Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens Betting Preview/Player Prop
11 October 2021
Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season will wrap up with a game featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. Both teams have been fixtures in the AFC Playoffs of late, and this should be another terrific matchup.
The Indianapolis Colts come into this game with a record of just 1-3, and this has not been the start they are looking for. Indianapolis did pick up its lone win in their most recent game, and they come into Monday night with some momentum.
Baltimore comes into this game with a record of 3-1, and they have won three straight games. The Ravens look like one of the betting favorites to win the AFC this season, and they are always tough on their home turf.
The Baltimore Ravens are seven-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
Colts Must Get Some Stops
The Indianapolis Colts are giving up over 24 points per game this season, and that unit was expected to lead the way. Indianapolis has to stop the run if they are going to keep this game close, but they are allowing 114 rushing yards per game.
Quarterback Carson Wentz has been battling through injuries since he arrived in Indianapolis, but he hasn’t played as well as the Colts have hoped. Wentz has thrown for 920 yards, but the team needs him to put up some monster numbers.
The Colts are going to look to establish the run on Monday night, but at some point, they have to hit on some deep shots. Indianapolis just doesn’t have a defense capable of taking over a game.
Ravens Want to Run
The Baltimore Ravens can set a new NFL record on Monday night if they are able to rack up at least 100 rushing yards. Baltimore would break the previous record for most consecutive games with 100 rushing yards, but this team is capable of getting closer to 200.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson leads the rushing attack with 279 yards and two touchdowns this season. The Ravens are scoring over 26 points per game this season, and they are able to put points on the board in a hurry.
The defense has yet to really take over a game for Baltimore, but this could be a matchup in which they play a big role.
Colts Cover the Spread
This has not been a good start to the season for the Indianapolis Colts, but they are always going to compete. Indianapolis is looking at a very tough matchup on Monday night, and they are going to come up just a bit short.
The Baltimore Ravens just continue to run over opponents, and that strategy will allow them to pick up another win on Monday night. Don’t expect for there to be much separation between these two AFC rivals, but it will be the home team that picks up a win.
Take the Indianapolis Colts +7.0 as they find a way to keep this game close in suffering another close loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Lamar Jackson (-125) To Score A TD
Last week, Jackson helped keep alive Baltimore’s streak of 43 consecutive 100-yard rushing games with a five-yard keeper at the end of the game. That allowed the Ravens to tie an NFL record that had been set by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 1974-77.
It certainly highlights the biggest threat for defenses when facing Jackson: his feet. On the season, Jackson has rushed for 279 yards (6.6 average) and 2 TDs. That follows last year’s production of 1,005 rushing yards (6.3 average) and 7 TDs.
For his career, Jackson has 3,185 rushing yards (6.1 average) and 21 TDs. So this year looks to be going according to plan. And he may have sent a signal to the refs earlier this week when he talked about the need for QBs to be more protected.
We’ll take Jackson (-125) to continue to be aggressive on the ground and pick up a TD tonight against the Colts.
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