Vegas Odds & NFL Predictions: Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts (August 20th, 2018)
Baltimore Visits Indianapolis on Monday Night Football
Baltimore is 2-0 thus far in preseason action as they beat Chicago 17-16 in the Hall-of-Fame game to get the season started and then looked even better with a 33-7 win over the Rams last week.
One of the biggest storylines for this team is the quarterback play. The Ravens drafted QB Lamar Jackson to potentially be the QB of the future and to help inject some new blood into the position now.
Last week in Flacco’s debut he looked great going 5-7 for 71 yards and a touchdown. Griffin also looked great going 5-7 for 88 yards and a touchdown. Jackson’s results were more mixed as he completed just seven of 18 passes, but it was for 119 yards.
The rushing attack was also able to put up 140 yards while averaging 4.2 YPR. And even with all the new blood, it was a receiver fighting for his job, fourth year vet Breshad Perriman leading the way with a 3-71-1 day.
In Indianapolis in the meanwhile they have pretty much set the reset button on the franchise. First of all, the coaching staff is almost entirely new after Eagles QB coach Frank Reich was brought in. His task to implement the kind of electric offense that helped turn QB Carson Wentz into an MVP candidate in just his second season and the Eagles into Super Bowl champions.
The Colts have a great QB of their own in Andrew Luck, but he missed all of last season and hasn’t been healthy in three years with his shoulder injury.
So it must have been a thrill to see Luck back behind center in his preseason debut last week. He played two series and led the team to two field goals in their 19-17 win over the Seahawks last week.
The Colts are also switching to a 4-3 defense from the 3-4 and there should be roughly 10-12 new starters being integrated onto the team. That includes a revamped offensive line tasked with protecting Luck at all costs.
Baltimore is -1 favorites and between their three QBs have some quality to bring to an entire game. Luck is expected to play well into the second quarter this week with Jacoby Brissett getting some decent time as well. Behind them comes Phillip Walker and Brad Kaaya. As such it’s feasible to see the Ravens piling up some fourth quarter points and a win. The Pick: Ravens 28-21.