Why The Betting Odds For The Colts vs. Ravens Could Be Wrong

  • The Indianapolis Colts have a 5-2 record on the season and are tied for first place in the AFC South.
  • The point total for the Ravens-Colts matchup is set at 48.
  • The Colts are undefeated as the home team this season.

INDIANAPOLISThe Indianapolis Colts have been one of the most surprising teams this season as their offseason signing of veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers has seemed to pay off at the midway point of the NFL Schedule.

The Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans and if they keep up their high level of play, they’ll be a team no one wants to face heading into the postseason.

This week the Colts put their 5-2 record on the line against a Baltimore Ravens team that has an identical mark. Online sportsbooks have listed even odds for this game even though the Colts are undefeated as the home team this season.

Both Bovada and BetOnline at the time of writing don’t even have moneyline odds listed for the matchup. That suggests that sportsbooks know this matchup is considered a tossup and maybe many bettors are avoiding this matchup enough to not cause any line movements.

The spread for the game is listed at even with Bovada providing (-110) juice for both teams if any NFL bettor wants to bet ATS for this matchup. At BetOnline, the spread is listed as pk for both teams but the Ravens odds have -101 attached to them while the Colts ATS odds have -119.

This matchup features two of the best defenses in the league which explains why the point total is low at 48. The Colts defense is giving up the second-fewest yards per game in the NFL (293.4) while also being top five in the turnover margin on the season. This is a team that can stifle opposing offenses but yet they’re still not favored at sportsbooks.

With the Colts being undefeated at home and the Ravens offense being out of sync so far this season, sportsbooks just aren’t showing the Colts any love this week for having the home-field advantage. The Colts are a complete team with talented players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The Colts have a solid case to be the favorite at home despite playing the Baltimore Ravens. If they can come out of Sunday with a win over the Ravens, they should not only earn the respect of other NFL teams. But, just maybe oddsmakers will put a little bit more respect on a Colts team that has been much improved compared to last season.

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