The Baltimore Ravens (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) are hosting the Indianapolis Colts (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) on Monday Night Football.
Monday night’s contest will be Baltimore’s third primetime spot of the season.
Several online sportsbooks opened the Ravens as 7-point home favorites. Meanwhile, opening totals ranged from 47-50.
After dropping the season’s opening game to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Ravens have jumped on the winning track. They survived a letdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 3 before beating the then-undefeated Denver Broncos in convincing fashion. They went 2-1 against the spread over that span and stayed under in two of those three contests.
Speaking of streaks, the Colts are traveling for their third consecutive road game. Indianapolis closed as dogs in each of the last two. They lost and failed to cover at the Tennessee Titans before snapping a three-game skid against the Miami Dolphins.
The Ravens were ravaged by preseason injuries to key offensive players, but others have stepped up, including Marquise Brown.
The third-year wide receiver is enjoying a breakout season, pairing healthy volume with impressive efficiency. Brown leads the team with 19 receptions and 326 receiving yards. He’s also catching 67.9 percent of his targets while averaging 17.2 yards per reception.
Brown leads the three-headed pass-catching monster that also includes tight end Mark Andrews and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The trio has combined for 70.6 percent of the team’s receptions and 77.6 percent of the team’s receiving yards.
The Colts’ Jonathan Taylor delivered his best game of the season in Week 4, totaling 114 yards with a touchdown. He’ll need to produce another quality performance for the Colts to keep pace. His work will be cut out for him though. Baltimore is only allowing 85.8 rushing yards per game so far this season.
As of Sunday evening, the majority of sportsbooks were dealing the Ravens as 7-point favorites. That spread held steady at most shops, but a few moved off the key number and are dealing 6.5. Those looking to lay the points could find that extra bit of value at WynnBet and Treasure Island.
DraftKings Sportsbook saw significant movement on the total, which opened at 50 before being bet down to 46.
Scoring hasn’t come easily for the Colts. They’ve been held below 20 on two occasions amid their injury struggles. Meanwhile, the Ravens have held the Lions to 17 and the Broncos to seven in consecutive weeks. This isn’t to suggest that the under is the play here. After all, both the Colts and Ravens have a pair of overs and unders on their ledgers.
Can the Colts carry over some of the momentum from last week’s win? If they can establish a rhythm offensively and keep pressure on the Ravens, the scoring could pile up. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Ravens take the air out of the ball like they did last week in an easy 23-7 victory.