The Baltimore Ravens currently contain the “easiest” schedule of the remaining teams battling for the AFC wildcard, but that also leads to trap situations teams find themselves in at this point in the season. The Indianapolis Colts were doomed when Andrew Luck was forced to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, and had to leave the position to Scott Tolzien and then Jacoby Brissett.
The Ravens defense was able to force four turnovers against the Cleveland Browns, and has been terrorizing mediocre quarterbacks all season, and will have another shot at keeping their playoff dreams alive. The Colts on the other hand are just trying to get to the offseason, where they have some major decisions to make.
How the Colts win:
The Colts best performance was against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week ten, as they almost came away with a shocking upset. They will need to use that same formula against the Ravens offense, as they love to run the football, but have an average passing game at best. The Colts are ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every category, and going into Baltimore, that horseshoe on their helmet brings up bad memories for Baltimore football fans of old. The Colts best bet is to get the ball to T.Y. Hilton, as the the top end of the Ravens secondary is too slow to catch him. Brissett will need to be more mobile to keep the Ravens honest and simulate some sort of run game.
How The Ravens Win:
The Ravens are on a short week as they play on Saturday, and the Colts will have had nine days to prepare. It will be interesting if Maclin, who injured his knee against the Browns, suits up on such a short week. The Ravens will need to continue to give the ball to Alex Collins and Buck Allen to control this game, along with another suffocating defensive performance. Breshad Perriman will need to step up big in this game if he wants to find himself on the roster for the postseason and to redeem himself from such an off-year.
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— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 21, 2017
Prediction: Ravens 30 Colts 17
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