Many assumed the match-up between the Indianapolis Colts and the Oakland raiders would be a cake walk to an easy victory. But with a tough defense and tenacious head coach, the Oakland Raiders gave Indianapolis Colts a run for their money on Sunday.
The Colts have notoriously had difficulties stopping the run game and are ranked 27th in rush defense. The first play of the game, rookie Jacoby Ford ran a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown, igniting the crowd and putting Oakland on the board first. The Colts were in for a long day.
With the return of back running back Joseph Addai from a six game absence due to neck injury, Manning welcomed him back with a hand-off that landed him in the end zone, giving the Colts their first score for the squad, tying the game 7-7. Later in the first quarter, the Colts solid kicker Adam Vinatieri converted a 30 yard field goal putting the Colts up 10-7.
Oakland’s vintage kicker Janikowski converted two field goals to give Oakland the lead 10-13 but with 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Indianapolis’ tight end Jacob Tamme’s clutch touchdown catch gave the Colts the lead going into halftime 17-10.
The Raiders relentless defense got them into trouble after racking up two pivotal pass interference penalties that led to a touchdown from Pierre Garcon and rookie wide receiver Blair White.
A late interception by Peyton Manning, allowed Janikowski to kick a 45 yard field goal but wasn’t enough to bring the Raiders to topple Indianapolis.
The surprising surge of the Colts’ run game which totaled 191 total yards and held the Raiders to just 80 total rushing yards was one of the key factors to their victory against Oakland. They also held Jacksonville last week to under 100 yards and contained the dynamic Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Colts must win their regular season closer not only to clinch their division AFC South, but to secure a playoff spot and a possible return to the Super Bowl.
They face the Tennessee Titans Sunday at 4:15 pm (PST).
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Written by Gyasmine
Gyasmine George, M.S., a former basketball player, coach and advisor for student athletes and founder of Female Field Guide where she educates and advises women on sports and athletics. She has a rich love and knowledge for sports and athletics through her many years of growing up in a sports home. In addition, her hands on experience in a plethora of entities of athletics such as playing on championship travel and high school teams, coaching, teaching and advising, sales, marketing and promotions, game day management, communications and writing, has lead her to continue to fuel her passion for athletics. Contact Gyasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org