This week’s turning point play of the game was a tough call because an argument can be made for two huge plays that occurred in the final period of the game.
Johnny Townsend’s 25 yard punt certainly was a strong candidate but even if he did blast one, pinning the Colts deep in their own territory, there is no guarantee the Raiders defense would have prevented them from scoring.
No, the play that turned this game from within reach to out of reach came on the Raiders ensuing possession. The Raiders got the ball at their own 25-yard-line with 5:17 left to play following a Colts touchdown to take a 35-28 lead. On the first play Doug Martin had the ball punched out of his hands by Colts linebacker, Darius Leonard.
Matthew Adams came up with the recovery for the Colts. It was a disappointing turn of events for Martin who had played well up to that point.
Leonard punches the ball out of Martin’s hands. pic.twitter.com/nW0mGz3d9r— Evan Groat (@Egroat5) October 29, 2018
You can see from the second clip how Leonard immediately looks to punch the ball loose. The Colts would need only five plays to go 27 yards for their third fourth quarter touchdown.
“Very disappointed,” said Martin after the game. “Both sides were playing hard, having a good game, offensively, defensively. To fumble like that at the end, it sucks but a lot of guys went out there and played their hearts out. They put it all out there on the field. I’m really proud of ourselves.”
The game ended with a final score of 42-28. The Raiders now have a 1-6 record as they head into a week nine Thursday night game against the 49ers.