Sunday Night – Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks
In a weekend littered with potential lopsided affairs, this one might just be the biggest. The Seahawks continue to be one of the best teams in the NFL while the Colts are just happy to still be in the league. If this were soccer, they may have been relegated to the Arena League by now. All jokes aside, Andrew Luck and the Colts are going to have their hands full Sunday night when they go into the Twelfth Man to take on Seattle. They’ll need all the luck they can get — pun intended.
Keys to the Game
Indy is going to have to surprise some people, including Seattle HC Pete Carroll in order to get a win in Seattle. The Seahawks just don’t lose at home very often. So, Andrew Luck will need to have his “A” game and that offensive line is going to need to play the game of their lives. They can’t win this game with Luck finishing every play on the ground. If he’s upright, Luck can chuck it with the best of them and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is damn near uncoverable out of the slot. The Colts can pull off the upset with a couple good stops on defense (Russell Wilson has averaged nearly 20 turnovers per season in 5 years) and getting Hilton into space and into the endzone.
By no means will Seattle need to play conservatively to beat Indianapolis, but they will need to protect the football. As mentioned previously, Wilson has a penchant for turning the ball over and you can’t give players as talented as Luck and Hilton extra opportunities to score. The Seahawks will need to put Luck on his back to take the Colts’ offense out of contention while they mix and match on offense to put up points on that porous Indy defense. Protect the ball, stay balanced and enjoy the relaxed celebration rules during a Sunday night victory.