The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) hit the road to square up with the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Ravens-Colts betting odds and lines and make our NFL picks and predictions.
Ravens at Colts: Betting odds, spread and lines
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Ravens at Colts: Game notes
Baltimore lost at home to the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 in Week 8. It was an off game for QB Lamar Jackson, who completed 13 of 28 passes for 208 yards with two touchdowns vs. two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
The Colts came out of its bye week to pummel the Detroit Lions 41-21, covering as 3.5-point road favorites.
QB Philip Rivers has gotten it going after a slow start to his first season with the Colts. He has thrown three touchdown passes in back-to-back games and averages the eighth-most yards per pass attempt.
Ravens at Colts: Key injuries
RB Mark Ingram (ankle) doubtful
WR Devin Duvernay (thigh) questionable
CB Jimmy Smith (back) questionable
LB L.J. Fort (finger) out
CB Marlon Humphrey (COVID-19) out
WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) doubtful
TE Mo Allie-Cox (knee) questionable
Ravens at Colts: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
Ravens 23, Colts 20
Money line (?)
If you consume a lot of NFL talk you’ve probably heard the narrative of Jackson and the RAVENS (-122) struggling against quality competition. I am not sure the Colts (+105) fall into that category. At least not yet. Not against a Baltimore team that doesn’t have a bad loss on its record in the past two seasons.
Last week, the Ravens lost a heartbreaker to a division rival even though they significantly out-gained the Steelers in total yards and controlled the tempo. Jackson threw a pick-six on the game’s first drive, which was part of a minus-3 turnover performance, and Baltimore had 9 penalties for 110 yards.
Yet the Ravens had a chance on the final drive to score and give the undefeated Steelers their first loss.
Indianapolis did what good teams do and easily beat a team coming off a win as a road underdog. However, Week 8 was a good spot for the Colts and this isn’t. Rivers carved up a bad Detroit defense, but Baltimore is built different.
The Ravens have the best defense through Week 8, according to Football Outsiders, and they have the fourth-highest pressure rate in the NFL. Indianapolis could be legit but it has played the easiest schedule in the NFL (according to Football Outsiders).
The Colts would be better off if the Ravens were coming in fat and happy after a win. Instead, they are getting an angry Baltimore team. GIMME RAVENS (-122).
Against the spread (?)
PASS. We are essentially at a pick ‘em and there’s no point in fussing with points. Stick with the money line.
While Baltimore has first-world NFL problems, it does have to address its pass game eventually. Indianapolis has played very good defense this season and could be a top-10 unit now that Pro Bowl LB Darius Leonard is back from injury. Leonard will guide a stingy Colts defense, Sunday.
Not only is Baltimore’s defense elite, but Indianapolis’s running game won’t help out Rivers much in this game. The Colts are dead last in yards per carry and the Ravens allow the seventh-fewest rushing yards per game.
UNDER 47.5 (-106) is the play.
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