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Week 16 Game Recap: Indianapolis Colts 25, Oakland Raiders 33

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Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense had 3 costly turnovers that stopped them from scoring more points. Andrew Luck threw two ugly interceptions and Frank Gore fumbled the ball. TY Hilton had over 100 yards but was not on the same page with Luck as the Raiders did a good job stifling the connection. Frank Gore consistently found big holes running inside but the game script forced the Colts to go pass heavy. Doyle, Allen and Swoope each contributed and were used to exploit the Raiders linebackers and safeties in coverage. Donte Moncrief scored a 24 yard touchdown thanks to a busted coverage but was otherwise not involved in the offense.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders season took a drastic turn early in the fourth quarter. Ahead 33-14 and cruising towards their 12th win, Derek Carr was hit and broke his fibula. He is reportedly out 6-8 weeks, which means his season is over. Fourth-year veteran Matt McGloin steps in to try to fill the void. While he has shown some moxie in previous appearances, he has nowhere near the arm strength and accuracy of Carr and is a major downgrade. The Raiders will have to lean heavily upon their running game and defense in the playoffs. Oakland’s running game was excellent against Indianapolis, with the top three backs combining for 247 total yards. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the three-man RBBC looks like it is back and in full force. The touches were 17 for Latavius Murray, 13 for DeAndre Washington and 9 for Jalen Richard. Washington led the backs in both rushing and receiving and scored twice in a breakout performance. All three runners shined, with the two rookies making some especially impressive runs. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree had solid games. But frustratingly for fantasy owners, Carr’s three touchdown passes went to a tight end, a backup running back and the #4 receiver.

Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 55 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 29 - 288 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 12 - 1
Andrew Luck had an up and down game against the Raiders. Luck dropped a dime to Erik Swoope who beat Nate Allen deep for a 45 yard gain but the drive quickly stalled. Luck was hit as he threw and the ugly pass was intercepted by Nate Allen who jumped the route and got in front of TY Hilton. Luck got the Colts into Raiders territory with 2 completions to Jack Doyle and some nice inside runs by Frank Gore. Luck capped the drive with a 24 yard touchdown to Moncrief who came wide open thanks to a busted coverage. Luck forced the ball to TY Hilton downfield as he escaped the pocket and the pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson. On the ensuing possession, Luck once again was hit as he threw but hit Hilton perfectly in stride for 39 yards moving the Colts inside the 5 yard line. Luck found Robert Turbin uncovered underneath for a 3 yard touchdown to cap the drive. After a 3 and out Luck again marched the Colts down the field. Luck worked the ball underneath to his tight ends and connected with Hilton for 15 yards. Luck finished the drive escaping a collapsing pocket and scrambling for an 11 yard score. Luck threw on the money to TY Hilton for the 2 point conversion. Luck connected with Hilton over the middle for 29 yards to set up a field goal attempt.

RB Frank Gore, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 73 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Frank Gore was very effective and efficient on his touches outside of a fumble. The Colts were forced to go away from Gore because of the game script or Gore could have had a big game. Gore snuck through a hole behind Erik Swoope for a 13 yard gain. Gore got low and found 7 yards behind Ryan Kelly. Gore looked slow and only picked up 9 yards despite a massive hole opening on the right side of the offensive line. Gore picked up 9 yards with a burst up the gut. Gore broke a 13 yard carry up the middle but was stripped by Malcolm Smith and the ball was recovered by Oakland. Gore caught a screen pass and made two men miss on his way to a 12 yard gain.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 105 - 0 (9 targets)
TY Hilton broke 100 yards but caught less than half his targets. Hilton made his first catch for 13 yards running a slant route. Hilton was the target on both of Luck's interceptions but both were bad decisions and throws. TY Hilton beat TJ Carrie running a 9 route and caught a perfect pass from Luck for 39 yards. Hilton picked up 15 yard working out of the slot and making a grab in front of Nate Allen. Hilton converted a 2 point conversion attempt running a quick out route. TJ Carrie fell as Hilton made a catch running an in route allowing Hilton to escape up field for a gain of 29.

WR Donte Moncrief, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 30 - 1 (3 targets)
Donte Moncrief was not involved in the Colts offense. Moncrief was overthrown by Luck on his target. Moncrief came wide open on a busted coverage for a 24 yard touchdown. Moncrief picked up 6 yards running a quick out route.

TE Jack Doyle, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 46 - 0 (7 targets)
Jack Doyle came wide open crossing the middle of the field and Luck found him for 17 yards. Doyle picked up 3 yards running a quick out route. Jack Doyle picked up 7 running a quick out route. Doyle picked up 7 more yards the following play beating the Raiders linebackers in coverage. Doyle picked up 10 running a quick out route.

TE Dwayne Allen, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Dwayne Allen came wide open underneath and picked up 10 yards, Allen caught a pass in the flat and ducked out of bounds after a gain of 11. Dwayne Allen picked up 11 again coming wide open underneath.

Oakland Raiders

QB Derek Carr, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 30 - 228 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0
Carr suffered a fractured fibula. According to Adam Scheffer, he is out 6-8 weeks. His season is almost certainly over. His loss is a crushing blow for the offense and the Raiders playoff hopes. The injury came on a hit from Trent Cole with the Raiders firmly control, leading 33-14 early in the fourth quarter. Carr had been having an excellent season with 28 touchdown passes and seven come from behind fourth quarter victories. Before the injury, Carr was outstanding. He threw three first half touchdown passes: a 1-yarder to Andre Holmes, a 5-yarder to Clive Walford and a 4-yarder to Jalen Richard.

QB Matt McGloin, 13 offensive snaps, Pass: 2 - 3 - 29 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - -3 - 0
McGloin steps in with the Carr injury and will have to lead the Raiders the rest of the way. He is in his fourth season as an undrafted quarterback out of Penn State. His arm strength is not NFL-starter quality, but he has shown a nice grasp of the offense and decent leadership ability. McGloin’s first attempt was a wobbly, but accurate 10-yard completion to Andre Holmes on 3rd-and-6 to keep the drive moving. Holmes was McGloin’s go-to target in the preseason. With the Colts mounting a bit of a comeback attempt, McGloin was able to seal the win with a perfect pass to Amari Cooper for a 19-yard completion and first down that allowed the Raiders to kneel three times for the victory. McGloin threw the ball up high and let his talented receiver go up and get it despite double coverage.

RB Latavius Murray, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 40 - 0, Rec: 2 - 11 - 0 (2 targets)
Murray got the start and made arguably his best run and catch of the season on his first touch of the game. He took a short pass on 3rd-and-ten and made a filthy cut to elude a pair of would-be tacklers and pick up the first down. Murray received a pair of goal line carries in the first quarter but was twice stuffed shy of the end zone.

RB DeAndre Washington, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 99 - 2, Rec: 1 - 18 - 0 (1 targets)
It was a breakout day for the Raiders rookie back who had been a healthy scratch off an on over the past month. Washington showed tremendous vision, speed and burst and broke off a number of big plays. His first big gain came in the final minute before halftime. He was wide open on a short crossing route and took it for an 18-yard gain. He was finally knocked down inside the Colts five-yard line. Washington really got rolling in the third quarter. He keyed a long touchdown drive to open the second half with back-to-back runs up the middle for 9 yards and 10 yards. A few plays later, he broke off a spectacular 22-yard touchdown run. He make a tackler miss in the backfield with a sick jump cut and then burst through a narrow seam through the secondary and into the end zone. A few minutes later, a Colts fumble setup another 22-yard touchdown run for Washington. This one didn’t require much from the running back, as the Raiders opened up a massive hole off of right tackle and Washington easily sprinted through it untouched into the end zone. Washington continued his monster third quarter effort with an 11-yard run on a 3rd-and-5 draw play the next drive.

RB Jalen Richard, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 66 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 1 (3 targets)
Richard keyed a touchdown drive late in the second quarter. He had three consecutive runs that went for 12, 15 and 9 yards. He was excellent on the next drive as well, starting off with a beautiful cutback run for 19 yards. He found no room to the left and cut fully back across the grain for a big gain down the right sideline. Richard caught a 4-yard touchdown in the final seconds before halftime. He ran a quick outside screen from the slot and the Raiders outside receivers blocked well to free up space for Richard to get into the end zone.

WR Michael Crabtree, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 90 - 0 (10 targets)
Crabtree was again the go-to guy for the Raiders on third downs and in the red zone. He started slowly with an early drop and wasn’t able to pull in any of his first three targets. Crabtree got rolling late in the first quarter with a pair of key receptions. He picked up 15 yards on a red zone catch and nearly found the end zone. He was ruled out at the one as he dove for the pylon. A few plays later, Crabtree was targeted in the end zone and drew a pass interference call. Crabtree made a beautiful over-the-shoulder 35-yard catch against tight coverage on third and long. With the big lead, Crabtree was able to rest for almost the entire fourth quarter.

WR Amari Cooper, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 72 - 0 (6 targets)
Cooper caught a leaping 34-yard reception down the left sideline in the two-minute offense in the final minute before halftime. It was another disappointing fantasy outing for Cooper, who wasn’t really needed in Week 16. The Raiders run game was dominant and with Oakland jumping out to a 26-point lead early in the second half, the game script was tough for Cooper. He isn’t much of a factor in the red zone, where Carr tends to look for his bigger targets. And the Raiders didn’t need to take any shots deep down the field after the first quarter. Cooper sealed the game late with a spectacular 19-yard leaping catch over Vontae Davis on 3rd-and-8. The Raiders were able to kneel out from there to seal the 8-point win.

WR Andre Holmes, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 1 (5 targets)
Holmes is getting some snaps as the fourth receiver in the red zone offense. He drew a pass interference call in the end zone on a fade route. Two plays later, Carr again went back to him in his one-on-one outside matchup and Holmes made a nice diving catch for a 1-yard touchdown. It’s worth noting that Holmes showed a great rapport with Matt McGloin in the preseason and he may be a favored target of the backup quarterback going forward. McGloin’s first pass attempt in relief was a 10-yard completion to Holmes.

WR Seth Roberts, 51 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Roberts continues to be a favorite target of Carr near the end zone. He nearly caught a 3-yard touchdown pass. He appeared to come down with the ball, but had it knocked out as he went to the ground.

TE Clive Walford, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 20 - 1 (2 targets)
Walford caught a 5-yard touchdown pass. He ran a short out route and was able to jump inside an awful tackle attempt from rookie T.J. Green to turn upfield and get into the end zone.