Posted on October 2, 2017, by Travis Pulver
Fans of the Indianapolis Colts went into Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks hoping their team could pull off the upset. They’d probably seen or at least heard that the mighty Seattle defense wasn’t so mighty anymore. Russell Wilson may be one of the best. But the Seahawks—much like the Colts—failed to fix their offensive line issues during the offseason.
Maybe, just maybe, if things went right, they could actually win this one. For the first half of the game, it looked like they might do it.
The Seahawks lost a couple of defenders early on and had a ton of trouble getting anything going against the Colts defense in the first half. Seattle could not run the ball very well and only managed 140 yards of offense and five first downs. Indianapolis ended up having the ball for nearly 20 minutes of the first half.
Had Justin Coleman not picked off Jacoby Brissett and returned it for a touchdown, the game would have been dangerously close to getting out of hand. But instead, the Seahawks were only down 15-10 at the break.
The Colts defense received a helping hand from the Seattle offense playing poorly. But the Indianapolis offense didn’t look terrible. However, while the Seahawks were able to adjust in the second half, the Colts did not.
“It’s the same thing that always happens. Slow start out of the gate and for whatever reason we pick it up the third and fourth quarter,” Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said (ESPN).
Seattle started the second half with the ball and marched down the field. They needed just nine plays to record the go-ahead touchdown, a 23-yard run by Russell Wilson. Seattle’s offense would go on to record a touchdown on all four second-half possessions, which ended with an interception.
The defense tacked on a fifth second-half touchdown to give the Seahawks 36 second-half points (including one two-point conversion). Indianapolis was able to tack on a field goal to make the final 46-18, Seattle.
After a solid start in the first half, the Colts fell apart in the second.
“They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We didn’t do a good job of adjusting. That’s on me,” Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said (ESPN). “We’re a lot better than that, but it’s going to be the same old song and dance if we don’t get things cleaned up.”
Jacoby Brissett has played better than Scott Tolzien overall. But somehow, he went from being decent in the first half to incredibly inefficient and just bad in the second. The offense only managed to gain 32 yards and record two first downs in the final two quarters.
However, while the Seahawks did look fantastic in the second half, the victory came at a price. Running back Chris Carson was lost in the fourth quarter to an ankle injury. If the broken ankle reports are true, he is done for the season.
Left tackle Rees Odhiambo, who has been filling in for George Fant who was lost early this year to a season-ending injury, had to be taken to the hospital due to having trouble breathing. Cliff Avril exited the game with a neck injury but is supposedly fine. There has been no word on Jeremy Lane’s hip injury.
Seattle has not looked good all season and the injuries keep piling up. Because of them, the Rams game next week could be pretty challenging. The Colts will try to get back on the right side of the scoreboard against the San Francisco 49ers.