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Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

FinishedTV: CBSLucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis

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Depleted? Sure. Downtrodden? Hardly.


While the Baltimore Ravens will be without starters on both sides of the ball for Sunday's visit to fellow AFC playoff contender Indianapolis, the Ravens remain favored against the Colts in a meeting of 5-2 teams.


Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley was lost for the season with an ankle injury suffered during a Week 8 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a development that no doubt will impact a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Lamar Jackson.


On Monday, cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced he had tested positive for COVID-19, which carried a trickle-down effect on the Baltimore defense.


In addition to ruling Humphrey out for the Colts game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said seven defensive players -- linebackers L.J. Fort, Matthew Judon, Tyus Bowser, Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison, safety DeShon Elliott and practice squad cornerback Terrell Bonds -- would not practice this week upon having "high-risk" close-contact exposure.


"You look at it as an opportunity to create versatility within our defense," Harbaugh said.


Baltimore is preparing to face a Colts team that has won two consecutive games and is 3-0 at Lucas Oil Stadium this season. Indianapolis is coming off a 41-21 road win at Detroit. Philip Rivers threw for each of his three touchdowns in the second quarter -- including a pair of scoring passes to Nyheim Hines -- while finishing 23-for-33 for 262 yards.


Rivers connected with 11 different targets and anticipates a challenge to match that feat against the Ravens' diverse blitz package.


"There are guys coming from anywhere, guys flying all over the place. ... It's a lot of fun," Rivers said. "It's exciting. There's an element of back-and-forth when they're doing this, so we have ... to counter during the game."


Hines, a third-year running back, unveiled separate acrobatic celebrations following his touchdowns as he shined as a backup to rookie Jonathan Taylor, who struggled to 22 yards on 11 carries. Taylor practiced Wednesday despite contending with an ankle injury.


Wide receivers T.Y. Hilton (groin) and Ashton Dulin (knee) were injured at Detroit and didn't practice Wednesday.


Baltimore has won nine consecutive road games dating to 2019, and figures to need an improved effort from Jackson to extend that streak to double digits. The reigning NFL MVP passed for 208 yards and was part of a rushing attack that gained 265 more, but he committed four turnovers in last week's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.


Jackson threw a pair of interceptions and fumbled twice. He passed incomplete into triple coverage in the end zone in the waning seconds, thwarting the Ravens' comeback attempt.


This week, Jackson committed to taking more of a vocal leadership role, if need be.


"Our guys are not down here. I feel like we'll be fine here," he said. "If they need me to say something, I will. I'm not a vocal guy. I lead by example."


Asked about the key to facing Jackson, Colts defensive end Justin Houston said: "Respect him, but don't fear him."


Defensive end Calais Campbell and defensive back Jimmy Smith missed the Ravens' practice Wednesday for non-injury reasons, while running back Mark Ingram was held out with an ankle injury.


According to reports, the Ravens are set to bring veteran cornerback Tramon Williams in for a workout as they navigate defensive depth issues.


--Field Level Media


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Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

Lamar Jackson had 228 yards of total offense and a rushing touchdown and Gus Edwards ran for another score to lead the visiting Baltimore Ravens to a 24-10 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Baltimore (6-2) became the first team to defeat the Colts (5-3) at Lucas Oil Stadium this season despite being outgained 339-266.

The Ravens outscored the Colts 17-0 in the second half. Edwards gave Baltimore a 14-10 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter. Jackson padded the lead with 11:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 9-yard run.

Baltimore, which boasts the top rushing attack in the NFL, did just enough on the ground against Indianapolis, which entered Sunday with the No. 2 rushing defense in the league. Jackson's touchdown capped a 14-play, 75-yard drive that swallowed 8:23 of clock time.

Justin Tucker closed the scoring with a 48-yard field goal with 2:08 to go.

Jackson rebounded from a four-turnover game in a home loss to Pittsburgh last week, going 19-of-23 passing for 170 yards while rushing 13 times for 58 yards and a score. J.K. Dobbins ran for 30 yards while Nick Boyle had four receptions for 46 yards.

Philip Rivers was 25-for-43 passing for 227 yards and an interception for the Colts, who fell one game behind Tennessee for the AFC South lead. Jordan Wilkins led the Colts' ground game with 11 rushes for 39 yards, while Michael Pittman had four receptions for 56 yards.

Indianapolis opened the scoring with 5:33 to play in the first quarter, as Jonathan Taylor, who had been contending with an ankle injury, ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive.

The Ravens needed little time to tie the game, scoring just more than four minutes later on a 65-yard fumble return by Chuck Clark.

Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship drilled a 43-yard field goal with 45 seconds left in the second quarter to give Indianapolis a 10-7 lead entering halftime.

The Ravens' Calais Campbell left the game with a calf injury.

Baltimore has won five straight in the series.

--Field Level Media