Raiders @ Colts Week 1 Preview

Indianapolis Colts     vs.     Oakland Raiders

Rise up Raider nation! Week 1 is finally here! And the Raiders will be opening up in Indianapolis against Andrew Luck and the Colts. The Raiders are coming off a 4-12 season where they ranked 18 in offense and defense. The Colts were ranked 10 in total offense and 26 in total defense. The Colts never really had a good defense, the Colts were 29 against the run in 2012 and the Raiders would be crazy to not use Darren McFadden early and often.

If the Raiders want to have ANY shot at contending in the AFC or to even be around .500 at seasons end, they need to prove they can go on the road and win football games like these. The Raiders have been one of the leagues worse on the road especially traveling across the country. The Raiders have it  pretty light in week 2 at home against Jacksonville but if, and this is a big if, pull out a win against Indy they will come home to a sold out Coliseum in week 2 and have a chance to go 2-0 for the first time since 2-0. But this is not the 2002 Raiders, this is 2013 and this Raiders team is ranked 32 in most experts power rankings. Many believe the Raiders have a chance to join the Detroit Lions and go 0-16. That I believe is taking it a bit to far, the Raiders are not going to win the division. After what I saw from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, the Broncos I am sure will have home field advantage in the playoffs. But onto the issue at hand…

Here are my three keys/players to watch:
1. Raiders new look pass defense: The Colts do not have much of a running game at all so Andrew Luck will be passing all day long. The Raiders new secondary will be tested early this season and it will be an interesting test. The Colts have been praising the work ethic of former Raider Darrius Heyward-Bey who will be lining up opposite side of Reggie Wayne. Mike Jenkins, Tracy Porter, DJ Hayden, Charles Woodson, and Tyvon Branch will have to be at their 100% best.

2. Raiders defensive line: The Raiders defensive line is very questionable to say the least. Only Lamarr Houston is returning from last season to start on the defensive line. We will get a chance to see Pat Sims, Vance Walker, and Jason Hunter in full action! I am mostly interested in Pat Sims who should a lot of promise in the final pre-season game in Seattle who not only stuffed the run but got pressure on the QB. Sims was known has a run stuffer in Cincinnati, it will be interesting to see him progress. If the Raiders can get any type of pressure on Andrew Luck, it can go a long way on Sunday.

3. Terrelle Pryor: You know I have to go there! Yes Terrelle Pryor will be starting his second NFL career game. Pryor has won the starting job over Matt Flynn who for the second season in a row has lost the starting job where he was the heavy favorite to win the job going into training camp. Good news for Pryor is he is not facing a top 10 defense on Sunday and will have his chances to make plays for the Raiders. It will be up to the Raiders offense to take advantage of their opportunities. Editor for Rotoworld Evan Silva stated about Terrelle Pryor starting for the Raiders will equal to many points for the Colts defense, I would love to shut his unprofessional mouth up. Silva is known for editing rotoworld’s post and posting Raider hate 24/7. For example, “The Raiders are light years behind the Jets and Jaguars and are the worst team in NFL history.” Silva is one of those I mentioned earlier who believes the Raiders will be going 0-16. We can end that stupidity this Sunday!

Other noteworthy information is TE David Ausburry is still out and Jeron Masturd will be starting in his place. Menelik Watson officially is a no go for Sunday and that means Khalif Barnes will slide over to LT and newly signed Tony Pashos will start at RT, the Raiders only have two healthy tackles on their roster. Moreover, rookie OLB Sio Moore is questionable with a foot injury and will be a game time decision, if he can not go Kaluka Maiava will start.

Starting Lineup:

OFFENSE
QB: Terrelle Pryor
RB: Darren McFadden
FB: Marcel Reece
WR: Rod Streater
WR: Denarius Moore
TE: Jeron Masturd
LT: Khalif Barnes
LG: Lucas Nix
C: Stefen Wisniewski
RG: Mike Brisiel
RT: Tony Pashos
DEFENSE
RE: Lamarr Houston
DT: Vance Walker
DT: Pat Sims
LE: Jason Hunter
OLB: Kevin Burnett
MLB: Nick Roach
OLB: Sio Moore
CB: Tracy Porter
CB: Mike Jenkins
FS: Charles Woodson
SS: Tyvon Branch

Prediction: I believe the Raiders have a SHOT to win this game, I really do, having said that I do not think they will. I believe they will keep it close through the first half and eventually Andrew Luck and the Colts will become to much for them. The Colts win 34-17. What do you think Raider nation? Do the Raiders have a shot at winning this game? Give me your predictions below and lets see who is the closest come Sunday!


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3 Responses to “Raiders @ Colts Week 1 Preview”

  1. Chris says:

    27-20 Raiders. For the first time this season including the preseason we will see all 11 Defensive starters on the field and yes I believe Sio Moore will be out there as well. With that said the Raiders will not only be able to stop the run all day but force Andrew luck to make throws under pressure. I believe the pass rush will be a lot better than we’ve seen in preseason. With the implementation of defensive packages that have not been shown yet Andrew luck will be confused more often than not, and in a defensive secondary that I believe with all my soul is a top five We are looking at at least two maybe three interceptions on the night. I think for the first half the Raiders have the early advantage and this game looks extremely lopsided going into halftime. The Colts will figure a few things out and start to make a comeback towards the end of the game only to fall short by the Raiders winning drive late in the fourth quarter.

    People are under estimating the talent on this team. You cannot scroll your finger through their list of starting players and not commend what most of them have done throughout their career especially in the defense side. Granted there are several new players and some of them are rookies but this team is already gelling and prepared to prove the nation wrong. Believe!!!

  2. Great comment Chris love your enthusiasm! Cannot wait for Sunday, and I hope it plays out like you say it does. For me, the Raiders have to prove it, until then I will go with the Colts at home. But I will no question be the happiest person in the world if the Raiders end up pulling this one out! Go Raiders!

  3. Pj says:

    I always plan for them to shut up the nay sayers! We want to be the favored underdog while we kick some ass and stand on the peddle! If they lose, then they lose and we come home, patch em up and back to the front lines for the Jags! MJD remembers what happened to him last year like it was yesterday! We got 16 wars to fight and our mentality should be that losing is not an option!!!! Just win, BABY!!!

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