Colts Vs. Ravens Odds And Betting Preview: Line Shopping Key For Week 5 Monday Night Contest

NFL Week 5 is capped off with a battle between the Indianapolis Colts (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) and the Baltimore Ravens (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m ET on ESPN, and the Ravens are about touchdown home favorites on oddsboards around the country.

As of Thursday morning, DraftKings‘ line is Ravens -6.5, while BetMGM has the same number with -115 juice on the favorite. Underdog bettors can find Colts +7 at BetRivers and FanDuel, a potentially critical half-point difference.

The total has trended downward significantly since opening as high as 48, ranging from 45 (DraftKings) to 46 (WynnBET) as of this post.

Here are insights and information for Indianapolis versus Baltimore.

Colts At Ravens Over/Under Information

Both squads took care of business by double digits on the road in Week 4, as the Ravens won in Denver 23-7, and the Colts beat the Dolphins 27-17. However, coming into this matchup, both teams are searching for offensive consistency, especially the Colts.

While Baltimore’s first two games, against the Raiders and Chiefs, saw lots of scoring, its two most recent games have failed to crack 40 total points. The Colts and their opposition have gone over 46 just once, a 27-24 Rams win in Week 2.

Bettors anticipate another low-scoring game, pushing the opening total down and closer to the two team’s combined average of 47.1 per contest.

Line Shopping

The point spread on this game has hovered between 6.5 and 7, a key half-point in NFL betting. Differences like this emphasize the importance of shopping for the best number. If you like the Ravens, find -6.5; if you’re on the Colts, look for +7.

With Baltimore’s solid defense against an up-and-down Carson Wentz, the Ravens are heavy favorites on the moneyline. For favorite bettors looking to lay the price, BetMGM‘s -303 is the most attractive. BetRivers offers +265 on the Colts.

FanDuel Alternative Parlays

While FanDuel’s spread is Ravens -7 (-106) and the O/U at 45.5, the book offers alternative line and O/U parlays to push the odds into plus territory.

For instance, parlaying Ravens -6.5 and UNDER 47.5 nets +197.

On the other hand, if you like the underdog Colts to cover +6.5 and the game to go OVER 47.5, the odds go up to +322. Colts +6.5 and under 47.5 gets +215.

These are just a few of the dozens of ways you can create your own same-game parlay at FanDuel.

Ravens Rushing Record

Toward the end of their win in Denver last week, with the game well in hand, the Ravens decided to run Lamar Jackson for a short gain rather than kneel down. The five-yard gain snuck them over 100 yards rushing for the game. It might have seemed like an unnecessary twist of the knife to Denver fans, but Baltimore coach John Harbaugh had history in mind.

The ostensibly inconsequential run put Baltimore over 100 rushing yards for the 43rd straight game, tying the Steelers for the longest streak in NFL history.

As Harbaugh told the media after the game, “Oh yeah, 100% my call. That’s one of those things that’s meaningful. As a head coach you have to be mindful of your team and your players and what it means to them. It’s a very, very tough record to accomplish and it’s a long-term record.”

For any rushing total props, that information may come in handy, as Baltimore looks to set a new record.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Kellar Ellsworth’s lived the digital nomad life for a number of years. As a giant NFL and NBA fan, he’s lived a blessed sports life rooting for the Los Angeles Lakers, San Fransisco Giants & 49ers.