Pass Rush Will Be Key to Indianapolis Colts’ Success in Week Five Vs. Seattle Seahawks
The general consensus around the NFL through four weeks of the 2013 season is that the Seattle Seahawks are one of the best teams in the league. However, despite talk that the 2012 season was a fluke leading into this year, the Indianapolis Colts are starting to garner some attention as one of the league’s best.
Both teams will have a chance to show that they’re worth their salt on Sunday in week five when they face off with one another. The matchup between Indy and Seattle is almost surely going to be one of the best of the week, not just because of the talent that’s going to be on the field, but because of how balanced these teams are across the board.
Obviously one of the big storylines heading into this game is Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, both quarterbacks drafted last year, facing off with one another. Though Luck was picked higher and may have the higher ceiling, it’s Wilson’s team that many people have as the favorites in this contest.
If you look at the matchup, though, Wilson vs. Luck shouldn’t be the story because it’s not going to be the key to the game. When it comes down to what could swing this game either way, the biggest story is definitely if Indy’s pass rush will be able to take advantage of a depleted Seattle offensive line.
Coming into the game, the Seahawks starting right tackle Breno Giacomini has been ruled out. In addition to that injury, starting center Max Unger and starting tight end Zach Miller are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
Obviously having an injured offensive line is of advantage to the Colts, but it’s an even bigger deal considering how productive their pass rush has been so far this season. Led by Robert Mathis’ monstrous 7.5 sacks this year, the Colts have been one of the best pass defenses in the league, largely because of how they pressure the quarterback. Thus far they have 13 sacks as a team, are allowing just 201 yards per game through the air, and have allowed an average opposing QB rating of only 65.8.
With the Seahawks’ O-line missing some key components for this game against the Colts, Indy will have the chance to get to Wilson to pressure him and try to either bring him down or force him to make a mistake. If the Colts are able to have success in this area, it could really swing this big matchup in their favor.
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