Tropical Storm Ophelia is poised to impact the east coast this weekend, potentially affecting the Baltimore Ravens’ matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. The storm is maintaining sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, moving in a north-northwest direction at a rate of 12 mph. It is projected to make landfall as a tropical storm around 8 a.m. on Saturday.
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Ophelia’s trajectory may influence several NFL games this weekend, including the clash between the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the matchups of the Buffalo Bills against the Washington Commanders and the New England Patriots versus the New York Jets.
By Sunday, the storm is anticipated to have progressed up the east coast, potentially impacting the Baltimore area during the games.
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The Baltimore Ravens, holding a 2-0 record, will square off against the 1-1 Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis will be without their starting quarterback, rookie Anthony Richardson, due to a concussion suffered in Week 2. Consequently, journeyman Gardner Minshew is set to start against Baltimore, who currently lead the AFC North.
Game conditions may be challenging, characterized by heavy rainfall and strong winds. This could result in a game with limited passing opportunities, potentially favoring the Ravens, known for their robust running game led by star quarterback Lamar Jackson. Indianapolis will be without star running back Jonathon Taylor, who is presently listed as Physically Unable To Perform and is seeking a trade from the team.
Barring any unforeseen postponements, Baltimore is scheduled to host the Colts on September 24 at 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium.