14 Oct 2001: Peyton Manning of the Colts tosses the ball to Edgerrin James during the third quarter of their game against the Oakland Raiders at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Ron Hoskins/ALLSPORT
Sounds like the Oakland Raiders may have just gained a slight advantage in this weekend's all-important home game against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts' reliable third-option receiver Austin Collie has been ruled out for the season with his third concussion of the year.
But the Oakland Raiders are still at a massive disadvantage. Peyton Manning has regained his MVP form after a supposedly off season, and the Colts have knocked off Tennessee and Jacksonville on successive Sundays. Both of those teams beat the 7-7 Raiders.
"Somebody asked me if I was in a slump, and I said, well, yes, maybe I was,’’ Manning told the NFL Network last week. “But I’d been on about an eight-and-a-half-year streak before that."
The Raiders need a victory, plus a Kansas City loss earlier in the day, to remain alive in the AFC playoff race.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is hoping for an ominous astrological event this weekend to help the Raiders into the playoffs.