INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2)
at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-2)
CenturyLink Field Ė Seattle, WA
Kickoff: Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Line: Seattle -13.0, Total: 41.0
The Seahawks will be hoping to get back into the win column with a victory over the Colts on Sunday.
The Colts earned their first victory of the season last week, defeating the Browns 31-28 as one-point home underdogs. Indianapolis has now covered in two straight games and will be hoping to get back to the .500 mark here. The Seahawks will also be trying to get back to .500 in this one, and itís safe to assume this game means more to them. Seattle is a team that plays for Super Bowls every year, so a 1-3 start would be dooming. The 33-27 loss to Tennessee last week will hurt the Seahawks, as that is a game that they probably feel they should win nine times out of 10. They canít, however, beat themselves up over it. They need to do everything they can to turn around and focus on this one, as they canít afford to lose on Sunday. It should help Seattle that the team is going to get to play this one at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks are 41-21 ATS when playing at home under head coach Pete Carroll, and they are also 6-0 ATS versus teams averaging 285 or fewer yards per game under him. It also helps Seattle that Indianapolis remains without QB Andrew Luck (Back), who is now looking like he will be out until the end of October or early November.
The Colts are currently without their franchise quarterback, but Jacoby Brissett (526 yards, 1 TD) has actually played very well in his place. Brissett has completed 60.9% of his passes and has only thrown one pick in two starts. He has also flashed an ability to make plays with his legs, as he has already rushed for two touchdowns for Indianapolis. Brissettís goal is to limit mistakes and make smart reads, and he has definitely done that thus far. He might, however, struggle to do that against a tantalizing Seahawks defense. He canít afford to force anything here. When Brissett does look to take chances down the field, the guy he will be targeting is WR T.Y. Hilton (14 rec, 259 yards, 1 TD). Hilton had a huge game against Cleveland last week, hauling in seven of his nine targets for 153 yards and a touchdown. If he can put up 70 or so yards and find the end zone in this one then he will have done his job well. Indianapolis will, however, be turning to RB Frank Gore (145 yards, 2 TD) often in this one. Although it might be hard to run against Seattle, the Colts know how important it is to establish the running game. That means theyíll give Gore plenty of chances to make plays, even if heís not finding much success. On the other side of the ball, this Colts defense needs to pressure Russell Wilson. The Seahawks have a miserable offensive line, so Indianapolis must take advantage.
The Seahawks have been a disaster this season, but they should be pretty excited about a matchup with the Colts here. This is an extremely winnable game for Seattle, but the team needs to play well here. QB Russell Wilson (729 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT) is coming off of a big game against Tennessee, as he threw for 373 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. He did, however, do a bit of that in garbage time and the team must be better form the start in this one. RB Chris Carson (166 yards) is another guy that could really play well in this one. Indianapolis does not have a good defense and Seattle is going to want to run the ball as much as possible here. Carson rushed for just 34 yards on 11 carries last game, but expect him to get at least 15 carries here. He also added two catches for 18 yards and a touchdown last game, so itís clear the Seahawks have no trouble throwing to him as a receiver out of the backfield. On defense, the Seahawks will want to throw as many different looks as they can at Brissett here. He is still a young quarterback and doesnít have much experience under center, so the Seahawks can definitely confuse him and try to make him throw a pick or two.