Colts: ESPN analyst has hilarious take on Colts-Ravens battle

Colts QB Philip Rivers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Colts QB Philip Rivers (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

ESPN analyst Mina Kimes made a hilarious comment about what could decide the Colts’ matchup with Baltimore on Sunday.

There was some concern earlier in the week that the Indianapolis Colts-Baltimore Ravens mouthwatering matchup on Sunday would have to be postponed after both sides had somebody within their organization test positive for COVID-19.

However, that issue appears to be a thing of the past as all subsequent tests came back negative and close-contact players spent the necessary time away from the team before being given the green light to return. With that seemingly behind us, we can now focus on this behemoth of a matchup between two budding AFC contenders.

We would assert that Indianapolis’ chances at pulling off the so-called upset will be contingent on the defense’s ability (or inability) to contain Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but ESPN analyst Mina Kimes sees it a little differently.

During Friday’s edition of “NFL Live,” Kimes hilariously claimed that the outcome of the game will come down to Philip Rivers’ body language on the Colts sideline. Anybody who’s watched the 38-year-old gunslinger over the last 17 years knows that he has a signature face whenever he commits a turnover and will find this clip to be laugh-out-loud funny.

If you can get past the reaction from Kimes’ colleagues, her analysis suggesting that the game will come down to turnovers holds serious value. We know that teams that win the turnover battle almost always end up on the winning side of things, but that formula is amplified ten fold with Baltimore and Indianapolis.

Both teams are built to control time of possession by running the football and getting off the field on third down on defense. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if the outcome boils down to a boneheaded Rivers interception or a costly Jackson fumble that sets the other team up with a short field.

After all, Rivers has twice led the NFL in interceptions across his career, finished third in that category last year and has thrown six so far this season, four of which came in the Colts’ only two losses. Jackson, meanwhile, is strugglingly mightily with fumbles, which plagued him regularly as a rookie back in 2018. In seven games, the reigning MVP has coughed up the pigskin a whopping six times, three of which came against Pittsburgh in Week 9.

As Kimes said, there’s really no reason for fans to overthink this game. When the clock shows zeroes in the fourth quarter, don’t be surprised if the team that has the the least number of turnovers has the most points on the scoreboard as well.