Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts: By the Numbers

Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball while tight end Jeron Mastrud (48) blocks during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball while tight end Jeron Mastrud (48) blocks during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are on the road for their first game of the season facing off Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Oakland’s secondary will have their hands full with the Colts dynamic pass offense led by second year quarterback Andrew Luck. These two teams do not meet each other very often, as the 2013 meeting will mark the 13th time the teams have met, with the Raiders going 7-5 in the 12 previous games. .

After the departure of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts went 2-14 in 2011. Last season, the Colts under Luck’s first year in the NFL were an enormously better football team. The 2012 number one overall draft pick quickly built chemistry with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne, as they led the team to a postseason appearance with a 11-5 record.

Now, for the away team, the Oakland Raiders are coming off a disastrous season looking to make as much progression as possible in every area. After the acquisition of numerous players in the off season, the Raiders still struggled terribly. Furthermore, there was a quarterback controversy throughout the entire off season between Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor, and the defense was once again a major concern. In addition, the offensive line is beat up with the loss of Jared Veldheer, and his rookie replacement Menelik Watson will join him on the sidelines week one due to a knee injury.

If the Raiders want any chance to win this game, they must display a solid defensive performance. If Oakland struggles to get to the passer and allows Luck to get comfortable and find his rhythm, they can be in for a long day in Indy. With the addition of Ahmad Bradshaw, the Raiders need to contain the ground game as well.

Terrelle Pryor must play well under center for the silver and black. We know his abilities when he escapes pressure and gets himself in the open field, although he’s going to need to be efficient in the pass game.

The Raiders have had the better series against the Colts, however the Colts are certainly in favor to win tomorrow’s match up. This year’s match up will be the first time the Silver and Black will play at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which opened in 2008 and hosted Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

 

Topics: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, NFL Week 1, Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    Raiders got this. The Colts defense was ranked 29th last year in stopping the run and the Raiders are a run first ask questions later team. The Raiders defensive line is completely stacked. This’ll be the first time we’ve seen all 11 defensive starters on the field at the same time using a new system that hasn’t even been shown yet in the preseason. The Colts will have no going run game considering how much the Raiders are built to stop the run. Therefore the Raiders secondary will be tested all day long in the passing game. The Raiders secondary consist of Tracy Porter, Mike Jenkins, DJ Hayden, Charles Woodson, Tyvon branch. Tyvon branch is a safety so good he was awarded the franchise tag two years ago, Charles Woodson is a future Hall of Famer, the two cover corners in Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter are both electric/dynamic players and DJ Hayden will eventually be the best cornerback in the game. I think it’s safe to expect at least 2 to 3 interceptions by the Raiders secondary in this game. Jason Tarver the Raiders defensive coordinator was a coach of Andrew Luck at Stanford and knows exactly what type of player he is and how he likes to move around and the different types of things he can do. Therefore he is strategizing against his strength using a solid defense towards stopping Andrew luck from moving the ball. On the other hand the raiders have Terrelle Pryor who is a very mobile athletic quarterback with a very strong arm and is a deep threat downfield as well. When you put him in the game with an explosive running back like Darren McFadden back in equal lights out very quickly for a week defensively structured team

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