Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/2/14 at 1:00pm on CBS
Game Line: Indianapolis Colts -3.5 (from WagerWeb)
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The Baltimore Ravens have overcome numerous challenges to put together a three-game winning streak, but now must navigate the most difficult portion of their schedule. They’ll try to continue shaking off last year’s uncharacteristic road struggles as they look to slow down the Colts and the league’s top offense on Sunday. Sunday marks the first of four road games in five weeks. Though the Ravens won their lone road contest against Cleveland this season, their struggles away from home last year cost them a sixth straight playoff appearance. The Colts have bounced back from a rough start with two consecutive victories by a combined 51 points. Indianapolis leads the league with 34.0 points per game and is tied for first in total offense at 444.0 yards a contest. Andrew Luck was 29 of 41 for a season-high 393 yards with four TDs in Sunday’s 41-17 win over Tennessee. First year offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak also seems to have Baltimore in a rhythm. The Ravens are sixth in the league with 394.3 yards per game after finishing 29th last season. With the release of three time Pro Bowler Ray Rice, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro have anchored a ground attack that ranks ninth at 134.5 yards per game. The duo rolled up 124 rushing yards in a 38-10 win over Carolina last week, with each player scoring a touchdown. Baltimore is among 10 teams to commit three or fewer turnovers, while the Colts have forced three in each of their past two games while totaling seven sacks. This matchup also features two of the best receivers in the last 15 years, Steve Smith and Reggie Wayne, who have enjoyed strong starts to their 14th seasons. Smith’s AFC leading 429 receiving yards are the most in the first four games by a player at least 35 years old. He racked up a season high 139 yards and two TDs against his former club last week. There will be plenty of offensive fireworks in this game, with both teams moving the ball effectively in the dome. Baltimore will have success running and passing the ball while the league’s top offense in Indianapolis will keep doing what they’ve been doing all season long.
Sunday NFL Week 5 Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Free Picks: Baltimore +3.5 and over 48.5
Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Game Prediction: 31-27 Ravens
What to expect in this Week 5 NFL Football match up: The Ravens like to play to the style of their opponent. They have no problem playing a defensive, hard hitting, grind it out game like they did last week against Cleveland but they will also play to a shootout and move the ball up and down the field if the opposing defense will let them. That’s what’s going to happen in this game as both teams have strong passing offenses that like to capitalize on big plays. Baltimore will have more success running the football as Trent Richardson still hasn’t proven his worth in a Colts uniform and that will be the difference late in the game.