The Raiders are a team in rebuild mode but there’s still half of 2018 left. Can they start to get back to winning games with a home matchup against the Colts?
The Raiders return to action this week, after a bye, against the Indianapolis Colts having lost their last two games and five of their first six on the season.
But at least they didn’t lose last week.
That’s only because they didn’t play after their disastrous trip to London two weeks ago. In most circumstances, you’d think playing the 2-5 Colts at home would be a break. However, Indianapolis is coming off a win last week over the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Andrew Luck is looking a little more like his old self.
Not to mention that the Raiders just traded away their top wide receiver in Amari Cooper. They also come in with a new kicker in Daniel Carlson, whose lone NFL experience consists of two games, one of which he missed not one, but two overtime kicks that cost the Vikings a victory over the Packers.
Oh yeah, and leading back Marshawn Lynch was placed on injured reserve and lost for the season. In his place, at least the Raiders have a former NFL lead back in Doug Martin. Jared Cook leads the Raiders with 400 yards receiving and Jordy Nelson has three touchdowns.
The Raiders offense will have to fend off the attack of defensive lineman Margus Hunt and linebackers Darius Leanard and Jabaal Sheard, who each have four sacks. Cornerback Kenny Moore has two interceptions.
On offense, the Colts are led by running back Marlon Mack with 249 yards and resurgent tight end Eric Ebron with 357 yards and six touchdowns.
Tahir Whitehead leads the Raiders in tackles with 43 and Bruce Irvin has three sacks. No Raider has more than one interception.
The Colts have a host of players listed on injured reserve and list wide receiver Ryan Grant, tight end Erik Swoope and running back Robert Turbin as out for the game.
The Raiders listed guard Kelechi Osemele and cornerback Daryl Worley as questionable with limited participation at Friday’s practice.
The game opened as a pick, but the Colt have been bet up to a 3-point favorite on the road. The total opened at 51 and has dropped to 50.5. Game time is 1:05 p.m. in Oakland.