The Monday Night Game in Week 5 showcases the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. This matchup is kind of a downer after we had the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs last night on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens aren’t the problem, but the Colts aren’t a team that is providing much excitement at the moment.
The Colts are going into Monday night with Carson Wentz under center. He’s been banged up and dealing with sprained ankles. He sprained both of his ankles against the LA Rams on September 19. The reports out of practice have Wentz looking much healthier and able this past week. If he doesn’t produce then it’s a moot point for Colts’ fans.
Week 5: The Baltimore Ravens pic.twitter.com/Oe0S3ORHty
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) October 10, 2021
They are coming off a 27-17 win on the road against the Miami Dolphins. Wentz was steady with 228 yards and 2 touchdowns. He didn’t make a mistake with an interception. That was the big takeaway from that contest. Jonathan Taylor romped for 103 yards and a touchdown on 6.4 yards per carry. It was only the first win this year for the Colts after they opened the year at 0-3.
The Ravens welcome the Colts to M&T Bank Stadium with a record of 3-1. They are on a three-game winning streak after opening the season with a 33-27 loss against the Raiders in overtime in Las Vegas. In their most recent win, they easily cleared the Broncos on the road by a score of 23-7. Impressive outing for the Baltimore defense. Head below for our free Colts vs. Ravens prop bets on October 11, 2021.
Carson Wentz Total Passing Yards
Carson Wentz will have to have a productive night for the Colts to have a chance in Baltimore. I don’t think there’s been anything wrong with how Wentz has been playing, he just hasn’t been special.
Only QBs with 0 turnover-worthy passes this season:
?Carson Wentz pic.twitter.com/RCDqFPIHO2
— PFF (@PFF) October 9, 2021
Wentz has passed for 920 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. The former Eagle has connected on 63.8% of his passes. He was accurate against the Dolphins last week with 75% of his passes going for a completion.
The Ravens’ defense hasn’t been up to the task in the secondary. They’ve been giving up a bit too much for what John Harbaugh is looking for. The Ravens are in the back half of the league with 273 yards allowed per game through the air.
Wentz has connected for at least 228 yards in three of four games this season. In the one he didn’t, Wentz was in a lot of pain against the Titans on sprained ankles. I think he can get to 250ish yards on Monday night.
Marquise Brown Total Receiving Yards
Marquise Brown is turning onto the deep and intermediate threat that the Ravens were looking for when they drafted him.
He had 46 receptions for 584 yards and 7 touchdowns as a rookie in 2019. Certainly not a bad season for a rookie, but he had had more room to grow.
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MARQUISE. BROWN. 6️⃣ ?pic.twitter.com/I14Ue5ovDf
— PFF BAL Ravens (@PFF_Ravens) October 3, 2021
Brown turned it up last season for 58 receptions and 769 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’s on pace to surpass his rookie and sophomore seasons this year.
Brown has notched 326 yards and 3 touchdowns on 19 receptions. He’s been productive in all four games, with a season-high on September 19 against the Chiefs.
He reeled in 6 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown in that one three weeks ago. Brown is also coming off a big performance against a competent Denver defense. The Broncos allowed Brown to go for 4 receptions and 91 yards with a touchdown.
The Colts’ secondary is ninth in the league with 216.8 yards allowed per game against the pass. Brown should find enough opportunities to go OVER this prop. It looks like a good number to go on the OVER in this spot.
Lamar Jackson Total Passing Attempts
You have to take the good with the bad when Lamar Jackson is dropping back to pass. It’s usually better than bad, but Jackson makes his money with his dual-threat ability.
Jackson has had more than enough opportunities to make plays with his arm this season. He has thrown for 1,077 yards with 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 60.5% completions. Very average numbers, but he makes up for it with his legs.
Most missed tackles forced by a QB through the first four weeks in the PFF era (since 2006):
? 2021 Lamar Jackson- 10
? 2019 Lamar Jackson- 10 pic.twitter.com/bCTeZz5KOd
— PFF BAL Ravens (@PFF_Ravens) October 8, 2021
John Harbaugh is giving him many more opportunities through the air this season. He clearly is feeling more confident in Lamar and allowing him to throw the ball around the yard more. Jackson has already had 124 attempts for an average of 31 passes per game.
Last season through 15 games, Jackson had more than 30 attempts in just two games. This season he’s already up to more than 30 in three of four games.
Jackson completed 22 passes on 37 attempts last week against the Broncos. He ended the game with 316 yards and a touchdown. The Colts, while they aren’t great, stick around in games.
They competed hard in a loss against the Seahawks and Rams earlier in the season. The Colts were dropped 27-24 against the Rams in Week 2. Even the 25-16 loss against the Titans was competitive.
I don’t think the Ravens are going to be able to just line up and run the ball for 4 quarters. Jackson likely needs to air the ball out considerably in this one.