Raiders: 3 Keys to victory against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17
Key #2: Take care of the football
The Raiders must clean up their turnovers if they have any chance of reaching the postseason. During the last three games, Las Vegas has turned the ball over an astounding 10 times. Over the past two games against the Browns and Broncos, a minus-five combined turnover differential almost cost the Raiders two games they had absolutely no business losing.
If the Raiders’ offense is unable to clean up their turnovers and start taking care of the football, the Colts will run them out of Indianapolis.
Any similar offensive performance to what was shown against Cleveland and Denver, and the Raiders will lose. The Colts are perfectly built to take advantage of turnovers, too, with a rush-heavy offense made to drain the clock.
The good news for the Raiders is that there have been several fluke-like turnovers for Las Vegas during this stretch, including an errant overthrow by Derek Carr and two uncharacteristically careless fumbles by Josh Jacobs. Plays like these, hopefully, will not be difficult to clean up.
With, unquestionably, the most important game of the year staring them in the face, the Raiders simply have to play a more careful and concentrated style of football. Because Sunday is a must-win game, that should not be too much to ask.