The undefeated Seattle Seahawks are sitting pretty atop the NFC West, but on Sunday when they visit Lucas Oil Stadium, expect the Hawks to suffer their first setback. The Indianapolis Colts are their toughest test to date, and a test they must take on the road.
In Seattle’s two away games this year, they narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans with come from behind victories — two teams that have been mediocre at best to this point in the young season. Without the 12th man on their side and against a hot Indy squad, the Seahawks are going to have their work cut out for them.
Led by Robert Mathis and his 7.5 sacks which ties for best in the NFL, the Colts defense is one of the most underrated units in the league. While the Seattle D gets all the attention, thus far, Indy has performed comparably. The Colts have allowed 307.3 yards per game and 12.8 points, compared to the Seahawks who have surrendered 300.3 yards per game and 11.8 points. The difference in their competition is negligible, especially when you consider they’ve faced two common opponents.
Seattle is a great team but has been over-hyped by their big win at home against the San Francisco 49ers. At the time, San Francisco was seen as the team to beat in the NFC, and the Hawks’ dominant win seemed to thrust them into that position. The following week, the Colts had an equally dominant win against the 49ers except theirs was in San Fran.
One team has been over-hyped and one has been underrated, but regardless, Seattle and Indy’s matchup is going to be a great one between great teams. The Colts are a much more complete crew than most people realize and not entirely dependent on Andrew Luck. On the other end, the Seahawks are very beatable on the road, and they should get their first notch in the loss column on Sunday.