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Colts vs. Ravens 2021 NFL Week 5 Odds, Preview and Pick

By Hank Blaine

It’s a matchup of 2020 playoff teams in the Monday night game to close NFL Week 5 as the Indianapolis Colts visit the Baltimore Ravens. It’s almost must-win time for the Colts, who are 1-3 but also solid underdogs. Of course, the Colts were formerly the Baltimore Colts and moved to Indianapolis in a shocker ahead of the 1984 season. It took until 1996 to get a team back in Baltimore (and that was the Browns moving from Cleveland). Thus, Ravens fans hate the Colts – at least the ones old enough to remember do. This will be the 14th all-time regular season matchup between the teams, with the Colts leading the series at 8-5.

With more NFL action brewing, NitroBetting gets things going by providing a complete preview of the Colts vs. Ravens game. Below, you can find essential information, including event details, team and player stats, the latest NFL betting odds, betting trends, and betting predictions. Check for the latest sports betting odds at our online BTC sportsbook.

Colts vs. Ravens Game Information

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Why Bet on the Indianapolis Colts?

The Colts got their first win of the season Sunday, 27-17 in Miami as QB Carson Wentz snapped a personal seven-game skid dating to last season with Philadelphia. Wentz completed 24-of-32 pass attempts for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor rushed 16 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and has become the clear focal point of the offense.

Indy played without a handful of starters, led by All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson. The No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft had started every game since, including playoffs, until last week. Nelson has landed on IR so he won’t play for at least two more games. His 75.5% run-block rate is first among NFL guards since entering the league and his 95% pass block win rate is third among guards in that same span.

Also in Week 4, the Colts were without Kwity Paye, Khari Willis and Rock Ya-Sin on defense. Not yet clear if any of them will play Monday.

Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?

Last year, though, Baltimore won 24-10 in Indianapolis in Week 9. Indy largely dominated the first half but led only 10-7 at intermission. The Ravens were clearly the better team in the second half – the Colts ran just four plays throughout the entire third quarter, which included a Philip Rivers interception. Of course, he’s retired now. Lamar Jackson threw for 170 yards and rushed for a score.

An NFL record could be set Monday as the Ravens rushed for 102 yards in their 23-7 Week 4 win at Denver – although they only went over 100 on the game’s final play when Jackson rushed for five instead of taking a knee as he should have. Baltimore has now rushed for at least 100 yards in 43 consecutive regular-season games, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers (43 consecutive games from 1974-77) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

Lamar Jackson completed 22-of-37 for 316 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 28 yards – it was only the second time in Jackson’s regular season career he’s eclipsed 300 passing yards. Jackson also had a 30-yard TD pass to Mark Andrews wiped out via penalty. Jackson has recorded either a rushing or passing TD in 40 straight games, marking the longest-active streak by an NFL QB. It’s the fifth longest in NFL history.

There’s apparently a new featured back on the Ravens in waiver wire pickup Latavius Murray. With Ty’Son Williams surprisingly inactive, Murray had 18 rushes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson could get some receiving help here in rookie first-round pick Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin. Both were on injured reserve the first three games – but neither was ready conditioning-wise to play against Denver. At 6’2, 210 pounds, Bateman’s reported 4.39 40-yard dash time is remarkable. He has a unique gift of speed and size in addition to his pass-catching ability. A 13-game starter last year, Boykin had 19 catches for 266 yards and four touchdowns.

Colts vs. Ravens Betting Trends

  • Bills are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • Bills are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
  • The total went over in 4 of Indianapolis’ last 5 games on the road.
  • Chiefs are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games.
  • Chiefs are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC.
  • The total went over in 4 of Kansas City’s last 6 games.

Colts vs. Ravens Expert Betting Predictions

Pick: Ravens 27, Colts 20 (take Ravens alternate line of -6.5 to be safe)

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