Colts vs. Ravens MNF Best Bets

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Yesterday we missed a sweep due to four missed field goals, which is still crazy to me considering that there wasn't really any type of weather issue that was more prominent than normal conditions. Oh well. We move on to Monday Night Football and a matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens.

Kind of hard to believe that the Colts were a playoff team last season. This year, they've started 1-3 and haven't really looked good this year. The Dolphins are the only team they've defeated, and, well, Miami isn't what I'd consider a good team either. Carson Wentz... has he ever been good? I know he received a big contract once upon a time, but was he ever really worthy of it? This season he has basically been a game manager. That's probably his best role, but you need a stronger team around you if the quarterback isn't going to be the best player.

After a loss in Week 1 to the Raiders, the Ravens have gone on to win three straight games. Of course, they are led by Lamar Jackson who has been mediocre throwing the ball, but he transforms the game with his legs. He is the Ravens leading rusher, which isn't much of a surprise when you consider most of the rest of their team has been injured. The Ravens are a good team and could get even better as the defense gets healthier.

Tonight, the line is Ravens -7. I like that side and am playing it at -115. The Ravens should be able to move the ball against a team that is allowing 114 yards per game on the ground. We know that the Ravens love that 100-yard rushing mark (especially after last week's play against the Broncos). The Colts will be without at least two starters on defense, and their strong safety is questionable for tonight so that certainly favors the Ravens offense.

It looks like this is Latavius Murray's backfield for now. Devonta Freeman only got one carry last week and Ty'son Williams was a healthy scratch (though he might be the best running back on the roster). Murray got 18 carries against a much better Denver defense. I like him to go over the 12.5 rushing attempts listed at -114. I also will sprinkle him to score the first touchdown at +650.