Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Predictions

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Predictions

The Indianapolis Colts came off their off week and dominated the Lions, pulling away in the fourth quarter for an easy victory. The Colts can ill-afford a slow start this week against the Baltimore Ravens, who will be coming in angry after a loss to arch-rival Pittsburgh last week. The Ravens are now two-losses out of the division race, making this game between 5-2 squads critical for playoff positioning. Indianapolis has been shaky against the better teams on its schedule, so Baltimore should come out victorious.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds

The Ravens have the league’s best rushing offense and they are facing off against the Colts’ second-ranked rushing defense. Baltimore was alright last week without its leading rusher, Mark Ingram, while facing a good defense, so that is a major boon to the Ravens. Lamar Jackson will need to be better this week after tossing two interceptions and losing two fumbles last week against Pittsburgh, but Indianapolis doesn’t possess the same takeaway prowess as the Steelers did. In many ways, the Ravens fate this week is tied to Jackson’s passing abilities after he also completed less than 50 percent of his passes in addition to the two interceptions last week. If Jackson can limit mistakes throwing the ball and Baltimore continues to bully the line of scrimmage without left tackle Ronnie Stanley, the Ravens should be able to find holes in this Indianapolis defense.

Indianapolis’ offense hasn’t looked great most weeks, but the Colts have found different ways to win for the most part. They’ve put up more than 400 yards of offense just once since the opener – when they clawed back to nip Cincinnati three weeks ago – but otherwise have just relied on the strong defense to carry the load. Philip Rivers has been a good enough placeholder for the Colts this season, but he hasn’t been terrific either. He’s thrown just 10 touchdowns in seven games and he’s already thrown six interceptions as well while averaging 266 yards per game. What will be curious to watch is how Rivers fares against this Ravens defense that ranks in the top 10 in turnovers, but largely due to a league-high nine fumble recoveries. If Rivers can avoid turnovers then that sets up well for this game to be played closer to the style Indianapolis wants to play.

The NFL betting sites in New Jersey have set the over/under on this game at 45 points, which I find intriguing. The Colts still rank in the top five in both points allowed and yards allowed this season, and Baltimore ranks second in scoring defense and seventh in yards allowed. The Ravens’ offense will benefit greatly if Ingram returns from his ankle injury this week, but Gus Edwards and Jackson can pick up the slack if need be. Meanwhile, Indianapolis needs to worry about the turnover-prone Rivers against a defense that feasts off turnovers. It will be a tough clash of two good teams, but I think they will exceed the 45 points. Jackson and the Ravens’ offense on a short field will be too much for the Colts to handle and add the points necessary, so I’m betting over 45 total points at -110 odds.

Ravens to win

The Ravens are steady 3-point favorites in this game, which I think is more than fair given the fact this game is in Indianapolis. The Colts’ defense has been good this season, but we’ve seen some weaker offenses than Baltimore’s unit have success, especially early in games. If Indianapolis isn’t on its game early, the Ravens can build up a massive lead and never look back. The bigger question in my mind is how will Rivers fare against this Ravens defense, and that is why I lean toward Baltimore in this game. The easy bet would be to just take Baltimore laying the three points at -110 odds at the New Jersey online sports betting sites, but I’m going to up the ante and say the Ravens win by at least 14 points at +300 odds instead.

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