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NFL Week 16 Recap: Raiders Take Down Colts

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Raiders Win Against Colts, Lose Carr to Injury

The Oakland Raiders took care of business at home, beating the Indianapolis Colts soundly. Unfortunately, in the 33-25 victory the Raiders would lose MVP candidate Derek Carr to a leg injury. Oakland looked good on all fronts of the game however, forcing a fumble and two interceptions on defense, while the offense gained 205 rushing yards, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

Prior to exiting in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Carr looked like the quarterback from weeks past. He tossed a trio of touchdowns before the first half ended. The Raiders were off to a dominant start that carried into the fourth quarter to the tune of a 33-14 lead before Donald Penn would give up his first sack of the season. That sack proved to be detrimental to Carr‘s health, as he broke his right fibula.

Penn slipped as his defender Trent Cole was able to reach Carr. The Raiders are mentally tough, and have the next man up mentality embedded into their brains like most other teams, but this hole will be much tougher to fill than that of any other position on the field. Matt McGloin stepped in for Carr and did not have to do much to finish out the win. He was not very flashy but looked good, connecting on 2 of 3 passes for 29 yards. It will be essential for McGloin to get into a grove next week against if he and the Raiders have any hope of making a run to the Super Bowl this year.

Well whoever the Raiders end up meeting in the playoffs will likely be stacking the box in order to stop the strong running game of one of the best offenses in football. In Week 16 against the Colts, Jalen Richard and Deandre Washington ran for a combined 165 yards on just 18 carries, along with three total touchdowns and look to have another strong outing against the Broncos in Week 17. Starting running back Latavius Murray was the only back to struggle, carrying the ball 15 times for just 40 yards.

The Raiders defensive front was scary good and was led by Khalil Mack once again. Mack earned the highest grade on the field Saturday,  while also causing havoc in the passing game with 9 hurries on 33 passing opportunities. Malcom Smith also stepped up, leading the team with eight tackles and a forced fumble on Frank Gore.

The secondary also performed will. Both safety’s Reggie Nelson and Nate Allen recorded interceptions. Allen also was second on the team with seven tackles, as he filled in for the injured Karl Joseph. Mario Edwards Jr. was also able to make his first appearance on field this season, playing mostly on third downs.

The defense continues to effective by causing turnovers, through 15 games the Raiders have caused 29 turnovers, good enough for second in the NFL. If the Oakland Raiders plan on a Super Bowl run, then they will need to continue this aggressive defensive mentality with Carr sidelined for what looks like the rest of the year. The Raiders can still wrap up the number two seed with a win next week, or a loss from Kansas City this evening.