When the Oakland Raiders arrived at the team’s Alameda headquarters on Wednesday morning to discuss the plan for their Christmas Eve game against the Indianapolis Colts, two players were already hard at work dissecting the blueprint.
“It’s like having two quarterbacks out there,” left guard Kelechi Osemele told reporters when asked about playing alongside Derek Carr and center Rodney Hudson. “By the time we come in for a meeting on Wednesday, these guys have already met — like a few times. And the coaches are sitting there asking these guys how they want to handle things.”
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave echoed Osemele’s praise, dubbing Carr and Hudson the “dynamic duo” during his midweek news conference. Along with Hudson and left tackle Donald Penn, Osemele is one of three Raiders’ offensive lineman and seven players overall who earned Pro Bowl honors.
The Raiders and their NFL-leading Pro Bowl contingent will welcome to the Coliseum a Colts team that sits on the periphery of the postseason picture.
With seven fourth-quarter comebacks this season, no one understands the urgency and danger that desperation creates than the Raiders star quarterback.
“We’ve won a lot that are close. That’s how crazy this league is,” Carr told reporters. “Sometimes you’re going to win them. Sometimes you’re not. That’s why I never look at somebody’s record and say, ‘That’s who they are.’ You turn the film on and you’re like, ‘These guys are rolling right now.’ The game against Minnesota? They were hitting on all facets of the game.”
The Colts’ 34-6 win over the Vikings marked the team’s fourth consecutive win on the road and the fourth victory in five games.
“Not sure if we can explain it,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck told reporters in Indianapolis when asked about the team’s success away from Lucas Oil Stadium. “Maybe it will never be explained. Maybe we’ll never know why, but we’ve done a decent job and [it’s] great what’s happened in the past,” Luck said. “We’ve been good on the road — whatever. This game is a new one. It’s sort of a one-game season for us and against, I know from our perspective as an offense, a really good defensive unit.”
And at a stadium with a strong home-field advantage, as the former Stanford standout added, “It will be a great atmosphere. One of the best in professional sports. So, [it’s] very exciting.”