Colts vs Raiders : There have been many signs the Raiders are tanking this season, but trading a 24-year old, two-time Pro Bowl receiver might be the final nail in the coffin for the 2018 season. Regardless of record and trades, these games are still meaningful for the 46 men that suit up Sunday
This feels like a make-or-break week for a lot of people, including Vegas, who apparently took a bath last week as a bunch of big public teams covered. That doesn’t happen often! And you can see the market correction: the Chiefs and Rams are both double-digit favorites, while a bunch of different teams like the Giants and Raiders are being completely discounted because of their decision to trade everyone away.
The public is taking sides and slamming their tickets down from last week demanding a double down on trendy favorites with big spreads who looked good last week.
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When: Sunday at 4:05 PM ET
Where: Oakland Coliseum, California
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The Colts are a solid 3 point favorite against the Raiders.
This season, Oakland is 1-4-1 against the spread. As for Indianapolis, they are 3-4-0 against the spread
Oakland won the only game these two teams have played in the last 4 years.
The line continues to move in Baltimore’s direction, so I like the value here and it reminds me a lot of the Ravens visiting the Titans a few weeks ago. At the very least it would be stunning if this is a blowout, which gives Baltimore a chance to win a close game on the road against a team that doesn’t take the top off offensively.
Again, the Saints are getting a ton of action because they’re the popular team du jour after storming back on the Ravens. They want revenge. Well, the Vikings want to win too, buddy boy. And they might be a more balanced team: Kirk Cousins is living up to his contract somehow, Adam Thielen is doing things even Jerry Rice never did, Stefon Diggs might be due for a home breakout game and Minnesota is getting Everson Griffen back. I don’t know if he’ll play in this game, but the defense should be keyed up with an important player returning.
This is an enormous game: the Saints are trying to keep pace with the Rams, but the Vikings are in maybe the toughest division in football and would have a huge tiebreaker advantage for playoff purposes if they can win this game. It’s going to be a battle, but I’ll take the team with the underrated homefield advantage not giving points in this heavyweight affair. (He said, as he continues to fade the Saints week after week for some stupid reason.)
We are flying in the face of everything we saw last week and taking some teams that are less popular. Let’s go.
Do not care to take road chalk here, but I firmly believe the Ravens are a better team. They’re coming off a tough loss to the Saints at home where, if the defense does its job in the fourth quarter, Baltimore easily wins. And Carolina was down 17-0 in the fourth quarter to the Eagles — if Philly’s defense does its job, the Panthers lose. That’s not to discredit Drew Brees and Cam Newton and their outstanding late-game play, but the point is that this line is way different if two good defenses keep two good quarterbacks from pulling off two fairly unlikely — but good! — comebacks.
Cleveland has played everyone except the Chargers close this year. Baker Mayfield’s starting to find some rhythm and Nick Chubb is being featured. They need some pass catchers here to go along with Jarvis Landry, but David Njoku is profiling like a potential stud. The Steelers are coming off a bye and will score points, but the Browns have the ability to catch up as well and their defense is plenty stout enough to turn this into a mud fight. Give me Cleveland to keep it close.
Head Coach Jon Gruden and Co., are returning home at a good time as well; sitting at 1-5, the team is desperate to notch another “W,” but they’ll have their collective hands full with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Transactions make the world go ‘round, so let’s give a quick recap of what’s happened the past few days at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway.
This game opened as a pick’ em at Pinnacle, and bettors have wasted no time pounding the Colts. Seventy-six percent of tickets and 90% of dollars wagered on the spread have taken Indy as of writing
It’s been a while since the Oakland Raiders actually played in Oakland, right?
With trips to Southern California and then London, followed by the bye week, the Silver and Black haven’t actually played a true home game since September 30th – coincidentally their only win of 2018.
Amari Cooper is now a Dallas Cowboy, Marshawn Lynch is on the reserve/injured list, Daniel Carlson is the team’s kicker – more on him later – and Marcell Ateman and Denver Kirkland are on the 53-man roster.
The two big takeaways from that list are ironically the guys who aren’t going to suit up on Sunday, Cooper and Lynch, and because of that, I’ll be keeping an eye on the players who step up in their stead.
Obviously, Doug Martin is the first man that comes to mind, as he’ll be the Raiders featured back against the Colts, but I’m also excited to see if we see an uptick in reps for Jalen Richard as well.