The Las Vegas Raiders take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17, and here are the X-Factors for a Raiders victory in the matchup.
The story this week replicates the account from the previous week — the Las Vegas Raiders must win. The Week 17 matchup is the most difficult left for the Raiders as they travel to Indianapolis to hopefully avenge the loss to the Colts and continue their unlikely but plausible playoff push.
In Indianapolis, it is not only the Raiders striving for a playoff berth. The Colts enter the contest at 9-6, and are not only fighting for a berth but are only one game back of the AFC South leaders In the Tennessee Titans. They have just as much to play for as the Raiders do.
The key storyline in this game will be the COVID protocols, as new regulations could make the Colts and Raiders a lot healthier than they would be had the rules not changed. Both of these teams saw key players get put on the COVID list this week and last, so it will be interesting to see who actually suits up in this one.
This game will come down to several factors for a Raiders victory, but let’s take a look at the biggest.