Colts/Raiders Notebook: Oakland's Offensive Balance Too Much For Colts

Intro: In the Colts/Raiders Week 16 Notebook, we take a look at the incredible balance of Oakland’s offense, the fractured fibula to Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and some snap counts from the Colts and Raiders.

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OAKLAND – After getting big help early in Week 16, the Colts couldn't do their own part in a five-game sequence that Chuck Pagano's team needed to win the AFC South.

The Raiders' 33-25 win over the Colts ended Indy's four-game road winning streak and also terminated any lingering playoff chances.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts (7-8) losing to the Raiders (12-3) in Week 16:

**Oakland's Balance Too Much For Colts

**The numbers were impressive when assessing the Oakland offense.

6th in total offense. 6th in passing offense. 6th in running offense.

Such rare balance at an elite level was a major reason why the Raiders came into Week 16 with an 11-3 record and still in play for the AFC's No. 1 overall.

The Colts were entering Saturday off a dominant start to the month of December from a defensive standpoint.

Against the Jets, Texans and Vikings, the Colts allowed just two combined touchdowns.

On paper, Oakland's offense was better than those teams.

They proved it Saturday.

One part of the balance saw the Raiders pile up 205 rushing yards from three different running backs.

The other part was MVP-candidate Derek Carr throwing for 228 yards and three touchdowns.

"We weren't able to put a cork in that," Robert Mathis said of Oakland moving the ball up and down the field in the second and third quarters.

"They had a great game plan and we came in with a great game plan. They made the adjustments, and we didn't make enough. We didn't make the plays that we needed to make."**

Derek Carr's Injury On Minds Of Colts

**Saturday's rowdy environment inside of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was subdued with a little more than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

After not giving up a sack all afternoon, the Raiders saw quarterback Derek Carr go down via a Trent Cole sack.

The hit itself wasn't particularly menacing, but the nature in which the right leg of Carr's bent proved to be devastating.

Carr, one of the league's definite MVP candidates this season, fractured his right fibula on the play.

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said post-game that Carr will have surgery on Sunday and is out indefinitely.

"Derek Carr is one hell of a quarterback," Chuck Pagano said afterwards. "He's one hell of a competitor and one hell of a man. Our thoughts and prayers are with him."

The injury to Carr seriously impacts the playoff aspirations for a team still in play for one of the AFC's top seeds.

"You hate to see anybody get injured and it's a [expletive] part of this game," Andrew Luck said in referencing Carr being carted off in the fourth quarter.

"You hope, whether it's Derek, or anybody on the field, you hope that they never get hurt. I hope he's OK."**

Colts/Raiders Snap Counts

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  • Donte Moncrief (2 catches for 30 yards and a touchdown) returned to the lineup on Saturday and played 36 of the 55 offensive snaps. T.Y. Hilton logged 50 snaps. Jacoby Brissett (38) and Chester Rogers (18) rounded out the wideout group.
  • The tight end snaps on Saturday were as followed: Jack Doyle (35), Dwayne Allen (35) and Mo Alie-Cox (10).
  • Even with Joe Reitz and Denzelle Good returning, the Colts stuck with the same starting offensive line for a second straight week. That group of Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort, Ryan Kelly, Joe Haeg and Le'Raven Clark played every snap together and didn't allow a sack again.
  • Mike Adams played all 76 defensive snaps.
  • Rookie Antonio Morrison (68 snaps) led the Colts with nine tackles, two for loss.
  • With Darius Butler (concussion) leaving Saturday's game, T.J. Green played 57 snaps at safety.
  • Arthur Jones' move to injured reserve has seen the playing time rise up front for David Parry (54 snaps), Hassan Ridgway (49) and Henry Anderson (49).
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