Indianapolis Colts and Las Vegas raiders will face each other in the NFL 2021 action on Sunday afternoon. The home side has played very well lately, and they look forward to continuing their playoffs hunt. The visitors tied two wins, and they want to continue their streak.
Indianapolis is very close to clinching the post-season ticket, but they need to keep up where they left off. The hosts still have the chance to win the division, and they won’t give up. On the other hand, Las Vegas revived its playoff chances in the past two weeks. Still, they need to continue in the same fashion to continue their campaign after the regular season finally.
Indianapolis Colts – Will they clinch the division top spot?
The Colts had a slow start into the campaign, but they managed to improve their form and return to the post-season race. They lost just once in the previous seven rounds and climbed to 2nd place in the NFC South. With a 9-6 record, Indianapolis is only one win behind the top-placed Titans. The Colts go to this game after three straight wins, and the latest one came against the Cardinals on the road. Although Arizona outplayed them in the number of yards, Carson Wentz led Indianapolis to the victory by passing for 220 yards and finding the end zone twice.
Wentz has gone 3,230 yards through the air, with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions, while he was sacked 25 times. Jonathan Taylor is one of the NFL’s best rushers with 1,626 yards and 17 TDs, while Nyheim Hines contributed with 272 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Michael Pittman Jr. leads the receiving department with 971 yards and five touchdown receptions, while Zach Pascal and Jonathan Taylor have generated 330+ receiving yards each. On defense, Bobby Okereke dominates with 118 total tackles, while DeForest Buckner has 6.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman Jr., T.Y. Hilton, Mike Strachan, Mo Alie-Cox, Julie’n Davenport, Chris Reed, Danny Pinter, Matt Pryor, Will Fries
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Kwity Paye, DeForest Buckner, Grover Stewart, Al-Quadin Muhammad, E.J. Speed, Bobby Okereke, Zaire Franklin, Kenny Moore II, Isaiah Rodgers, George Odum, Xavier Rhodes
Quarter Back: Sam Ehlinger
Kicker: Michael Badgley
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Las Vegas Raiders – Can they finally enter playoffs?
The Raiders are still in the game to secure the playoffs spot after two straight victories. They are joint second in the AFC West with an 8-7 record, and a win here would keep their postseason chances alive. Despite not producing more than 17 points in the last two games, Las Vegas has improved their defensive work. They held the Broncos to only 158 yards in the offense, which helped them secure a 17-13 win. The Raiders also outrushed their rivals with 160 yards in the ground game, managing to find the end zone once.
Derek Carr has thrown for 4,363 yards this season, with 20 scores and 12 interceptions, while the rival’s defenders have sacked him 35 times. Josh Jacobs leads Las Vegas’s rushing department with 677 yards and seven touchdowns, while Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber have combined for 263 rushing yards and four TDs. Hunter Renfrow has generated 949 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions, while Darren Waller and Bryan Edwards have 500+ receiving yards each. On the other hand, Denzel Perryman has a team-high 138 total tackles, while Yannick Ngakoue logged nine sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow, DeSean Jackson, Zay Jones, Foster Moreau, Sutton Smith, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Solomon Thomas, Yannick Ngakoue, Divine Deablo, Desmond Trufant, Amik Robertson, Nate Hobbs, Tyree Gillespie, Tre’von Moehrig, Keisean Nixon
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders +6.5 @-110
Both sides are severely hit with a long list of unavailable players, and the Colts will miss many starters in the offense, including Carson Wentz. The visitors could take advantage of that situation to keep the game tight and cover the number. Therefore, I’ll take Las Vegas as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 44.5 @-110
The Raiders looked very well defensively in their last two matches, holding their opponents under 15 points. Since Indianapolis cannot count on some important players in the offense, this match could stay under a 44.5 margin. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Colts Under 26.5 @-128
Consequently, I don’t expect the Colts to score more than 26 points in this match. The odds are a bit less generous compared to the first two picks, but they provide a decent value. Las Vegas allowed no more than 17 points three times on the previous four occasions.