Saturday game previews, predictions, start times
By Ryan Kartje
INDIANAPOLIS AT BALTIMORE
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, NFL Network
Outlook: Earlier this season, the Ravens owned one of the NFL’s most moribund offenses. Over the past month, they’ve averaged 33 points per game and won three of four. It’s hard to say exactly what got into them, but their offensive outburst came at the perfect time, as they appear bound for the AFC wild card. QB Joe Flacco’s resurgence has been crucial to that, but really, it’s Alex Collins steadying hand in the backfield that has made the difference. As for the Colts, well … there’s nothing steady about them. These last two weeks look like Coach Chuck Pagano’s last stand.
Player to watch: Mike Wallace, WR. The speed demon deep threat hasn’t ever really lived up to the hype he once conjured, but as Flacco has rediscovered himself in recent weeks, Wallace has come alive a bit. He has 72 or more receiving yards in each of his last two games, and at least one catch of 30-plus yards in each. The Colts have a notably terrible secondary.
Line: Ravens by 13
Pick: Ravens, 26-13
MINNESOTA AT GREEN BAY
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m., Saturday, NBC
Outlook: Aaron Rodgers’ triumphant, run-the-table redux lasted exactly one game. The All-Universe quarterback was beaten up by the Panthers, as the Packers fell out of the playoff race. He’ll finish up the season on injured reserve, which is great news for the playoff-bound Vikings, who hope to fight their way to a first-round bye over these next two weeks. They’re already in control, with the NFC North’s two worst teams ahead, and they could even push for home-field advantage, if the Eagles fall apart. There’s plenty for them to play for in this game, and for that reason, it won’t be particularly close, even at Lambeau Field.
Player to watch: Kyle Rudolph, TE. The […]