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10:00 PM EST. Pete Carroll of the Seahawks is one of few NFL head coaches with a 60% or better winning record in preseason games (not counting his time with the Jets) including a 6-2 record in Week 1. The Seahawks are being billed as a team that is in line for big regression and Pete Carroll is fully aware of what the press are preaching. Pete Carroll also hates losing any game, preseason or not and he especially cannot stomach losing to inferior teams. He likes to establish a winning mindset right off the bat and we trust that he’ll be playing for the win tonight at home. Seattle has a pair of new coordinators but both Brian Schottenheimer (offense) and Ken Norton, Jr. (defense) have held coordinator jobs in the NFL. Carroll wants Schottenheimer to help the Seahawks rediscover their rushing attack and there aren’t many defensive lines that can help make an opposing rushing attack look as good as the Colts’ can. Seattle has standards to set and this coaching staff will not be on cruise control here.
By contrast, Indy’s Frank Reich is a first-time NFL head coach with first-time coordinators Nick Sirianni (offense) and Matt Eberflus (defense). They take over a Colts team that has had a losing preseason legacy that began under tanking Tony Dungy, then continued through Jim Caldwell’s and most of Chuck Pagano’s tenures. When the Seahawks were off a loss at Tennessee in the regular season last year, they came home to crush the Colts 46-18 in a nationally televised Sunday night outing. They won’t be as motivated for this, of course, but the point is that it’s not a revenge game for Indy, just an evaluation date for new string-pullers implementing new stuff on both sides of the ball and maybe even for Andrew Luck to just get a feel again for being out there and throwing a football in a game for the first time in 18 months. Indy’s time for a preseason win or good effort will come but this isn’t the week.
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That said, we’re not going to change that. We’ll have write-ups every single day like we always do but we’re also going to have another feature. You see, we post our games usually in the early afternoon or before 1:00 PM EST but there is a lot of movement and other intangibles that occur throughout the day that has influence on what we’re betting. Usually after 6:00 PM EST or thereabouts, we’re going to be adding other games that we’re betting on in a section called “add-ons” for today that we ARE NOT going to write up because it’s too time consuming and with an hour or less before the first game goes off, we just won’t have the time.
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