- Will Carson Wentz lift the Colts or hold them back?
- How can Seattle establish a pass rush once again?
- Will the Colts wideouts step up this year?
As Russell Wilson and the Seahawks enter Indianapolis, the margin of error for both teams are very high. From Seattle’s perspective, they must keep up with the stacked NFC West while the Colts must stay at pace with the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South.
The matchup to really keep an eye on for this game is the Colts offense going against the Seahawks defense. Both of these units are looked at as the weaker one on their team. I believe the game will come down to if Seattle will be able to stop Jonathan Taylor and the Indianapolis run game.
The Colts will look to run the ball early and often behind their talented offensive line. Asking Carson Wentz to do too much especially coming off an injury is a recipe for disaster.
If the Seahawks can keep Taylor in check, Wentz will be called upon in 3rd & long situations which I believe will be problematic, giving Seattle the edge.
Colts vs Seahawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)
- Date: September 12, 2021
- Spread: Seahawks: -2.5 (-110) — Colts: +2.5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Seahawks (-142), Colts (+120)
- Total: 48.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)
Colts Preview: Indy Looking to Turn Back the Clock to 2017
During the 2017 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles were a high-powered offense led by MVP candidate Carson Wentz and his offensive coordinator at the time, Frank Reich. After an unfortunate season-ending injury for Carson, the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles and Wentz never quite looked the same.
Reuniting in Indianapolis, Coach Reich is looking to respark that magic they had just several years back. In order to ease Wentz into his new team, I expect a heavy dose of second-year running back Jonathan Taylor behind a talented offensive line. Once the run game is established, look for Reich to design some rollouts for Wentz off a play-action in order to maximize his strengths.
If Wentz can humble himself and not try to do too much, the Colts will have a puncher’s chance of upsetting some of the top teams in the AFC, including the Kansas City Chiefs. After all, the Colts have a great supporting cast around Wentz headlined by their stout defense. If not, however, I do not see Indianapolis advancing in the postseason.
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Seahawks Preview: Hawks Looking to Soar High Once Again
Ever since the “Legion of Boom” era in Seattle came to a close, the Seahawks continuously enter the season flying under the radar with their Super Bowl winning quarterback. Despite having a mediocre offensive line and suspect defense, Russell Wilson seems to always put the team in the best position to win.
To help Russell, the front office put a talented skill position group led by DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Chris Carson. If Seattle can somehow become a top 15 defense this year and protect Wilson, I like the Seahawks to finish second place in a loaded NFC West as a Wild Card team.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game
Despite the Seahawks being favored, I look at this game as an extremely tight one from start to finish. Because Indianapolis is at home, I do not like Seattle to cover the spread, especially traveling from the West coast.
On the moneyline, I would have to slightly favor the Colts as well especially since the value is pretty decent at +120. Look for Indy to really emphasize the run and keep time of possession in their favor. This will give a chance for the defense to rest and get after Wilson especially with Seattle’s questionable offensive line.
Colts vs Seahawks Pick
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