Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens - 12/23/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Indianapolis Colts (3-11) at Baltimore Ravens (8-6)

NFL Football: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 4:30 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)

The Line: Baltimore Ravens -13 -- Over/Under: 41 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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We’ve got Saturday NFL action coming our way in Week 16 as the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens meet up for an AFC battle at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Indianapolis enters this game at 3-11, destined for a slot near the top of the 2018 draft board. The Colts have lost their last five games straight, including their last appearance against Denver. In that one, Indy QB Jacoby Brissett put up 158 yards and a rush TD. 

Brissett has 2769 yards with 11 TDs and seven picks on the year, and Frank Gore is the Colts’ top rusher on 793 yards and three scores. TY Hilton is atop the Indianapolis receiving board with 852 yards and four TDs. 

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Over on the Ravens’ side, they’re 8-6 and firmly in the AFC playoff hunt. Baltimore has won four of their last five games, including a win Sunday versus the Browns. In that Cleveland game, Ravens QB Joe Flacco put up 288 yards and a TD. 

Flacco has logged 2701 yards with 14 TDs and 12 INTs this year, and Alex Collins is the top Baltimore rusher with his 844 yards and five TDs. Mike Wallace has had a nice year for the Ravens with 648 yards and three TDs. 

The Colts are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games in Week 16 and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. Indianapolis is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the AFC. 

Meanwhile, the Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in December and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Baltimore is also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the AFC and the over is 6-1 in their last seven games in December. 

Not having Andrew Luck this year really hurt the Colts, but it’s probably better the team just tucks him away and gets him right for next year. Indianapolis has failed to score more than 17 points in any of their last five games, so it’s pretty bad. Baltimore’s not exactly an offensive dynamo either, but they’ve posted at least 27 points in each of their last four. With the Ravens still having something to play for, I’ve got to think they’ll come out firing here. I’ll take Baltimore.

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Andrew’s Pick Baltimore Ravens -13

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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