The Indianapolis Colts come into Week 9 fresh off a dominant win in Detroit. That victory was preceded by a 21-point comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Colts look good and have for many become a real threat in the AFC.
But this week presents their biggest challenge of the season.
The Baltimore Ravens, angry after losing to their arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers, will come into Lucas Oil Stadium with reigning MVP Lamar Jackson looking to bounce back.
The Colts do not have an easy task, although sportsbooks are looking at the matchup as a near toss up.
Colts slight underdogs against Ravens
Indianapolis has been popular enough among early bettors to move the line.
The Colts opened as +3.5 underdogs against the Ravens. By Friday evening, that spread had shrunk to +1.5 at most sportsbooks.
BetMGM even moved the Colts down to a 1-point dog. There, the Colts are listed at +106 on the moneyline.
It is possible, however, that bettors could now see value shifting to the Ravens.
If that’s the case, a dump of bets placed on the Ravens side of a 1- or 1.5-point margin would likely shift the line closer to its opening place near a field goal.
Both teams come into the matchup with strong defenses, especially in the front seven. But they also both bring offenses capable of putting up points, evidenced by Jackson’s playmaking ability and the 41 points scored by the Colts last week.
What Colts vs. Ravens promotions exist for Sunday’s matchup?
Like usual, Indiana’s five favorite sportsbooks are offering a bundle of promos this weekend for NFL fans.
On PointsBet, Friday through gametime at 1 p.m. Sunday, bettors can get better odds on the Colts spreadline and moneyline.
For instance, spreadlines are typically listed at -110. PointsBet will offer -105. The sportsbook says it will give the best price compared to “the standard” moneyline or spreadline on competing sites.
On FanDuel, bettors can get a risk-free same-game parlay up to $10, while BetMGM is giving free $20 in-play bets to anyone who places a $50 in-play bet.
BetRivers is giving all users who log in Sunday a 50% profit boost. That means a $100 bet on the Colts to cover +1.5 would generate $136.50 in profit, up from $91.
Lastly, DraftKings is giving all users a 20% parlay boost on any 2+ leg parlay NFL bets this weekend.
New customers, meanwhile, can get their first Sunday of betting risk-free up to $100.