Game Day: Colts at Ravens

Here's what you need to know before the Indianapolis Colts take on the Baltimore Ravens tonight on "Sunday Night Football."

KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:15 ET

TV: NBC, Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer

SERIES: 8th meeting. Ravens trail in the series, 5-2. The Colts have won the last four meetings, including a 15-6 win in last season's divisional playoffs. Steve McNair struggled mightily, throwing two interceptions (including a critical one in the red zone) and fumbling on his final play. The Ravens managed just one possession in the red zone, which ended with a McNair turnover. They failed to convert nine of 11 third downs. And, they turned the ball over four times, two of which led to field goals.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Colts figure to be facing a riled up crowd and Ravens team after Monday night's hotly-debated loss to New England.


Joseph Addai
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Look for the Colts to come out featuring RB Joseph Addai in an attempt to quiet the crowd with long drives and an early score or two. Coach Tony Dungy has been preparing his team to face a physical defense, and the offense has started to get back to its high-powered ways as it gets healthier.

The Ravens finally made a strong commitment to the running game against New England, with McGahee posting season highs in attempts and yards. Expect more of the same as Baltimore attempts to keep the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands and attack a Colts defense that gave up 168 rushing yards to Jacksonville. That would also help settle QB Kyle Boller, although he was impressive in making plays in the face of several pending big hits against the Patriots.

KEY INJURIES: Colts: WR Marvin Harrison (knee) is unlikely to play; DT Raheem Brock (rib cartilage) is not expected to play; RT Ryan Diem (knee) is uncertain. Ravens: LB Jarret Johnson (broken thumb) is losing some snaps to DE Antwan Barnes on passing downs; TE Todd Heap (hamstring) and WR Demetrius Williams (ankle sprain) are in danger of missing the rest of the season.

FAST FACTS: Manning has joined Dan Marino as the only quarterbacks to throw at least 20 TDs in each of their first 10 seasons. ... The Ravens are 0-8 when they don't score first.


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