Colts vs. Ravens odds: NFL Preseason Week 2 picks by proven expert who's 12-4 on Indianapolis games

Andrew Luck's comeback efforts continue on Monday Night Football when the Baltimore Ravens travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts at 8 p.m. ET. It's the final game of the 2018 NFL preseason's second week, and both teams won last time out. Baltimore is a 1.5-point favorite, the same as where the line opened. The Over-Under for total points scored is 43, up five from the opener after heavy betting on the over. Before making your Ravens vs. Colts picks, you'll want to see R.J. White's Monday Night Football picks and analysis.

The 2017 NFL season was extremely profitable if you listened to SportsLine's resident stat geek. White closed the season as SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert and finished in the top 1 percent of the Las Vegas SuperContest, tying for 18th out of a record 2,748 competitors. It was no fluke, either, as he also cashed big-time in the 2015 SuperContest, the nation's top handicapping tournament. Plus, White is an outstanding 12-4 on spread picks involving the Colts. He has his finger on the pulse of Frank Reich's team.

If you had placed $100 on each of White's NFL picks last season, you would have won nearly $2,000. Smart bettors tail him, and so should you.

Now, he has studied Ravens-Colts from every possible angle and revealed a strong point-spread pick. He's sharing it only over at SportsLine.

White knows the Ravens have won 10 consecutive preseason games and head coach John Harbaugh is 28-14 against the spread in games that don't count. They take exhibitions seriously and are as injury-free as a team can be in mid-August, with all projected starters practicing this week.

The Ravens outgained the Rams 403-170 in a dominating preseason-opening victory, though L.A. sat several key starters. Joe Flacco made his preseason debut and completed 5-of-7 passes for 71 yards and a TD, while rookie QB Lamar Jackson got the bulk of the playing time, going 7-of-18 for 119 yards and a TD run.

Just because the Ravens ran roughshod last week doesn't mean they'll cover the spread Monday.

For Indianapolis, all eyes will be on Luck, who is expected to see extended action as he continues his lengthy comeback from a shoulder injury that cost him all of 2017. He was on the field for two series in Indy's 19-17 win over the Seahawks in Week 1 of the preseason, throwing for 64 yards and leading two scoring drives. He reportedly could play a full quarter or more against the Ravens.

It'll also be a big opportunity for running back Jordan Wilkins, who should get an extended audition with Marlon Mack (hamstring) sidelined. The rookie fifth-round pick out of Ole Miss has drawn positive reviews in camp and has a chance to see first-team work in the regular season if he can impress over the next few weeks.

White has evaluated all of these circumstances for Ravens vs. Colts on Monday Night Football and found a critical X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back.

So which side of the spread should you back in Ravens-Colts? And which critical X-factor determines the outcome? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over, all from the man who finished in the top 1 percent of the nation's top handicapping tournament.

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