Week 4 Results and Their Effect on the AFC South Playoff Race
By Max Dambach
Week 4 Results: Lost to the Seahawks 46-18
What it Means: An unsurprising defeat here. The Seahawks were fresh off of a drubbing at the hands of the Titans the week before and looked to make a statement against a weak and vulnerable Colts team. The Colts defense showed some teeth with two picks and a safety . It was great to see young safety Malik Hooker record his first interception in the NFL, but this Colts defense could not contain the Seahawks in the second half and allowed Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense to run away with the game. A better defense would have taken advantage of the sieve that is the Seahawks offensive line to hamper the Seahawks offense, but Indianapolis was unable to achieve this last Sunday.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Colts were able to keep it close in the first half but could not get anything going in the second half with Jacoby Brissett and the Colts giving up four sacks and two defensive touchdowns to put the game on ice. Fortunately for Indianapolis, Andrew Luck has begun practicing again. Until Luck returns, the Colts simply do not have enough stars on either side of the ball to get this team wins. A team with this thin of a roster needs superstar players to drag its team to victory. Without these superstars, the team is just mediocre at best and horrible at worst.
What’s Next: The Colts face off against an 0-4 49ers team with a sneaky good defense that includes three first round picks along the defensive line. This does not bode well for a Colts line that just crumbled under pressure against a similarly talented Seahawks front 7. This game should be ugly with two of the NFL’s basement dwellers facing off. Both teams have hamstrung offenses, so I think the superior 49ers defense will be the decider in this one. The 49ers also have to know that this is their first winnable game for a while and they will be extra motivated heading into it.