NFL Preseason Betting, Fantasy Football Takeaways from Monday Night Football
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Andrew Luck
- On Monday Night Football the Ravens squeaked by the Colts, 20-19, to earn their 11th consecutive preseason victory.
- Joe Flacco looked great while engineering a 67-yard touchdown drive, while Lamar Jackson's struggles through the air continued.
- Much of the Colts offense struggled, particularly the offensive line.
Ian Hartitz takes a look at key takeaways from Monday night.
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Baltimore Ravens 20, Indianapolis Colts 19
- Closing Spread: Ravens -1
- Closing Over/Under: 42.5
The Ravens’ first-team offense continued to impress, as quarterback Joe Flacco completed 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in just three drives of work. Offseason additions Michael Crabtree and John Brown are poised to start at wide receiver, and each made his presence felt. The former caught a 29-yard pass down the sideline, and the latter snagged a seven-yard touchdown while demonstrating a smooth toe drag.
The bad news is that first-round quarterback Lamar Jackson turned in another subpar passing performance. Through three games, Jackson has completed 18-of-43 passes (41.8%) for 201 yards (4.7 yards per attempt) with a 2-1 TD-INT ratio.
Quarterback Andrew Luck threw for just 50 yards on 13 attempts, including an ill-advised red-zone interception. Of course, Luck didn’t receive much help from a T.Y. Hilton-less group of pass-catchers or what appears to be yet another leaky offensive line.
Hilton’s sprained shoulder isn’t expected to cost him regular-season snaps, but Luck could once again be facing life behind one of the league’s worst units up front. Only the Browns and 49ers have allowed more sacks over the past three seasons, and the last two years have been particularly tough to watch.
- 2017: 56 sacks allowed (32nd in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate)
- 2016: 44 sacks (28th)
- 2015: 37 sacks (16th)