Indianapolis Colts (1-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
In a matchup that is drawing attention from fans and bettors alike, the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) are set to face the undefeated Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at M&T Bank Stadium on September 24, 2023. With an early season game that could serve as a litmus test for both teams, NFL betting picks opportunities abound. The Colts, still in the process of shaping their identity this season, look to prove themselves against the strong Ravens, who have hit the ground running.
On the Colts’ end, Zack Moss has emerged as a dependable option in the running game, racking up 88 yards on 18 carries in just one game played. Michael Pittman Jr., another key player, has been reliable as a receiver, hauling in 16 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown in two games. But despite these individual performances, the Colts have struggled to find a consistent rhythm, which is reflected in their 1-1 record and somewhat shaky stats.
For the Ravens, their impressive 2-0 start to the season doesn’t come as a surprise, especially with Gus Edwards making strides in the running game and rookie Zay Flowers showing great promise as a receiver. Edwards has managed 94 rushing yards on 18 attempts over two games, while Flowers has caught 13 passes for 140 yards. Both players complement the dynamism of quarterback Lamar Jackson, making the Ravens a balanced and dangerous offensive team.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Info
|Sunday, September 24, 2023, at 1:00 PM ET
|M&T Bank Stadium
|NFL Game Pass
Anthony Richardson QB vs. Lamar Jackson QB
Anthony Richardson of the Indianapolis Colts has made two starts this season and completed 30 out of 47 attempts with a 63.8 completion rate; throwing for 279 yards while averaging 139.5 passing yards per game. Although Richardson recorded one touchdown and interception respectively, four times he has been sacked, leading to 8 yards lost en route to a passer rating of 782. While showing promise, Richardson faces challenges related to decision-making skills and pressure management that could significantly impede covering spreads in games against their opponent.
On the other hand, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has exhibited stellar form in the first two games. He has completed 41 of 55 passes, boasting a 74.5% completion rate and a total of 406 passing yards, averaging 203 per game. Jackson has thrown 2 touchdowns and has been intercepted once. Despite being sacked four times, he maintains a high passer rating of 99.5. Jackson’s agility, play-making skills, and comfort under pressure give the Ravens a tactical edge going into this matchup.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore Ravens -400, Total Odds: 44
Baltimore is the favorite, with a Moneyline of -400 and a 7.5-point spread. The game’s total odds are set at 44, offering a tight window for over/under bets. The Colts’ +7.5 spread at +105 Moneyline suggests that oddsmakers see them as the underdog but not overwhelmingly so, hinting at a potentially close game.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Trends
Indianapolis Colts has had a rough time against the spread, going 1-4 ATS in their last five games. Moreover, the team has lost 8 of its last 9 games straight up. However, it’s worth noting that they have performed relatively well against Baltimore, with an 11-2 ATS record in their last 13 games against them. Road games have generally been high-scoring affairs for the Colts, with the total going OVER in their last 5 road games.
Baltimore Ravens Betting Trends
The Baltimore Ravens are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games, indicating a strong betting potential. Historically, the total has often gone UNDER in their matchups, as evidenced by 12 of their last 17 games and 8 of their last 9 against the Colts. Interestingly, they’ve struggled at home against the Colts, with a 1-7 ATS record in their last 8 home games against Indianapolis. Nonetheless, they have shown impressive ATS stats against AFC opponents, going 4-1 in the last 5 games.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens 9/24/23 Betting Picks
The Baltimore Ravens are the safer pick for straight-up bets, but given the Colts’ historical ATS performance against Baltimore, taking Indianapolis with the points could offer good value. For those looking for prop bets, considering the passing yard totals for both quarterbacks might offer intriguing options.
As for the over/under, considering both teams’ recent trends, a bet on the UNDER seems more plausible. When placing your bets, make sure to use top online betting websites to get the best odds and options.
Free Pick and Prediction: Baltimore 27, Indianapolis 20