Much like their preseason meetings, you will struggle when you seek to decipher trends and patterns in the NFL regular-season contests between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. In a dozen games, the Colts maintain a slight 7-5 edge, but it's the Seahawks who hold the advantage on the scoreboard, where they've outscored the Colts by a 294-259 margin. No team has ever won more than two in a row in the history of the regular-season series between the Colts and Seahawks.
The Seahawks have won the last two games between the two teams played in Seattle, but in eight overall meetings in the Washington city, the battle is dead even, each team owning four victories. At Indianapolis appears to be the only instance of any semblance of home-field advantage. The Colts have won the last two games on their home turf and Seattle is 1-3 there all-time. Overall, the Colts have won two of the last three games and three of the last five, but the Seahawks were winners in four of the last seven meetings.
Legion Of Boom Goes Bust - The NFL's best and perhaps scariest secondary is now a mere second thought in Seattle. The Legion Of Boom is 75 percent dissolved. Cornerback Richard Sherman left to sign as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. Safety Kam Chancellor opted to retire due to the after-effects caused by a neck injury. Cornerback Brandon Browner was already out of pro football, leaving just safety Earl Thomas as the lone member of the quartet still toiling in Seattle.
Team In Transition - Clearly, the Seahawks are no longer anywhere near the squad that was the NFC's most dominant team from 2012-16, going 56-23-1 and playing in a dozen postseason games. Defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, two other vital members of Seattle's Super Bowl-winning club, also have departed. And Seattle's running game, always the straw that stirred the Seahawks' offense when Marshawn Lynch was in Beast Mode in the backfield, slumped to 23rd in the NFL last season.
He Knows Comebacks - The Colts look to rebound from a 4-12 season, so who better to have in charge than new head coach Frank Reich, the absolute king of the comeback? On Jan. 3, 1993, QB Reich rallied the Buffalo Bills from a 35-3 deficit for a 41-38 playoff overtime victory over the Houston Oilers, the largest comeback win in NFL history. In college at Maryland on Nov. 10, 1984, Reich rallied the Terrapins from a 31-0 disadvantage for a 42-40 win over Miami, at the time the largest comeback in NCAA football history.
As Luck Would Have It - The face of the Colts franchise, QB Andrew Luck, hasn't played a single down of football since Jan. 1, 2017 due to a shoulder ailment. He was in the Netherlands of all places rehabbing his shoulder for about a month late in 2017 and only recently resumed throwing footballs. But the Colts are betting heavily on the return of a healthy Luck. With the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, a quarterback-heavy draft, the Colts passed on grabbing some insurance under center. They are counting on Luck.
Rookie Crop - The Colts selected an NFL-high 11 players in the 2018 Draft, many who should make immediate impact and could help the Colts rebound. Top pick guard Quenton Nelson will step in to start and prove a key cog to protecting Luck. As a pocket passer, Luck is as susceptible to the inside bull rush as he is to outside pressure. On the defensive side of the ball, OLB Darius Leonard has been compared to Sean Lee of Dallas and DL Tyquan Lewis can play all three positions, but likely will play DT in the Colts' new 4-3 scheme.
It's A Long Way Back - The Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII four years ago and appeared in Super Bowl XLVIX three years ago, yet today, that seems to be a long time ago. Bovada places the odds on the Seahawks winning Super Bowl LIII at +6000. That's longer odds than were assigned to the Detroit Lions (+5500), who've never played in a Super Bowl and higher than all but 10 NFL teams. One of those 10 is the Colts. Bovada has the Colts slotted just behind the Seahawks at +7000.
Points Parade - Attention over bettors: games between the Colts and Seahawks generally feature lots of crooked digits flashing across the scoreboard. Last season, the Seahawks came into Lucas Oil Stadium and put a 46-18 beatdown on the hometown Colts. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson passed for two TDs and ran for another. It was the fifth time in six games between the Colts and Seahawks that the total had gone over. In four of the last five Colts-Seahawks games, at least one team has gone off for a minimum of 34 points.
Getting Gamey - There's not a lot of faith out there that either of these teams will be in the playoff hunt this season. Bovada has set the total bar for wins by the Colts at 6.5, and the fact that you'll get odds of +120 if you bet the under certainly speaks volumes about the uncertainty surrounding Luck's health and this young rebuilding team in general. If you are an optimist and you play the over, the odds on the Colts drop down to -150.
The Seahawks finished 9-7 a year ago, the first season in which they didn't hit double digits in wins since 2011, and Bovada is wagering that this decline will continue into the 2018 season. The sportsbook has established eight as the total wins for the Seahawks. If you opt to play the over wager, you will get odds of +100. Those who decide the free fall in the Pacific Northwest will remain in effect wil be offered odds of -140 on an under wager.
If you opt to connect with your inner Prince and decide that Let's Go Crazy is a gameplan you desire, MyBookie is offering odds of +25000 on a Seahawks-Colts showdown in Super Bowl LIII. MyBookie will also give you +2500 on the Colts winning the AFC Championship and +1200 on the Seahawks representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.