Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts Matchup Preview (9/12/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts Matchup Preview (9/12/21)
Week 1 is officially upon us, and one huge matchup finds the Seattle Seahawks traveling to Indianapolis to face the Colts. This is a non-divisional and non-conference showdown as the Colts are in the AFC (American Football Conference), while the Seahawks are in the NFC (National Football Conference.) Seattle and Indianapolis both need this win because they have demanding, front-heavy schedules. The Seahawks’ first seven games feature the Colts, Titans, Vikings, Rams, 49ers, Steelers, and Saints. Any (or all) of these teams can make the playoffs and compete in the postseason.
On the other hand, Indianapolis faces Seattle, Los Angeles (Rams), Tennessee, Miami, and Baltimore in its first five games. Injuries should not play too big of a role in this matchup; Quenton Nelson and Carson Wentz are expected to play for the Colts, and Seattle has no significant injury concerns. The biggest loss for Indianapolis is T.Y. Hilton, who is out indefinitely with a neck injury. Neither team needs to worry about the weather as Indianapolis plays in a stadium with a retractable roof, so even if there are weather issues, the Colts can just keep the roof up. It will be an incredibly competitive game and a great way Week 1 matchup to start the NFL season!
Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
TV Coverage: FOX
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Seattle Seahawks: TE Colby Parkinson (foot) Out, CB Tre Brown (knee) Out, LB Bobby Wagner (knee) Questionable, WR Tyler Lockett (groin) Questionable
Indianapolis Colts: WR T.Y. Hilton (neck) Out, OT Eric Fisher (achilles) Questionable, T Sam Tevi (knee) Out
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
Last year was nothing short of an emotional roller coaster for Seahawks fans. Through the first half of the season, Russell Wilson looked like a runaway favorite to win MVP as Seattle would presumably coast to the post-season. Wilson did not end up winning MVP, and although Seattle did make the post-season, it was defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the opening round. Opposing defenses figured out Seattle’s offensive approach, and the Seahawks became stagnant on that side of the ball. Despite the Hawks’ defense improving in the second half of the year, it could not combine the offense and defense necessary to win a Super Bowl.
This year, Seattle returns many of the same faces and will look to lean on its high-octane offense. Russell Wilson will still be under center with running back Chris Carson and wide receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett as his significant weapons. Metcalf should take a big step forward this year and become even more of an elite receiver. If this happens, opposing defenses will struggle to keep him in check. Additionally, Chris Carson needs to stay healthy so Seattle can trust its run game and keep opposing defenses honest. If the Seahawks want to win this road game against a hard-nosed Colts team, they will need to be efficient on both sides of the ball.
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Indianapolis Colts Analysis
The Indianapolis Colts squeaked into the playoffs last year in a wild card slot after Tennessee secured the AFC South title. It was surprising, though, that the Colts played the Buffalo Bills to within three points in the opening round of the playoffs. The Bills played against the Baltimore Ravens the next game and held them to three total points. Despite losing Phillip Rivers to retirement this off-season, the Colts are a high-upside team with many talented young guys on the O-Line and on defense. In the off-season, Indianapolis traded a few picks for Carson Wentz, a former MVP front-runner for the Eagles, before injuries began to derail his next few seasons.
It is no surprise that his offensive coordinator at the time was Frank Reich, who is now head coach of the Colts. There is significant optimism in Indy that together they can revive what was once lost. The outlook for a Wentz revival is becoming more difficult, though, with the loss of T.Y. Hilton for an indefinite period due to a neck injury. Wentz’s main targets will be injury-ridden Parris Campbell, second-year receiver Michael Pittman Jr, and Zach Pascal. Additionally, he will be able to throw the ball to running back Nyheim Hines and tight ends Mo Ali-Cox and Jack Doyle, but it is to be seen whether they will prove sufficient supplements to the weakened receiving core.
Indianapolis Colts Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts Betting Corner
- The Facts:
Right now, the point spread stands at Seattle -2.5 (-110) with a Moneyline at -145. On the contrary, the Colts’ Moneyline rests at (+125). The over/under sits at 48.5 points. There may be a bit of movement before the game, but nothing super substantial unless a significant injury occurs between now and then. Both Wentz and Nelson are expected to play for the Colts despite having similar surgeries a little over a month ago.
- The Opinion:
I like the Seahawks in this matchup. Seattle’s biggest weakness is its secondary, and Indy’s biggest weakness is its receiving core. Therefore, this is a perfect matchup for Seattle. Additionally, this will be Wentz’s first game under center for the Colts; there will almost certainly be a few hiccups before he gets into a groove. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson will be primed and ready from the first drive, resulting in an early Seahawks lead, and I don’t think they will look back.
My Predictions: Seattle Seahawks win 27-17, Seahawks cover -2.5
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts Daily Fantasy Picks
Seattle’s secondary is less than reliable as it projects to be a bottom ten unit. Michael Pittman Jr. will be going for pennies on the dollar because he is an unproven commodity; however, he is the number one receiver for the Colts since T.Y. Hilton is out indefinitely, and it will be his time to step into the spotlight. He had a solid rookie year that resulted in 40 receptions for 503 yards and a touchdown. I would not be surprised in the least if his receptions and yards doubled, and he had several touchdowns this year. This is doubly impressive because he was on IR for three games last year, so his work was done in 14 games. Pittman will be a terrific value play and should be targeted for Week 1, especially considering the current state of the Seahawks’ secondary.
Another player to target for your DFS lineup is D.K. Metcalf. While this seems like an obvious choice, understand this: Metcalf is substantially faster than every cornerback the Colts have, as his 40-yard dash time is 4.33. That is around a tenth of a second faster than every player in the Colts’ secondary. Additionally, Metcalf is at least three inches taller than every Indianapolis cornerback. His price will rise, so secure value in the first few weeks by getting him at a discount.