The Seattle Seahawks will be on the road here as they travel to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on the Indianapolis Colts in a Week 1 matchup. The Seahawks finished the 2020 season winning the NFC West with a 12-4 record before being eliminated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card round. They had a bit of dispute throughout the offseason and have Shane Waldron now as offensive coordinator so expect a heavy dose of running the football here. The Indianapolis Colts finished last year going 11-5 and securing an AFC Wild Card spot as they lost to the Buffalo Bills 27-24 in the Wild Card round. They had their quarterback Phillip Rivers retire and traded with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz and reunite him with Frank Reich.
The Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts have been solid teams and have a tough matchup to start their season. It will be interesting to see whether the Seahawks or Colts will be able to get the victory here.
Russ-to-DK ConnectionThe Seattle Seahawks might want to run the ball more often but wide receiver DK Metcalf has been playing well in his young NFL career. Last season, he finished with 83 catches for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns. He only had less than five targets in a game once last season so Russell Wilson likes to throw the ball his way. Metcalf needs to sustain his production as he had less than 80 receiving yards in seven of the final eight regular-season games. If he can take advantage of a weaker secondary.
The Seattle Seahawks defense did well last season as they averaged 23.2 points against them per game. However, they were terrible against the passing game and safety Jamal Adams doesn’t really help that out. They allowed 285 passing yards per game and 23 touchdowns. They ended up allowing the 10th-most passing yards in a single season. Seattle failed to make a move that would strengthen the passing defense and lost Shaquill Griffin so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back this season.
Survive the InjuriesThe Indianapolis Colts have dealt with a myriad of injuries before the season even started but one player to target is running back Jonathan Taylor. He finished his rookie season with 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground but also finished with 36 receptions for 299 yards and a receiving touchdown. He had at least one touchdown in each of the last six games so he has been solid inside of the red zone. If he can continue to improve in his second season, it will help the offense take the next step.
The Colts had a pretty solid defense last season as they allowed 22.5 points per game. They finished 19th in the league in pass defense as they allowed 241.6 passing yards per game. Their rushing defense was solid as they only gave up 90.5 rushing yards per game as well. They improved their defensive line by drafting defensive end Kwity Paye and added secondary help in Xavier Rhodes. If the defense can improve, this Colts team can win the division.
- Indianapolis: 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog
- Indianapolis: 1-11-1 ATS in their last 13 Week 1 games
- Seattle: 4-0 ATS in their last 4 September games