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(7-7) Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders (11-3)
Date: Saturday December 24th
Time: 4:05 PM
Venue: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California
ATS Betting Lines: Oakland Raiders -3.5
NFL Moneyline Odds:Off
NFL Betting Total: 53.0
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The Raiders are officially going back to playoffs but still have plenty of clinching that they can do.
At the same time, they have some injuries – particularly quarterback Derek Carr – that they will be monitoring to make sure they are at full health for the playoffs.
The Colts now have a far outside shot at making the playoffs but are still alive so will be playing this game as if it were a playoff game.
Andrew Luck has been battling injuries for much of this season – something becoming too familiar for the highly paid quarterback.
Luck has managed to still be productive but the overall team success has been limited by an inconsistent offensive line and a struggling defense.
The defense will be tasked with a dynamic Oakland offensive attack that can hurt you in so many different ways. Luck and the offensive line will be tasked with the dominant pass rushing duo of Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack.
But, this is a must win for Indianapolis so expect them to come out gunning for the road victory. The Colts have won four straight games on the road after dropping their first 3 away from home to start the season.
The Colts looked very good last weekend against the highly ranked Minnesota defense so I would expect similar energy and production against a weaker defense.
The key will be Frank Gore running effectively and Luck getting the ball out quickly. The Oakland pass rush is very good so protecting Luck and preventing short drives will be challenging but crucial.
The urgency likely coming from Indianapolis is what makes this spread as low as it is. The Oakland offense should give Indy’s defense all sorts of issues though.
Derek Carr’s finger proved to still be bothering him last week as his production was down from his season long averages.
Carr managed to complete just 19 of 30 passes last week for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The defense provided the difference in the victory over San Diego as they limited the Chargers to just 190 passing yards.
The Raiders are fighting for the AFC West Title as well as a potential first round bye.
This game is crucial in that hunt as their season finale at Denver against a team that will likely need at least that game to get into the playoffs so the Raiders shouldn’t be banking on a victory there.
Latavius Murray will need to be more effective to take some pressure off Carr as he works back from his dislocated finger.
Murray will not only be the key in this game but also as Oakland moves into the playoffs as running the football is crucial to winning playoff games.
While people have doubted Oakland’s legitimacy from time to time and their makeup of a pass heavy offense and an inconsistent defense isn’t built for the playoffs, the Raiders own too many matchups over the Colts.
They should be able to establish the run with their offensive line and Murray and then rely on Mack and Irvin to pressure what should be a pass heavy attack from the Colts in this game.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Raiders are 9-5 ATS this season
- Colts are 1-4-1 ATS following a SU win this season.
- Raiders are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games against AFC teams
- Over is 13-4 in the Raiders’ last 17 games following a SU win.
- Over is 12-5 in the Colts’ last 17 games as an underdog.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Oakland -3.5
The Raiders may have clinched but they still have plenty to play for. The Colts may still be alive but they are 7-7 for a reason and Oakland should be able to exploit their many holes.
NFL Free Score Prediction: Oakland 31 – Indianapolis 20
The Colts season and playoff hopes are hanging on but going to Oakland is not a good opportunity to resurrect them.
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