The Oakland Raiders open the 2013 season on the road as they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Sunday, September 8. This will mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Silver and Black have opened away from home. Oakland enters the campaign coming off a preseason in which they finished 1-3, beating Dallas before falling to New Orleans, Chicago and Seattle. Indianapolis finished up their preseason slate at 2-2, beating Cleveland and the New York Giants and losing to Buffalo and Cincinnati. This Sunday will mark the first time in franchise history that the Raiders have played the Colts in the season opener.
The Raiders have reshaped their roster since the end of 2012, replacing nine starters on defense and some on offense. The Raiders brought in proven veterans LB Kevin Burnett, DE Jason Hunter, CB Mike Jenkins, LB Kaluka Maiava, CB Tracy Porter, LB Nick Roach, DT Pat Sims and DT Vance Walker to bolster the defensive squad. The club also re-signed former Raider S Charles Woodson, who played in Oakland for eight seasons from 1998-2005 Indianapolis is coming off a playoff season in 2012, reaching the postseason as a Wild Card after posting at 11-5 record. The Colts return rookie sensation QB Andrew Luck and All-Pro WR Reggie Wayne to an offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in total offense last season. Indianapolis has also added veterans RB Ahmad Bradshaw, T Gosder Cherilus and former Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to the offense.
Following Sunday’s contest, the Raiders will return home to play in their home opener vs. Jacksonville on September 15 at 1:25 p.m. The Colts will travel to Miami to face the Dolphins that same day to kick off the road portion of their schedule.
• Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano served as the Raiders’ defensive backs coach for two seasons (2005-06). In 2006, the Raiders led the NFL in pass defense, allowing just 150.8 yards per game, and ranked third in total defense, surrendering only 284.8 yards per contest.
• Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was the Raiders first-round selection (seventh overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. Heyward-Bey played four seasons with the Raiders and posted his best season in 2011, recording 64 receptions and 975 receiving yards.
• Colts C Samson Satele was a member of the Raiders from 2009-11.
• Raiders CB Tracy Porter attended Indiana University from 2004-07. During his senior year he earned All-Big Ten Conference first-team. He finished his career second in Indiana Hoosiers history with 16 career interceptions and first in interception yards with 413.
• Raiders T Menelik Watson and Colts OLB Bjoern Werner were teammates at Florida State in 2012, helping the Seminoles to a 12-2 record and a victory in the Orange Bowl.
• Colts QB Andrew Luck attended Stanford University from 2008-11, where he was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, the Maxwell Award Winner for the National Collegiate Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year following the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Luck was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Colts.
• Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton spent the last three seasons at Stanford University, his last two as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. At Stanford, Hamilton coached both current Colts QB Andrew Luck and TE Coby Fleener, as well as serve on the same staff as Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, who was the co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach.
• Colts TE Coby Fleener attended Stanford University from 2008-11, and was named a First Team All-Pac-12 Conference selection in 2011 and a Second Team AllPac-10 Conference choice by the league’s coaches and media in 2010. Fleener was a second round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
• Colts FB Stanley Havili attended USC from 2006-10, and was earned all Pac-10 honorable mention during his senior season.
• Colts C/G Khaled Holmes attended USC from 2008-12, Holmes was the Colts 4th round pick (121st overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Colts From California
• There are four Colts players from California: S Delano Howell (Newhall), DE Fili Moala (Buena Park), LS Matt Overton (Tracy), C/G Khaled Holmes (Santa Ana).
Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts
Regular season: Raiders lead series, 7-5
Postseason: Series tied, 1-1
Raiders At Home: 3-4
Raiders On Road: 4-1
What to Look For
S Tyvon Branch
• Needs two sacks to tie No. 3 Albert Lewis (8.0, 1994-98) on the franchise’s career list among defensive backs. He enters 2013 with six.
LS Jon Condo
• Needs to play in one more game to reach 100 for his career.
• With four more consecutive games played, Condo will reach 100-consecutive games played. Condo has not missed a game since the streak began, in Week 1 of the 2007 season.
RB Rashad Jennings
• Needs 56 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for his career. He currently stands at 944.
K Sebastian Janikowski
• Has now converted on 128 consecutive PAT attempts.
• Needs 11 points to reach 1,400 for his career.
• Needs just five touchbacks to reach 250 in his career.
RB Darren McFadden
• Needs 17 rushing yards to surpass No. 10 Charlie Smith (3,351, 1968-74) on the franchise’s career list. McFadden enters with 3,334.
• Needs 35 rushing yards to surpass No. 9 Justin Fargas (3,369, 2003-09) on the franchises’ career list.
• Needs three rushing TDs to tie No. 10 Michael Bush (21, 2008-11) on the franchise’s career list, five to tie No. 9 Marv Hubbard (22, 1969-75) and seven to tie No. 8 Charlie Smith (24, 1968-74). McFadden enters with 18.
• Needs 51 receiving yards to eclipse 1,500 yards for his career.
DB Charles Woodson
• Needs 12 tackles to reach 1,000 in his career.
• Needs six interceptions to tie Ed Reed for first on the interceptions list among all active players with 61.
• Needs one interception touchdown to tie Rod Woodson for first on the all-time list of interception touchdowns with 12.
• Needs one defenisve touchdown to tie Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the most defensive touchdowns in NFL history with 13.
Courtesy Oakland Raiders Press Release