The Seattle Seahawks and their fans could be forgiven if they look at the upcoming schedule and find it a bit soft. Truth told the Hawks are likely to be double digit favorites and remain undefeated until the turkeys get nervous about that holiday in late November. That is, if they get by Indianapolis this Sunday. The undefeated Seahawks travel to Indianapolis this week to take on the 3-1 Colts.
The Hawks were largely uncontested until the first half of last week's game at Houston. Facing adversity for the first time this season the Hawks came back from a 20-3 halftime deficit to beat the Texans 23-20 and keep their record pure. Second year quarterback Russell Wilson put the team on his back after halftime; passing, running and generally leading his team to a garrison finish and an overtime win.
Indianapolis creates a different kind of challenge. Second year signal caller Andrew Luck gets the ink but the Colts are much more than just lucky to have Luck on their side. The defense is fourth in the conference in yards allowed and are particularly ornery against the pass. Offensively the Colts like to run the ball and chew the clock. A neck injury to Ahmad Bradshaw could have derailed the Colts on the ground, but expect newly acquired runner Trent Richardson to be asked to pick up the slack.
The return from suspension of defensive end Bruce Irvin may help the Hawks defend against the Colts attack. To make room for Irvin, the Hawks released wide receiver Stephen Williams
For the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch will expect to get a lot of touches this week. Indy likes to rush the passer and Pete Carroll's Hawks know that the best way to stay undefeated is to keep their dynamic quarterback healthy and happy behind center...or wherever he chooses to be to throw the ball. Wilson has completed over 61% of his passes this year, with six touchdowns against three interceptions. His 95.3 passer rating is only sixth in the conference, but look for that to improve as the season continues.
Wilson's truest value to Seattle is in the hard to define category of "leadership." This team believes that he can take them to the Promised Land. So far there is nothing to say they are wrong.
Las Vegas lists the Seahawks as a one point favorite. My Mama didn't raise any dummies. I'm sticking with the Hawks (and the Broncos for that matter) until I'm forced off the spot. Take Seattle and be glad you're only giving a point.
The game is scheduled for a 10:05 a.m. PDT kick and can be seen on Q13 Fox. Outside western Washington the game can be seen on DirecTV Channel 706 as part of the NFL Sunday Ticket package.