Colts vs Raiders: Two teams with a combined 10 losses already will face off at the Coliseum sans infield dirt Sunday, and maybe they surprise us with some decent football.
The Raiders (1-5) are playing for pride at this point, while the Colts (2-5) still have a shot in a jumbled AFC South.
Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders were flying high the last time they faced the Indianapolis Colts.
Carr threw three touchdown passes to lead Oakland to its 12th win of the season on Christmas Eve in 2016, but got knocked out late in that game with a broken ankle. That has sent the Raiders into a downward spiral they still haven’t escaped.
The Raiders (1-5) are reeling as they head into Sunday’s game against the Colts (2-5), having traded away No. 1 receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas earlier in the week after previously dealing away star pass rusher Khalil Mack before the season.
The trio of Carr, Cooper and Mack were the foundation pieces in Oakland, but now only Carr remains and the team is once again rebuilding.
“For me, being in my fifth year, it’s hard if I’m being honest,” Carr said. “Just going out there, I feel like we’ve had to do this a couple of times in my early five years. That part is hard. At the same time, it doesn’t change my mindset.”
1pm ET Sunday October 28th, 2018
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, California
CBS — Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (color)
WFNI (1070 The Fan) and WLHK (HANK FM) — Matt Taylor (play-by-play), Jim Sorgi (color) and Caroline Cann (sideline)
Martin is no Beast Mode, but the Raiders seem more than confident he can sufficiently fill Lynch’s spot in the Raiders’ backfield after Lynch hit injured reserve with a groin injury.
In Martin’s 27 rushes this season, he’s gained only 99 yards (3.7 yards per carry). Martin averaged 2.9 yards per carry each of his two seasons with the Buccaneers before signing with Oakland, and he hoped a change of scenery would elevate those numbers. It has only slightly, and the Raiders are still waiting for Martin to give them something worthy of a starting running back ahead of his first start with them on Sunday.
The final game of Gruden’s first stint as Raiders coach ended with a kick by Adam Vinatieri. On a snowy night in New England on Jan. 19, 2002, Vinatieri kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime to lead the Patriots to a 16-13 victory.
The game was most notable for the “Tuck Rule,” which turned a potential game-sealing strip sack in regulation for Oakland into an incomplete pass, setting the stage for Vinatieri to tie the game with an improbable 45-yard field goal in the snow. Vinatieri is still kicking and needs five points to break Morten Andersen’s NFL career scoring record (2,544 points). But Vinatieri’s status is in doubt this week because of an injured groin.