NFL Preseason Betting Odds – Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
The Baltimore Ravens are looking to take the next step in 2018 after underachieving at the most inopportune time to narrowly miss out on a playoff berth last season. The Indianapolis Colts will have franchise signal-caller Andrew Luck back on the field this coming season and they’re hoping their fortunes will turn around under their once ballyhooed franchise cornerstone. How high the Ravens will fly and how good Indianapolis will be is anyone’s guess right now.
With both teams set to square off in their Week 2 NFL Preseason battle this weekend, let’s find out which one is offering the best betting value in the YouWager Sportsbook.
Day 1 of joint practices.
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— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 17, 2018
🏈: NFL Preseason – Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts
🏟️: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
⏰: Mon. Aug 20, 2018 8:00 PM ET
🎰: Indianapolis Colts pk -110 | -120 | U 43½ -110
The Ravens rolled all over the Rams in their 33-7 preseason-opening victory as starting quarterback Joe Flacco completed 5-of-7 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown while backup signal-caller Robert Griffin III also went 5 of 7 for 88 yards and one score. Veteran wide receiver Brett Perriman hauled in three passes for 71 yards and one score in the win.
“That’s really all we needed from Joe,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Get Lamar out there with a lot of reps, get Robert (Griffin III) out there.”
Third-string first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson was just 7 for 18 for 119 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions although he did rush five times for 21 yards and one score on a dazzling nine-yard burst.
“It was a great run,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he was tackled twice — and then he wasn’t.”
Indianapolis comes into this contest off a 19-17 win over Seattle in their preseason opener last week as franchise quarterback Andrew Luck made his debut after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a shoulder injury.
Luck looked fantastic in going an efficient 6-of-9 for 64 yards while backup Jacoby Brissett went 6 for 8 for 35 yards. Roster hopefuls Phillip Walker went 5 for 8 for 88 yards and one touchdown while Brad Kaaya went 3 for 4 for 24 yards.
“I really enjoyed it. I didn’t quite know I’d have this much fun to get practice again. I didn’t know I’d have this much fun even playing football,” Luck said. “It’s a preseason game, I’m not going to blow anything out of proportion, but it’s still a game, a chance to go up against another color jersey. It was a fun step along the way.”
Luck last saw action in an NFL game almost 600 days prior when he passed for 321 yards in a 24-20 win over Jacksonville on Jan. 1, 2017.
“He just kept saying how excited he was and right before he went out he said `There’s a lot of emotions right now let’s see if I can control them,” Indianapolis coach Frank Reich said. “It was almost like he was saying, `I’m going to need to control how I’m feeling, because I’m pretty jacked up.’ And he came out in the first drive and handled it like we expected.”
I’m going to get right to the point by saying that I like Baltimore to eke out the narrow road win to cover the chalk as a Pick ‘em. While I’m expecting Indianapolis to put up a really good effort in this contest and I like their backup quarterback situation with Jacoby Brissett behind Andrew Luck, I also love Baltimore’s depth at backup quarterback with a clearly improved Robert Griffin III and Lamar Jackson both bringing something really positive to the table.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has a stellar 30-12 career mark in the preseason, so he clearly takes his scrimmage games very seriously. I wouldn’t expect to see Andrew Luck or Joe Flacco too much in this contest, meaning the outcome will be decided by the backups. I’m going with Baltimore to get it done in a game that plays Over the 37-point Over/Under Total.
Pick: Baltimore 24 Indianapolis 21