There won't be many weeks this season that the Indianapolis Colts aren't favored in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, but Sunday's showdown with the powerful Seattle Seahawks is one of them. The Seahawks, fresh off a dramatic come-from-behind victory in Houston, opened as 3½-point favorites for Sunday's game, according to Oddsshark.com.
The Seahawks used a 43-yard overtime field goal to finish off a 17-point rally against the Texans last week to improve to 4-0, and look to be the early favorites for the NFC title at the season's quarter mark. The Colts have built off last season's shocking turnaround year and have jumped out to 3-1, with their only loss coming in Week 2 at home to the Dolphins.
Seattle has been easy money so far this season, sporting a 4-0 record against the spread. The Colts are 2-2 ATS, but are 0-2 at home.
Despite the hype surrounding Andrew Luck, who is off to a great start in his second season, it's been the Colts' running game that has powered them up to this point. While they rank just 23rd in the league in passing offense, their 150 rushing yards per game is good for fifth. Facing a Seattle defense that is holding opponents to 191 passing yards per game, their ability to run the football will take on an even greater significance this week.
Unfortunately for Chuck Pagano's team, they'll have to find that success without leading rusher Ahmad Bradshaw, who has been ruled out with a neck injury. Trent Richardson has been only mildly productive since arriving from Cleveland, averaging 2.8 yards per carry in his two games with the Colts.
If the Seahawks can keep Richardson limited, they'll be a good bet to cover on Sunday.