The Seahawks (4-0) will be heading to Indianapolis to face the Colts (3-1) in a Week #5 matchup. The game is slated for a 10:00 a.m. kickoff and will be televised on FOX. The Colts are returning home from a Week #4 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in which they stomped the Jags 37 to 3.
During the last two weeks the Colts defense has been stingy, only allowing ten points to be scored. Outside linebacker Robert Mathis (#98) is tied as the NFL sack leader with 7.5 sacks. He also broke a Colts franchise record with most sacks by a Colts player through the first four games of any season. Mathis will undoubtedly be looking to “eat” some more against the Seahawks battered offensive line.
The Colts offense is centered around pounding the rock. The Colts are third in the NFL in rushing with 598 yards and six touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how the Colts ground attack measures up against the Hawks defensive front. It is uncertain if running back Ahmad Bradshaw will be playing due to an injury. Don’t worry, the Colts have running back Trent Richardson which they acquired through a trade with the Cleveland Browns in Week #2. The Colts emphasis on the ground game lends to them having an 32:43 average time of possession.
Quarterback Andrew Luck’s targets are wide receivers Reggie Wayne (6′ 200 pounds), Darrius Heyward-Bay (6’2″ 220 pounds), and tight end Coby Fleener (6’6″ 251 pounds). The Colts passing attack is ranked 24th for yards. Luck has been sacked ten times this year. Will the Seahawks pass rush be able to get to Luck on the road? The Legion of Boom will match up well against the Colts receiving corp, so I would expect some coverage sacks. The Hawks have to be careful if Luck leaves the protection of the pocket, he is sneaky fast in scrambling.
The Colts are also great at protecting the ball and have only turned it over twice (both interceptions) this year, which ranks second in the NFL. One of the cornerstones of Pete Carroll’s philosophy on defense is to take away the ball. I would expect the Colts turnover stats to increase after Sunday.
Weather won’t be a factor in this game, Lucas Oil stadium is indoors.