NFL Playoff Betting – Ravens-Colts Preview

NFL Playoff Betting OddsThe Baltimore Ravens rocked Super Bowl odds last week when they upended the New England Patriots and took out a number of bets by people who projected that the Patriots could be a Super Bowl dark horse.

NFL betting fans saw the Ravens blow out the Patriots last week and now they’ll get a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens lost to the Indianapolis Colts back in Week 11 so they’ll have to come up with a different game plan to win.

Ravens Season Recap

The Ravens season started out great when they won their first three games and were considered among the best teams in the NFL. Then they completely lost their rhythm.

The Ravens proceeded to alternate wins and losses for nearly two months after that and were in danger of missing the playoffs completely. But a run in December secured their berth and for a second year in a row, they have won a playoff game.

Colts Season Recap

The Colts season was a little different as they played at a level far more consistent than the Ravens. The Colts started the year with 14 straight wins and there was some serious debate as to whether they could become just the second team in NFL history to win all 16 regular season games.

But in Week 16, coach Jim Caldwell decided to rest his starters in the second half and the Colts lost for the first time. In Week 17, the Colts lost again as they rested their starters and they know head into the playoffs without having played a serious game for nearly a month. We’ll see if the rust is a factor.

The Matchup

The Colts are a big favorite in the sportsbook (us sportsbook reviews) for this game and considering they already defeated the Ravens once this season, they should be fairly confident.

The first battle took place in Baltimore and the Colts won 17-15. They did a fantastic job of shutting the Ravens running attack down and the Ravens simply couldn’t respond with their passing game.

That’s really where the Colts have the advantage.

At home, they’ll be able to dictate the pace and as rested as they are, don’t be surprised if this game turns out to be a blowout. The Ravens just can’t succeed in this contest unless they find a way to run the ball.

NFL Picks Pick: Colts -7


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