Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts: Preview and Pick
10 Replies | 314 ViewsOn 09/30/2013 05:29 PM in NFL
After a come from behind win against the Houston Texans, the Seattle Seahawks are proving that they can win big games on the road against good teams. They will have to do it again this week as they travel to play the revamped and good looking Indianapolis Colts. The Colts trampled the 49ers and will try to put up another good showing against the Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Seahawks as (-3) point favorites. Due to the big win against the Texans the early money is pouring in on the Seahawks at a rate of 58 percent which is expected to only increase. Although the early wagers are on the road team, the line has moved in the favor of the Colts and can now be found at (-2.5) at most of the top rated online sportsbooks that are found at Bang the Book.com.
If the Colts want to win they will have to slow down Russell Wilson. Colts DE Robert Mathis had three sacks in the last game, leaving him one shy of becoming the 30th player in NFL history with 100 career sacks. It would be nice if he can get that feat on Sunday.
Russell Wilson was under duress, hit while throwing or sacked on 16-of-34 dropbacks (47 percent of total dropbacks) after being pressured on 27-of-73 dropbacks (37 percent) in his first three games. The Texans used an aggressive pass rush to effectively disrupt the Seahawks' passing game. The Colts will look to apply that same pressure to keep the Seahawks offense in check.
If the Colts can slow down the Seahawks on offense, Andrew Luck should be able to post points against the defense. It won’t be easy but the Colts could beat two of the best teams in the NFL with a win this Sunday.
The latest NFL betting trends for this game show that the Colts could have the advantage.
Indianapolis is 7-1 straight in its last 8 games at home and an amazing 11-4-1 straight up in the last 16 games. The Seahawks are 8-15-1 straight up in the last 24 games on the NFL highway, but they have played much better of late going a perfect 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in the last six games on the road. The total has gone over in 4 of Indianapolis's last 6 games when playing Seattle and the total has gone under in 9 of Indianapolis's last 12 games at home.
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.