Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens meet on Sunday in Baltimore for an AFC Wildcard plaoff match up. The Ravens are -6.5 point favorites over the Colts with an over/under point total set at 46.5.
It was a magical year for the Indianapolis Colts as they went from drafting first overall in the NFL Draft to the playoffs with seemingly all of the bounces going their way and creating their own opportunities and taking advantage of them. In a year the Colts said goodbye to Peyton Manning and a year that saw their Head Coach Chuck Pagano battle cancer and miss most of the season the players rallied and pulled out some seemingly miraculous wins. Andrew Luck took every snap in his rookie year completing 54.1 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while being sacked 41 times. Vick Ballard averaged 3.9 yards per carry and Donald Brown averaged 3.9 yards as well but it was a variety of backs carrying the ball in Indy. Reggie Wayne added another chapter to his Hall of Fame career catching 106 passes for 1,355 yards and five touchdowns, Donnie Avery had 60 catches, and T.Y. Hilton had 50 catches and seven electrifying touchdowns. Defensively the Colts allow 24.2 points per game, 137.5 rushing yards, and 236.8 passing yards with 12 interceptions and 32 sacks. Jerrell Freeman had 145 tackles, Antoine Bethea had 100 tackles, and Darius Butler had four interceptions. The Colts will hope they still have some magic left in the tank for a possible Super Bowl run.
The Baltimore Ravens Battled big injuries all season long but after all was said and done the Ravens won the AFC North and their goal of winning the Super Bowl is still very much alive. The Ravens will be looking to erase the memories of past playoff disappointment and give their aging veterans a chance at another Super Bowl ring. Joe Flacco still has plenty to prove but he completed 59.7 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while being sacked 35 times. Ray Rice is one of the premier running backs in the NFL rushing for 1,143 yards and nine touchdowns and catching 61 passes. Anquan Boldin has 65 catches and four touchdowns, Dennis Pitta has 61 catches and seven touchdowns, and Torrey Smith has 49 catches and eight touchdowns. Defensively the Ravens allow 21.5 points per game, 122.8 rushing yards, and 228.1 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and 37 sacks. Bernard Pollard had 98 tackles, Dannell Ellerbe had 92 tackles, and Ed Reed had four interceptions but the Ravens defense played much of the season without two superstars, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, both of whom will be suited up for action in this one. The clock is ticking on the Ravens and look for them to play emotionally like there isn’t a tomorrow.
Indianapolis is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 19-7-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 8-2 against the spread against the AFC. Baltimore is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 home games, 1-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. Indianapolis has covered the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 46.5 but that looks to be a bit too high as the playoffs are all about the running game and defense and look for that to be the case here despite both of these teams stumbling on defense plenty this season so my lean here is to the under.