The Baltimore Ravens (8-6) face off against the Indianapolis Colts (3-11) this afternoon, in what should be a lopsided matchup. The Ravens are a whopping 13.5 point favorites against an injury-riddled Colts team that is ready for the season to be over. Here are my three predictions for today’s matchup.
Christmas comes early for the Ravens’ Defense
The Ravens’ defense has always feasted on first year quarterbacks, and today will be just as such. The Colts have first year starter Jacoby Brissett under center and although he has looked promising, this defense will make his life hell.
I predict both Matthew Judon and Terrell Suggs to each get a sack, with Suggs’ forcing a fumble. Marlon Humphrey and Eric Weddle will both continue their impressive seasons by both picking Brissett off today.
The Colts will have less than 250 total yards on the day. Future Hall of Famer, Frank Gore will be completely shut down and star receiver, T.Y. Hilton will be stuck on Humphrey Island all day long.
Alex Collins will redeem himself
Alex Collins ran into a brick wall against the Cleveland Browns’ rushing defense; averaging just over one yard per carry. Collins however, was a big force in the passing game, catching five passes for 33 yards.
The Colts rank 29th in rushing defense, averaging over 124 yards per game and Collins will easily pass that mark. I predict Collins will rush for over 140 yards and two touchdowns, and will have over 50 yards receiving.
“January” Joe Flacco will continue his December run
Quarterback Joe Flacco, has thrown for a new season high each of the past three weeks, and he will break the 300 yard mark against the Colts. The Colts rank 30th in passing defense, allowing over 257 passing yards per game.
Could Flacco finally be fully healthy? Or does he always play his best when it matters most? My guess is both.
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be the “Kings of the North”, but Flacco is the “Night King”. He always seems to play his best once the cold settles in and I’m all for it.
Flacco will throw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, hopefully one to Danny Woodhead.
Even though this is a game the Ravens usually struggle in, I see the Ravens coming out on all cylinders, scoring early and often, marching their way into the five seed in the AFC.
It will be a complete domination by the Ravens, and Colts owner Jim Irsay will be embarrassed for ever moving the Baltimore Colts.
Final score: Ravens 38, Colts 10.