It has not quite been the start the Seattle Seahawks were looking for to begin the 2017 campaign. They have looked tremendously sluggish on the offensive side of the ball, and at 1-2 times are already dire in the Pacific Northwest. Though they remain a Super Bowl contender, a less than stellar outing on Sunday Night Football against the lowly Colts may spur some serious doubt.
For Indianapolis, they’re coming off of a big win last week against the Cleveland Browns. Though it’s just Cleveland, Indy did a lot of things well and some of those accomplishments can and will translate to this primetime showdown against Seattle. Jacoby Brissett has taken over quarterback duties and already represents a massive upgrade over Scott Tolzien. While Indy still has their hands full in every game they play without Andrew Luck – they’ve shown some signs of life. Can that continue against the Seahawks? Read on below to find out – featuring full game analysis and a betting pick to end off your Week 4 on a high note.
Colts vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Indianapolis Colts +13 (-115)
@ Seattle Seahawks -13 (-105)
Over 42 (-110)
Under 42 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Colts vs. Seahawks Pick:
Seattle is likely the better team on paper compared to Indianapolis, but this spread suggests the gap is astronomical. It’s not. For starters, the Seattle offensive line will struggle trying to keep the Colts’ defensive line out of the backfield. The Indy edge rush is one of the league’s best and should hold a decisive advantage over their opposing blockers on Seattle. Expect big outings and constant pressure from the duo of Jabaal Sheard and John Simon on the Colts.
And though Seattle has recently found their form in the ground game through Chris Carson – it’s not all that likely he’ll go off for big numbers on Sunday night. Jonathan Hankins is a beast in the middle of the Indianapolis defensive line and will effectively put the clamps down on the running game. Seattle’s overall offense has been absolutely anaemic thus far in 2017, and don’t expect much of a change on Sunday night. It is also worth noting that their best receiver Doug Baldwin is entering this contest with a questionable tag.
Jacoby Brissett isn’t the greatest, but compared to Scott Tolzien – he’s basically Tom Brady. Since inserting Brissett, the Colts have been a totally different team. This will be a test he has yet to face, but his defense should give him a shot at meaningful downs throughout. The pass rush Seattle brings is explosive, but at least Brissett has a real advantage with his legs. He has the ability to escape the pocket and move the chains with his agility. While that is of course easier said than done, his speed could pose problems for the Seahawks.
One area Seattle looks awful in at the moment is within their secondary. Their cornerbacks aren’t right. Really all they have is Richard Sherman and even Sherman himself isn’t playing all that well. The Colts have some big playmakers in T.Y. Hilton, Jake Doyle, and Donte Moncrief, and don’t be surprised to see any of that trio make some key plays in this one.
Seattle has done absolutely nothing to warrant being such a massive favourite against anyone. Their offense is brutal – will they even score 13 points? Seattle’s only victory was a 3-point win over the 49ers. So yes, I’m a tad skeptical about the quality of the Seahawks at the moment, and though I concede they’re the better team – especially at home, I can’t lay points with them against anybody right now. It’s ugly, but bite the bullet and look for the Colts to keep things tighter than expected on Sunday Night Football.
PICK = Colts +13 (-115)