Head coach Chuck Pagano returned last weekend and the Colts beat the Texans in Houston. They are hoping that they don’t have a let down this weekend against the Ravens, coming off such an emotional football game. The fans of Indianapolis would love to stick it to Baltimore once again this Sunday. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts should change things up and come out running the ball against the Ravens. The Ravens have had issues stopping the run as they are giving up 122.8 yards rushing per game and 4.0 yards per carry so far this year. Running the ball with rookie Vick Ballard will help the Colts in a couple of ways, as long as he is effective. It will help slow the Ravens’ pass rush a bit and it would help the Colts control the ball and keep the Ravens’ offense on the sidelines. Andrew Luck needs to be careful with the football this Sunday as the Ravens have a solid secondary. That being said, I look for Luck to attack the Ravens’ D by spreading the football around in the passing game to Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Donnie Avery, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.
When the Ravens have the ball: The Colts are going to need to slow down Ray Rice and force the Ravens to pass the ball. That will be easier said than done as the Colts are giving up 137.5 yards rushing and 5.1 yards per carry so far this year. Not only will the front seven have to deal with Rice, but they will also have to deal with power running rookie RB Bernard Pierce. The Colts need OLBs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney to get pressure on Joe Flacco, or he’s going to have a good day throwing the ball. On the shorter stuff, the Colts’ secondary will have to worry about slowing down WR Anquan Boldin and TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. When Flacco goes deep, he will be looking for WRs Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, who are blazers.
PREDICTION: RAVENS 28, COLTS 20