The full 2021 NFL schedule will be released later today. But the Seahawks learned they will start against the Colts. This could go either way, of course, but the timing of the game and the changes both teams are making makes this game even more of a toss-up.
Both teams should be good enough to make the playoffs this season but both teams will also likely be battling to win their division which could mean missing the playoffs if they don’t or not-good playoff seeding.
But the good and bad for the Seahawks in week one of the 2021 season? There are several things to look for.
Seahawks have a tough but winnable matchup against Colts in week one
The good: Seahawks are 11-1 in their last 10 am PT starts
There once was a time, even under Pete Carroll, that traveling to the east coast was not a good thing for Seattle. But that has changed a bunch over the last few years with Seattle losing just once in their last 12 10 am PT starts. Of course, a lot of these games have come against the likes of the New York Jets so there’s that.
The bad: Carson Wentz will be better with Frank Reich
Carson Wentz was once a pretty good quarterback but the last two years he has not been good. In fact, he seems to be digressing. But this will change with his move to Indianapolis. Wentz started his career in Philadelphia with an offensive coordinator named Frank Reich. In 2017, Wentz’s second season, he threw 33 touchdown passes and just 7 interceptions and an NFL-leading QBR of 78.5.
Then Reich left and Wentz clearly missed his tutelage over the last few years. Reich knows how to coach quarterbacks and will make Wentz better.
The good: The Colts haven’t won an opener since 2013
This seems kind of wacky because the Colts have even lost to teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the Jaguars beat the Colts in week one of 2020 the Jaguars didn’t win another game. Weird. A couple of losses in a row for a team is one thing but seven straight losses? That’s a scary trend and hopefully, the Seahawks can make it eight straight for the Colts.
The bad: Seattle will still be learning the Shane Waldron system
While Carson Wentz will probably be better in week 8 than in week 1 as he is re-learning the Frank Reich way, the Seahawks offense will also still be trying to figure out the Shane Waldron way to start the year. Fewer preseason games and a shorter training camp season make learning a system harder. Seattle should have a better offense in 2021 but will be better at the end of the season than the beginning and that is a worry.