Seahawks take over in 2nd half; defeat Colts 46-18

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Oct 1, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson (82) celebrates with wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 46-18. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

In what was a close game at halftime that looked like a setup for a dramatic finish, the Seahawks took over in the second half, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 46-18, improving their record to 2-2.

After Blair Walsh missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of the first half, CenturyLink Field was stunned when the teams headed to the locker room with the Colts leading 15-10. The Seattle offense was struggling again and forcing the defense to keep them in the game entering halftime. But once the second half started, the Seahawks offense started to roll.

In all but one drive in the second half, the Seahawks offense scored a touchdown. Seattle outscored the Colts 22-3 in the third quarter. The second half was the first time this season that Seattle looked like the all-around dominant team that they were expected to be at the beginning of the season.

Russell Wilson had another strong game, throwing for 295 yards with three touchdowns (one rushing), and two interceptions on 21/26 passing. Both of his interceptions were thrown to Jimmy Graham, with the first being an underthrown pass Wilson that Graham faded away from, and the second bouncing off Grahams’ hands.

But even though Wilson played well, it was a trio of unheralded Seahawks players that fueled the Seahawks victory. With Chris Carson going down with a broken ankle and C.J. Prosise inactive, J.D. McKissic, who had been inactive the first three games of the season, scored two touchdowns on 65 all-purpose yards. McKissic showed speed that Seattle has not had coming out of the backfield for years when he scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. But Seattle also used his speed at receiver, where he made a leaping 27-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side, cornerback Justin Coleman scored the only touchdown for the Seahawks in the first half after returning a Jacoby Brissett interception. Coleman was filling in at slot cornerback afterJeremy Lane went down in the first quarter with a groin injury.

The injuries on the defense mounted, which thrusted Marcus Smith III into the game at defensive end. But Smith was able to get to Brissett in the third quarter, forcing a fumble and Bobby Wagner returning it for a touchdown.

With how many injuries the Seahawks had to deal with, it was a great sign to see them regroup and rout the Colts in the second half. But the injuries have become a concern, especially the ones suffered in the second half.

Seattle lost Carson and left tackle Reed Odhiambo to injuries in the second half, and both could extend for a decent portion of the season. Carson’s broken ankle comes at a tough time with the offense beginning to click. Carson has been a bright spot for the offense, but the broken ankle he suffered will likely end his season.

Odhiambo is dealing with a bruised heart after being blindsided by Colts linebacker Jabaal Sheard in the third quarter on the second Wilson interception. The timetable for Odhiambo is unknown, but he had to stay overnight at the hospital. Odhiambo was the second string left tackle before the season. But after George Fant tore his ACL in the preseason, he was thrust into the starting role. Matt Tobin will fill in for Odhiambo if he misses time.

The Seahawks will need all hands on-deck net week when they travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams in an NFC West showdown on Sunday, October 8th at 1:05 p.m. PST. The Rams (3-1) have surprised a lot of teams and currently sit atop the NFC West standings.


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