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Prediction Friday: Ravens take care of business

The Ravens are in the AFC. The AFC has three nine-win teams and one 10-win team. Pittsburgh won their 10th game Thursday night against the Browns. If the Ravens want home field advantage in the playoffs, they need to take care of business this Sunday against the winless Indianapolis Colts.

Baltimore will do what they need to do and win this weekend.

Last Sunday, Ray Rice rushed for more than 200 yards on 29 carries. I expect the Ravens to continue to feed the Rice ball. Baltimore is a very good running team, particularly in the months of December and January. That will continue against a Colts' defense that ranks 30th in stopping the run, allowing 144.2 yards per game.

Quarterback Joe Flacco should have a strong game as well. The Colts are 22nd in pass defense, allowing 242.9 yards per game. Flacco has been spreading the ball around a lot lately, but I'd expect Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta to get a lot of looks against the Colts' Cover 2 scheme.

Think the defensive side of the ball is the only side that Colts have problems? Guess again.

Baltimore's defense has been on fire the last few weeks. Even without star linebacker Ray Lewis, the Ravens' defense has stopped opposing offenses.

The Colts will be led by Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky was solid against the New England Patriots last week, going 30-for-37 for 353 yards. I don't expect that to happen against a defense that's much better than New England's.

So, what's the score? Look for something in the neighborhood of 31-10 Ravens.


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