Colts vs. Ravens Point Spread: NFL Week 16 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 18, 2017

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It’s another two-game Saturday in the NFL this week and the first matchup looks like a complete mismatch as the Indianapolis Colts visit the Baltimore Ravens.

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December 23, 2017, 4:30 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
9-7
Pointspread +13.5 -105
Moneyline +700
Over / Under o +41

41%

Betting Action

59%

Pointspread -13.5 -115
Moneyline -1000
Over / Under u +41

41%

Betting Action

59%

This late in an NFL season, it’s all about motivation of the teams in handicapping games. Indianapolis has none whatsoever and is better off losing its final two to land as high a draft pick in possible. This season was lost for the Colts back in January when franchise QB Andrew Luck had surgery on his throwing shoulder – he never made it back.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Baltimore is fighting for a wild-card spot and perhaps to save Coach John Harbaugh’s job as if the team misses the postseason for a third straight year and fourth in the past five, many believe ownership will look to make a change.

The Colts and Ravens have played just 14 times because, of course, the Ravens used to be the Cleveland Browns (moving from that city after the 1995 season) and the Colts were for years the Baltimore Colts before moving to Indianapolis for the 1984 season.  The Ravens lead the Colts 10-4, including playoffs. They last met in 2014 in Indianapolis, a 20-13 Colts win. Luck threw and ran for a score that day. Indy won despite four turnovers but held the Ravens, who gave it away three times, to 287 yards.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts (3-11 SU, 6-8 ATS) are truly better off losing out and potentially getting as high as the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft. Coach Chuck Pagano will almost surely be fired as soon as this season is over. Indianapolis could set an unwanted record here. Last Thursday night, the Colts led the visiting Denver Broncos 10-7 at the half but would lose 25-13. That was the seventh time this season that the Colts lost a game they led at halftime. It’s one shy of an NFL single-season record. Indy has blown five double-digit leads in losses — no other team has more than two, and it’s the most such defeats by any team since 1998 — and has been outscored 236-94 in the second half overall. That’s on the coaching staff.

The lone bright spot from Thursday was tailback Frank Gore reaching 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the 12th straight year. The only other player to accomplish that in league history is Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

Baltimore Ravens

If the Ravens (8-6 SU, 8-5-1 ATS) win out, they will be a wild-card team in the AFC – they close vs. a bad Cincinnati team. Baltimore had little trouble winning at winless Cleveland on Sunday, 27-10. Joe Flacco threw for a touchdown and also had his first rushing score of the year. The excellent Baltimore defense forced four turnovers, with tackle Brandon Williams returning a fumble for a touchdown. It was the team’s fifth defensive touchdown of the season, trailing only the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Ravens are now 7-1 when they force multiple turnovers. One negative from the victory was receiver Jeremy Maclin leaving in the first quarter with a knee injury.

Colts vs. Ravens Prediction

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