Colts' Defense vs Seahawks' Offense
The Colts bent and broke against the
Pats last week. Until the last play of the first half, The Patriots offense was struggling
and the Colts seemed to have a clear advantage. Michael Bishop's hail mary pass to Tony
Simmons changed all that. Instantly the Patriots were back in the game and all the
momentum was swinging in their favor.
The defense never fully
recovered from this blunder. While they did get consistent pressure on QB Drew Bledsoe,
coverage was often soft and constant blitzing seemed to have left our players a step slow
on crucial downs. The most embarassing gaff was the Patriot's conversion of a fake field
goal in the fourth quarter. CB Jeff Burris failed to spot the receiver lined up wide and
change the defense to cover the trick play.
The Seahawks are looking
for the age old "spark" from their backup rookie QB Brock Huard. Starting QB
John Kitna has been benched for inconsistent play. Huard's debut last week against
Carolina was lackluster, but playing in front of a home crowd could make all the
coordinator Vic Fangio's agressive scheme of zone blitzes could be just the ticket to
confuse an inexperienced QB. Disguising coverages could result in more chances for
turnovers. This is certainly an area where the team could stand to improve. The defense
has only 3 interceptions and has yet to recover a fumble.
The greatest threat to
the Colts is the running tandem of Ricky Watters and rookie Shaun Alexander. The defense
has let two very mediocre teams run effectively the last two weeks. If the Colts allow 7-8
yards per carry on first down, the Seahawks will not have to worry about Brock Huard's
performance. They will be able to control the tempo and the outcome of the game on the
The solution for the
Colts is simple: stop the run and force the young QB to make plays. Because the Colts have
shown little signs of improvement in this area, I will have to call this matchup even.
Advantage: Toss Up
where: U. of Washington
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