The Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts have a long history together. The two teams meet on Monday Night Football to bring Week 5 in the NFL to a close. The Ravens have enjoyed plenty of success under head coach John Harbaugh. A particular statistical trend could bode well for Baltimore and spell trouble for the road team.
The Ravens protect home field on primetime under John Harbaugh
The Baltimore Ravens have shown out on primetime for over a decade, but especially at M&T Bank Stadium.
The team hired John Harbaugh as head coach in 2008. Since then, the Ravens have won four AFC North titles, made nine playoff appearances, and brought a Lombardi Trophy back to Charm City.
Baltimore is not a place that teams want to travel to for primetime games. Since Harbaugh took over as head coach, the Ravens have posted an impressive 16-2 record in primetime home games. The winning percentage is the best among all NFL teams during that span.
Baltimore has also won 14 of its last 15 home primetime showdowns. The team’s most recent home primetime victory was the Week 2 upset over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The crowd in Baltimore is sure to be electric when the Colts come to town.
Head coach Frank Reich and Indianapolis will look to put a dent in that statistic and spoil another important moment for the Ravens.
The Ravens can also break a record after John Harbaugh’s controversial move
John Harbaugh made one of the most controversial decisions of the 2021 season thus far in the Ravens’ Week 4 win over the Denver Broncos.
Baltimore had the game wrapped up with three seconds remaining on the game clock in the fourth quarter. The offense was three yards away from tying the NFL record for most consecutive games with 100 rushing yards.
Vic Fangio took exception to the move and called out the Ravens. Former Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe defended Harbaugh and saw nothing wrong with the call. The Baltimore head coach’s response was epic.
John Harbaugh ruffled some feathers but is not concerned about what the outsiders think. You can guarantee the Ravens’ offense will try to officially break the record on its home turf.
On the other side, the Colts are now aware of the streak. With elite players on their defense like Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner, best believe they will do everything in their power to try and spoil the party.
The Colts return to Baltimore once again
The city of Baltimore as a whole isn’t too fond of the Colts, and for a good reason.
The Baltimore Colts officially began their tenure in the NFL in 1953. The team played at Memorial Stadium. They established a reign of dominance under legendary coaches Don Shula and Ted Marchibroda.
The team featured several Hall of Famers and Pro Bowlers, including Johnny Unitas, John Mackey, and Lenny Moore. The franchise’s rich history took a turn after the 1983 season.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Colts owner Robert Irsay moved the team to Indianapolis after previously denying rumors of relocation. The team left in the middle of the night, crushing the hearts of Baltimore sports fans.
The Colts have been in Indianapolis for 38 years, but Baltimore hasn’t forgotten how they got there. Former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell brought football back to Baltimore in 1996. Thus, the Ravens were born.
For those in Baltimore who lived through this dark time, the Colts coming to town is a stark reminder of why the purple and black colorway is synonymous with the Ravens.
The Ravens are 5-4 against the Colts in Baltimore. Under John Harbaugh, they will look to exact revenge once more for the hometown fans.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.