You won't find a lot of scoring when the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens play. Their lone preseason encounter finished up 19-18 in favor of the Ravens, while 10 of the last 11 regular-season meetings have gone under. Last season's 23-16 Ravens victory at Baltimore produced the highest total in a Colts-Ravens game since 2008. The 16 points tallied by the Colts was the largest sum accumulated by the losing team in a game between these two teams since 2007.
The last time either team went for 30 points was when the Colts beat the Ravens 31-3 in 2008. The year prior, they accumulated the highest single-team production in the history of this series when the Colts dumped the Ravens 44-20. It didn't start out this way. The first four Ravens-Colts games saw both teams top 20 points in every game. The first three games between Indianapolis and Baltimore featured the two teams combining for an average total of 60.6 points per game.
It's A Run - The Ravens won two of the first three games in this series, and then for the next nine years from 2002-20 it was all Colts. Indianapolis won eight games in a row from the Ravens, including a pair of postseason encounters. Lately, it's Baltimore that has regained the upper hand, winning three of the last four games. Overall, the Colts hold on to a 10-5 edge in the all-time season series, and on the scoreboard, Indianapolis has outpointed Baltimore 332-266.
One Sided - Close games aren't a regular staple of Baltimore-Indianapolis contests. The 19-18 preseason win by the Ravens over the Colts is the closest game ever played between the two teams. In 15 regular-season games, just two have been decided by a margin of a field goal or less, with every other encounter ending up with the winning team ahead by a touchdown or more. The average margin of victory in 15 regular-season games between the Colts and Ravens is 11.7 points per game.
Postseason Blues - It was former Colts coach Jim Mora who created a viral video with his rant about the playoffs, and it might be an appropriate accompaniment to Bovada's future book odds on either the Colts or the Ravens being postseason participants in 2018. Bovada has the Ravens at +150 odds to make the playoffs and -180 to be out again, as they were in 2017. For the Colts, 4-12 a year ago, they are +400 to make the playoffs and -300 to be postseason observers yet again.
Bovada places both the Colts and Ravens as Super Bowl LIII longshots. The Ravens are slotted in at +5500 and the Colts situated at +6500. The Ravens are listed with odds of +1600 to win the AFC Championship, with the Colts penciled in at +2500. The Ravens are the secong betting choice to win the AFC North Division title at +400. The Colts are the longshot to capture the AFC South Division crown, facing odds of +550 that it will happen.
Will Luck Have It? - The status of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck remains uncertain after he missed all of last season with a shoulder ailment, but his odds of leading the NFL in passing yardage are surprisingly low. MyBookie sets Luck's mark at +2500 to do just that, even though it's been over a year since he threw a pass that counted. Only 11 quarterbacks are given better odds of topping the passing yardage charts than Luck. But one of them isn't Baltimore QB Joe Flacco. His odds are set at +8000.
Bovada puts Luck in at +3000 in terms of his odds of winning the NFL MVP award. He's in a group at that number including two Los Angeles Rams - QB Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley - and Oakland Raiders QB David Carr. Flacco checks in with odds of +10000 of landing the MVP honors. Among those also listed at +10000 in Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Catching On - If Luck is throwing them, odds are good that T.Y. Hilton will be the one on the receiving end. Hilton is among the NFL's top wideouts, but the uncertainty regarding Luck's status is also impacting his odds of leading the NFL in receiving yardage. MyBookie has Hilton at +1600 to do exactly that, but those odds place him behind several other receivers. It speaks volumes to the lack of quality within the Ravens offense that not one of their receivers is on this list.
Which Way Will You Go? - At this time of the year, speculation runs rampant upon the outcomes for teams and individual players alike. Everyone oozes optimism in the preseason. BetOnline allows you the opportunity to calculate for whom those expectations could become reality, and for which players it is a pipe dream via their NFL player performance prop wagers.
Start with Ravens wide receiver Michael Crabtree. His total for touchdown catches is set at 6.5. Play the over or the under at the same odds of -115. Crabtree's receiving yards are tabbed at 775. Again, go over or under and you will get odds of -115. Last season with the Raiders, Crabtree went for eight TDs and 618 yards.
The Colts' Hilton is set at exactly 1000 for his receiving yardage total in 2018. Play the over at -140, or go under and get odds of +110. Hilton's TD catches are speculated at a total of 6.5. Go either way on this wager and receive odds of -115. In 2017, Hilton caught four TD passes and went for 966 yards.
Flacco's TD passes are pegged at 19.5. Go over for odds of -125, or play the under at -105. His interceptions are established at a total of 15. Once more, the over is put at -125 and the under set at -105. Flacco's passing yardage total is fixed at 3225. You receive odds of -130 for the over wager, and +100 if you go for the under bet. Last season, Flacco passed for 18 TDs, 3141 yards and was intercepted 13 times.