QB Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will head to the Oakland Raiders Coliseum to battle a team that is fighting for glory and honor. The Oakland Raiders have totally shocked AFC West rivals by defeating them one by one to maintain a perfect 5-0 record in the West. Peyton Manning and his Colts will attempt to take the Oakland Raiders out of playoff contention this Sunday but they will fail. Raiders! Prepare for glory!
In a turn around 2010 season, the Silver and Black attack of the Oakland Raiders has been phenomenal ! The Oakland Raiders defensive front has been able to pierce through opposing offenses resulting in QB sacks, safeties, and badly thrown passes..
Can the Silver and Black attack break down the Indianapolis Colts like previous opponents? Lets look and see what the Oakland Raiders can expect from this worthy adversary.
To begin with, the Colts have already defeated the Chiefs and the Broncos. They lost to the San Diego Chargers 36-14, making them 2-1 against the division.
QB Peyton Manning has a 92.1 QB rating as he has thrown for 4173 yards and made 28 TDs'. The Indianapolis Colts roster is quite similar to the Silver and Black in that every player is solid.
The Indianapolis Colts are currently 8-6 while the Raiders are 7-7 and still in the "hunt". Although the Colts have a decent team they are not the Oakland Raiders.
Which team has the better defensive front? The Oakland Raiders or the Indianapolis Colts?
The Silver and Black have much more at stake and when it comes to overall toughness, the Raiders may have the upper hand as the attack is led by Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly. Both have had an amazing season and led the charge to victories for the Silver and Black. Adding a little Matt Shaughnessy, Kamerion Wimbley and some Trevor Scott only adds to the taste.
On the road, the Indianapolis Colts have lost five games and won only one. The Colts seem to have a tough time of winning when they are not at home and traveling all the way to the West Coast will only prove to be disastrous as the Silver in Black seem to improve from week to week.
Although the Colts have a decent running game with RB's Donald Brown and Javarris James, they will have a tough time getting through a defensive front that has learned from past and pounded past RB's into concussions. (SD RB Darren Sproles was knocked out of the game by the solid hitting of newcomer Rolando McClain)
Should Brown and James try to get into holes and get past the front four they will meet an unkind demise at the hands of Rolando McClain. Rolando McClain is a fierce LB with fire in his heart and enough natural power to pound away a the spirit of the running attack leaving only Peyton Mannings passing attack. A potent passing attack that must be addressed.
Peyton Manning is an elite QB but so was QB Phillip Rivers and the outcome should be the same. With great coverage on the receivers Peyton will only have short passes which will lead to hits by Rolando McClain.
Do you think that Peyton Manning experience will win out in this game?
Defensively the Colts top stars are defensive ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney who has told reporters he is "licking his chops" because rookie Jason Veldeer will be covering him. Dwight Freeney is a mere 6'1" 268 lbs while the "rookie" Veldheer is 6' 8", 315 lbs. I would say that after 14 weeks of football the rookie will have enough experience to contain and even manhandle to smash mouth talking Freeney. It always seems like these guys set themselves up for failure. This talk can only feed the fire of Veldeer. I will be watching this match up.
WR's Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie ( will not play because of concussion) and Pierre Garcon will have to clear themselves from pro bowl CB Nnamndi Asomugha. Asomugha is the best shut down CB in the NFL.
The secondary of the Raiders will have to step up their game Sunday but should the defensive front become successful, then we can expect turnovers and shorter passes from Peyton. Newbies such as Mike Mitchell and Tyvon Branch should post some great fantasy numbers Sunday. Michael Huff has also become another weapon in the secondary and from time to time has blitzed the QB with success.
The huge factor will be the Oakland Raiders, "weapon X", a.k.a. RB Darren McFadden. The former Arkansas Razorback star has not only posted over 1000 yards this season, he has punished anyone that attempts to tackle him. If you are not punished by his running hits then chances are , you have been burned by his elusive running.
Darren McFadden has 7 TD this season and averages 5.2 yards per carry. It will be Darren McFadden that puts the bullet into the broken Colts as Tom Cable will utilize time management and run all three backs. Yes, Marcel Reece and Michael Bush are also part of the magnificent backfield that Al Davis has created. Last week Michael Bush posted 2 TDs in the Red Zone and should have no problem running the Colts into the ground.
Lets not forget the Oakland Raiders vertical game. WRs Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy are fast and seem to get open when the need arises. There's a good chance that QB Jason Campbell will be using the vertical attack against the Colts 19th ranked defense.
TE Zach Miller is another reliable target for QB Jason Campbell while FB Marcel Reece has been huge out of the backfield for the Raiders. Marcel Reece has great hands and defenses are usually sleeping when Reece breaks.
Overall the teams are equally matched at players. Yet, when it comes to NFL football, we all know it is desire and heart that wins football games. It is turnovers that lose them. The Oakland Raiders special teams has performed well with turnover hits.
Jacoby Ford seems to start almost every game with a kick return for the TD.This Sunday however the Raider can ill afford to have the turnovers they had against the Broncos last week. The Colts are a much better team than the Broncos and yet the Broncos scored off the turnovers. This must not be repeated week 15.QB Peyton Manning is an experienced QB and if given the time can pick you apart. In this weeks match up, he will have a tough time escaping the grasp of Richard Seymour or Kamerion Wimbley.
There's a possibility that it will be raining in Oakland that week, so expect a lot of running from both sides of the ball. Expect the DMAC attack!!!
The Raiders should be able to take the Colts at home 38 - 28. Go Silver and Black!!!