This Saturday the Indianapolis Colts (7-7) will take to the field to face the Oakland Raiders (11-3) in a Christmas Eve showdown.
Because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, the NFL moved most of their games to Saturday to account for the holiday. They’ll still have a Thursday night game and Monday night game like normal, and two games will be on Christmas. But the other 12 games will take place on Christmas Eve, and that includes the afternoon showdown between the Colts and the Raiders.
The Raiders are in first place in the AFC West and looking to win the division and earn a first round bye in the AFC playoffs. The Colts, meanwhile, are incredibly unlikely to make the playoffs and are hanging on by just a thread to their very slim playoff hopes after dropping a crushing mid-December game to the Texans two weeks ago.
This Sunday could be an interesting game, however, as it pits two of the league’s best offenses and two of the league’s best quarterbacks against each other, as Andrew Luck and the Colts will face Derek Carr and the Raiders. There’s a chance for this to be a high scoring contest, then.
The Colts are 7-8 all-time against the Raiders (including playoffs), but they’ve won the last four in a row after dropping eight of nine games before that. The last meeting between the teams came in 2013, when the Colts hosted the Raiders for the season opener. The Raiders were quarterbacked by Terrelle Pryor in that game, who this year has caught 67 passes for 877 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver for the Browns - so it’s safe to say that Oakland has changed quite a bit since that matchup. The Colts have too, however, but unlike the Raiders it hasn’t neccessarily been for the better.
As we get ready for this rare Saturday game this week, here’s a look at your need-to-know information about the game:
4:05 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 24, 2016
Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, CA
CBS - Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call
WFNI and WLHK in Indianapolis - Bob Lamey and Jim Sorgi on the call