On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) will try to take the Seattle Seahawks (4-0) from the ranks of the NFL’s unbeaten.
For the second week in a row, the Seahawks will travel across the country, to play an early game in a different time zone. Last week, Seattle barely escaped the Houston Texans, with a 23-20 overtime win. In their first four games, the Seahawks have already defeated two 2012 NFL Playoffs teams, including the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
Seattle may be without starting tight end Zach Miller, who tightened up in practice with a hamstring injury, earlier this week. The Seahawks also have major injury issues on their offensive line, and may be without center, Max Unger. The Colts will be looking to try and exploit a patchwork offensive line, and cause some turnovers. However, the Seattle defense is quite formidable as well, creating 13 turnovers so far this season. Four of their turnovers have come inside the red zone, which leads the NFL.
Indianapolis will be hosting their first home game since the second week of the season, where they suffered their only loss. The loss to the Miami Dolphins ended a seven-game winning streak at home, but the Colts have looked much better since then. In their past two games, the Colts have outscored opponents 64-10, and have not allowed a touchdown in seven quarters.
Veteran OLB/DE-Robert Mathis is tied for the league lead, with 7.5 sacks already this season. Mathis now has 99 total career sacks, and could very well get his 100th sack on Sunday. Indianapolis is also dealing with injury, and will most likely be without RB-Ahmad Bradshaw. The Colts will also be without S-LaRon Landry, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
Sunday’s game has the chance of going either way. These two young teams are built very similar. The Seahawks are looking to remain unbeaten, and the Colts are looking to start a new winning streak at home. The Colts and the Seahawks will clash in week five, but may meet again in February.