Publish Date: 30/05/2021
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Baltimore Ravens travel to face Indianapolis Colts this Sunday, with both teams on a 5-2 record in the NFL so far this season. The Colts are enjoying some renewed momentum after winning their last two games. The Ravens lost time out too, so both teams will be keen to return to winning ways on Sunday. This looks like being a pretty close match-up, though the Colts enjoy a 12-4 all-time advantage when it comes to clashes with the Ravens. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found!
A Tight Contest in Store for Colts and Ravens
These teams last met back in 2017, when the Ravens won 23-16. Baltimore’s three starting linebackers - L.J. Fort, Matthew Judon and Patrick Queen – may not appear due to being in Covd-19 protocols. Two back-up linebackers and a couple of defensive backs are also doubtful, making it tough to pick a team on defense.
Quarterback Phillip Rivers will be a key man for the Colts. He has thrown 161 complete passes this season, giving him a completion rate of 69.7%, for 1860 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has been intercepted six times, and sacked on just seven occasions. Jonathan Taylor is another Colt to watch in offense. He has carried the ball 100 times for 389 yards and three touchdowns. On the Ravens roster, QB Lamar Jackson has thrown 115 complete passes for 1343 yards and 12 touchdowns, and has been intercepted four times.
The Colts have allowed just eight sacks this season, the fewest in the NFL. Their running offense has struggled to make yards, though, with them averaging a mere 3.5 yards per carry – the lowest in the NFL. The paucity of their running game is matched by the Ravens’ poor passing offense. Baltimore have the fewest passing yards in the NFL, but have managed to average 5.5 yards per carry when running – the best in the NFL. They are also best in the NFL when it comes to making more than 15 carries of 20+ yards, so the Colts will need to keep an eye on the Ravens’ running backs.
Our Pick: Baltimore to win by 7-12
Our tip for this game is that he Ravens will win by seven to 12 points, with 888Sport offering odds of +460 on that market. This is a really tough game to call, but we think that the Ravens’ running game will be key to the outcome. They tend to carry the ball for plenty of yards, and the Colts’ defense is sure to be tested. They are one of the stronger defensive teams in the NFL, though, and the Ravens will need to work hard. We suspect they will have enough quality to just edge the game.
Our pick: Ravens by 7-12 @ +460 with 888Sport