First Looks: Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts and the Raiders will meet for the 12th time in the regular season. AP Photo.

The Oakland Raiders will host their last home stand of the season as they take on the Indianapolis Colts December 26. The 2010 meeting will mark the 12th time the teams have met, with the Raiders holding the all-time series record 7-4. While the Colts and the Raiders have met fewer times, the series has still consisted of hotly contested matchups since their inaugural meeting in 1971.

1970s – 1980s

The Raiders first met the Baltimore Colts on November 28, 1971. The decade of the 70s proved to be a critical one for the Raider faithful. The Silver and Black traveled to meet the Colts for the second time in the 1973 season. The Raiders came away with a victory in convincing fashion with a score of 34-21. The defensive showcase proved the Raiders were a brute showing of strength, as they never surrendered a point through the first half of regulation. A 32-yard rushing touchdown from Clarence Davis left the Raiders on top, as they toppled opponents on their way to standing alone atop the AFC West Division for the third consecutive year.

The Raiders once again faced the Colts the 1975 season during Week Two. The seasons of victories against the Colts seemed to a special one for the Silver and Black. The Raiders led the entire game coming away triumphant with a 31-20 win, while once again taking control of the AFC Western Division and vying for a AFC Championship that postseason. The Raiders entered the 1984 season as the reigning Super Bowl Champions.

As fate would have it, both the Raiders and the Colts had new homes that year when the Raiders moved down south to Los Angeles, and the Colts were heading out west to Indianapolis. The 1984 matchup marked the first time the Colts had met the Silver and Black in Los Angeles. The Raiders took away a victory with a score of 21-7.

1990s-2000s

The Raiders entered the 1991 season as the AFC Western Division champs, the matchup that season between the Silver and Black and the Colts would mark the sixth time the two teams had met. The Raiders took care of the Colts by blanking them with a 16-0 victory. The Raiders returned to Oakland proceeding the 1995 season. The Silver and Black once again were victorious, 30-17, on their home turf, with a 35-yard Jeff Jaeger field goal to close out the game.

The 2000 season marked the 41st regular season for the Raiders, while traveling to Indy in Week 2 of the regular season to face the Colts. The September afternoon game proved to be a showdown as the Colts took control quickly taking a 24-7 lead heading into halftime. But the Raiders demonstrated their resilience scoring 31 points in the second half. A 23-18 victory over the Colts in the 2001 season would spur the Silver and Black to a second consecutive AFC Western Division Championship.

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