NFL 2017 Week 4: Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks Prediction and Preview

Both are 1-2 , but the Colts are coming off their first win of the season and the Seahawks off a disappointing loss as they head into the Sunday night showdown.

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In a battle between winless teams in Indianapolis, the Colts put up their best offensive effort in a 31-28 victory over the Browns. Jacoby Brissett showed much improvement in his second week as starter in place of Andrew Luck, throwing for 249 yards and a touchdown and rushing for two scores. Just as important, he got star receiver T.Y. Hilton heavily involved in the offense for the first time this season, as Hilton racked up 153 yards on seven catches and a score. The Colts defense allowed chunks of yardage but also picked off the Browns three times, including two by Rashaan Melvin.

Three straight third-quarter touchdowns by the opposing Titans crushed the Seahawks hopes in Week 3, as they fell 33-27 and dropped to 1-2. The Seattle defense was surprisingly toothless, failing to record a sack or turnover while allowing the Titans to churn out 420 yards, including 195 on the ground. Meanwhile the passing offense finally got into gear, albeit a little too late in the contest to matter. Russell Wilson posted his best statistical game of the young season by far,  throwing for 373 yards and four touchdowns.

Can he do it again?

For Brissett, ripping apart a defense like Cleveland with his wheels and his arm was one thing. Even though Seattle’s defense is coming off a tough week, they present a different kind of challenge to Jacoby Brissett, especially with the raucous Seattle home crowd behind him. Brissett will need some help from the running game, which isn’t the Colts’ strong suit but should at least be worked out for some balance, and he’ll also need to keep his legs moving to keep the pass rushers off him.

Russell’s All Right

The Seahawks will still attempt to establish a running game in this one, but that’s one area where the Colts have been relatively solid so far this year. But defending the pass has been a struggle for them, one which isn’t made easier by their lack of a pass rush. Keeping Wilson from getting hit will be one problem for the makeshift line, but against the Colts he should have enough time to continue the success he started to have last week.

Health of Receivers

For Wilson to really max out on his passing potential, both this game and down the road, he’ll need his receiving contingent to be at full health. That’s been an issue so far this year. Jimmy Graham gutted his way through last week for his best output of the season with seven catches, but he’s clearly not 100 percent and his practice time needs to be managed. Meanwhile Doug Baldwin, the Seahawks go-to wideout, left late last week and his availability could be up in the air till game time.

Matchup to Watch: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton vs. Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

In past seasons, this would be the kind of matchup where the Colts might avoid throwing Hilton’s way. That’s not likely this season for a couple reasons. For one, the Colts aren’t getting much receiving help anywhere else, so Hilton needs to touch the ball. For another Sherman has been a little less than his usual lockdown self, especially with his penalty problems. So look for Brissett to target Hilton often and take his chances.

Fantasy Football Tip: Seahawks RB J.D. McKissic

Besides the usual suspects, the Fantasy scoring just might not be there for fringe players in this one. McKisssic is a really deep dive if you want to take the chance. C.J. Prosise, Seattle’s usual third down back, could miss this game, and McKissic, who has been talked up this week by Coach Pete Carroll, was a receiving machine in college and could fill the void.

Betting Tip

Vegas sees this as a get-right game for Seattle, making them 11.5 point favorites at home. And it seems like they’ll oblige by hounding the inexperienced quarterback and winning big.

Prediction: Indianapolis 10-35 Seattle

The Seahawks will even their record as they try to once again get back on top of the NFC West.

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