The Oakland Raiders made another move this week that made some waves. It isn’t quite the magnitude of the Khalil Mack trade, but the Raiders sent their No. 1 receiver, Amari Cooper, to the Dallas Cowboys. Criticize Jon Gruden for sending Mack to Chicago, but getting a first-round selection for Cooper is a nice grab for the Raiders. They’re clearly gearing up for Las Vegas and trying to put a solid team together for the move.
Derek Carr and Gruden haven’t been on the same page this season at all, so don’t be surprised if he gets traded as well. Carr carries a heavy price tag with him. There are some teams out there who desperately need a competent quarterback, though, so there could be a market. And you may be able to make the argument that Carr is regressing because of the team around him and a change of scenery will help him out.
Cooper wasn’t helping Carr out much this season, so I don’t see it as that much of a loss. He only had 280 yards and a touchdown with the Raiders this season. Maybe Cooper can fix his stone hands in Dallas, but I think Gruden got a steal by getting a first-round pick for him. Nevertheless, he’s still only a 24-year-old, so like I said, a change of scenery might give him a boost. Cooper is certainly better than any receiver the Cowboys previously had, which wasn’t much at all.
The Raiders do have the bonus of coming into this game off a bye week and there is a bad defense on the other side. If Carr can’t figure it out against the Colts’ defense following a bye, then heads are going to roll even harder. There is no Cooper or Marshawn Lynch, but neither have done anything of substance this year. Andrew Luck and the Colts have been in a groove recently, so Carr is likely going to be under pressure to make plays here. Head below for our free Colts vs. Raiders pick.
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The Colts are coming off a 37-5 demolition of the Buffalo Bills last week. It’s the Bills, but the offense looked crisp and on the same page. That’s been the case for nearly a month. The offense struggled against the Eagles’ defense, and then in four straight weeks they’ve been hitting their stride offensively. Getting T.Y. Hilton instantly gives Luck a legitimate deep threat. He passed for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Marlon Mack rumbled for the best game of his career, with 126 yards on 6.6 yards per carry. With that game, and the previous three, the Colts have averaged 32.25 points per game. Luck has seen his numbers go up to 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions with a 65.3% completion rate. Overall, the Colts are averaging 27 points per game.
Oakland will have to find a way to counter their offense. Whether it’s Carr keeping up or the defense having a big game. The likeliest scenario is that the offense is going to have to come up big. I don’t think the Raiders have the horses on defense to bother Luck and the Colts’ offense.
He’s thrown 8 touchdown passes the last two weeks alone and appears to be over the shoulder injury, as well as the rust. The Raiders are allowing 29.3 points per game for 29th in the NFL. They are also giving up just under 400 yards per game, near the back of the league in 26th.
Expect another big showing from the Colts offensively on Sunday afternoon in California. Indianapolis doesn’t have the best of defenses, though. They are beatable in that sense, which other teams have showcased. Holding the Bills to 5 points isn’t impressive anyone. Their offense is in total disarray.
You can say the same about the Raiders, but they at least have a quarterback who can walk and chew gum at the same time. The Colts got to feast on Derek Anderson, a guy who basically just arrived in Buffalo. Prior to last week, the Colts allowed 30.66 points per game in their last three games. Despite how bad things have gone for the Raiders, they’re 16th with 373.5 yards per game.
After getting a week off and playing at home on the west coast, the offense should resemble something decent. If they can’t, Gruden better be ready for a shower of boos. They are fortunate to have the Indianapolis defense on the other side, though. I would take a look at the OVER in what looks like a 30-27 or 33-23 game.