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5 keys to how the Seahawks can beat the Colts in Week 1

5 keys to how the Seahawks can beat the Colts in Week 1


While the Seattle Seahawks are favored to win in Week 1, there are some key actions they must take in order to return home with the win.

Good news for Seattle Seahawks fans: the team is favored to win their Week 1 matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Even though a win against a Carson Wentz-led and T.Y. Hilton-less offense may not seem challenging, “Any Given Sunday” means that any team can win at any time. With no guaranteed wins in football, the Seahawks will need to execute their game plan flawlessly for a resounding defeat.

In order for that to happen, here are the five key strategies that could give the Seahawks the edge in their season premiere.


5. Use two-tight end sets

Ever since New England deployed Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in impossible two tight end sets, the formation has been a cheat code for any NFL offense that can get it right.

And the Seahawks are finally close. After signing veteran Greg Olsen last year, it’s been clear that the Seahawks want a true pass-catching tight end that can offer Wilson passing and blocking opportunities when need be.

Will Dissly has been a capable passing and blocking option, but it’s the addition of former Los Angeles Rams star Gerald Everett that creates the two tight end set of any offensive coordinator’s dreams.

Everett’s Rams alumnus status is also key, because he’s worked with new Seahawks offensive coordinator Shane Waldron last season when they both worked for Los Angeles.


With Waldron’s prior experience, his utilization of a more open West Coast offense in Seattle, and his proven creativity as a play designer, it seems that the Seahawks are finally poised to take full advantage of the two tight end set.  This could spell out quick passes, secure mid-field catches against linebackers, blocks to pave the way for bruising running back Chris Carson and an overall unpredictability of the offense that gives them an edge in every game.