Colts Ravens Betting Predictions – Luck, Colts Have Momentum Heading In To AFC Wild Card Clash Versus Ravens
An emotional regular season ended on a high note for the Indianapolis Colts in week 17, as they welcomed back head coach Chuck Pagano following a three-month battle against Leukemia in a 28-16 win over the Houston Texans. An emotional Pagano talked to his team after the game about the inspiration they gave him, as they now head to the AFC Wild Card Round for a date with the Baltimore Ravens in the city where the Colts’ franchise originated. Indianapolis certainly has the momentum after rookie quarterback Andrew Luck led his team to wins in five of their last six sports betting games, but winning in a hostile environment at Baltimore will not be easy.
AFC Wild Card Round
Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday January 6, 2013 – 1:00 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
NFL Betting Line: Baltimore – 6.5
The Ravens won six of their eight home games but struggled down the stretch, losing four of their final five including two at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore allowed at least 23 points in each of those four losses, while surpassing that points total themselves only twice in their final seven games.
NFL Betting Preview: Indianapolis Colts
Luck has been the star of this Colts’ teams all season with 4,374 passing yards and 23 touchdowns, leading the league’s seventh-ranked passing game on the way to a playoff berth. Veteran Reggie Wayne certainly helped in his development with 106 receptions for 1,355 yards and five scores, while fellow rookie TY Hilton emerged with 861 yards and seven touchdown catches. The lack of a consistent rushing attack has sometimes forced Indianapolis to push the ball through the air, and that is when Luck will need to be careful. The Colts’ defense ranked in the bottom-half of the league against both the run and pass, but they held both their opponents to under 17 points in their final two wins including a spirited performance in the victory over Houston.
NFL Betting Preview: Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense should be able to take advantage of the Indianapolis defense, but at the same time there is a lot of things they were supposed to do and failed to do throughout the year. Flacco finished the season with 3,817 passing yards but he had 10 interceptions and nine fumbles, his combined turnovers nearly matching his 22 touchdown passes. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired late in the season but that didn’t help in losses to the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals. Running back Ray Rice is still a ton weapon, and the Ravens will need to get him the ball in order to both make plays and keep possession on their side. Injuries certainly took their toll on an aging Baltimore defense this season, but they still have more weapons on that side of the ball than the Colts.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The most overlooked aspect heading in to this game could be confidence, as the Colts are playing like a team that believes it is destined to do great things while the Ravens have been sluggish down the stretch and enter the postseason in disarray. That alone may not be enough for Indianapolis to score a tough online betting upset on the road, but it should help the Colts keep this game close and at least have a chance to win it near the end.
NFL Betting Pick: Indianapolis Colts