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Week Four Preview: Seattle at Indianapolis

After losing their starting quarterback and two straight games, the Seahawks deserve a break.

You know, a game against the likes of Detroit or Cleveland or even Oakland.

A kind of game where backup quarterback Seneca Wallace can manage the offense and pick up a normally easy win for the team while starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck recovers from his fractured rib.

Instead, Seattle gets to pack their bags and head to Indianapolis to meet the juggernaut that is quarterback Peyton Manning and the Colts’ offense.

Manning has started the season off hot, throwing for at least 300 yards in each of the team’s first three games.

He’s turned relative no-name receivers in Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon into household ones, after third receiver Anthony Gonzalez suffered a posterior cruciate ligament sprain in his right knee during the Colts’ first game of the season.

Against the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals, Manning connected with four different players for pass plays of 20 yards or more en route to a total of 379 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

This is not the kind of team Seattle needs to face when they are decimated with injuries.

Along with Hasselbeck on the Seahawks’ laundry list of injured players include all-pro left tackle Walter Jones, left guard Rob Sims, tackle Sean Locklear and cornerbacks Ken Lucas and Josh Wilson, just to name a few.

Who is able to play out of that list, still remains to be figured out for the most part.  What is known though is that Hasselbeck and Jones most likely won’t.

So, with Seneca Wallace in charge of the team’s offense for a second consecutive full week, what do the Seahawks need to be focus on if they want to have a shot against a Colts defensive unit that forced Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner into two interceptions and two forced fumbles while being sacked four times and hurried 12 during last week’s game?

Keep it simple; complete your passes to your big-play receiving options.

Wallace looked to get wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh the ball last week when the Seahawks lost at home to the Chicago Bears, but Wallace couldn’t complete the majority of those attempts.

Out of nine targets, Houshmandzadeh was only able to haul in four of them for 35 yards.

The same thing happened between Wallace and tight end John Carlson.

Carlson had 10 targets, but only caught three of them for 28 yards.

Wallace cannot keep only completing passes with Nate Burleson because teams will take that option away from the backup quarterback through double team and zone coverages, meaning that Wallace has to work on developing a rhythm with his other two top receiving threats.

Running back Julius Jones also needs to have a good game for the Seahawks.

Coming into last week’s game against the Cardinals, the Colts allowed 176.5 yards-per-game on 4.7 yards-per-carry via the ground.

Last week, that changed dramatically.

Indianapolis allowed only 24 yards total on the ground on 12 carries.

Jones might find it a little easier to revert the Colts’ rush defense back to what it was during the first two games this season because all-pro defensive end Dwight Freeney will probably miss the game due to a quad injury.

Even if Seattle is able to do complete passes and capitalize on a possibly good matchup on the ground against the Colts, the Seahawks’ defense still has a huge task ahead of them.

I really just don’t think Seattle can keep up in this one, as they will fall behind early thanks to Manning’s ability to shred even the stingiest of defenses.

Seahawks fans, this could be the start to another cellar dweller season in the NFC West if Matt Hasselbeck doesn’t get back on the field soon.

Indianapolis 24, Seattle 10.

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One Response to “Week Four Preview: Seattle at Indianapolis”

  1. Della Heideman says:

    Hit the nail on the head. We wait to see if the Seahawks can step up to the challenge!

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