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NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

September 24, 2023


The 1-1 Indianapolis Colts will travel to take on the 2-0 Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon in week 3 of the NFL season. Indianapolis enters this game with a record of 1-1 following a loss at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 21-31 and a win on the road against the Houston Texans by a score of 31-20 while the Ravens enter this game with a record of 2-0 following wins at home against the Houston Texans by a score of 25-9 and on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 27-24. Will the Ravens remain undefeated or will the Colts get their 2nd win in a row this season? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The Indianapolis Colts enter this game with a record of 1-1 following a 31-20 win on the road against the Houston Texans while covering the 1-point spread as a road underdog by winning the game outright. Indianapolis scored 31 points while compiling 353 total yards offensively which included 227 passing yards and 126 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 389 total yards defensively which included 384 passing yards and 52 rushing yards. Gardner Minshew led the team in passing, completing 19 of 23 attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown. Zack Moss led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown while adding four receptions for 19 yards. Michael Pittman led the team in receiving, catching eight of 12 targets for 56 yards.

Baltimore enters this game with a record of 2-0 following a 27-24 win on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals while covering the 3.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 2 of the NFL season. The Ravens scored 27 points while compiling 415 total yards offensively which included 237 passing yards and 178 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 282 total yards defensively which included 222 passing yards and 66 rushing yards. Lamar Jackson led the team in passing, completing 24 of 33 attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards. Gus Edwards led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor led the team in receiving, catching five of six targets for 63 yards and a touchdown.

BookMaker has the Baltimore Ravens listed as 8-point favorites at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon in week 3 of the NFL season. The teams have split the last ten games in the series while Baltimore has won the last three matchups. The Colts are 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series.

Baltimore is the more talented team and enters the matchup with the better record while also having been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. However, the Colts have been the better team at covering the spread in the series, going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. As a result, I am taking the Indianapolis Colts +8 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday in week 3 of the NFL season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Indianapolis Colts +8