The Seahawks need to regroup after a 1-2 start has threatened to end their five-year playoff streak. On Sunday, they’ll face a Colts team looking to build from its first win of the 2017 season. The two franchises will meet in Seattle in Week 4 for a Sunday Night Football showdown, broadcast live at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream).
The Colts escaped an embarrassing loss to Cleveland by fending off the Browns in Week 3, taking advantage of Jacoby Brissett’s finest game in blue and white to earn a hard-fought victory. They’ll face an even tougher challenge in the Pacific Northwest, as a primetime crowd will make CenturyLink Stadium one of the most hostile visiting environments in the league. At 1-2, Seattle is in dire need of a big win to keep its postseason odds from taking a drastic hit. Facing Indianapolis, currently No. 30 in the league in total offense, could be just what the Seahawks need.
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: CenturyLink Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
- TV: NBC
- Streaming: NBC Sports Live
- Odds: Seattle is favored by 11.5 points.
Oddly enough the same thing he noted about the Colts when we lost Manning is happening as the Seahawks continue to try to replace Marshawn Lynch. They aren’t exactly falling apart, however the Seahawks aren’t playing the way Pete Carroll says he would like to play. Instead, they’ve become a “throwing team”.
They have relied on Russell Wilson to make plays and carry the offense in ways he’s never been asked to before. This isn’t Pete Carroll’s game, this isn’t what he wants to see.
The Colts’ receivers were far more reliable and acted as though they understood how bad they have played to this point. The unit caught 9 of their 14 targets for 228 yards receiving and T.Y. Hilton scored on a long touchdown catch and run, and there was a much more focused approach overall.
The unit was more crisp in their routes, were less willing to go down at the first sight of a defender.
Two wins before the bye and the Seahawks would be 3-2, and much more importantly they’d be 2-0 in division games with a tiebreaker over the Rams. That’d certainly calm some nerves given how the Seahawks’s overall performance this month.
Can Seattle’s regrettable offensive line hold up against Indianapolis’ ineffective pass rush?
Russell Wilson’s struggles the past few seasons have several causes, but none so prevalent as the protection in front of him. The three-time Pro Bowler has been hindered by a cheesecloth offensive line that has pressed him into scramble mode and eliminated the time he needs to allow plays to develop downfield. On Sunday, that unit will have the chance to regroup against a Colts team that ranks near the bottom of the NFL’s pass rushes. Indianapolis has only produced sacks on five percent of opposing quarterback dropbacks this fall, a mark that ranks No. 25 in a 32-team league.
All of our experts, including OddsShark’s computer, expect the Seahawks to do enough for the win.