Unlike last week’s monstrosity of a game against the Vikings, today’s Oakland started out this game spectacularly. They had a great opening drive that featured an outstanding TD catch from TE Foster Moreau, and they followed it up with a quick 3 and out on the defensive side. It was almost even better but LaMarcus Joyner couldn’t hold onto what would have been an incredible interception of Colts QB Jacoby Brissett.
Then Raider Nation got introduced to newly acquired WR Trevor Davis in legendary fashion with him taking a handoff and going 60 yards for the touchdown on his first touch ever as a Raider. It came after a quick 3 and out from the defense too so all aspects of the Raiders team came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter.
Alas, all good things come to an end and the flawless start for Oakland was no different. A Josh Jacobs fumbled handoff lead to the Colts getting great field position. That of course led to an easy touchdown for the Colts to cut the Raiders lead down to 14-7.
That didn’t damper things for the Raiders though, they came right back with another great drive. They went 76 yards in 11 plays and capped it off with another Tyrell Williams touchdown catch to make it 21-7 Raiders. Williams has had a touchdown in each of the first 4 games of his Raiders career. Not a bad start for the Raiders #1 receiver.
Vontaze Burfict had his first dirty as hell play for the Raiders, proving the uniform change hadn’t changed his penchant for idiotic penalties. On the Colts next drive Burfict lowered his head AND went straight to Jack Doyle’s helmet for an egregious hit that deserved the penalty and his disqualification.
That kind of play has no place in the NFL, and hurt the Raiders by them losing their best linebacker and the momentum swing to the Colts that went with it. Indy eventually scored a field goal on the drive to make the score 21-10. Raider Nation should also expect a suspension coming later this week, the repeat offender Burfict will definitely be punished severely from the NFL for that hit.
It looked like the Colts were going to get some more points near the end of the half but right when they entered the red zone the Raiders got a huge break. Indy receiver Parris Campbell had a big 16 yard gain but fumbled on the play and Karl Joseph recovered it at the Oakland 15.
Unfortunately the Raiders weren’t able to put a drive together to finish the first half strong and instead the Colts got one last chance with the ball. Indy nearly took advantage too but the Raiders came up with a big stop to hold the Colts to a 57 yard field goal attempt. Raiders nemesis Adam Vinatieri missed this kick though, it would have tied his career long and looked long enough but missed just left of the uprights.
The Raiders went 3 and out despite wanting to get at least a field goal. They ended up punting and the Colts kneeled the rest of the clock out so the half ended with the Raiders maintaining their 21-10 lead.