2017 Colts Opponent Scouting Report: Week 4, Seahawks Special Teams, Wildcards, and a Prediction

On October 1, 2017 the Indianapolis Colts will travel back to the West Coast to face the Seattle Seahawks. In this prime time week four match up I sought to understand our competitor and get a better idea for what we’re up against.

The Seahawks are only two years removed from a Super Bowl look and hope to get back there this year. The last time our Colts played these Seahawks things went as well as they could have. A lot of faces have changed for both teams since 2013, hopefully that turnover won’t hurt our chances this time around. Let’s figure out what we can expect in week four.
I chose this picture for Jon Ryan forasmuch as it shows the best aspect of his game; he’s jacked for a punter. He’s more of a great football personality than he is a punter, ending in the bottom third of the league in every major punting metric.

This is a fun article on Ryan that highlights his run on American Ninja Warrior and has several photo of a shirtless, redheaded, ripped, punter… if that’s your thing.

One thing to note is that Jon Ryan has a career passer rating of 109.7 on three effort spread diagonally his entire 12 year career. Given that fact and the fact I don’t expect the ‘Hawks to be in a location that calls for a fake, don’t expect to see any fakes this week.
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Blair Walsh had a rough 2016. Really bad. Prior to last season Walsh had a pretty modest career with the Vikings before being cut and signing with the Seahawks. He really wrestle last year kicking extra points, making only 78.9% of his one point tries. Meanwhile he only made 75% of his field goal attempts. No one was worse at extra point attempts and only Arizona and Tampa made 75% or fewer of their field goal attempts.

Luckily for Walsh he’s been given another scope and so far he’s 5 for 5 on field goals and 0 for 1 on extra points. Yikes.


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