NFL Playoff picks 2013: Colts vs. Ravens

Patrick Smith

Playoff football is finally here, and Sunday's action gets underway with the Ravens hosting the Colts. The experts have started weighing in, and it looks like you can expect a close one.

Postseason football has arrived, and with it comes the tension and excitement of competitive teams vying for the February glory. Sunday's contest between the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts in Baltimore should be no different. While the Ravens are favored by 6½ points, experts disagree on who will advance.

Between ESPN, CBS and Yahoo! Sports, 15 analysts have weighed in, with eight taking the Ravens at home and seven going with the Colts.

At ESPN, three out of four say Baltimore will advance to face the Denver Broncos in round two. Mike Ditka was the only one to go with Indianapolis.

The Colts ended the season with consecutive wins, including a Week 17 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Texans. Indianapolis was down two late in the third quarter of that one when Deji Karim returned a kickoff 101 yards to put the Colts up for good.

With that game fresh in the minds of experts at CBS Sports, five experts have picked Indianapolis to survive, with just three picking the Ravens.

Baltimore comes into the game having dropped four out of five, but with three of those losses coming by a combined 12 points. The Ravens went 6-2 at home this year.

As for the three writers to pick from Yahoo! Sports, Mike Silver and Jason Cole both like the Ravens and Les Carpenter is going with the Colts.

The Ravens and Colts did not meet in the regular season.

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