The Colts are still without their star man and Romilly Evans finds it very tricky to see past a home win in this game which starts in the wee hours of Monday morning...
"Take the circling Hawks to cut out the recent bickering, and swoop for a quick kill here. Sterner challenges lie ahead, though, if they're to return to the play-offs with any kind of championship momentum."
Hawks can rise above the CenturyLink din to tame the Colts
Indianapolis Colts @ Seattle Seahawks
Start-time: Monday, 01:30
TV: Live on Sky Sports Action
At the season's outset, many were hoping this would prove a titanic quarterback tussle between Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, two of the most talented next-generation stars in the league under center. However, as Luck's return date from rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder gets pushed back, Indianapolis's Multi-Million Dollar Man remains more an uncashed IOU than Lee Majors for Colts fans. Head coach Chuck Pagano promises we will see Luck this season - and possibly as early as Week Six. But for now Indy will have to make do with Jacoby Brissett calling the signals. Not that he's done a bad job in the short course so far this campaign.
Wilson, like Luck, had his injury niggles last term, but at least he was able to get out on the pitch and play more effectively. The main problem for the Hawks' leader is that Pete Carroll appears to have suddenly put the load-carrying for the offense on solely on Wilson's albeit shoulders, broad as they are. Seattle used to be a run-first side (and formidably so under Marshawn Lynch). Yet now they're a throwing outfit with a depleted receiving corps, no thanks to some questionable wideout trading in the off-season. Although diminutive Doug Baldwin is doing his level best to fill in the gaps. At bottom, though, it is Wilson's twin-threat versatility which provides the only recourse to the Seahawks keeping pace with the NFL's true offensive juggernauts.
On the plus side, the fearsome Legion of Boom retains its strength on defense, bolstered by that more redeeming Sheldon Richardson swap. Kam Chancellor is still the main man on D, however, and first-term examinations won't come much harder for Brissett than a bruised Seattle, particularly amid the synapse-scrambling cacophony of CenturyLink Field.
And while this young QB - just 23-years-old, remember - veteran Frank Gore and TY Hilton will all try their hardest to pick up the pieces of Andrew Luck's shattered CV and fashion some sort of response to Wilson and Co, it's easy to see them coming up empty, as opposed to trumps, here.
Take the circling Hawks to cut out the recent bickering, and swoop for a quick kill here. Sterner challenges lie ahead, though, if they're to return to the play-offs with any kind of championship momentum.
Back Seattle Seahawks (-13) to win on the Match Points Spread @ 1.9310/11 or better
Back Under 14.5 Total Points @ 1.9110/11 or better