National Football League: Week 16 IND vs. OAK
Indianapolis Colts (7-7, 4-3 away) at Oakland Raiders (11-3, 5-2 home)
December 24, 2016- 4:05 PM ET (TV CBS) Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
With already a postseason berth locked up, the Oakland Raiders will seek improve upon their playoff positioning by playing host to the Indianapolis Colts; a team in the thick of the race themselves as the betting lines for this Saturday afternoon clash is as follow;
Best Colts Lines: Bovada Spread (+4) ML +165
Best Raiders Lines: MyBookie Spread (-3.5) ML -190
Over/Under: BetOnline 53.5
Needing a win to stay alive in the AFC postseason chase, the Colts at 7-7 will head into the Black Hole to square off against an Oakland team that has their own ideas needing to win their last two games to earn a first-round bye. And with much to play still for both teams, the stage will be set for what promises to be an entertaining matchup with the Silver and Black as slight favorites.
With their season on the brink with a defeat, the Colts will aim to save their season by notching their fifth straight win as they sit one game back of Houston and Tennessee in the South Division and two games back of Miami for the second and final wildcard spot.
Even if the Colts can run the table the last two games, they will need plenty of things to happen in order to punch their ticket for the playoffs or risk being at home for the second straight year.
For Oakland at 11-3, they have already claimed a spot for the postseason (their first in 14 years) with their win last Sunday but sitting atop the West Division one game up on Kansas City, they are one game back of New England for tops in the AFC with a first-round bye their next feat.
Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Derek Carr will both seek to lead their teams to victories as they enter this contest banged-up; Luck with a shoulder and thumb injury and Carr with an injured right pinkie; a injury that has affected his play as the Pro Bowler and MVP-candidate is enjoying his finest season in his young career.
Both teams are evenly matched on both sides of the ball with Indianapolis scoring 25.9 PPG to the Raiders 26.9 with the defense of the Colts allowing 24.2 to the Oakland’s 24.0 points per game.
It would be easy for the Raiders to just lay an egg knowing they are already in the postseason, but putting their confidence in the Silver and Black to remain focused, MyBookie is favoring OAK (-3.5) points over IND, while Bovada is giving the underdog road Colts (+4) points. BetOnline delivers the over/under at 53.5 total game points scored.
Expecting Oakland to show up and play well in what will be their final game at home for the regular-season, I will favor the Raiders MINUS the points (-3.5) over Indianapolis for the win as my betting pick.