- The Indianapolis Colts are 1-point favorites over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday
- Sunday betting record: 4-1; 2.84 units won
- Indianapolis is 2-1 against the spread as a home favorite – see who we like below
Old Baltimore clashes with new Baltimore as the Ravens travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts on Sunday in Week 9 of the NFL schedule.
The Colts played in Baltimore until 1983. The Ravens have won three of the last four meetings between these two teams.
However, Baltimore has never won a game at Indianapolis. The Colts are 6-0 at home against the Ravens.
Indianapolis is 2-1 against the spread as a home favorite this season. The Colts are a 1-point home favorite over Baltimore.
Ravens vs Colts Odds – Week 9
|Baltimore Ravens||+100||+1 (-110)||O 48 (-110)|
|Indianapolis Colts||-114||-1 (-110)||U 48 (-110)|
Odds taken Nov. 7th at DraftKings
Meteoroloigsts are forecasting clear skies, a 72-degree temperature and 8 mph wind for Sunday’s 1pm ET kickoff at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Contenders Or Pretenders?
Both Indianapolis and Baltimore are 5-2 and frontrunners for AFC Wildcard playoff berths. However, when their respective records are further dissected, they don’t look nearly as impressive as that number would be indicating.
Baltimore has failed its two toughest tests this season. The Ravens lost at home to the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Ravens DC Wink Martindale believes it will be a challenge to put pressure on Colts QB Philip Rivers.
“I think Philip is one of the all-time great football minds there is,” he said. “It’s a chess match. I think that’s why he gets so fired up and throws out his ‘daggummits.'”
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) November 5, 2020
Their lone victory over a team with a winning record was a Week 1 verdict over the 5-3 Cleveland Browns.
The Colts lost to the Browns and are the only NFL team to lose this season to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indy’s lone victory of note came against the 5-3 Chicago Bears.
Ball Security An Issue
Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is 27th in the NFL in passing yardage (1,343) and 30th in completion percentage (60.5). Most concerning, his bad habit of fumbling has returned.
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— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) November 6, 2020
He’s fumbled six times in seven games. In the loss to the Steelers, Jackson fumbled three times. He was also intercepted twice, including a pick six.
Colts QB Philip Rivers has twice led the NFL in interceptions thrown. He was picked off 20 times last season.
So far in 2020, Rivers is responsible for six picks. Four of them came during Indy’s two losses.
Defense Never Rests
The under will be a very tempting play here. These are two of the best defenses in the NFL.
The Ravens are second in the NFL in scoring defense (18.9 points per game) and seventh in total defense (322.9 yards per game), The Colts rate second in total defense (293.4 ypg) and fifth in scoring (19.4 ppg).
Frank Reich opens by saying the #Colts “accomplished everything we wanted to this week in preparation for the Ravens.”
— George Bremer (@gmbremer) November 6, 2020
Baltimore’s run defense is holding opposing offenses to 100.3 yards per game. Only one back has gone over 75 yards on the ground against the Ravens this season.
COVID-19 Strikes Ravens
Baltimore is among the latest NFL teams to be hit with a COVID-19 outbreak. Ravens starting cornerback Marlon Humphrey is out following a positive test.
He was one of eight Baltimore defensive players currently on the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list. However, linebacker Matthew Judon was activated from that list.
NFL INJURY ALERT: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is listed as doubtful to play in Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens. pic.twitter.com/kVsvV6v1kg
— DK Nation (@dklive) November 6, 2020
Six Ravens players are quarantining for five days under league protocols, including starting LB L.J. Fort and safety DeShon Elliott. All could be activated for Sunday if they test negative again on Saturday.
Baltimore Running back Mark Ingram (high ankle sprain) is doubtful. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (back) is questionable. All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) is out for the season.
Colts wide receiver TY Hilton (groin) is listed as doubtful.
Baltimore has lost on average by 11.5 points per game at Indianapolis. The opening line on this game was Ravens -3.
Will Lamar Jackson and the Ravens bounce back on Sunday?
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Even though their history is spotty in Indy, getting points on the Ravens is a bonus. Take them.
Best Bet: Baltimore Ravens +1 (+100).