The Ravens and Colts offenses have been red-hot lately. Indianapolis (2-2) has the top-ranked offense in the NFL, and the Ravens (3-1) are climbing the charts after a 38-10 victory over the Panthers last week. The teams have scored a combined 144 points the last two weeks. "This is probably the ...
Quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 312 yards and a touchdown to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a narrow 20-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens .
The "Around the NFL" Podcast crew previews the matchup of two of the hottest teams in the AFC between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts .
The "NFL Playbook" crew discusses the Week 5 showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts , emphasizing that the key factor in the outcome of the game will be the quarterback matchup.
Reed’s Curious Ravens - Colts Prediction Conventional NFL analysts usually try to leave relationships and feelings aside, but when has Ed Reed ever been conventional? While making predictions for the Ravens - Colts showdown on “Inside the NFL,” Reed made his criteria for his pick clear: connections and friendships. Oh, well he was drafted by the Ravens and enjoyed a (potentially) Hall of Fame career in Baltimore, so he picked the Ravens . Riiiiiight? Nope. Reed feels a loyalty to Colts receiver Reggie Wayne after they were roommates at the University of Miami. Plus, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano has been a father-figure to Reed, again dating back to his college days as well as in Baltimore. But that doesn’t mean he picked the Colts either, citing his “Baltimore guys” as the reason. So, Reed took the easy way out. His official prediction of what may be the best NFL matchup of the week is … a tie. “What?!” Boomer Esiason reacted. “You said a tie!” “I did,” Reed said, standing his ground. “It’s embarrassing,” Esiason shot back. The thing is, if Reed is going to make a prediction based on loyalties, how could the Ravens NOT get his pick? C’mon, man! Eh, oh well. I’m over it. For the record, Reed only picked seven of last week’s 11 matchups correctly. He’s 36-25 on the year so far. Not horrible, not great. For predictions based on what might actually happen on the field, let’s move on … Week 5: Ravens vs . Colts Picks Here we go! The Colts ’ No. 1 offense versus the Ravens ’ No. 2 defense (in points per game). Most experts are expecting an offensive shootout, but let’s not forget the Colts (2-2) have played against four defenses that are in the bottom half of the league in yards allowed per game, including Denver (No. 27), Philadelphia (No. 28) and Jacksonville (No. 32). Even with concerns in the secondary, the Ravens defense will give quarterback Andrew Luck his biggest test of the season to date. Nonetheless, 24 of the 35 pundits below believe Luck and the Colts will come away victorious. Baltimore Sun : 5 of 7 pick Colts Jeff Zrebiec ( Colts 31, Ravens 20): “The Ravens' new-look offense has made nice strides, but it still isn't yet equipped to win a shootout against Andrew Luck. It's much harder to overcome secondary breakdowns against good teams on the road.” Jon Meoli ( Colts 35, Ravens 24): “This game gives me pause because the Colts haven't really beaten anyone, but they can move the ball as well as any team in the league and will expose the Ravens' underperforming secondary.” ESPN.com : 8 of 13 pick Colts Yahoo! Sports : 2 of 2 pick Colts NFL.com (Elliot Harrison): Colts 27, Ravens 24 “This is certainly one of the better games on the Week 5 docket. The Ravens are really on a roll, with their only loss this season coming in Week 1 to the Bengals -- arguably the best team in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Colts have rebounded quite neatly from their 0-2 start, with Andrew Luck playing red-hot football. Consider his stat line from the past two weeks: 763 passing yards, eight touchdown passes, one interception and a combined passer rating of 132.4. Can Joe Flacco stay with Luck in Indy? He'll have to, if a) some combination of Bernard Pierce , Justin Forsett , Lorenzo Taliaferro and Earnest Byner can't get it done on the ground, or b) Baltimore's pass defense – which ranks 24th in the NFL (260.2 passing yards allowed per game) – falters against the league's top-ranked passing attack.” CBSSports.com : 5 of 8 pick Colts Pete Prisco: Colts 31, Ravens 30 “This one features two 3-1 teams clicking on offense [Note: Colts are actually 2-2]. Andrew Luck is having an MVP start, but the Ravens are much improved on offense. Look for Indianapolis to play up-tempo to keep the Ravens off-balance. Luck finds a way to win it late.” ProFootballTalk.com : 2 of 2 pick Colts Mike Florio: Colts 24, Ravens 21 “Thirty years after the Colts bolted from Baltimore, Baltimore’s current team looks to settle the score. And Indy’s coach used to work for the Ravens . And Baltimore’s defense could have a hard time against some decisive, quick-strike passing from Andrew Luck. And the Indy crowd will be extra loud, thanks to John Harbaugh’s joke that they pipe in crowd noise.” Michael David Smith: Colts 31, Ravens 28 “Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco both put up big numbers last week, and I think they can both have big numbers this week as well. Look for Luck’s numbers to be a big bigger and the Colts to win a high-scoring game.” SportingNews.com (Vinnie Iyer): Colts 27, Ravens 24 “The Ravens have somewhat eased Baltimore’s NFL pain of the Colts leaving them with two Super Bowl titles in their short existence. Time also has helped heal wounds. There always will be Johnny U., but the Colts ’ identity now belongs in Indianapolis, thanks to Peyton Manning and now Andrew Luck. Luck has Manning’s new-school mind and Unitas’ old-school toughness. Joe Flacco will keep it interesting, but Indy will have a little more gas to fly past the Ravens late.” FoxSports.com (Peter Schrager): Ravens 33, Colts 24 “The Ravens are 3-0 since the second Ray Rice tape was made public, and John Harbaugh’s team played its best football of the year Sunday vs . the Panthers. Andrew Luck has put up big numbers against struggling defenses in back-to-back weeks, but I don’t see him doing the same to this Ravens D. Elvis Dumervil looked rejuvenated last weekend, and both Terrell Suggs and rookie C.J. Mosley had their best games to date. Indy always had Baltimore’s number when Peyton Manning was under center. Flacco has Luck’s. Give me the Ravens on the road.” Does Baltimore Have Two Best Coaches In Country? Plenty of Ravens were on hand for the Orioles’ 12-3 dismantling of the Detroit Tigers last night in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. That includes defensive lineman Brandon Williams , who was clearly amped up in his Instagram video below (mobile users tap “View in browser.”) Congrats to the O’s, who blew the game open in the eighth inning with eight runs. That’s one down, and 10 to go. Blogger Drew Forrester walked away from the game feeling like Charm City is lucky to have two of the best coaches in the country in Buck Showalter and John Harbaugh. "Does any other city in America have two coaches of the quality and caliber of Showalter and John Harbaugh?" Drew asked. “I've been trying to think of sports cities in the U.S. and who coaches their specific teams, and I don't think any other town in the country can match our two guys. “I'm not willing to rubber stamp Baltimore as " King of the Coaches " without some debate or suggestions from you all. That's what we do at #DMD. Go ahead, tell me why Baltimore isn't #1. I think our combination of Harbaugh and Showalter is unmatched around the country. Tell me I'm wrong. And then name names.” Projections Based On First Quarter How will the Ravens ’ key numbers from the first quarter of the season translate to the full 16-game slate? CSNBaltimore.com’s Bo Smolka projects some stats if the Ravens continue on its current pace: Team record: 3-1 Projects to: 12-4 Justin Forsett: 255 rushing yards Projects to: 1,020 rushing yards Ravens offense: 3 sacks allowed Projects to: 12 sacks allowed Steve Smith: 25 catches, 429 yards Projects to: 100 catches, 1,716 yards Ravens defense: 1 interception Projects to: 4 interceptions Quick Hits Dean Pees defense Matt Elam . "Last week, I thought Matt Elam played real well," Pees said. "We put him in the slot and nickel with very few reps against a good quarterback. I don't know if you guys saw the same film I saw, but there were two passes I don't know who would've defended them. He just put it on the money. Sometimes you got to say, 'Hey, that's the way it was.' We do a lot of stuff, and to throw a guy in a new position and learn it overnight, that's tough to do. My hat's off to Matt ." [ESPN] Despite notching a half-sack against the Panthers Sunday, Suggs doesn’t feel his sack drought has come to an end. [ESPN] Mike Preston: Quarterback Joe Flacco is in a good place right now. [The Baltimore Sun] The Ravens are paying wide receiver Deonte Thompson an upgraded practice squad salary of $17,000. [The Baltimore Sun] The Ravens are regaining their physical identity . [ESPN] Forsett is leading the NFL in rushing average , becoming one of the better stories during the first month of the season. "When you first saw him come out here, it’s like, 'Whoa, he’s good.' He’s better than his reputation," Harbaugh said. "He’s underrated. You could see that right away. [He] had such a great feel for the offense. But I don’t know if I really could have guessed that he’d break tackles like he does. He’s really doing a great job in yards after the hit. That has been a strength, and you wouldn’t assume that just looking at him." [ESPN] Good morning and s/o to all of my 100,000 followers!! — Justin Tucker (@jtuck9) October 3, 2014 #TBT In front of the Madden house with Joe, Michael and Stephanie. pic.twitter.com/H5vIjsg6Hx — Joe Flacco (@TeamFlacco) October 2, 2014 This is weird, strange, funny and awesome all at the same time. It’s a “Breaking Madden” episode by SB Nation’s Jon Bois, who creates craziness in the popular NFL video game. This week features Steve Smith Sr. haunting his former quarterback Cam Newton. You’ll notice that Smith is intentionally with the Chicago Bears in the episode because that’s who the Carolina Panthers are playing this weekend and Smith haunts Newton even when he is not playing against the Ravens . I wish the video was embeddable, but you’ll have to click through to watch and read how this story ends. Here’s a teaser GIF. [SB Nation]
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