The Indianapolis Colts (5-2) are preparing for the highly-anticipated matchup against the Baltimore Ravens (5-2) in Week 9 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Both teams hoping to end up in the AFC playoff race by season’s end, this matchup could hold a small role in determining the seeding down the line. Vegas sees this being a tight matchup with the Ravens favored by 1.5 points entering the weekend.
Here’s how some of the experts around the league feel about this matchup:
|Expert||Pick||Score (if applicable)|
|Nate Davis (USA TODAY)||Ravens||27-23|
|Mike Jones (USA TODAY)||Ravens||31-27|
|Jarrett Bell (USA TODAY)||Ravens||27-23|
|Mike Clay (ESPN)||Ravens||N/A|
|Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News)||Ravens||23-17|
|Bill Bender (Sporting News)||Colts||28-27|
|Will Brinson (CBS Sports)||Colts||24-21|
|Pete Prisco (CBS Sports)||Ravens||28-27|
|Pro Football Focus||—||N/A|
Over at NFL Pickwatch, the Ravens are being chosen 79% of the time as of this writing.
Even with the Ravens without All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey and starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley for this matchup, the Colts are being viewed as underdogs at home.
The Colts may also be without wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is battling a groin injury and has yet to practice entering Friday.
It should be a close matchup on Sunday, but the experts are siding with the Ravens coming out with a road victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.