NFL Game Previews: Colts-Ravens Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Colts-Ravens Matchup

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Indianapolis (+7) at Baltimore, o/u 46.0 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

The Colts are only 1-3 after finally winning one last week but they're still very much in the race for the AFC South crown, which already looks like the only way any team in the division is going to get into the postseason. Unfortunately, their early season issues aren't going away — the offensive line remains short-handed, and while Jonathan Taylor has done his best behind a makeshift unit, the offense as a whole can't build any momentum and even failed to take advantage of their first tilt against the Titans. By the time guys like Carson Wentz and Quenton Nelson are 100 percent healthy, it might be too late. The Ravens are one weird overtime from being 4-0, and they've done it without Lamar Jackson putting up consistently huge numbers. His 8.7 YPA is strong and he's completed at least one throw of 40 or more yards in every game, but his 60.5 percent completion rate and 4:3 TD:INT aren't good by 2021 standards. The patchwork backfield is giving Latavius Murray a look in the lead role, but if he doesn't work out there are plenty of other veterans on the scrap heap to bring in. The offense's issues didn't matter much against the likes of the Lions and Drew Lock-led Broncos, but the Ravens might need a little more consistency on that front against better opponents. Whether this year's Colts qualify remains to be seen.

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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