baltimore ravens vs indianapolis colts predictions and preview

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NFL baltimore ravens vs indianapolis colts predictions and preview


 

 

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On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts will hit the road with a visit to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland to play the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football.

 

Indianapolis is 1-3 after defeating the Miami Dolphins 27-17 last Sunday. Indianapolis had opened with losses to the Seahawks, Rams and Titans before defeating the Dolphins. The Colts' defense held Miami to 203 yards of total offense and forced two Dolphins’ turnovers. Colts quarterback Carson Wentz passed for 228 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and running back Jonathan Taylor reached the century mark with 103 yards and one touchdown. Indianapolis has a long list of injuries with the most notable Quenton Nelson, Sam Ehlinger, TJ Carrie,. T.Y Hilton, Jordan Glasgow, Sam Tevi, Skai Moore and Dayo Odeyingbo. Darius Leonard is questionable.

 

Baltimore won its third straight and improved to 3-1 with a 23-7 victory over the Denver Broncos last Sunday. The Ravens defense held Denver to 254 yards of total offense while Baltimore generated 406 yards of total offense. Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards with one touchdown and running back Latavius Murray rushed for one touchdown. Wide receiver Marquise Brown caught four passes for 91 yards with one touchdown. The Baltimore Ravens also have a long list of injuries that include Rashod Bateman, Miles Boykin, Jaylon Ferguson, Nick Boyle, Aaron Crawford, Xavier Kelly and Daelin Hayes amongst others.

 

Colts must improve passing game

The Indianapolis Colts must get more out of their aerial attack. Indianapolis is averaging only 214.0 yards per game passing which is 25th in the NFL and Indianapolis averages 112.0 yards per game rushing. That has resulted in Indianapolis scoring an average of 20.8 points per game which is 21st in the NFL. Quarterback Carson Wentz has 920 yards passing with five touchdowns, one interception and has completed 63.8% of his passes. Running back Jonathan Taylor has 274 yards with an average of 4.7 yards per carry and one touchdown. Michael Pittman Jr. has caught 23 passes for 279 yards but has not yet scored a touchdown. Wide receiver Zach Pascal has 3 touchdown receptions.

 

Indianapolis is 16th in scoring defense allowing an average of 24.2 points per game. The Colts are allowing an average of 330.8 yards per game with 114 yards rushing and 216.8 yards passing per game. Opposing offenses are averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 5.8 yards per play against the Indianapolis defense. The Colts defense is led by linebackers Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke with 28 tackles each. Defensive end Kemoko Turay has 2.0 quarterback sacks to lead Indianapolis and three players for the Colts each of intercepted one pass

 

Ravens running attack is hard to stop

The Baltimore Ravens are scoring an average of 26.3 points per game which is 8th in the NFL. Baltimore has one of the NFL's best running attacks averaging 164.5 yards per game which is third, while the Ravens are averaging 255.5 yards per game passing which is 13th. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has completed 60.5% of his passes for 1077 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The Ravens signal-caller is also the leading rusher with 279 yards and two touchdowns. Ty’Shon Williams is the second-leading rusher with 164 yards and one touchdown. Marquise Brown has 19 receptions for 326 yards and three touchdowns to lead all Ravens’ receivers.

Baltimore's defense is 12th in the NFL in points allowed with an average of 23.0 per game. Baltimore is allowing an average of 358.8 yards per game with 85.8 yards per game rushing and 273 yards per game passing. Opposing offenses are averaging 4.1 yards per carry and 5.8 yards per play against the Ravens defense. Baltimore's defense is led by linebacker Patrick Queen with a team-best 27 tackles. Linebackers Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser each have 2.0 quarterback sacks to lead the Ravens. The Ravens have 10.0 quarterback sacks through the first four games. Baltimore’s starting cornerback Anthony Averett has two interceptions to lead the Ravens.

 





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