Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)
Location: Indianapolis, IN
TV Channel: NFL Network
The Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens face off in Lucas Oil Stadium for each team’s second NFL Preseason game. Both sides hope they can fix the mistakes they made in their Week 1 performances.
The Colts looked sloppy and out-of-sync at times in their 19-18 win over the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, the Ravens overcame three turnovers to beat the Carolina Panthers 22-19.
For the Colts, Andrew Luck is expected to make his preseason debut. Luck was a last-minute scratch against the Buffalo Bills last week and has not played since Week 9 of the 2015 regular season.
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On the flip side, the Ravens played without starting quarterback Joe Flacco last week. Flacco is still recovering from a torn ACL, which he suffered in Week 11 last season. His status for Saturday’s game is still uncertain.
As for the rest of the players, viewers should not anticipate both teams’ starters to play much. Like Week 1, the starters will probably play the entire first quarter at the most.
Even though the Colts are probably not going to play their starters a lot again, there are still plenty of things to watch out for.
Specifically, the running back position will be very intriguing to watch. Against the Bills, the group combined for a measly 10 rushing yards on 19 attempts. Jordan Todman had the lone highlight with a 42-yard receiving touchdown.
Another position group to watch is the Colts’ wide receivers. While Phillip Dorsett failed to impress last week, undrafted receivers Tevaun Smith and Chester Rogers looked good. The Colts desperately need receiving depth behind Dorsett, Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton.
Defensively, viewers should focus on the inside linebackers. With Sio Moore week-to-week with a hamstring injury, the rest of the Colts’ inside linebackers will get more in-game reps. Edwin Jackson, Antonio Morrison and Junior Sylvestre are the key individuals to watch.
The Indianapolis Colts’ first preseason game did not provide them many answers to their numerous depth concerns. Hopefully, Saturday’s game gives them more clarity about their roster.
The Colts and the Ravens will be concerned about keeping all of their players healthy. No team wants to lose any of their players in a relatively meaningless game.
With that mind, it is incredibly difficult to predict the score of this preseason game. Viewers should not expect either one of these teams to eclipse 24 points.
Prediction: Ravens 23, Colts 20