Raiders vs. Colts Spread Prediction
Two weeks after they were soundly beaten by the Seahawks in London, the Raiders return to Oakland on Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts. Will the Raiders pull off a small upset or will they lose for the sixth time in seven games?
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 28
Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Colts are 3-point favorites to beat the Raiders. The total, meanwhile, sits at 50.5 points. As of this writing, 64% of the public betting tickets are on the Colts to cover the point spread.
Andrew Luck completed 17-of-23 passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns while adding three rushes for five yards Sunday in the Colts’ Week 7 victory over Buffalo. He wasn’t sacked. Sunday ended Luck’s streak of three straight 300-yard passing games, though he still had a productive week with four touchdowns, a total he’s now reached in three of his last four outings. Two of Luck’s TDs went to T.Y. Hilton, who returned this week following a two-game absence. Luck took it easy with Indy up big in the second half, attempting just eight passes after halftime and ceding the final two drives to backup Jacoby Brissett. The 29-year-old’s only real slip-up came when he let a high snap go through the back of the end zone, resulting in a safety. The former first overall pick will look to stay hot next week when the Colts travel to Oakland for a date with the 1-5 Raiders.
According to the Athletic's Vic Tafur, a number of Raiders veterans have questioned coach Jon Gruden's "accountability" in the wake of the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades. "When what you say and what you do are two different things, there is a problem," one player told Tafur. Gruden allegedly told the players Cooper would not be traded, and then he was flipped to the Cowboys after the bye. Cooper was pulled off the practice field with no explanation. Gruden didn't tell the players why, and also talked to the media about the trade before addressing the team, as the rest of the squad learned of the deal via their phones. "Of course I’m concerned about the locker room," veteran TE Lee Smith said. Another player added, "I think many of us realize we won’t be here next year. We are just waiting to see if we will be here next week." The Gruden tenure is off to a roaring start.
NFL Betting Trends
The Colts are 31-13 against the spread in their last 44 games versus a team with a losing record.
The Raiders are 5-13-2 against the number in their last 20 games overall.
I think there’s an overreaction to the recent news surrounding Gruden. Yes, the Raiders are rebuilding and yes, some players might be ticked off at their head coach for not communicating with them on the trade involving Cooper. That said, this Raiders team is still coming off a bye while the Colts are traveling cross-country and laying three points. I could be naïve here, but I see value in the Raiders. Derek Carr doesn’t strike me as someone to give up on a season, regardless of how much his coach does and doesn’t communicate him with.
NFL Week 8 Predictions: Oakland Raiders +3