Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks
Date and Time: Sunday, October 1, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field
Week 4 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Seahawks -13, O/U 43.5
Colts vs. Seahawks TV Coverage: NBC
The Colts offense had struggled mightily over the first two weeks with Andrew Luck roaming the sidelines. Scott Tolzien simply wasn’t cutting it, so upper management went out and made a deal to bring Jacoby Brissett in from New England to help bring the offensive unit back to respectability. He did a yeoman’s job of keeping the offense competitive in a 16-13 overtime loss to the Cardinals, but really put his stamp on the team last week against Cleveland.
He ended up completing 17 of 24 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown, but it was the job he did with his legs that stood out the most. Indy had all kinds of trouble running the football, so he took it upon himself on two occasions to punch the ball into the end zone on a pair of goal to go situations. Indy’s defense picked DeShone Kizer off three times, and only gave up 235 total passing yards. That said, the defense allowed the Browns to average 5.3 yards per carry and only accrued one sack.
The Seahawks NFC reign looks to be coming to a crashing thud with the club failing to impress for a bulk of last season and getting out to another slow start in 2017-18. While injuries and a tough road schedule have played an enormous role, the days of blindly laying the chalk when the team is in front of the 12th Man look to be coming to a close. Last week’s 33-27 loss at Tennessee is one many will point to all season as proof the dynasty is phasing out.
The Legion of Boom led defense gave up a pair of gigantic scoring plays which is something that very rarely occurred in the past. Rishard Matthews’ 55 yard pass and catch allowed Tennessee to reclaim the lead minutes after Seattle got in front on the scoreboard for the very first time. It was then followed up by Marcus Mariota’s second touchdown pass to push the lead out to 23-14. Minutes later, DeMarco Murray ripped off a 75 yard touchdown jaunt to put the game away. No longer can the defense sit around and wait for the offense to finally do something. It’s very beatable now, especially in the game’s late stages.
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Frank Gore – With Seattle still ranked No. 9 at defending the pass and now playing in front of the hometown faithful, Brissett is likely to find the going much tougher through the air than it was last week versus the Browns defense. That means the Colts cagey vet in the backfield is likely to get a ton of burn in hopes of loosening up Seattle’s defense to give Brissett a better shot of completing some passes. Seattle has gotten gashed on the ground in each of its first three games allowing 54 yards and a touchdown to Ty Montgomery, 124 yards to Carlos Hyde, and 195 yards combined to the Titans. If Indianapolis is to not get blown out of the water, it needs to control the pace of the game on the ground and extend drives with its questionable running attack.
Colts vs. Seahawks Picks
The last time the Colts hit the road, they were skunked by the Los Angeles Rams who went on to throttle them by a 46-9 final count. While Brissett is leaps and bounds better than Tolzien, I question whether he will be able to go into CenturyLink Field and perform the way he did in the Colts previous two home games. The Seahawks are a wounded animal right now, and that’s when they’re the scariest. While the injury to Doug Baldwin is concerning, I liked how Paul Richardson stepped up in his absence. Regardless, this is going to be the game Chris Carson is showcased. I’m not buying the Colts No. 11 ranked rush defense. Game script and injuries have that ranking way out of whack. Look for some major regression to occur once this one’s said and done. This is one of the few times this season that I will suggest laying the heavy home chalk with Seattle at top-rated sportsbooks.
Colts vs. Seahawks Week 4 ATS Pick: Seahawks -13 at BookMaker.eu
Colts vs. Seahawks Score Prediction: Seahawks 37 – Colts 8