Game Day: Colts at Raiders

Here's what you need to know before the Indianapolis Colts take on the the Oakland Raiders today in Oakland.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:05 ET

TV: CBS, Dick Enberg, Randy Cross

SERIES: 11th meeting. Raiders lead series 7-3, but Colts won the last game 35-14 on Oct. 10, 2004, when Peyton Manning threw for three touchdowns and Edgerrin James rushed for 135 yards. The Colts haven't played in Oakland since 1995, the Raiders' first year back from Los Angeles. Vince Evans, a 40-year-old backup subbing for Jeff Hostetler, passed for 335 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-17 Raiders win.


Anthony Gonzalez
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KEYS TO THE GAME: The Colts still have key injuries at receiver and offensive line, but they're also excited about the reserves who have stepped up to make significant contributions. The downfield passing game has returned with rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez emerging opposite Reggie Wayne. And with the Raiders allowing 4.8 yards per carry, RB Joseph Addai will be given more than his fair share of touches to do damage on the road.

The Raiders' best hope is to pound away at the Colts' undersized front seven and slowly wear them down while controlling the clock. RB Justin Fargas will likely get plenty of assistance from rookie FB Oren O'Neal, who has been a punishing lead blocker. Rookie QB JaMarcus Russell is expected to get at least a series or two after being inactive last week.

KEY INJURIES: Colts: DE Robert Mathis (knee) and Antoine Bethea (knee) could be game-time decisions. WR Marvin Harrison (knee) and DT Raheem Brock (rib) are not expected to play. Raiders: QB Daunte Culpepper (quadriceps) is likely to be deactivated this week.

FAST FACTS: The Colts have clinched a playoff spot for the eighth time in nine seasons, including each of the past six. They clinch the AFC South with a win or a loss by Jacksonville. ... With a win, the Colts will become the first team with five consecutive seasons with at least 12 wins.


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