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Colts hope to gain momentum in Oakland | Sports | heraldbull
12-07-2018, 04:40 AM,
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Colts hope to gain momentum in Oakland | Sports | heraldbull
etin.comThere's a growing sense the Colts could shake off a rusty start and make something of a surge in the second half of this season.2018 Colts Preview: Colts/Raiders Cheap J'Marcus Webb Jersey , Week 8The Indianapolis Colts fly out for a west coast trip to take on the Oakland Raiders before heading into their bye week.Seven Things To Watch: Colts at Raiders | 1070 the FanThe Colts’ longest road trip of the season will come on Sunday with a 4:05 PM kickoff in Oakland. What are seven things to watch for as the Colts (2-5) take on the Raiders (1-5) in Week Eight of the 2018 regular season?Colts at Raiders: What to watch for Sunday | FOX59INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Areas of interest in the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday meeting with the Raiders in the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. Broadcast: CBS4 TCB in Oakland:The scenario is similar to last weekend’s, when the Colts faced the struggling Bills.Colts’ latest O-line combo turns out to be most effective O-line combo | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This always was the intended result: keep the quarterback out of harm’s way, as much as the violent NFL allows. So far, so good.Colts Notebook: No Malik Hooker For Raiders Game This Sunday | 1070 the FanThe Colts received some good, and bad, news from their final injury report going into the Oakland game. What did the final injury report of the week look like for the Colts?Hooker Among Five Ruled Out Against Raiders; Vinatieri, Doyle Likely To PlayIndianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich today said five players, including safety Malik Hooker, will not play in Sunday’s Week 8 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.Colts anticipate Adam Vinatieri, Jack Doyle playing vs. Raiders | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News Adam Vinatieri Jersey , Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Adam Vinatieri’s pursuit of Morten Andersen should resume Sunday in Oakland. The Indianapolis Colts’ veteran placekicker is expected to play against the Raiders after receiving extensive treatment this week for an injured right groin.Colts Mailbag: Silencing Andrew Luck Doubters, Bringing Up Steve Ishmael, Adam Vinatieri’s InjuryIn this week’s Colts Mailbag, readers inquire about why Andrew Luck isn’t getting more attention, the decision to call up Steve Ishmael (and not Reece Fountain) from the practice squad, Adam Vinatieri’s groin injury and more.NFL Week 8: Previews and analysis of each Sunday game | SI.comAndy Benoit breaks down the keys to Packers-Rams, Broncos-Chiefs, Eagles-Jags and the rest of Sunday’s matchupsCOLTS MEDIAFirst Down With Rick Venturi - Defensive Blueprint: RaidersFormer Colts Coach Rick Venturi talks with Host Matt Taylor about what the Colts will need to do on defense to beat the Oakland Raiders.FanPulse: How Colts, Redskins fans see Sunday’s game Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Colts fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.How confident are you in the direction of the team? Last week: 93 percent confidenceThere are a couple of possible explanations for the reduction in confidence. First , the Colts lost to the Cincinnati Bengals at home in their season opener and displayed some of the more annoying attributes from the 2017 season. It is deflating for any fan base to watch their team look good in the first half only to see things fall apart in the second. It is also disappointing to see the offense, led by your returning franchise quarterback, sputter out by coughing up a game-sealing turnover just when they had you believing in a late game comeback.Second, the poll last week and this week is different. Last week’s poll included varying degrees of confidence. This week’s poll forced those who might have been “somewhat confident” a week ago to make a choice and some of those people could have chosen “meh” over “confident” when their options changed.Ultimately, despite a disappointing loss, there were some reasons to feel confident about the direction of the franchise. There is little doubt that this year’s offense will be superior to last year and there are some young defensive players who have quite a bit of potential, and some of them are starting to show it.This is a good poll question to monitor throughout the year. I’m interested to see just how fickle fans are based upon short-term wins and losses.Will the Colts win or lose in Week 2?Odds: Redskins are 6-point favoritesStampede Blue FanPulse: Colts by 2Hogs Haven FanPulse: Redskins by 9It should come as no surprise that each fan base is predicting a positive outcome for their respective team. What is particularly interesting is the variance in confidence level. The Redskins had a fantastic season opener a week ago and certainly deserve to feel confident about the future. Throw in that it is clear that their fans are likely not familiar with the Colts and have last season’s awful record as a back-drop and it can help explain why they feel so good coming into the game.Colts fans, on the other hand, appear to accept the idea that their team isn’t a known quantity at this point. While I think most Colts fans wouldn’t necessarily see the Redskins as a juggernaut, they would recognize that winning on the road can be challenging and their team is young and could struggle to find consistency early in the season. I think Colts fans likely believe they are capable of winning most of their games this year and less confident that they will. I also suspect Anthony Castonzo’s outlook would also sway the results so the timing of the poll certainly will have an impact on the outcome.Other than QB, what is most valuable to an NFL offense? The results to this poll are a very strong indication that fans around the league place a great deal of value on protecting the quarterback. It is certainly true that left tackle is often the blind side protector for quarterbacks on passing downs and that they are more often lined up against a defense’s most talented pass rusher. It is also true that in the modern in NFL, more so than at any other time, passing game will often determine the outcome of games. It would be interesting to see how this breaks out against other position groups. Would any other position on the offensive line beat out skill positions? How would left tackle stack up against pass rusher? What are your thoughts on these poll questions and their outcomes?

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