The Colts staked an early 14-point lead on the way to a 31-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson broke out for rushing touchdowns of 18 and 15 yards, but hit his head on the turf at the end of the second score, and he eventually left the game.
Gardner Minshew, Zack Moss and Michael Pittman Jr. ably led the offense the rest of the way, and Zaire Franklin kept piling up tackles. Playing with a lead, the Colts' secondary played a deep cushion, allowing Houston quarterback C.J. Stroud 384 passing yards and 2 TDs. However, the Colts lead the NFL by allowing just 2.57 yards per carry.
The Colts have been outscored 24-0 in the fourth quarter through two games.
Baltimore's passing game has been modest but efficient so far, and Lamar Jackson can spread the ball around if opposing defenses sell out to stop him from running the ball. The Ravens missed two injured starting offensive linemen in Week 2.
The Ravens have stuffed opposing running backs (69 yards per game) and the defense has allowed just 2 touchdowns.
The last time these teams met, in 2021, the Ravens recovered from a 19-point deficit late in the third quarter to win 31-25 in overtime. Quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Lamar Jackson both exceeded 400 yards passing. The Colts missed two field goals (one blocked) in the closing minutes of regulation.
Colts injury report
Colts who are out: C Ryan Kelly (concussion), QB Anthony Richardson (concussion); questionable: G Quenton Nelson (toe), CB Kenny Moore II (knee), Callis Flowers (ankle); full participation Friday: DT Grover Stewart (foot).
Ravens injury report
Ravens who are out: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), DBs Marlon Humphrey (foot) and Marcus Williams (pectoral), OLs Tyler Linderbaum (ankle) and Ronnie Stanley (knee), LBs Odage Oweh (ankle), RB Justice Hill (toe); full participation Friday: LB Jadeveon Clowney (illness), WR Devin Duvernay (shoulder).
Colts key players
Gardner Minshew (76% completions, 171 yards, 1 TD); Zack Moss (88 rushing yards, 1 TD); Michael Pittman Jr. (16 catches, 153 yards, 1 TD); Zaire Franklin (30 tackles).
Ravens key players
Lamar Jackson (74.5% completions, 406 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 92 rushing yards); Gus Edwards (94 rushing yards, 5.2 yards per carry); Zay Flowers (13 catches, 140 yards); Roquan Smith (21 tackles, 2 for loss).
Colts vs. Ravens betting odds
The Ravens open as 8-point favorites, according to DraftKings. The over/under is 44 total points. Moneyline: Colts +295, Ravens -375
Colts vs. Ravens weather
Rain and temperatures in the 60s are in the Sunday forecast.
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Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 26th, up 3 places from last week: At 21 years and 118 days old, QB Anthony Richardson is the youngest quarterback in the Super Bowl era to score multiple rushing TDs in a game. He also hasn't finished either of his first two career starts, and a concussion could prevent him from playing in Week 3.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports, 24th, up 5 spots: Anthony Richardson got off to a great start against the Texans, but then left with a concussion. But he showed he can lead this team on the road, which is a good sign as the Colts won for the first time.
Frank Schwab, Yahoo, 27th, up 2 positions: Anthony Richardson was the first Colt with two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter of a game since Edgerrin James in 1999, according to NFL Research. He is the next generation Cam Newton, a huge man with exceptional running skills, a cannon arm and a much better passer than anticipated as a rookie. Now he needs to stay healthy.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News, 26th, up 3 places: The Colts got enough from Anthony Richardson early to jump-start their offense in Houston, but now need to keep producing without him in the short term. The defense just isn't good away from the front, however.
Dalton Miller, Pro Football Network, 24th, up 2 spots: Shane Steichen and Gardner Minshew are familiar, and Minshew stepped in cleanly in Richardson’s absence, completing over 80% of his attempts while taking care of the football.
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