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Seattle Seahawks: 4 bold predictions for Week 1 vs. Colts

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Coming off a somewhat disappointing 2020 season in which they fell in the first round of the playoffs after a hot start to the year, the Seattle Seahawks enter 2021 with the hopes of replicating their 2021 start and maintaining it the whole year. In a Week 1 bout at the Indianapolis Colts, Seattle will have their hands full in a clash of styles – visitors with a dynamic air-raid offense with a star QB and mediocre, and the Colts at home with their ground-and-pound O-line and fearsome defense, along with a brand-new Carson Wentz at the helm.

For the Seahawks, much remains the same from last year’s squad that went 12-4 en route to a division win in the competitive NFC West. The ever-consistent Russell Wilson heads a talented skill position group with lead back Chris Carson, electric receiver duo Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, and newly acquired tight end from the Rams, Gerald Everett. Not much has changed for the defense, still led by All-Pro stalwarts Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams.

In perhaps the most exciting matchup for the morning billing in Week 1, will the Seahawks get off on the right foot? Or will Indy, the younger, exciting team, make an early statement? Here are 4 bold predictions for the season opener between the Colts and Seahawks.

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4. D.K. Metcalf explodes in statement game

Metcalf already showed huge strides in his second NFL season, as he made the Pro Bowl for his 1,303 yard, 10 touchdown effort in 2020. As he looks to firmly establish himself within the league’s top 5 receivers, he’ll have to become the true No. 1 receiver in Seattle, which will start right from the get-go in Week 1. Rock Ya-Sin and Xavier Rhodes will have a difficult time containing Metcalf’s rare combo of size and speed down the field, which will give D.K. a huge performance in the stat sheet and open up the whole Seattle playbook.

3. Seattle struggles to contain Jonathan Taylor

While the Seahawks often thrive through the air, the Colts excel with a downhill running philosophy led by a daunting O-line and budding star sophomore Jonathan Taylor. As the Seahawks present average competition with their front-7 as a whole, All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson will lead the Colts to a huge game on the ground, as Taylro rushes for over 150 yards.

2. Jamal Adams notches 2 huge sacks

Seattle chose to employ Adams in the box and as a pass-rusher much more frequently after they acquired him from the Jets via trade last year, and it worked, as he racked up 9.5 sacks to earn a third consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He’ll only have more time to refine his game this year, as he got to spend the entire offseason preparing new packages and play-calls with the rest of the Seahawks defense. Against Carson Wentz, who will be playing fresh off of an injury, Adams will get against some tentative decision making from Wentz on a huge third down.

1. Seahawks best Indy in overtime thriller

These two squads are vastly different in playing styles, but seem to equal out to be great competition for each other. With both teams hungry for more in 2021 after falling early in the playoffs last year, they’ll be fighting tooth-and-nail down to the final second. However, in close games, the team with the star quarterback often prevails, as it will here. The Colts will start overtime with a field goal, but Wilson will lead Seattle down the field for a dramatic walk-off victory.

PREDICTON: Seahawks 33, Colts 30