Week 5 Preview: Ravens at Colts

| October 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Indianapolis Colts (2-2)

Sunday at 1pm, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

Line: Colts -3

The Ravens face their toughest road test of the season as they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on Andrew Luck and the Colts. Luck is playing unbelievable and he is by far the best quarterback who the Ravens defense will have faced thus far. Despite Luck’s play this season, the Colts only have two wins which came against the Jaguars and Titans, teams that are a combined 1-7. Luck is carrying the Colts while the Ravens are being led by the return of the power-running game. Can the Ravens defense stop Luck and get a huge road win?

Here is my take on the game:

Ravens offense vs. Colts defense

The Ravens offense is much improved from last season and they now have a legitimate running game which takes a lot of pressure off Joe Flacco. The Colts defense has given up 61 points in their two losses this season, granted it was against Denver and Philadelphia, but the Ravens offense is good enough to score often on them. I will admit I was wrong about how good Steve Smith Sr. would be and I see him having another big game against a Colts defense that is in the bottom third in the league against the pass. The run game of the Ravens will wear the Colts down and keep the ball out of Andrew Luck’s hands. I expect the Ravens to find the end zone a few times.

Advantage: Ravens

Colts offense vs. Ravens defense

The Colts can’t run the ball, which makes them one-dimensional. Normally an one-dimensional offense doesn’t work in the NFL, unless of course your quarterback is Andrew Luck and he is putting up MVP-like numbers. The Ravens secondary is very suspect and they will have their hands full with TY Hilton and Dwayne Allen. In addition, Terrell Suggs is a game time decision. If he does not play, the Ravens lose their biggest presence on defense and the person who all opposing offenses game plan against. I just don’t see how this defense will contain Andrew Luck.

Advantage: Colts

Special Teams

I expect this to be a close game and, in close games, special teams and field position are often the deciding factor.  Neither team has done much in the return game (I don’t even know why Jacoby Jones is still on the roster) and being inside in ideal conditions make it a perfect environment for the kickers. Ultimately, Justin Tucker is the difference. If a game-winning field goal is needed, I like the Ravens chances with him.

Advantage: Ravens

Prediction

I am now a believer that the Ravens actually may be a playoff team and I am a huge believer in their running game.  The Colts are an anomaly, as they don’t have a great roster, but Andrew Luck finds ways to win. They have lost to the only teams with winning records that they have played and blown out inferior competition. I think the Ravens are definitely capable of going into Indy and winning this game, but ultimately I think Andrew Luck might just be too much to handle and will find a way to get the Colts the win.

Colts 27 Ravens 24

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