If you are looking for a game in Week One between two potential contenders, then look no further than the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. Both are good teams capable of winning on any given Sunday. But each is also flawed—which makes them beatable on any given Sunday.
But on the first Sunday, oddsmakers are giving the Colts a slight edge in the NFL betting odds (2.0 or 2.5 points depending on the sportsbook) over the Seahawks. That could mean something, or it could mean nothing.
Full Sportsbook Odds for Seahawks At Colts
For much of the offseason, there appeared to be a legitimate concern on whether superstar quarterback Russell Wilson would still be in Seattle this season. That concern quickly turned into nothing more than a rumor and has since been forgotten.
So, when the Seahawks travel to Indianapolis, the offense will be ready with Russell Wilson at the helm. His offensive line is decent, his primary wide receivers are two of the best in the league, and Chris Carson is a good running back (when healthy).
The Seattle offense appears to be in good shape, but it will have its work cut out for it against a solid Colts defense. However, the Seahawks may have a bigger problem—their own defense.
A unit that was not very good in 2020 lost most of its better players via free agency. While they added some talent in free agency and via the draft, they did not add enough to make the unit any better than it was last season. If anything, the Seattle defense struggles more this season.
— Sports ON Tap Seattle (@SONTSeattle) April 29, 2021
What success the Colts have this season will depend on one player—Carson Wentz. Can Frank Reich turn him back into the MVP-caliber guy he was a few years ago? Or can fans expect to see more of the same struggles he had in Philadelphia last year?
If Reich can bring back the MVP-caliber guy, the Colts offense could be special in 2021. Indianapolis has one of the best offensive lines in the league (No. 2 according to PFF). They have an impressive group of running backs that will benefit from the return of Marlon Mack this season.
They are a little thin at wide receiver but look for the Colts to feature their running backs in the passing game quite a bit this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Colts did lose a few guys in free agency, they added some talent via the draft. So, while the defense may have lost some veteran talent, it will not lack for talent and should give Russell Wilson a good fight.
Carson Wentz instantly makes the #Colts Super Bowl contenders.
Top 5 running game
Top 10 defense
The coach that made him elite
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) February 18, 2021
Prediction And Sports Betting Recommendation
This is a difficult game to call. On one hand, the Seahawks have one of the better offenses in the league. But they have a suspect defense. However, that may not matter if Carson Wentz cannot get his head on straight. On the other hand, the Colts are in good shape but could be in great shape depending on your perception of Carson Wentz.
But the Colts could win this game behind the power of their run game and defense. More bets are coming in on the Seahawks than the Colts, but there is more money on Indianapolis. Take the Colts to win against the spread.