Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) vs. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)
January 2, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Indianapolis Colts -7.5 / Las Vegas Raiders +7.5; Over/Under: 45
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The Indianapolis Colts and Las Vegas Raiders square off Sunday afternoon in a week 17 NFL contest at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Las Vegas Raiders need a win to have any chance at sneaking into the playoffs. The Indianapolis Colts can win double-digit games in three of the last four seasons.
The Las Vegas Raiders have won four of their last seven road games. Derek Carr is completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 4,363 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow have combined for 1,592 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Bryan Edwards has 30 receptions. The Las Vegas Raiders ground game is averaging 90.5 yards per contest, and Josh Jacobs leads the way with 677 yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively, Las Vegas is allowing 25.8 points and 335.3 yards per game. Denzel Perryman leads the Las Vegas Raiders with 138 tackles, Yannick Ngakoue has 9 sacks and Trayvon Mullen Jr. has 1 interception.
The Indianapolis Colts have won four of their last six home games. Carson Wentz is completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,230 yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Michael Pittman Jr. and Zach Pascal have combined for 1,340 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Jonathan Taylor has 36 receptions. The Indianapolis Colts ground game is averaging 154.9 yards per contest, and Taylor leads the way with 1,626 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Indianapolis is allowing 21.1 points and 346 yards per game. Bobby Okereke leads the Indianapolis Colts with 118 tackles, DeForest Buckner has 6.5 sacks and Kenny Moore II has 4 interceptions.
The Raiders are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Colts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 11-5 in Raiders last 16 vs. AFC. The under is 5-2 in Colts last 7 games as a favorite. The Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Indianapolis.
The Las Vegas Raiders need this game to have any chance at a playoff spot, and they’ve been sneaky competitive this season, but they’ve also thrown in more stinkers than I’d like. The Indianapolis Colts are starting to pile up the wins and covers, and they’ve had extra time to prepare for this game after playing on Christmas. The Colts have the second best rushing attack in the league, while the Raiders are 19th in rush defense. That could be an issue for the Raiders on the road. I’d love to get off the hook if possible, but I have to side with the Colts here at home.