Number 2: Quick passing game is utilized
I am so excited to see this new offense under Shane Waldron. The Colts are a very stingy opponent for him to face as a first-time offensive coordinator. I just talked about Buckner, but linebacker Darius Leonard is the other star player on their defense.
Those two help with making this one of the best front sevens in football. They were the #2 defense against the run last year, only behind the Buccaneers. Therefore, the Seahawks will have to get creative as they cannot count on having much success running into the teeth of the Colts defense.
Since the Colts have a solid overall defensive line and this is the first time this Seahawks offensive line is playing together, look for Waldron to want to get the ball out of Wilson’s hands quickly. The quick passing game should work because the Seahawks’ wide receivers have a significant advantage over the Indy corners. They should be able to win the majority of one on one matchups, so look for the Seahawks to try and get their playmakers the ball in space.
Xavier Rhodes is a solid corner, but he is dealing with a hamstring injury and it’s unclear whether he suits up on Sunday. Even if he was fully healthy, I don’t think he’s capable of staying with DK Metcalf all game long. If they find success with the short passes, Russ should have some opportunities later in the game to take some shots deep down field once the Indianapolis corners start biting hard on the short routes.