To the surprise of no one, the Raiders are not favored this Sunday as they play host to the Colts. The Raiders have only been favored one time this season — against the Browns —, and that was the one game they managed to pull out with an overtime comeback. In their five losses, they were the underdog each time.
After opening 1.5-point underdogs, the Raiders have slipped to 3-point dogs since the news of trading Amari Cooper and placing Marshawn Lynch came down.
The Colts aren’t a great team, but they’ve put up more of a fight this season than the Raiders. Andrew Luck has thrown an impressive 20 touchdown passes in seven games which is second only to Patrick Mahomes (22). The Raiders have half as many touchdowns AS A TEAM. And four of those left with Coop and Lynch.
Where the Colts have struggled is on defense. But the Raiders haven’t shown much life on offense that would indicate they will be able to take advantage of it. Being 3-point dogs holds no mystery.