NFL Week 5 Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

By Thomas Emerick
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks visit the Indianapolis Colts following an incredible 17-point second-half rally against the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, the Colts have shown utter dominance since the trade that shocked the league. The two meet in what could very well prove a Super Bowl preview.

Week 5 Matchup: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts

TV Info and Game Time: FOX at 1 p.m. ET Sunday

Opening Spread: Seahawks favored by 4.5


The Seahawks entered Week 1 hovering around 8-to-1 Super Bowl odds and have since seen that number nearly cut in half thanks to their 4-0 start and dominance over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night a earlier this month. While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have yet to meet the hype generated by their rookie season thus far in year two, Russell Wilson’s met that with rallies in weeks 1 and 4, buffered by two efficient performances in rout.

If this already-stacked defense can find the kind of dominance injured Michael Bennett was doling off the edge, it’s hard to consider anyone else the NFC favorite at this point.

Praising Wilson in that way means no disrespect to Andrew Luck or Ben Affleck. Luck’s talent and the flashes of brilliance shown every week are reason enough to consider Indy a Super Bowl contender. Now you throw in Trent Richardson, the vast improvement at the tackle spots with Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus, and defensive unit that’s only allowed 5 points per game the last two weeks.

Man I would love to see Peyton Manning and Luck battle for a Super Bowl matchup with the Seahawks. That would be absolute beauty. #nodispecttoTomBrady

Key Matchup: RB Marshawn Lynch vs. Colts LBs

Lynch is a perennial top-five inhabitant of missed-tackle rankings while Indy’s run resistance has been famously bad since Peyton Manning donned Colts’ blue. The defensive-minded head coach selection of Chuck Pagano, the architect of some Baltimore Ravens units that nobody could run on, figures to gradually improve this unit in year two and progress will be tested against this charging block of granite.

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