It wouldn’t be farfetched to say that last season was a complete disaster for the Seattle Seahawks. Although the team got much better on paper, with additions such as Corey Redding, Aaron Curry and T.J. Houshmanzadeh, starting QB and team leader Matt Hasselback is suffering from a broken rib, which means there is a great chance that he will not play this Sunday in Indy.
With Hasselback and others sidelined from injuries, you might assume that Seattle would have no chance at beating the Colts. We don’t think so, and actually see them pulling off the upset of the week 4. Here are a few reasons why.
1.) Colts Have Trouble Stopping the Run
The Indianapolis Colts may be riding high at a flawless 3-0, but there are some problems that lie beneath this perfection. They may have held Arizona, which has little to no run game at all, to under 50 yards rushing, but containing the Seahawks will be a different story. Seattle has a much better run game than the Cardinals, led by Julius Jones who is averaging 4.9 per carry for 226 yards YTD. If the Seahawks can pound it on the ground consistently, they may be able to exploit Indy’s biggest weakness and rush their way to a victory.
2.) Indy is Banged Up on D
While it is questionable whether Seattle has more offensive firepower than Arizona, the team might have enough to dominant an ailing Colts defense. After spending most of the first three quarters in the Arizona backfield, Dwight Freeney spent the remaining 15 minutes in the Indianapolis locker room watching the Colts roll to an easy 31-10 victory over the Cardinals. Freeney injured his right quadriceps this past Sunday and told team doctors that he “felt something pop” in his leg. Team officials are still in the process of finding out the severity of the injury and how much time he will miss.
Unfortunately, the Colts have much more to worry about than the health status of their top pass rusher. Indy is missing a few key players on the defensive side of the ball, including safety Bob Sanders, who is a former Defensive Player of the Year. Although cornerback Kelvin Hayden and defensive captain Gary Brackett might return Sunday night, Dwight Freeney’s injury could create a huge void that simply cannot be filled.
3.) Wallace is Viable at the Helm
Seneca Wallace is no Matt Hasselbeck, but he isn’t all that bad either. He had a pretty good showing last week against Chicago, going 26 of 44 for 261 yards, 1 TD and a pick. While he was sacked three times, Indy’s defensive troubles should give him a lot more time in the pocket, which could give offensive weapons such as Houshmanzadeh and Nate Burleson more opportunities to get open and make some big plays. The Colts’ secondary isn’t terrible, but has some holes that can be exploited. By exercising a bit of patience and getting some help from the o-line, Wallace could drive his team down the field and score the upset of the week.