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Quick Take: Colts (11-2) at Raiders (4-9)

Last meeting
Peyton Manning tossed three touchdown passes and Edgerrin James rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown as the host Colts prevailed, 35-14, on Oct. 10, 2004.

The Colts snapped a four-game losing skid with that win, but the Raiders lead the all-time regular-season series 7-3.

Last week
The Colts scored 23 first-quarter points and never looked back as they reclaimed Baltimore in a 44-20 win over the Ravens. ... Brett Favre threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Grant rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown as the host Packers cruised to a 38-7 win over the Raiders.

At stake
The Colts can clinch the AFC South with a win or a Jacksonville loss. The Colts could also clinch a first-round bye with a win and a loss by the Steelers. See the complete playoff picture. ... The Raiders have been eliminated.

Key matchup:
Colts running attack vs. Raiders rush defense. The Colts pass the ball to set up the run. So it will be interesting to see what approach Indianapolis takes with the Raiders, who have one of the top pass defenses, but rank next to last against the run. This could be the kind of game that dooms fantasy football owners banking on Peyton Manning to carry them through the playoffs. Look for the Colts to pound the ball early, putting the Raiders defense on their heels, before going to the air. The Colts are pretty good running the ball, ranking 12th in the league. Look for a steady diet of Joseph Addai and Kenton Keith.

Did you know?
The Raiders have not committed to starting top pick JaMarcus Russell, but he will play against another former No. 1 overall, Manning -- the top pick in 1998. Since that time, the Raiders have started 11 different quarterbacks, ranging from Jeff George, Donald Hollas, Wade Wilson in 1998 to Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown this season.

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