Two AFC contenders go head-to-head this week as the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) go on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts (5-2). This game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and will be televised regionally on CBS.
These communities have history, with the Colts moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. On the field, the Colts lead the series 10-5, including a 2-1 advantage in playoff games. The Ravens won the most recent matchup in December 2017 but are 0-6 all-time in Indianapolis.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Outlook: Take Care of the Ball
In betting with us at www.realbookies.com, the Ravens are 3-4 ATS this season, 3-0 on the road, and the under is 4-3 in their seven games. The Ravens offense ranks 20th in total yards (358.6 yards per game), eighth in scoring (29 points per game), first in rushing (178.7 yards per game) but 31st in passing (179.9 yards per game).
The defense has been fantastic, ranking second in scoring (18.9 points per game), seventh in total yards (322.9 yards per game), 10th in passing (222.6 yards per game) and seventh against the run (100.3 yards per game).
The Ravens suffered a tough divisional loss at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 on Sunday. Baltimore blew a 17-7 halftime lead and turned the ball over four times.
To make matters worse, cornerback Marlon Humphrey tested positive for COVID-19 this week, and the Ravens put seven defensive players on the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Linebackers Patrick Queen, L.J. Fort and Matt Judon are among the big names that will have to have negative COVID-19 tests before being eligible to play Sunday.
Quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson had a rough game against Pittsburgh with two interceptions and two lost fumbles. He threw for 208 yards on 13-of-28 passing and ran for 65 yards on 16 carries. On the season, Jackson has 1,343 passing yards, completing 61% of his passes, with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.
With running back Mark Ingram (ankle) out of action, rookie J.K. Dobbins ran 15 times for 113 yards against Pittsburgh, while Gus Edwards had 87 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Jackson leads the team with 411 rushing yards on the season with two scores. Edwards has 306 yards and two touchdowns, while Dobbins has 267 yards and two touchdowns.
Jackson found six different receivers with his 13 passes Sunday, led by Willie Snead with five catches for 106 yards. Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown had touchdown catches, while tight end Mark Andrews caught three balls for 32 yards.
Brown leads the team with 27 catches for 379 yards, while Andrews has a team-high five touchdowns.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Outlook: Play Aggressive on Both Sides
Betting with us at realbookies.com, the Colts are 4-3 ATS this season and 3-0 at home, and the over is 4-3 in their seven games. The Colts defense ranks second in total yards (293.4 yards per game) and rushing (79.9 yards per game) while ranking sixth against the pass (213.6 yards per game) and fifth in scoring (19.4 points per game).
The offense ranks 10th in scoring (28.3 points per game), 11th in passing (262.6 yards per game), 25th in rushing (101 yards per game) and 17th in total yards (263.6 yards per game).
The Colts won in Detroit 41-21 Sunday but had both running back Jonathan Taylor (ankle) and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (groin) left the game with injuries. Their status for this week’s game is unknown.
Quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers on Sunday. On the season, he has thrown for 1,860 yards on 70% completion with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Taylor ran 11 times for 22 yards before the injury, and Jordan Wilkins ran 20 times for 89 yards with a touchdown. Taylor has 389 yards and three touchdowns on the season, while Wilkins has 183 yards and one score.
Running back Nyheim Hines was the leading receiver Sunday with three catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Wideout Zach Pascal had three catches for 44 yards, while tight end Joe Doyle had a touchdown catch. Five Colts have 200 yards or more receiving this season, led by Hilton at 251.
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Betting Line
Head to our favorite pay per head bookie site at realbookies.com, where the Ravens are favored by 2.5 points on the road, down from an opening line of four points. The total is 45.5, and the Colts are a +120 home underdog.
With so many defensive players questionable or out, the high-powered Ravens defense will be short-handed. The line has already shifted in the Colts favor and could move even more before kickoff.
The Colts have covered every home game so far this season, and the way their defense creates turnovers, they will be pressuring Jackson all game.
Free Pick: Colts +2.5 (-110)
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