Nov 22, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) runs the ball in the second half against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts Raiders Betting Pick, Preview

The Las Vegas Raiders pulled off the craziest finish in the NFL in Week 13, beating the Jets on a last-second TD by Henry Ruggs. However this week they will have to play much better, as they won’t be taking on a winless New York Jets team in this game.

The Raiders will host the 8-4 Indianapolis Colts, who are coming off a win over the Houston Texans. The Raiders have been bad the last two weeks. I am going to trust the Colts to cover the spread in this one.

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Colts Raiders Betting Pick, Odds: Las Vegas +3, Total 51 | Matchup Report 

Why the Colts can cover the spread

Frank Reich needs to be mentioned in the coach of the year conversation. The Colts are looking like a legitimate threat in the AFC, as they have now one three of their last four games. Philip Rivers was great last week. He completed 77% of his passes and finished the game with a 119 passer rating. 

The Colts matchup very well against the Raiders offense. The Colts allow the 8th fewest passing yards per game, and the Raiders are built on the quick passing game. The Colts play the most Cover 2 defense in the NFL, at an astonishing 30% rate. Cover 2 is the perfect defense to slow down the Raiders offense.

The Raiders have virtually zero pass rush. They are 29th in the NFL in sacks, which is perfect for Rivers and the Colts offense. If Rivers has time in the pocket, he can pick apart the Raiders defense. 

Why the Raiders can cover the spread

The Raiders need to win this game. They are currently 7-5, and right in the thick of the AFC playoff race. With a win, they would basically control their own destiny and sit in the drivers seat for the 2nd wild card spot. 

The Raiders weakness on defense is their ability to stop the run. The Colts run offense has been mediocre all season. They have the 21st DVOA rushing attack, and are 21st in rushing yards per game. Without a run game, the Colts offense could stall. Trent Brown is on track to start at LT, and the Raiders desperately missed him last week. 

Colts Raiders Betting Pick

I think this is a very bad matchup for the Raiders. They have not shown anything in the last two weeks that would convince me to bet on them in this game. I am very high on the Colts this season, and I think they continue to roll. I love the Colts in this spot. 

Brenden Deeg is from Ajax, Ontario and has been an NFL writer for over 5 years. Brenden has contributed to FanSided and 4th and Jawn. Brenden also played Defensive Line at York University, in Toronto Canada. Brenden is a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and active in the Philadelphia Eagles twitter community. You can follow his personal account here @ BrendenDeegNFP   He can reached at Brenden.Deeg@NationalFootballPost.com