Week 5 (10/13): Seahawks at Colts

(Note: I had to forego this week's articles on account of illness.  So it goes.)

The win over the Texans last week may have shown that it was possible for the Seahawks to beat a tough opponent on the road, but a win versus the Colts today will prove it.

Indianapolis and Houston are both good teams, but they have a few key differences.  Texans QB Matt Schaub is talented, more talented than many QBs in the league, but he's also brittle, immobile, and generally unable to close the deal in big games.  Andrew Luck, on the other hand, is durable, mobile, and good at making sure his team is on top when the final whistle blows.  On defense, the Texans can devour opposing passers with their fierce pass rush spearheaded by  J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Antonio Smith, while the Colts can count on the QB-killing capabilities of Robert Mathis and, well, mostly just Mathis.  Block him (easier said than done — he leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks) and Russell Wilson will have a shot at remaining upright in the pocket.

As with last week, the Seahawks' main concern in Indianapolis is going to be the health and competence of their offensive line, but a close second is the defense's ability to cover passes in the short-to-mid zones between the numbers.  That was a big flaw in 2012, and if it continues to be a problem today Luck willl make the defense pay.