Here is a look at week 5’s Monday night game between the Colts and Ravens in Baltimore.
The odds are courtesy of FanDuel. Weather will not be an issue
Indianapolis Colts (1-3) at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
- Time: 8:20 p.m.
- Line: Ravens by 7 (45.5)
The skinny: The Colts close out a three-game road trip in their former home city against the Ravens, who are opening a three-game homestand and on a three-game winning streak.
Facts: The Ravens list veteran Latavius Murray, picked up off the waiver wire last month, as their No. 1 running back despite his 3.4-yard norm on 44 carries. Ty’Son Williams, who averages 6.1 on 27 carries, is a third-teamer. Too little, too late: In Indianapolis’ 27-17 win over host Miami last week, backup Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett and his mates were held to 7 yards or fewer on seven of their first eight possessions. Their two TDs came on their final two drives when victory was out of reach. Indy held Miami to 35 ground yards on 16 carries. In Baltimore’s 23-7 win at Denver last week, the Ravens’ KO’d QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) and got to bully backup Drew Lock for a half. Lock led the Broncos to four punts and threw an INT.
Full Colts Vs. Ravens Odds
Baltimore is -7.5, per NFL point spreads, hosting Indianapolis in this spot.
Analysis: It’s a small accomplishment, but Colts QB Carson Wentz has been sacked only twice his past two games. That’s eye-catching considering that in his previous 12 starts, dating to his time in Philadelphia, he went down at least three times an outing. And the turnover king of the 2020 NFL season hasn’t thrown an INT or fumbled the past two weeks. Who is this guy? It could be a sign of him finding a comfort zone in Indy with coach Frank Reich, his buddy from his Eagles days. And then there’s the ground game, with Jonathan Taylor totaling 103 yards last week in Miami. If Wentz continues to play mistake-free ball, then this spread is too high. And if LB Darius Leonard isn’t slowed by his ankle injury, all the better for Indy.
- Forecast: Ravens 28, Colts 27
- Last week: 8-8 ATS; 9-7 SU
- Season totals: 38-25-1 (.603) ATS; 42-22 (.656) SU