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Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is averaging 4.7 yards per carry behind one of the better front lines in football, so Indianapolis could use some of that production from him to slow roll this game and keep Ravens QB Jackson sidelined as much as possible, but right now the 1-3 Colts look weak on both sides of the ball so don’t count on them to travel well.
The 3-1 Baltimore Ravens are tri-leaders of the AFC North and behind QB Lamar Jackson’s scrambling legs have the third best rushing attack in the league, with an offense that generates 420 yards per game scoring over 26 points per matchup, so it will be shocking if they cannot take care of this struggling 1-3 Colts squad at home.
These two AFC rivals have played each other 16 prior times (including 3 postseason games), with the Baltimore Ravens winning 6 of those games and the Indianapolis Colts winning 10 of the games.
The Colts finally won a game in 2021, beating the Miami Dolphins 27-17 last week behind the best game of quarterback Carson Wentz’s season so far, the veteran toughing out a double ankle sprain in order to start this game for Indy.
In the outing, Wentz completed a season-high 75 percent of his passes, going 24/32 for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions, his triple-digit quarterback rating (115.1) also a season high for the six-year NFL veteran.
When you look at Wentz’s numbers for the season so far – 88 completions for 920 yards and 5 touchdowns with just one interception – it seems odd that the Colts have only won one game, though his 10 sacks could be a clue as to why Wentz is struggling to convert production into wins.
The Ravens have the fourth most productive offense in the league right now with QB Lamar Jackson under center, his group responsible for 420 total yards per game and able to put more than 26 points on the scoreboard every time they play.
But on Monday night they will be facing the Indianapolis Colts’ 8th ranked defense that keeps opponents to just over 24 points per game, their defense with 8 total sacks so far this season, tied for 19th most so far in 2021.
Whether they can contain Jackson’s last-minute first down (and more) scrambles out of the pocket will determine how effective they will be stopping these Ravens, and Baltimore can help itself out by establishing their run game early so that Jackson’s play-action later will work.
With over a dozen players on the injured reserve list right now, the Colts are having to do a next-man-up thing with far too many of its starting roles, so they can ill afford to have QB Carson Wentz sitting out on Monday night.
Wentz is dealing with a double ankle sprain he suffered earlier in the season playing the Rams, so now he treads gingerly trying not to re-hurt himself while on the field, but that does little to help his effectiveness as a quarterback.
Known more as a pocket passer than a speedy scrambler, Wentz needs to get rid of the ball quickly enough to avoid any big hits in this one, or else his backup – rookie Jacob Eason – will be forced into the starting role sooner than he is ready.
A major part of the Ravens offense is their run game, with quarterback Lamar Jackson always ranking at the top of his roster for rushing yards gained, this season so far with 42 carries for 279 yards on the ground for 2 touchdowns in just four games.
But Jackson needs help from his backfield, and right now running back Ty’Son Williams is getting plenty of carries for the Ravens, the rookie BYU alum just starting to get a taste at what professional football is all about.
So far in the NFL, Williams has had 27 carries for 164 yards and a touchdown averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, production that could help Baltimore move to 4-1 and continue to battle the Bengals and Browns for the top spot of the AFC North.
|Colts vs Ravens Information|
|What||Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens|
|Where||M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD|
|When||Monday, October 11, 2021; 8:15 PM ET|
|How to watch||ESPN|
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