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Baltimore vs. Indianapolis Divisional Playoff Round Preview

NFL Betting – Ravens Won’t Get Revenge In Colts Rematch

The Baltimore Ravens got revenge against a team they lost to earlier in the season in the Wild Card round. They won’t be doing the same in the divisional round as they make a trip to Indianapolis.

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Super Bowl betting fans will get to see a rematch of Week 11 when the Colts host the Ravens this Saturday night.

The first meeting was a tight contest but some dynamics have changed since then. For starters, the game will be played in Indianapolis instead of Baltimore, which is a big difference. Secondly, the Colts are coming off a bye week whereas this will be the second straight week that the Ravens are on the road.

Storylines: The Ravens

NFL betting cappers have to be a little concerned about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s. Sure, he played last week but his numbers were horrible. He finished four-of-10 for 34 yards and an interception. Worse yet, he winced in pain a couple of times from a hip and leg injury that isn’t going away.

The Ravens will have to pass to win in this game and it’s unlikely that the Colts hand them the game like the Patriots did last week. If Flacco isn’t capable, the Ravens won’t win this game.

Storylines: The Colts

The Colts did lose two straight games to end the regular season but nobody is particularly concerned. The Colts have been down this road many times before and they should be fine.

Every team gets worn down as the regular season progresses and the Colts earned themselves close to three weeks off – at least for the players who really needed it.

Since they’ve done this before, people making their NFL picks should expect the Colts to be able to hit that ‘on’ switch once again this year.

Matchup

The Colts lethal passing game is bad news for Baltimore. The Ravens have put two starting cornerbacks on injured reserve this year and they don’t matchup well against teams who have the type of receiving depth that the Colts do.

Sure, they’ll send their blitzes but we all know that pressure rarely affects Peyton Manning.

The Ravens were just 1-6 against playoff teams this year prior to last week’s win, which gives you a clear indication of where they are at. Winning two straight games on the road is too tall an order for them.

Bookmaker Reviews Pick: Colts -6.5

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  1. History is against Indianapolis in this game as they are 0-3 when coming off a bye in the playoffs with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Baltimore is built to win games like this with a solid running game and defense.

    All that being said, I like the Ravens + 61/2, but the Colts to win outright.

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