Number 1: The defensive line gets after banged-up Colts offensive line
QB Carson Wentz, OG Quenton Nelson, and LT Eric Fisher are all coming off fairly serious injuries. Wentz and Nelson each had foot surgery in late July while Fisher is recovering from a torn Achilles Tendon suffered last year in the playoffs with the Chiefs. Frank Reich announced that Wentz will play, but it remains to be seen on Nelson and Fisher.
Even if they do play, they probably aren’t fully 100% and should be rusty. Late in the game, something important to watch for would be how fresh the Seahawks’ defensive line looks. They need to use the depth they have to their advantage and continually wear down the Colts’ offensive line.
The backbone of the Colts’ offensive attack is the running game with stud RB Jonathon Taylor. If they aren’t getting the push they normally do up front to create running lanes for Taylor, this is something the Seahawks defensive line needs to take advantage of.
I like the Seahawks’ chances in this game if they are able to slow the Colts’ ground attack which would put Wentz into obvious passing situations. By doing this, the defensive line can get after Wentz and test his mobility from the jump. If he’s running around all game trying to make plays, we will see how long his foot can hold up. Make a hobbled Carson Wentz beat you, it’s as simple as that.