Congratulations to our boys of the Silver and Black for keeping their playoff hopes alive for one more week today by sweeping the Denver Bronc-Hoes. I figured that we would win (I called it last week) but it was quite unsettling that the refs were trying to keep the game close with all the no calls of offensive holding on Denver and also the blatantly obvious incomplete pass that they awarded a TD to. Oh well.....WE WON....and that's all that matters doesn't it?
Looking ahead to our home game against the Colts next week, I have taken the liberty of providing a snap shot of the statistical match ups.
Indianapolis Colts: Record 8-6: 1st Place AFC South
Oakland Raiders: Record 7-7: 3rd Place AFC West
Colts Passing Offense v.s Raiders Passing Defense
1. Colts 27.2 Pt's/g 298.1 Yd's/g 28 Td's (2/game) 15 Int's Thrown 15 Sacks Allowed
7. Raiders 23.6 Pt's/g allowed 202.5 Yd's/g Allowed 25 Td's Allowed 8 Int's (Take Aways) 37 Sacks
Raiders Passing Offense v.s Colts Passing Defense
24. Raiders 24.2 Pt's/g 199.8 Yd's/g 15 Td's (1/game) 14 Int's Thrown 37 Sacks Allowed
11. Colts 24.4 Pt's/g allowed 209.5 Yd's/g Allowed 19 Td's Allowed 10 Int's (Take Aways) 26 Sacks
Colts Rushing Offense v.s. Raiders Rush Defense
31. Colts 85.1 Yd's/g 12Td's 4 Fumbles
26. Raiders 132.8 Yd's/g Allowed 11TD's Allowed 6 Forced Fumbles
Raiders Rushing Offense v.s. Colts Rush Defense
4. Raiders 149.7 Yd's/g 14 Td's 7 Fumbles
28. Colts 135.8 Yd's/g Allowed 14 Td's Allowed 6 Forced Fumbles
In order for the Raiders to win this game, they HAVE to take advantage of the the Colts soft run defense and run the ball down their throats and pass when necessary (just like in the San Diego game). On defense, don't blitz Peyton too much because he is very good at find the open man. Rush 4 and keep a linebacker in zone coverage over the short middle and blanket the receivers.
Hopefully we can pull out a win and keep our playoff hopes alive for the AFC West Title Game against the Chiefs.