The Colts play against the Raiders on Sunday. They are a complete mess as an organization right now. Can the Colts take advantage?
Players are now publicly talking about their disdain with how coach Jon Gruden is handling things in Oakland. That is a bad sign for that organization. But it’s a good sign for the Colts because they face them on Sunday. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Colts are playing their best football of the season. The Raiders are playing perhaps their worse. They are fighting just to keep their team together. The Colts are able to face a team they should beat now because of the dysfunction.
But Coach Reich knows that they need to stay focused because of this. He can’t let the team get over-confident. If he does, they will lose the game. Mental focus is as important as physical talent. The Raiders have neither of those things.
Taking advantage of the situation is still going to require execution. The Colts will still have to run the ball well. Marlon Mack needs to get the ball as often as he did in the game last week. Having a solid running game is very important to the success of this team.
Having that running game will open up the deep passing game as well. Having that deep threat T.Y. Hilton back will be crucial as well. Having that deep threat opens up the whole field. That will allow the team to score more points and win more games.
Hopefully the team can get themselves a win on Sunday. If they lose the game, they might as well try to tank. But if they win, they get themselves right back into the divisional race.