Indianapolis Colts vs. Oakland Raiders Preview and Predictions 10-28-2018

One team hopes to claw its way back into contention in its division and the other just hopes to scratch out a much-needed victory when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Colts ended a four-game slide with a dominant win over Buffalo last week while the Raiders spent their bye week licking their wounds after being trounced by Seattle in London.

Offense has not been a problem of late for Indianapolis, which has scored at least 34 points in three of its last four contests. Despite residing in the basement of the AFC South, the Colts entered Week 8 just two games behind Houston for first place and have showdowns with division rivals Jacksonville and Tennessee coming in the next few weeks. Oakland has been a major disappointment in coach Jon Gruden's return to the sideline as four of its five losses have been by eight points or more while its lone victory came in overtime. The Raiders will try to get in the win column without two key pieces on offense, as running back Marshawn Lynch (groin/core muscle) landed on injured reserve and receiver Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Colts -3. O/U: 50.5 

ABOUT THE COLTS (2-5): Andrew Luck, who recorded four touchdown passes without an interception last week, is salivating at the prospect of facing the Raiders. The 29-year-old has thrown for at least two scores and run for another in each of his last two meetings with Oakland. Adam Vinatieri, who aggravated a groin injury in the win over the Bills, hopes to be available Sunday as he is five points away from passing Hall-of-Famer Morten Andersen (2,544 points) to become the NFL's all-time leading scorer.


ABOUT THE RAIDERS (1-5): Doug Martin is expected to shoulder the load in the backfield with Lynch sidelined after making only 27 rushes for 99 yards over the first six games of the season. Rookie linebacker Jason Cabinda figures to make his NFL debut on Sunday after spending the first six weeks of the campaign on the practice squad. Oakland moves on to its third kicker this week as Daniel Carlson was signed to replace Matt McCrane, who was released on Tuesday after going 5-for-9 on field-goal attempts over three games.


1. Colts S Mike Mitchell was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week after registering seven tackles, an interception and a forced fumble against Buffalo.

2. Oakland promoted WR Marcell Ateman and OL Denver Kirkland from the practice squad.

3. Indianapolis' Eric Ebron leads all NFL tight ends with six touchdown catches.

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Las Vegas Raiders

  • John Simpson

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Simpson is battling a shoulder issue, and it has yet to be established if he will take the field versus the Saints on Monday.

  • Sam Young

    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Young departed the last game due to a groin injury, and he is not expected to be in the lineup Monday against the Saints.

  • Trent Brown

    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Brown left the previous game with a calf injury, and he is not expected to suit up against the Saints on Monday.

  • Henry Ruggs III

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Ruggs III has a left knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Monday versus the Saints.

  • Richie Incognito

    Prob Mon | probable

    Incognito is dealing with an Achilles injury, but he is expected to line up against the Saints on Monday.

  • Nick Kwiatkoski

    Doub Mon | doubtful

    Kwiatkoski exited the last game with a pectoral injury, and he is not expected to be able to play Monday versus the Saints.

  • Josh Jacobs

    Prob Mon | probable

    Jacobs is expected to take the field Monday against the Saints despite an ankle injury.

  • Nevin Lawson

    Elig Mon | out

    Lawson will serve a one-game suspension for using his helmet as a weapon. He is projected to be reinstated in time for Monday's battle versus the Saints.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Xavier Rhodes

    day-to-day | questionable

    Rhodes was lifted from the last game due to a leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will play Week 3 versus the Jets.

  • Rock Ya-Sin

    day-to-day | questionable

    Ya-Sin was absent from the last contest due to the symptoms of an illness, and it is unclear if he will be healthy enough for Week 3 versus the Jets.

  • Jack Doyle

    day-to-day | questionable

    Doyle missed the last game with injuries to his ankle and knee. It remains to be seen if he will be active Week 3 against the Jets.

  • Malik Hooker

    day-to-day | questionable

    Hooker was removed the previous game due to an Achilles injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will participate in Week 3 against the Jets.

  • Dezmon Patmon

    day-to-day | questionable

    Patmon has sat the past two games with a knee injury, and it is unknown if it will interfere with his status for Week 3 against the Jets.

  • Parris Campbell

    day-to-day | questionable

    Campbell exited the last game with an injured left knee. It is unclear if he will take on the Jets in Week 3.

  • Matthew Adams

    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams departed the last game due to an ankle injury and did not return. It as yet to be determined if he will line up against the Jets in Week 3.

  • Justin Houston

    Ques Sun | questionable

    Houston is hobbled by a calf injury, and it is up in the air if he will be good to go for Sunday's showdown with the Vikings.