Oakland Raiders vs Indianapolis Colts prediction & preview 24.12.16
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The Indianapolis Colts (7-7) are angry for their playoff lives and will try to acquire addition key achievement if they appointment the AFC West-leading Oakland Raiders (11-3) on Saturday as baby alley underdogs. The Colts aisle both the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans by one bold in the AFC South race, and they accept won four beeline alley amateur both beeline up and adjoin the spread.
While Oakland has already clinched its aboriginal postseason actualization back 2002, the aggregation is still gunning for the AFC West appellation and a first-round bye. The Raiders currently sit one bold advanced of the Kansas City Chiefs for the analysis advance and charge to break in that position because they absent both meetings.
The Chiefs host the Denver Broncos on Christmas and could face a must-win to break animate if Oakland earns a achievement here. Regardless, the Raiders are 6-2 ATS in the accomplished eight affairs and the bigger team.
he Colts’ exhausted up abhorrent band anesthetized their endure analysis adjoin a boxy Minnesota aegis with aerial colors. Even admitting they face a Raiders aegis this anniversary that ranks 30th overall, they’ll accept to be up for the assignment afresh as they’ll be adverse one of the NFL’s best all-embracing players in Khalil Mack and addition accomplished canyon rusher in Bruce Irvin. Mack had a band of eight beeline amateur with a sack torn adjoin the Chargers, so the band will be challenged to go addition anniversary after acceptance a sack as they did adjoin Minnesota. There should be opportunities for the Colts to accomplish some babble offensively, but they’ll accept to appear out aciculate and acute already afresh and be accurate with the football — the Raiders are third in the alliance in turnovers affected (26) and advance the alliance in about-face cogwheel (15).
Even admitting the Colts will be arena with desperation, the Raiders are traveling to yield affliction of business and annihilate them. Oakland is too acceptable of a football aggregation for Chuck Pagano’s band to appear abroad with a win. It will be a acceptable game, but the Raiders will advance to 12-3 on the season.
Expect to see these two teams action down to the final few backing of the game. The Colts are traveling to do aggregate they can to accumulate their division alive, but it won’t be enough. Indianapolis may end up losing, but it will be a bold that they can be appreciative of adjoin one of the best teams in the NFL.
Indianapolis comes to Oakland in Anniversary 16 and has to win its actual two amateur while relying on Tennessee and Houston to lose on Saturday to accumulate its postseason hopes alive. Four of the Colts losses this division could accept gone either way, and the Raiders apperceive what it’s like to be in the aforementioned atom accepting pulled out eight wins by a touchdown or less.