The Colts held off the Raiders late and after their 31-26 victory, are one step closer to clinching the AFC South next week against the Tennessee Titans.
The Raiders came back late when Jason Campbell hooked up with tight end Zach Miller from six yards out, to cut the score to just 31-26 with 1:51 remaining but failed to recover the ball on their onside kick attempt, which was recovered less spectacularly than last week's, by Jacob Tamme.
Dominic Rhodes and the Colts iced the game with solid running and a clutch 27-yard naked bootleg run by Peyton Manning. Manning in addition to his rare glimpse of mobility (a sight more rare than this past week's solar eclipse) was 16 of 30 for 179 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rhodes was also in rare form Sunday, rushing for 98 yards on 17 carries. His efforts deserve today's game ball because if not for his consistent gains on the ground, the Colts likely would not have won this game.
Joseph Addai added 45 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown in his first action in eight weeks. Jacob Tamme led the Colts in receiving, catching seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Raiders played well in spurts running and passing the ball, gaining 290 total yards. Jason Campbell was 29 for 42 through the air, passing for 231 yards and one touchdown pass. Darren McFadden led the Raiders in rushing with 45 yards on 11 carries and Zach Miller led the way in receiving, catching nine passes for 66 yards and one touchdown.
The Colts will host the Titans next week and with a win, will clinch the AFC South and a playoff berth. The Raiders are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play the AFC West Division champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.