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Where to Bet on Colts vs. Ravens

When: 1:00pm ET. Sunday, January 6th 2013
Where: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

The AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens 10-6 (6-9-1 ATS), take on the surging Indianapolis Colts 11-5 (11-5 ATS) who finished 2nd in the AFC South division and posted an amazing ATS record.

Chuck Pagano is back on the sidelines for the Colts and his knowledge of the Ravens defense will be a huge edge. Baltimore will have numerous defensive starters back in this game, including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Bernard Pollard it appears. Below are the latest odds, my betting analysis, and information on where to bet this Colts/Ravens game.

Where to Bet Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens

We haven’t seen much movement on the Colts vs. Ravens betting lines yet. If you’re wondering where to bet on the game, the Colts are +6.5 (-105) at BetOnline and +7 (-115) at JustBet. I like the Colts to cover the spread in this one, but I’m taking the extra 1/2 point at JustBet. Both sportsbooks offer online & mobile betting, and Visa for deposits.

The Colts vs. Ravens over/under opened at 46.5 pts and is now up to 47 at the major Las Vegas and online sportsbooks.

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+6.5 (-105)
-6.5 (-115)
+7 (-115)
-7 (-105)
o47 (-110) / u47 (-110)
o47 (-110) / u47 (-110)

IND vs. BAL Stats at a Glance

Ravens vs. Colts Betting Analysis

Andrew Luck has looked great as a rookie considering how bad the Colts were last year. This season Luck has completed 54.1% of his pass attempts for 4374 passing yards, 23 TD’s and 18 INT’s. His QB rating was only 76.5, but he has played very well.

The Colts have played in five games against playoff teams this season. In those games the Colts are 3-2 and Luck has put up solid numbers, including an average of 259.4 PYPG, 2 TD’s per game and 0.8 INT’s per game.

This year the Colts put up an average of 258 PYPG (7th) and 104.4 RYPG (22nd). Rookie Vick Ballard has taken over the run duties for the Colts and he has rushed for 814 yards and 2 TD’s on 211 carries, but running against the Ravens will be tough.

Baltimore averaged 233.7 PYPG (15th) and 118.8 RYPG (11th) on offense this season. Ray Rice had another great season where he racked up 1143 rushing yards on 257 carries and also added 61 receptions out of the backfield for 478 yards (10 TD’s Total).

Joe Flacco is still a QB that I don’t trust in big games at clutch time. Anquan Boldin led the team in receiving with 65 catches for 921 yards and 4 TD’s, but I think TE Dennis Pitta who had 7 TD’s this season needs to have a big game.

Keys to Winning the Colts/Ravens AFC Wild Card Game

  • Ravens Defense is Healthy
  • As it looks right now the Ravens will have Lewis, Suggs and Pollard in the line-up against the Colts. This would be the 1st time this season that the Ravens would have those 3 starters on the field at once and it could be the difference in this game.

    Ray Lewis said this is his last year in the NFL, so the Ravens defense is going to play inspired football. The Ravens ranked 20th against the rush (122.8 RYPG), 17th against the pass (228.1 PYPG) and 12th in points allowed (21.5 PPG).

    If those players are back this week they’ll be able to get pressure on Luck who was sacked 41 times this year. The Colts have to make sure they don’t turn the football over because that’s exactly what this Ravens defense is going to try and do.

  • Colts Need to Shut Down Ray Rice
  • Ray Rice can’t have a big game against the Colts or Indy may be packing it up early. This year the Colts were one of the worst teams against the rush (137.5 RYPG – 29th). Freeney (5 Sacks) and Mathis (8 Sacks) both need to try and hit in the backfield.

  • Torrey Smith & T.Y. Hilton
  • I already mentioned Boldin leading the team in receiving, but Torrey Smith is a sleeper that could impact the game. He only has 49 catches on the year, but he has racked up 855 yards and 8 TD’s. His 17.4 average per catch leads the Ravens.

    Reggie Wayne is the leaders on the Colts WR corps and he has had a huge season with 106 catches for 1355 yards and 5 TD’s. He needs a big game, but I think T.Y Hilton could be the game changer that the Colts need late in the 4th quarter.

    Hilton caught a 70-yd TD pass in week 17 against the Texans to lock-up the game in the 4th quarter. Hilton has had a solid rookie year where he has caught 50 receptions for 861 yards and 7 TD’s. His 17.2 per-catch average is tops on the team.

    Best Bets for Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens

    Where to Bet:

  • Bet Colts +7 (-115) & Under 47 (-110) at JustBet.cx
  • The Colts O-line will step up in this game and limit Rice’s production. I also think the Ravens will perform better on defense with Lewis playing in what could potentially be his last game ever. Under 47 points looks great and it’s my best bet of Wild Card weekend.

    Indy has played great this season and Pagano is going to have his team ready. I don’t trust Flacco, and the Colts have several playmakers that I like. Take the touchdown and thank me later.

    ScottThis article was written by Scott

    Scott is one of the original degenerates working for MobileSportsBetting.com. Although he's most successful betting on NFL football and international soccer, he's also active in UFC and NHL hockey betting.

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