The Seahawks scored a franchise-record 36 points in the second half to blow open a close game, beating the Colts 46-18 at home to improve to 2-2.
Fourth quarter: Seahawks 46, Colts 18
It’s all Seattle in the second half, with Russell Wilson pouring it on with a 27-yard touchdown pass on 4th & 3 to J.D. McKissic, giving Seattle 28 unanswered points and Wilson 295 yards passing in the game.
But on the drive for the Seahawks, running back Chris Carson -- who racked up 76 yards on 15 catches -- injured his left leg on a carry and had to be carted off the field.
Fourth quarter: Seahawks 39, Colts 18
The Wilson-to-Wilson combo of Russell and Luke produced the touchdown for Seattle, but the key play of the drive was the opening play of the quarter, when Russell Wilson converted a 3rd & 9 with a 41-yard completion to Trent Lockett.
Third quarter: Seahawks 32, Colts 18
In less than a minute late in the third quarter, this game went south for the Colts. First, Seahawks rookie running back J.D. McKissic rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown in just his second career carry. Then, Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett fumbled after a sack, and Bobby Wagner scooped up the gift and took it 21 yards into the endzone.
Seattle scored 22 points in the third quarter. The Colts totaled 11 yards.
Third quarter: Colts 18, Seahawks 18
Colts rookie safety Malik Hooker intercepted this tipped pass from Russell Wilson, putting Indianapolis in prime position to score. That they did, with a 40-yard equalizing field goal from Adam Vinatieri.
I’m not sure what was more impressive — that Hooker has an interception in three straight games, or this stiff arm during his return:
Third quarter: Seahawks 18, Colts 15
Russell Wilson scrambled for 23 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season, regaining the lead for Seattle. That score very much pleased the wife of Seahawks punter Jon Ryan:
It’s better for my sex life if the Seahawks win tonight so pls consider rooting harder for them to. Thanks.— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) October 2, 2017
Halftime: Colts 15, Seahawks 10
Blair Walsh missed a 37-yard field goal attempt right before halftime.
Second quarter: Colts 15, Seahawks 10
Russell Wilson threw a deep pass to Jimmy Graham, but safety Matthias Farley was there to pick it off at the Colts’ 45-yard line.
The Colts down the field again, ending with Jacoby Brissett hitting Donte Moncrief for a beautiful 18-yard touchdown.
Then Moncrief did ... a bank heist celebration? Well, whatever it is, we approve:
Second quarter: Seahawks 10, Colts 8
Brissett bounced back from his last drive to lead the Colts back on an 12-play drive, 80-yard drive that took up seven minutes of clock. Brissett hit T.Y. Hilton for a key first down and then scrambled for 25 yards two plays later.
Robert Turbin punched it in for a 1-yard score. However, the two-point attempt failed.
Second quarter: Seahawks 10, Colts 2
Jacoby Brissett was picked off by Justin Coleman, who ran it back for a touchdown. Coleman, a former teammate of Brissett with the Patriots, is in for an injured Jeremy Lane. It was the first interception of Coleman’s career.
Russell Wilson almost picked up a really cool first down — a pass he shoveled off to Luke Willson at the last minute. But once again, the refs looked at the play and he was ruled down:
First quarter: Seahawks 3, Colts 2
The Colts chose to punt rather than try a 54-yard field goal, and it ended up being the right call. They downed the punt on the 1-yard line, and three plays later, they got Russell Wilson down (barely) in the end zone for a safety:
First quarter: Seahawks 3, Colts 0
The Seahawks got on the board first with a 44-yard field goal from Blair Walsh.
Bad news early for the Colts: center Deyshawn Bond was carted off. He will not return with a knee injury.
The Seahawks also lost cornerback Jeremy Lane for the game due to a hip injury.
Prior to kickoff, Michael Bennett and several other Seahawks players sat during the national anthem. The Colts stood, linking arms.
Before the game
This week’s Sunday Night Football matchup, featuring the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Indianapolis Colts, doesn’t have nearly the star power it did when the schedule was made. Andrew Luck is still out indefinitely and the Colts are far worse without him, but the Seahawks have problems of their own heading into this game (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App).
Seattle fell to 1-2 after a tough 33-27 road loss to the Tennessee Titans. In a vacuum, losing to the AFC South favorites on the road isn’t something worth panicking about, but the Seahawks’ defense wasn’t up to its usual standards. The Titans gashed Seattle on the ground, racking up 195 rushing yards, including a 75-yard touchdown from DeMarco Murray that ultimately decided the game.
The poor defensive performance overshadowed a great game by Russell Wilson, who threw for 373 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort. Wilson hasn’t quite been at his best this year, thanks to a bad offensive line forcing him to scramble for his life. He could also be without Doug Baldwin, who suffered a groin injury and will be a game-time decision this week. The Seahawks just can’t seem to get any consistency on either side of the ball, leading to another bumpy start to the season. If there was ever the week for an emphatic, stabilizing win, it should be against a Colts team missing its franchise quarterback.
The Colts have been flailing around without Luck, looking like one of the worst teams in football the first two weeks. They got their first win last week thanks to Jacoby Brissett, who’s been a huge upgrade over Scott Tolzien under center. Brissett produced three total touchdowns (one passing, two rushing) in the Colts’ 31-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Of course, nobody is going to throw a parade for beating the Browns by three points, but the Colts finally have something positive to build on. If Brissett is able to keep the offense afloat and feed the ball to born playmakers like T.Y. Hilton, Indy’s season might still be salvageable by the time Luck returns. But before they can think about that, the Colts need another strong performance out of Brissett as they try to avoid the 1-3 hole.
- Field Gulls looks at the Seahawks seemingly changing their identity on the fly.
Are the Seahawks the team that held Aaron Rodgers scoreless at Lambeau for 30 minutes, kept the 49ers out of the end zone all game, and forced four straight three-and-outs to the Titans in Nashville? Technically, yes.
At the same exact time, they’re also the team whose run defense is, let’s say, flagging in the second halves of games -- also doubles as a refereeing joke. 18 penalties were called on Seattle last week. Not all were accepted. But: 18 flags. One game.
- Doug Baldwin remains the Seahawks’ best receiver and they’d be wise to keep targeting him as long as he’s healthy.
So it should come as no coincidence that as the Seahawks offense began to run through Baldwin again, the points started to flow again.
As the best receiver on the team, the premier playmaker the Seahawks have, and the man who gets Russell Wilson the best ... it is probably impossible to feed Baldwin too many targets. Maybe now, after 27 points in 29 minutes of play yesterday, Wilson and the other decision-makers will remember how true that is.
- The Colts might have gotten their first win, but Chuck Pagano is still firmly on the hot seat.
The real question Colts fans should be asking is how long can Jim Irsay and Chris Ballard accept this substandard level of coaching? The answer is, sadly, it depends. It depends on if Irsay is willing to fire Pagano mid-season, which I doubt. It depends on if the team is actually seeing how Pagano develops players to determine his fate, which I hope is not the case because it is all too clear to anyone following this team that Pagano is an below average NFL coach in almost every respect.
- Stampede Blue breaks down the Colts’ run defense, which was pretty suspect against Cleveland.
In the first half, the Colts traditional defensive alignment allowed DeShone Kizer to rush for 10 yards on two carries. In the second half, Kizer rushed 5 times for 34 yards including two runs for over 10 yards. Much of his success came after the defense moved to a prevent style of play and simply conceded the middle of the football field. Much of his success was also in the fourth quarter, when the team was willing give up yards to keep the clock moving.
The total performance for the run defense would certainly look better without these numbers but facing a mobile quarterback like Kizer may have been extremely important for this Colts defense. They will need to clean up some of these mistakes if they hope to have better results against Russell Wilson on Sunday night.