MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

BY ADAM GREENE

For a Monday Night Football showcase, the bloom is off the rose this week as the Indianapolis Colts bring Carson Wentz and his walker to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the Baltimore Ravens, who are somehow 3-1 and co-leading the AFC North.

Indianapolis is still fighting for its life, trying to avoid being run out of the postseason race before Halloween. In attempting it, they continue to roll with Wentz who probably isn’t healthy enough to play. It’s nothing new for him, as he’s consistently injured every year.

As for Baltimore, Lamar Jackson may have finally proven to his own offensive coordinator that he can run a legitimate NFL offense. If that continues, this team is incredibly dangerous.

Indy and the Ravens have met 16 times, with the Colts leading the all time series 10-6. They played once last year with Baltimore winning 24-10 in Indianapolis. Jackson finished 19 of 23 for 170 yards, no touchdowns and no picks and led his team rushing with 58 yards and a TD. Zach Pascal led the Colts in receiving with 55 yards. Jordan Wilkins rushed 11 times for just 39 yards.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (-7, O/U: 46)

Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.

Broadcast: ESPN

Kickoff: Oct. 11, 8:15 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-3)

The Colts picked up their first win of the year, knocking off the Miami Dolphins 27-17 to all but save their season. Wentz went 24 of 32 for 228 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jonathan Taylor rushed 16 times for 103 yards and a touchdown. Michael Pittman Jr. caught six passes for 59 yards. The defense sacked Jacoby Brissett three times and held Miami to just 35 total yards rushing.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (3-1)

Once Denver Broncos QB Teddy Bridgewater got knocked out of their game against the Baltimore Ravens, the game was realistically over. What you really loved to see if you’re a Ravens fan, is Greg Roman calling a real NFL offense and, of course, Lamar Jackson delivered. Jackson rushed just seven times for 28 yards, but finished 22 of 37 for 316 yards and a touchdown. The defense sacked Bridgewater and Drew Lock five times and held Denver to 106 yards on the ground.

THE PICK

If Roman will trust that he has an actual NFL quarterback (and he does) and continue to call a real offense, this Baltimore team will be a legitimate contender. Indy just can’t catch a break with Wentz and apparently their back up quarterbacks aren’t in any position to keep them competitive. With the way the Ravens defense is playing, I’m sensing a blow out. Ravens 38, Colts 16

Last week

Straight up: 9-7

Against the spread: 7-9

Season

Straight up: 41-23

Against the spread: 33-31

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