The Baltimore Ravens (2-0) are eager to keep their winning streak going and to strengthen their position atop the AFC North with another victory this weekend as they will host the Indianapolis Colts (1-1) at M&T Bank Stadium for a Week 3 matchup.
The Flock kicked the year off with a home victory against the rebuilding Texans before beating the Bengals on the road. The Colts were dealt an L in their season-opening game against Jacksonville but rebounded with a win against Houston last Sunday.
The problem for these two, and for prognosticators out there (and fantasy football GMs, too) is that both Baltimore and Indianapolis will face each other boasting a laundry list of injuries, with 10 starters missing for the Ravens and three (including starting QB Anthony Richardson) for the Colts.
As the Ravens prepare to take on the Colts in their Week 3, scheduled for Sunday, September 24, here's a comprehensive look at everything you need to know before both teams start battling each other on the field come kick-off time.
Ravens vs. Colts Week 3: All you need to know
When and where
The Ravens return home to host the Indianapolis Colt inside M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3. This matchup marks the last one Baltimore will play in Maryland in a few weeks as they embark on a road trip to face two AFC North divisional rivals in Week 4 (at Cleveland, Oct. 1) and Week 5 (at Pittsburgh, Oct. 8) before flying all the way to Europe in Week 6 (Oct. 15) to face the Tennessee Titans in London.
The game begins at 1:00 p.m. ET (10 p.m. PT for those on the West Coast; 7:00 p.m. CET for those in Europe).
Early reports about this weekend's weather were far from optimal as a "tropical cyclone" approached the East Coast of the United States. Named Ophelia, the tropical storm strengthened on Friday and made landfall early Saturday with most of the rain and the fiery winds passing by Friday night.
That doesn't mean this game won't be impacted by it, mind you. According to the experts of AccuWeather, "Saturday is probably a washout for a lot of places across the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, and it may even last until Monday."
The forecast for Sunday on AccuWeather talks about "some rain from Tropical Rainstorm Ophelia," and "ponding on streets and highways" around M&T Bank Stadium, which might affect the playing surface.
The sky will be 99% cloudy with 97% humidity and a 70% chance of rain for kick-off time (1:00 PM ET) at M&T Bank Stadium with a temperature of 67 degrees and "WSW winds at 15 mph."
Boy, oh boy. If there is a story to this game that can overtake the presence of a tropical bomb-storm hitting the East Coast then that's the one involving the absolutely ravaged lineup of the Ravens--and the Colts, to an extent.
Baltimore ruled out seven players for Sunday, making it effectively 10 important absences including the three starters already placed on IR. You'd think this is a joke, but it's as real as it gets, folks.
The Ravens will use 22 starters on their defensive and offensive units combined on Sunday and nearly half of those would be sitting on the shelves watching from the sidelines.
Nobody who missed Week 2 is returning, with the only positives being Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Duvernay overcoming some early-week woes to finally be available come Sunday.
Indianapolis ruled out starting QB Anthony Richardson and starting C Ryan Kelly ahead of Week 3, both with concussion symptoms and after they failed to clear the protocol in time.
The Colts might also miss three more starters in CB Kenny Moore (knee), OG Quenton Nelson (toe), and CB Dallis Flowers (ankle), all of them questionable for Sunday.
TV, radio, and streaming
For those watching around Baltimore, the game will be broadcast on CBS and on WJZ Ch. 13 (Baltimore)
For those listening, you will be able to catch the game on WBAL (1090 AM) & 98 Rock (97.9 FM), Sirius XM Chs. 85 or 225. Ravens crew Gerry Sandusky (play-by-play), Rod Woodson (analyst).
You can stream the game if you have a subscription to YouTube TV's Sunday Ticket, and also locally at BatlimoreRavens.com and Ravens Mobile App. If you subscribe to NFL+, you can watch the game on replay.
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