The Colts took care of business last week against the Bills, and look to do so against an inferior Raiders squad. This trip to Oakland is the last one before a much-needed bye in week nine. Here in ShoeStats, we will look into some of the vital stats heading into the game.
The Raiders rank dead last in game-changing plays (TO+Sacks) per game in 2018. Jon Gruden probably misses Khalil Mack so far, as his defense looks anemic. The Colts offense needs to take advantage of a weak defense in week eight.
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Chris Ballard pledged to fix the trenches on this Colts roster, and boy is he doing a great job in that regard. The Colts offensive line has not let up a sack since the first possession against the Patriots in week five. This 125 snap streak is the longest in Andrew Lucks career, and a huge step in keeping him healthy long term.
Oakland’s defense isn’t the only group on the Raiders lacking big plays; the offense is as guilty. Derek Carr ranks last in air yards per throw at six and in longest air yard completion by a season-long starter at 39.2. The Raiders are not hitting chunk plays at a rate that should scare the Colts defense, especially now that Amari Cooper is gone as well.
The Colts may be on the bottom of the standings, but they should handle the Raiders with ease. We only use three stats in this piece, but we could throw several more that plays in the Colts favor. Realistically, the Raiders are understaffed, uninspired, and dysfunctional this year, and Indy needs to send them closer over the edge with a big win Sunday.
Article by: Maxx Hotton
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