On Sunday, two of the current NFL futures betting favorites in the AFC, will battle when the Baltimore Ravens hit the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Ravens (3–1) have overcome numerous off the field challenges to put together a three-game winning streak, but now must navigate the most difficult portion of their schedule.
Both teams are coming off impressive victories. Last week, Joe Flacco and the Ravens helped Steve Smith school his former team, defeating the Carolina Panthers 38–10.
The Colts (2–2) 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.
Matchup: Baltimore Ravens Vs. Indianapolis Colts
Date: October 5, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
TV Info: CBS/NFL Sunday Ticket
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
NFL Point Spread: Indianapolis – 3.5
NFL Money Line: BAL +170, IND –195
NFL Game Total: 48
Underdog Against The Spread Betting Preview
This Week 5 NFL betting matchup will be a battle of the over the hill WRs featuring the aforementioned Steve Smith and Colts mainstay 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.
Reggie Wayne leads Indianapolis with 23 receptions and 307 yards. He has 13,873 career yards and needs 27 to surpass Cris Carter for ninth place.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 2, 2014
Despite the loss of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce’s subpar play, the Ravens have rushed for the eighth-most yards in the league with Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. The Colts have faired pretty well against the run so far in 2014 but they are a team you can move the ball on the ground against.
Plus, 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.
On the other side, it is all about Andrew Luck. The Ravens’ defense has stopped the run this year, but their secondary isn’t keeping their end of the bargin, ranking just 24th against the pass thus far. With Luck throwing for more yards than any quarterback so far, the Ravens’ porous secondary is in for a long Sunday.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 3, 2014
Underdog Against The Spread Betting Picks
This NFL betting matchup is expected to be one of the most competitive and highest-scoring contests of Week 5 with NFL oddsmakers setting the total at 48 points which is second highest this week. And with the NFL point spread at 3.5, there are only a handful of games that have a smaller point spread than the 3.5 points that the Colts are giving the Ravens
The Colts and Ravens are two front runners in the AFC and this could be an early preview of a playoff matchup. The Colts have an explosive offense, but they’ll likely be slowed down by a Baltimore defense that ranks second in points allowed.
The only advantage for the Colts and the reason why I am picking them to win is that the Ravens cannot defend the pass and they won’t be able to stop Luck.
The Colts had won six straight in the series prior to a 24–10 loss at Baltimore in the last meeting Dec. 11, 2011.
Against The Spread Betting Pick: Colts 31, Ravens 24