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The Indianapolis Colts (9-6) play host to the Las Vegas Raiders (8-7) for an AFC matchup in Week 17 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Raiders took down the Denver Broncos 17-13, while the Colts knocked off the Arizona Cardinals on the road 22-16. Early NFL odds opened with the Colts as the -7 home favorite, with the point total at 45.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Raiders stayed in the hunt for the playoffs with their win over the Broncos. Las Vegas leaned on their running game as Josh Jacob’s eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season while the rushing attack totaled 160 yards and a score. Despite winning back-to-back games, the offense has struggled, converting just 7 of 23 third downs.

Defensively, Las Vegas dominated the Broncos by holding them to 158 total yards and just 18 yards on the ground. Although they didn’t get a takeaway, the Raiders have played much better lately, holding opponents under 17 points in three of their last four.

The Colts continue to impress as they secured their sixth victory in their last seven contests. They took down one of the NFC’s best on the road in the Arizona Cardinals. Despite being down several starters on the defensive side of the ball, the unit was able to force two turnovers on downs and held the Cardinals’ powerful offense to just 16 points.

Offensively, running back Jonathan Taylor had a “quiet” day as he finally failed to reach the end zone after scoring 19 times in his last 12 games. The offense had to turn to Carson Wentz, who came through in the clutch tossing two touchdowns in the win.

Although Wentz has been overshadowed by Taylor, the veteran now has 25 touchdown passes against just six interceptions.

 

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