NFL Week 8 Game Preview: Colts (1-6) at Raiders (2-5)
Oakland traded their talented but unsteady wide receiver Amari Cooper this week, just a few days before facing a beatable opponent.
Are they tanking in hopes of grabbing the top 2019 draft pick? To be honest, the team is bad enough to land that pick without any extra shenanigans.
Jon Gruden says he doesn’t anticipate further trades, and he does have Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, Seth Roberts, and Brandon LaFell on the roster.
But coupled with the placement of Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve, it sure looks like the Raiders are kissing their season goodbye.
Indianapolis hasn’t been doing much better in the standings, but they have a great quarterback and enough pieces to give them hope each week.
Their offensive line improved somewhat and a new quick-release strategy of head coach Frank Reich is saving Andrew Luck from some of the hits he’s come to expect.
If Marlon Mack can stay healthy enough to provide a running game with Nyheim Hines as the third-down/passing back, the Colts should leave the battle for the top pick to the Raiders and Giants.
Injuries and notes:
Marshawn Lynch had groin surgery last week and was placed on IR. He is eligible to return in Week 16.
Amari Cooper is a Dallas Cowboy now. Fellow wide receiver Seth Roberts is on the practice field, indicating he expects to clear concussion protocol before the game.
Colts’ tight end Jack Doyle returned to practice this week and could play in Oakland. Doyle is not only a favorite target of Andrew Luck, but he is also the best blocking tight end on the roster. His return will help Mack keep up his ground attack.
Eric Swoope is also questionable with an ankle injury. Joining him are wide receiver Ryan Grant (ankle), running back Marlon Mack (ankle), receiver Dontrelle Inman (neck), and kicker Adam Vinatieri (groin).
All of them hope to be on the field in Oakland.
Rookie head coach Frank Reich looks like he has a plan, even as his team falls in the standings. Injuries have necessitated running changes, but despite their record, the Colts have scored more points than they allowed. Reich’s ingenuity along with returning starters could let Indianapolis surprise a few teams in the weeks ahead.
Jon Gruden is managing like a man with a guaranteed ten-year contract. We’re sure he has some kind of a plan, but he isn’t talking like it. He insists his team will be fine and still says quarterback Derek Carr is a franchise passer. Oakland is accumulating draft picks and will certainly look a lot different when they move to Las Vegas. But the coach will still be Gruden.
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Who will win the Raiders v Colts game?
Jon Gruden is supposed to be a mastermind genius of some type. Maybe that is why average NFL fans can’t seem to understand what he is doing.
Frank Reich is impressing more people with his game plans and approach. He’ll impress a few more this week.
Final score: Colts 23, Raiders 17