The Colts could be 3-1 by the end of the weekend if they are able to beat a bad Raiders team. Can the under-manned Indy squad do it?
There are injuries on every team in the league at this point in the season. Even though it is early in the season, they still happen. Unfortunately, the Colts have been hit hard early this season. They have several starters who will probably be out for the game against Oakland.
Oakland isn’t a very good team. Their offense doesn’t have a whole lot of punch and their defense has some issues on the backend as well. But they will be the healthier team Sunday. That means a lot in the NFL because a lot of the guys who are hurt for the Colts are key players.
I expect this game to be close throughout, even though the Colts are favored by a significant margin. The first half should be close, but the overall talent of the Colts should show up by the second half and should make them pull away for a win.
The one thing that worries me is that Darius Leonard looks like he will be out. He leads the linebackers and is their best player on defense. Not having him leaves them vulnerable in the pass game with tight ends. Waller is a solid guy at tight end who can get a lot of yards.
Prediction: Colts 27 Raiders 21
Both teams should be able to put up points on each other. But like I mentioned before, the Colts should have enough talent to pull away in the fourth quarter and come out on top. Marlon Mack and Jacoby Brissett should both have big games before they head to Kansas City.
If they win this game, they will be 3-1 heading into their show down with Kansas City on Sunday night.