The Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the NFL, right? Two bad quarters out of 12 does not make them a lesser team. How might the unit do against the Colts on Sunday?
Seattle’s defense has been…interesting…against the run in 2017. They have given up big running plays in the last two games, each one featuring a 60-plus yard dash. This is very un-Seahawks-like. Surely, the group will be better against the Indianapolis Colts.
Still, the Colts do have Frank Gore. He is not young, but he has been productive in the past against the same Seattle players. The Seahawks need to stop the run to win easily. Here are predictions of how how each unit will do Sunday.
This may not be a big sack-total game for players like Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. But it could be. Jacoby Brissett threw 37 times against the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago and he was sacked four times. This past game against the Cleveland Browns, Brissett threw 24 more times. He was sacked three times.
I expect the Seahawks will get an early lead – one big enough to where the Colts need to throw more than they would like. This, of course, leaves Brissett open to being tackled behind the line. I think Clark gets two sacks this week. Sheldon Richardson will get one as well. Cliff Avril and Bennett will combine for one.
Richardson will also be in on nine tackles and have his best game in Seattle so far.
Bobby Wagner will get another interception this week, his second of 2017. He will also make 12 tackles. Wagner, of course, is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. This week he makes a case for being the best.
K.J. Wright will get eight tackles. He will be excellent in underneath coverage, as he almost always is. He will not get a pick, though.
Through three games, the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom secondary has no interceptions. I think Earl Thomas will get one and return it for a touchdown. Shaq Griffin will get the first pick of his career, too.
The Colts will stay away from Richard Sherman, of course.
Kam Chancellor will make the two hardest hits of his season so far.
That means three interceptions for the Seahawks this week and four sacks. Seattle will win easily.