The Indianapolis Colts (1-2), led by quarterback Jacoby Brissett, met the Seattle Seahawks (1-2), led by quarterback Russell Wilson, in an AFC matchup in NFL Week 4 action at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 (10/1/17).
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Here’s the AP recap:
SEATTLE (AP) — It’s a script that’s become too familiar for the Seattle Seahawks.
Look awful for the first half. Look like one of the best teams in football in the second half.
“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.
Did the Seahawks ever pick it up, scoring 36 points in the second half to roll past the Indianapolis Colts 46-18 on Sunday night. The Seahawks used three total touchdowns from Russell Wilson — two passing and one running — a dynamic 30-yard touchdown sprint from J.D. McKissic and Bobby Wagner’s fumble return for a TD to blitz the Colts in the second half.
But the slow starts are a problem that after four games appears to be a trend. The Seahawks have 26 first-half points; the 10 against the Colts was the most this season. They have yet to score a touchdown in the first quarter and Justin Coleman’s 28-yard interception return was just their second first-half touchdown of the season.
Seattle has gotten away with being sleepy at the start against the Colts and 49ers. But it’s not a trend they know can continue.
“It took us a while again and you can ask me all those questions why and whatever. I don’t care,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.
The Colts played a nearly perfect first half, the only mistake being Jacoby Brissett’s pass that Coleman undercut and returned for a score. They led 15-10 at halftime and had the home crowd booing the Seahawks as they left the field.
But the second half spiraled in a hurry. The Colts had just 32 total yards in the second half and a 13-second span where Seattle scored 14 points was too much for Indianapolis to overcome.
“You have to just find a way to stop the bleeding,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “You have to make plays. You have to answer and respond. We did it in the first half.”
Here’s what else to know from the game:
DETERMINED RUSS: It was a different Russell Wilson in the second half. And the play that emulated it the most was his 23-yard touchdown run on Seattle’s first drive of the half where Wilson popped up after diving for the goal line and gave an emphatic fist pump about finding the end zone. Wilson was 13 of 17 passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, along with his TD sprint.
“That’s the Russell that we like. Don’t get me wrong, he’s always cool, calm and collected. But guys want to see that passion from him,” Baldwin said.
BRISSETT’S PROGRESS: Brissett played well for the first half making his third straight start since being acquired from New England. But the Colts could get nothing established offensively in the second half.
Brissett was 16 of 29 for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But he was just 2 of 9 for 15 yards in the second half.
“They’ve got a lot of good players, don’t get me wrong, but I think we had our plays there where we missed opportunities,” Brissett said.
UNSUNG GUYS: Seattle got huge efforts from players deemed expendable by other teams. McKissic was once cut by Atlanta, but his athleticism earned him a spot in Seattle and he showed it with his TD run and a 27-yard TD catch. Coleman was acquired in a trade just before the start of the regular season and has twice this year been thrown into a major role. And Marcus Smith, who finished with 1 1/2 sacks, was a former first-round pick who was a bust with Philadelphia. It was Smith that forced Brissett to fumble and was returned by Wagner for a TD.
INJURY BUG: Both teams have significant injuries to deal with going forward. Seattle lost two defensive starters in cornerback Jeremy Lane (groin) and defensive end Cliff Avril (neck). Running back Chris Carson was carted off late with a “significant” ankle injury and left tackle Rees Odhiambo had to be tended to by medics in the locker room after the game because of breathing issues. Odhiambo was spending the night in the hospital.
Indianapolis lost center Deyshawn Bond to a quad/knee injury on the first drive of the game. The Colts were already without starting center Ryan Kelly. Tight end Jack Doyle suffered a possible concussion late in the game.
ANTHEM PROTEST: Nine Seahawks players sat on the bench during the national anthem before the game. Defensive end Michael Bennett continued his stance of sitting during the anthem, but was joined by the entire Seahawks defensive line and linebacker Michael Wilhoite. Avril, Garrison Smith, Marcus Smith, Nazair Jones, Sheldon Richardson, Frank Clark and Jarran Reed joined Bennett as defensive linemen sitting.
The Colts all stood on the sideline with arms interlocked during the anthem.
Here’s what you need to know:
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern
Livestream: NBC Sports Live
Line: Seahawks -13
Colts notes: QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 259 yards with TD & rushed for 2 TDs last week. Is only QB in team history with 250+ pass yards, TD pass & 2 rush TDs in single game. * RB FRANK GORE had rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Sea. (12/14/14 with SF). Has 13,210 career rush yards, 8th most in NFL history. RB ROBERT TURBIN played 48 games for Sea. from 2012-14. * WR T.Y. HILTON had 7 catches for 153 yards (21.9 avg.) & TD last week. Had 5 catches for 140 yards (28.0 avg.) & 2 TDs in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2012, has 8 games with 150+ rec. yards, 3rd most among active players. Has 1,707 rec. yards since 2016, most in NFL. WR DONTE MONCRIEF has TD catch in 3 of past 4 on road. TE JACK DOYLE has 136 rec. yards, 4th most among AFC TEs. * LB JON BOSTIC led team with 10 tackles last week. Has team-high 21 tackles. CB RASHAAN MELVIN had 2 INTs in Week 3, his 1st career multi-INT game. Has 6 PD in past 2. Rookie CB MALIK HOOKER aims for 3rd in row with INT. Ties for NFL lead with 2 INTs. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had sack in his last meeting (11/9/14 with NYG). LB JOHN SIMON aims for 3rd in row with sack. S DARIUS BUTLER had INT & 2 PD in last meeting. * K ADAM VINATIERI has 534 career FGs, 3rd most in NFL history. Needs 4 FGs to tie GARY ANDERSON (538) for 2nd most in league annals.
Seahawks notes: QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 373 yards, 4 TDs & 0 INTs for 110.3 rating in Week 3, his 6th career 4+ TD pass game. Passed for 210 yards with 2 TDs & added 102 rush yards in last meeting. In past 4 vs. AFC, has 1,312 pass yards (328 per game), 12 TDs & 0 INTs for 124 rating. * RB CHRIS CARSON (rookie) had TD catch last week, his 1st career TD. * WR DOUG BALDWIN led team with 10 catches for 105 yards & TD in Week 3. Had 80 rec. yards in last meeting. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 22 rec. TDs. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 2 TD catches in only meeting (10/23/12 with NO). Since 2011, leads NFL TEs in rec. yards (6,005) & ranks 2nd in TD catches (54). WR PAUL RICHARDSON aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. * DE MICHAEL BENNETT has 4.5 sacks in past 5. Has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings. In past 7 at home, LB BOBBY WAGNER has 79 tackles (11.3 per game), 1.5 sacks & INT. Since 2013, is 1 of 2 with 500+ tackles (531), 10+ sacks (12) & 4+ INTs (4). LB K.J. WRIGHT has 48 tackles (8 per game) in past 6 at home. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. DE CLIFF AVRIL has 7 sacks & 3 FFs in past 9 at home. Had sack & FF in 12/2/12 meeting with Det. CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 5 INTs in past 8 vs. AFC. Since 2012, leads NFL with 26 INTs. S EARL THOMAS has 9+ tackles in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC. — NFL Communications