The Colts are heading to California with the most momentum from any team as they were able to leave last weeks game vs the Bills with five turnovers, 37 points, and the only NFL team that did not allow a touch down last week. The Raiders a shadow of their former team and are led by an unmotivated Derrick Carr.
Last week, Marlon Mack had an amazing game as he was able to put up 126 yards and a touchdown in 19 attempts against a well-rounded Bills defense. The Colts with a running game is something teams don’t expect and are caught off guard by because Andrew Luck doesn’t have to throw for 43 attempts. (Luck averaged 43 attempts per game before hosting the Bills). Because the Colts had a well-rounded running game, Luck only had to attempt 23 passes completing 17, four of which for touchdowns. Mack and Nyheim Hines can have a great game if the offensive line continues to block as they have.
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Speaking of the offensive line, in the past 127 drop backs for Luck, he has not been sacked. It’s been since the second snap in week five since the Colts star QB has been touched. Even with veteran Matt Slauson being placed on IR with a broken back, the backups have stepped up extremely well, as shown in the past few weeks in pass protection and last week in the run game. This past week was the first time in an extremely long time that the Colts running backs were able to produce more rushing yards than passing yards while still walking away with the win, hopefully, Frank Reich can repeat the play style and score this week in Oakland.
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The Colts rookie class is arguably the best from the 2018 draft with studs like Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard. If the Colts rookies can continue to play like Pro Bowlers then the Colts future is extremely bright. Quenton Nelson has not allowed a single sack this entire season along with minimal QB pressures. Darius Leonard leads the NFL in tackles by eleven even after missing week five and is currently the leader for the DROY award. Braden Smith has emerged as a stud right tackle and has been extremely solid since given the playing time.
Tyquan Lewis has made his return to practice after being on IR for the season. Kemoko Turay has shown major shades of Colts greats Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Nyheim Hines has been a great receiving back and last week showed he can rush well. Reece Fountain could have been called up from the practice squad this week if he sadly wasn’t dealing with a loss in his family. Jordan Wilkins has shown bright spots and can become a great back up in the league. For the last three of the Colts picks there hasn’t been enough shown or they have been injured.
Hopefully, we get to see the Colts get another win and watch the GOAT Adam Vinatieri break the NFL all-time scoring record.