For a midseason game involving struggling teams, this Indianapolis Colts visit to the Las Vegas Raiders is very interesting.
The Colts (3-5-1) have undergone major changes each of the past two weeks, culminating in the firing of coach Frank Reich and the pulling of Jeff Saturday from ESPN as interim coach. Indianapolis has been competitive defensively but inept on offense.
The Raiders (2-6) have blown leads of at least 17 points on three occasions this season, including last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Josh McDaniels, in his first season as coach, is feeling the heat.
If the name Josh McDaniels is familiar, it’s because he was hired to coach the Colts in 2018, but he resigned the day before he was supposed to be introduced. Colts general manager Chris Ballard then hired Reich.
So it’s pretty strange going into NFL Week 10 action.
Doyle:Nice to meet you, Jeff Saturday, but are you lying to me?
Colts vs. Raiders time, TV, radio
Time: 4:05 PM ET Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Television: CBS, with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play, Trent Green with analysis and Melanie Collins with sideline reporting. The game is available on the NFL+ app.
Radio: The game can be heard on 93.5 FM, 97.1 FM and 107.5 FM in Indianapolis, with Matt Taylor on play-by-play, Rick Venturi with analysis and Larra Overton with sideline reporting. The game can also be heard on SiriusXM Channels 382 and 813.
Are the Colts favored against the Raiders?
The Raiders are 6-point favorites, according to Draft Kings. Over/under is 42.5 points.
ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Las Vegas an 86% chance to win. FiveThirtyEight gives the Raiders a 65% chance.
The Colts are 3-6 against the spread, losing their last three. Only one Colts game has gone over.
The Raiders are 3-5 against the spread, losing their last two. Four Raiders games have gone over, but the last two have gone down.
Colts vs. Raiders matchup madness
∎ Colts quarterbacks are sacked on 9.1% of their dropbacks (28th) and have allowed the most sacks (35). The Raiders are last in sacking opposing QBs (3.1% of punts, 9 overall).
∎ The Colts are the lowest scoring NFL team (14.7 points, 1.3 touchdowns per game); The Raiders are 25th in scoring defense (allowing 25.1 points) and 31st in opposing TDs (3.1 per game).
∎ Las Vegas is 6th in yards per carry (5.1) and Indianapolis is No. 2 against the run (3.8 per carry).
∎ The Colts are 6th in completions (67.3%), while the Raiders allow the most completions (70.5%).
Colt’s injury report
Colts who did not practice Wednesday due to injury: TE Mo Alie-Cox (ankle), CB Tony Brown (hamstring), RB Deon Jackson (knee), QB Matt Ryan (shoulder), TE Jelani Woods (shoulder); limited participation: C Ryan Kelly (knee), LB Grant Stuard (chest), RB Jonathan Taylor (ankle); full participation: DT DeForest Buckner (thumb).
Raiders injury report
The first damage report comes on Wednesday afternoon.
Colts vs. Raiders weather
Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 50s are forecast for Sunday in Las Vegas.
Colts key players
Sam Ehlinger (61.5% completions, 305 yards, 1 interception); Jonathan Taylor (462 rushing yards, 4.3 per carry, 1 TD); Michael Pittman Jr. (54 catches, 550 yards, 1 TD); Zaire Franklin (87 tackles, 7 for loss); DeForest Buckner (38 tackles, 5 sacks).
Raiders key players
Derek Carr (62.3% completions, 1,880 yards, 11 TD, 5 INTs); Josh Jacobs (743 rushing yards, 5.4 per carry, 6 TDs); Davante Adams (48 catches, 658 yards, 7 TDs); Divine Diablo (74 tackles); Max Crosby (47 tackles, 13 for loss, 6 sacks).