Monday Night Football: Colts vs Ravens Week 5 Odds and Preview

Sunday’s bundle of Week 5 NFL games are officially in the books, meaning that fans are now turning their attention to an exciting Monday Night Football contest. This week’s game is a matchup between a pair of teams heading in opposite directions as the Indianapolis Colts (1-3) will visit the Baltimore Ravens (3-1). Both teams will be looking to improve their spots in the standings (for different reasons) with a victory tonight, which should make for some entertaining football action.

There’s a lot to take account of before tonight’s Monday Night Football clash, so continue reading this guide for the betting odds heading into the matchup — with odds courtesy of BetOnline.

Colts vs Ravens General Information and Statistics

Tonight’s game will be held M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, where the Ravens will be looking to extend their home winning streak to two games. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. EST and the contest itself can be viewed on ESPN and other streaming platforms around the world.

The Colts are currently averaging 20.8 points per game, which is the 11th-worst average in the NFL. Meanwhile, Ravens are averaging 26.2 PPG — the 10th-best average. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 24.2 PPG (19th) while Baltimore is surrendering 24.0 PPG (12th).

Monday Night Football: Colts vs Ravens Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, October 11

  • Indianapolis Colts (1-3) vs Baltimore Ravens (3-1)
  • Moneyline: Colts (+280) vs Ravens (-350)
  • Spread: Colts +7.0 (-105) vs Ravens -7.0 (-115)
  • Total: 46.0 — Over (-110), Under (-110)

A complete list of odds and prop markets is available at BetOnline.ag.

Colts Enter as 7-Point Underdogs

After finishing 2020 with an 11-5 record, the 2021 NFL season hasn’t been too kind to the Colts. Indianapolis was expected to be one of the top AFC teams this year — especially if quarterback Carson Wentz could bounce back — but injuries and inconsistencies throughout the team have led to a 1-3 start.

Fortunately, the Colts do have some momentum heading into this week’s Monday Night Football matchup. They’re coming off of a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week. Wentz looked strong in the win, completing 24-of-32 passes for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Colts also got a strong performance of second-year running back Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 106 yards and a TD of his own. Meanwhile, tight end Mo Alie-Cox was a beast in his own right, recording 42 yards on two receptions — two of which were touchdown passes.

If the Colts are going to beat the Ravens in Monday Night Football, the best way to do it might be through the air. Baltimore’s secondary isn’t as good as their front seven considering how the team is giving up 273.0 passing yards per game (24th). Perhaps this will finally be rookie wideout Michael Pittman Jr.’s breakout game. While he had his first 100-plus-yard game in Week 2 (123), he’s yet to find the end zone. Maybe if it isn’t him, it’ll be Alie-Cox since the Ravens have allowed over 86 yards per game to tight ends on the year.

Ravens Monday Night Football Odds

It’s unsurprising that the Ravens are heavy Monday Night Football favorites. over the Colts. After dropping their season-opening game to the Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore has bounced back by winning the subsequent three contests. The three-game streak started with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, so it isn’t like the Ravens have just been beating up on weak teams.

Baltimore’s most recent victory was impressive defensively as the team defeated the Denver Broncos, 23-7. QB Lamar Jackson threw for over 300 yards and a touchdown in the win, with the star of the show being wideout Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. The 24-year-old caught four passes for 91 yards and the Ravens’ only passing TD as he continues breaking out this year.

The Ravens are a run-heavy team (31.8 attempts per game) and while the Colts were great at defending rushers last year, that isn’t the case in 2021. Indianapolis is surrendering almost 24 more rushing yards per game this year (114.0) than they were in 2020 (90.8). If the Ravens decide to run the ball early and often tonight, they might get an early lead, especially with the Colts missing some of their defenders. If that’s the case, Baltimore has a solid shot of going 4-1 when all is said and done.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.