|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL This Sunday the top of the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts, who currently have an 8-6-0 record, will travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders the day after Christmas. The Riaders are third in the AFC West with a record not to far off from the Colts, at 7-7-0.
In recent Raiders news, due to Shane Lechler’s injury they have signed a new punter, just in case. So Oaklans signed former United Football League punter Danny Baugher to their practice squad as insurance if Shane Lechler is unable to play this week. Lechler strained his hamstring during last Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos and briefly left the game. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski punted once in Lechler's place. The Raiders wanted another punter in place in case Lechler can't play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Baugher, who has never played in an NFL game, spent this season with Las Vegas of the UFL. He led the league with a 44.6-yard gross average and 36.7 net. Also in recent Raiders news, offensive coordinator Hue Jackson giggled as he dismissed the rumor that there was a falling out between him and the head coach Tom Cable.
Online Sportsbook lists the Oakland Raiders as the three point underdogs in this Sunday’s matchup. The total over under is at 47.
But the Raiders aren’t the only team this Sunday that are dealing with an injury, as the Colts have placed wide receiver Austin Collie, who had received two concussions in less than two months, on the season-ending injured reserved list this week. Jim Irsay, the Colts owner, announced Wednesday. This Sunday is important for the Colts, as they still have a chance for the playoffs. Two winnable games and the Colts will be back in the playoffs. But it probably won’t be so easy this week. But they have to watch out as the Raiders can run the ball well, too. Darren McFadden looks like another Arian Foster nightmare for this rush defense, which despite its proud chest-thumping Sunday, is still 28th at stopping teams on the ground. The Raiders do a lot of zone blocking and want backs to make quick one-cut decisions.