Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting – NFL Week 9, 2020
The Baltimore Ravens once again fell short in a big game, and this time around, they lost to the divisional rivals Pittsburgh Steelers at home. After a loss to the reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the season, they dropped to 5-2 and the legitimate question arose: Are the Ravens a championship material?
The Indianapolis Colts, on the other hand, are in a great form of five wins in six games and their offense is looking tremendous recently, so the Ravens will have a mountain to climb to defeat them on Sunday. Following the latest road victory over the Detroit Lions, the Colts improved to a 5-2 record, and are at the top of the AFC South along with the Tennessee Titans. Check out my Ravens vs. Colts betting preview.
Odds for Ravens vs. Colts
Ravens Fell Short to the Steelers at Home
The Baltimore Ravens’ three-game winning run came to an end with a 28-24 home loss to the AFC North foes Pittsburgh Steelers. Baltimore had a 17-7 lead at halftime but surrender 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, which proved to be the decisive period in this encounter. Although they restored the lead early in the fourth, Pittsburgh had an answer for that and secured a narrow win. The Ravens did have even 457 total yards opposite Pittsburgh’s 221 but committed four turnovers, and the hosts deserved to lose.
Lamar Jackson completed 13 of 28 passes for 208 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, while he added 65 yards on 16 carries. J.K. Dobbins led all the runners with 113 yards on 15 touches, but Gus Edwards was the one to find the dirt on the ground in one of his 16 carries for 87 yards. Willie Snead IV caught five passes for 106 yards, while Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown scored touchdowns. Safety DeShon Elliott recorded seven tackles (four solos).
The Ravens are the 8th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 29.0 points per game, 31st in passing yards (179.9), 1st in rushing yards (178.7), while they have the 2nd best defense that allows 18.9 points per contest.
Colts Scored 41 Points in a Road Win Over the Lions
The Indianapolis Colts displayed the best offensive performance of the season in a big 41-21 road victory over the Detroit Lions. Even though they were scoreless in the opening quarter of each half, the Colts scored 20 and 21 in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. They had six first downs more than the hosts (26-20) and haven’t committed a single turnover, while Detroit made two, one of which Kenny Moore II returned for a TD.
Philip Rivers completed 23 of 33 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with running back Nyheim Hines twice in the endzone, and used 11 different receivers, while tight end Jack Doyle also scored a touchdown. Jordan Wilkins led all the runners with 89 yards and a TD on 20 carries. On the defensive end, Darius Leonard finished the game with nine tackles (seven solos) and one sack, while Tyquan Lewis and Denico Autry recorded a couple of sacks apiece.
The Colts are the 10th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 28.3 points per game, 11th in passing yards (262.6), 25th in rushing yards (101.1), while they have the 5th defense that allows 19.4 points per contest.
Ravens vs. Colts Pick
I expect to see a tight encounter that could go either way, but in any case, it’s going to be a low-scoring affair. The Colts have the second-best defense against the running that allows only 80 yards per game, and we all know the Ravens have the best running offense in the NFL, so that matchup it’s going to be extremely interesting to watch. None of the previous nine H2H duels produced more than 39 points, and that’s why I am going with Under 45.