5 reasons Seahawks should defeat the Colts on Sunday
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks of Seattle are 1-2 to start 2017. This is not really unexpected and not horrible. Losing to the Colts on Sunday, though, would be. Here is why Seattle wins.
This past Sunday for the Seahawks and the NFL was a bit crazy. Lots of reactions to the tweets of a President. Some better offensive play. Big wins by bad teams. And Seattle starting off with a losing record through three games.
Now Seattle has a chance to get right. The Colts of Indianapolis come to CenturyLink for Sunday Night Football without their best player, quarterback Andrew Luck. Indianapolis is a young team and not without talent. Still, Seattle should win this game easily. Here are five reasons why.
5. The Seahawks’ offense may have found itself in week three’s second half
Seattle had over three hundred total yards in the second half against the Tennessee Titans. And it wasn’t as if the Titans were just laying off for most of that time. Seattle’s offensive line finally formed a good pocket for Russell Wilson and Wilson finally stopped overthrowing people. As much anyway. Wilson threw four touchdown passes on Sunday to four different receivers.
This should build momentum for Sunday. Four more touchdowns is not out of the question against a not-great Colts secondary.
4. The defense has to be angry and hungry
As Kam Chancellor pointed out after Sunday’s game, the Seahawks have spent a lot of wasted energy lately. Isn’t it time for Seattle to bring back the pain? I cannot imagine Seahawks defensive players are happy with their recent execution. This leads me to think Seattle might be refocused a bit on Sunday. Against an inexperienced and not great quarterback, that usually bodes well for Seattle.
3. Jimmy Graham played well against the Titans and should on Sunday, too
For all the bad stuff that happened on Sunday for Seattle, Graham was really good in the second half. He ended up with seven catches and 72 yards. Good stuff. The Colts rank 22nd covering tight ends so far in 2017, so Graham should have another good game.
2. Home field advantage
The Seahawks are back at home! This means a win, right? It should. CenturyLink’s crowd noise is one of the best advantages any NFL team could have. 12s show up and they show up loud. Even at away games, like this past Sunday in Tennessee. Now go to an almost completely full stadium of Seahawks fans and boom! Everything becomes harder for the opponent. As Colts coach Chuck Pagano has already said this week, he has a young team who has never played in an environment like Seattle.
No Andrew Luck for the Colts
Luck is a good quarterback and he’s smart. He would also have been playing with the confidence that he has already beaten the Seahawks once before. In Indianapolis in 2014. With no real threat at quarterback for the Colts on Sunday, and Seattle’s penchant for making inexperienced quarterbacks’ lives hell, this should be a two touchdown win for Seattle.
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Hopefully and fingers crossed.