Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens 2012 AFC Wild Card

Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck by Mark 2400

2012 NFL playoffs AFC Wild Card game Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens is one game to see this weekend with Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis returning to game this Sunday. It truly will be a test of Andrew Luck skills as a quarterback.

Quick Summary: The recommended pick is Baltimore Ravens at Bovada.

NFL Team Stats & Key Players

Indianapolis Colts (11-5) is coming off a week 17 upset victory vs Houston Texans. Nobody expected them to win in week 17 and nobody expects them to win this game. The Colts average more passing and total yards than the Ravens throughout the 2012 regular season. If the Indianapolis Colts wants to win this game then they will need Andrew Luck to stay claim and handle the pressure Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens defense will be putting on him and hit his go to receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton down the field and get those first downs.

The Colts need to control the ball, keep the Ravens defense on the field as long as they can, and put points up on the board. The Colts need to wear down the Ravens defense throughout the game so when it comes down to the 4th quarter the Ravens defense will make mistakes as rare as that is.

Also, Vick Ballard and Donald Brown need to rush the ball as hard as they can, push the rushing yards pass their average per carry which is only 4 yards. The Ravens defense is known to shut down the passing game with sacks and interceptions but lack when it comes to stopping the rush. The Colts should focus on rushing this game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens (10-6) entering this game coming off a lost in week 17 vs Cincinnati Bengals. This has got to be eating at them but the team is looking forward into the NFL playoffs trying to finish this season with a superbowl for Ray Lewis since he is retiring at the end of the season.

The Ravens defense hasn’t been complete without Ray Lewis, now that he is starting in this game on Sunday. The Colts have a challenge on their hands. The Colts quarterback Andrew Luck problem isn’t getting sack by Ray Lewis rushing into the back field. His true problem is Ed Reed getting an interception on him.

Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis by Keith Allison

The Ravens defense is coming to win this game. It’s on the Baltimore Ravens offense to keep up with the defense and put some points up on the board. The Ravens averages more rushing yards per game than the Colts.

Ray Rice will have to make sure he plays his part in getting as much rushing yards as he can even though he averages 71 rushing yards per game he may need to push for more and get 80 to 100 rushing yards this Sunday.

Joe Flacco is averaging 59 percent completion rate. He needs to find 2009 Joe Flacco and ask him what he did to average 63 percent completion rate and connect with Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith on the 15 yard passes and get down the field for easy touchdowns.

Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens Prop Bet

Will Ed Reed (BAL) get an interception in the game?

  • Yes: +250
  • No: -400

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Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens Predictions

My view on this game is Baltimore Ravens will shut down the Colts passing game with the help of Ray Lewis coming back to take control of his defense and win this game. I think the Colts will get at least two touchdowns. However, the Ravens will control this game from the start. Baltimore Ravens will win this game 28-14. If you want a second look at this match up head over to Betting Football World for their view on Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts.

My Prediction: Baltimore Ravens 28-14

Game Final Score

  • Indianapolis Colts: 9
  • Baltimore Ravens: 24
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