Seahawks Must Not Give Manning Time to Pick Them Apart

mike landryContributor IOctober 3, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 20:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts calls a play during the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 20, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  Peyton Manning is arguably the smartest quarterback in the NFL.  He faces a battered Seattle defense this Sunday and looks to have his way with them.  It may not be as easy for him and the Colts as it looks on paper though.  The Seahawks are 2nd in the NFL in sacks this season with 9 and will be using a silent play call system on defense to keep Manning guessing.  Despite the excellent play last week by Seattle linebacker David Hawthorne, the Hawks will have a definate upgrade with the return of Lofa Tatupu, the heart and soul of Seattle's defense.

  Seattle must put pressure on Peyton Manning and make him think quickly.  If they can do this, the Seahawks may come up with some big plays to keep them in it.  However, if the Colts pick up the pressure, look for Peyton Manning to have a career day.  The Hawks, historically, do not travel well nor do they fair well in morning games. 

  All in all, the Seahawks have enough heart to be in this game, but with a banged up defense and no Matt Hasselbeck, look for history to repeat itself...

Colts 24, Seattle 13