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The 2013 NFL playoffs schedule is back, and here at Cappers Info, we’ll be looking at some of the best games on the docket each and every week, as we try to make the most money possible off of the Wild Card odds for the NFL. Join us on Sunday, as we make our Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the gridiron.
Wild Card NFL Picks: Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
Date: Sunday, January 6th, 1:00 ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Colts @ Ravens Odds: Baltimore -7
Colts @ Ravens On TV: CBS
Emotion is going to be a big time factor in this game on both sides, but as gamblers, we are going to have to put all of this aside. There is definitely going to be some added spunk for the Baltimore defense with LB Ray Lewis playing his final home game, and potentially his final game ever is quite the story for a man that has been the face of this franchise for over a decade and a half. But on the other side, this is the start of a new dynasty of Indianapolis football. QB Andrew Luck is one of the six key rookies on this totally revamped offense. It’s also the return of Head Coach Chuck Pagano to Baltimore, where he was a defensive coach for four seasons before taking over as the man in charge of the Colts. Of course, it’s also just the second game back in the saddle for Pagano after his three-month battle with leukemia that kept him away from the team.
The Ravens are certainly an underachieving team this year, having gone just 10-6 a year off of a trip to the AFC Championship Game. QB Joe Flacco had a nice season, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards, but he still has a heck of a challenge to win over the fans in Baltimore. For as great as this offense was at times, there were some games in which this club really slacked in a big time way. RB Ray Rice didn’t rush for even 1,200 yards this year either, and WR Torrey Smith and WR Anquan Boldin both felt like they were off from what their potential was, especially with the way that Flacco played at times.
But can an Indianapolis team that was gashed at times on the ground really keep up with the mighty Ravens who have such a great playoff history? This game reminds us of a game that Baltimore played a few years ago versus the New England Patriots in Foxboro. The Ravens came away victorious in that one, and it really started this run of good fortunate in the playoffs over the course of the last several seasons. Luck is a star in the making, and we think that he has the better team in this game. The offense has shown that it can be explosive, and it is only a few plays away from pulling off this upset and getting into the second round of the playoffs. If there is a big upset in the cards this weekend, this is the game for that to happen.
Indianapolis at Baltimore Pick: Indianapolis Colts +7
Colts @ Ravens Score Prediction: Indianapolis 23 – Baltimore 20