Seahawks offense sputters in 21 to 7 loss to Colts

The Seattle Seahawks offense showed that it's not ready for prime time by committing three first half turnovers that resulted in two Indianapolis scores.


Quarterback Payton Manning hit TE Marcus Pollard with a 3- yard pass in the end zone after a Matt Hasselbeck fumble on the second series of the game to give the Colts a quick 7-0 lead  with just five minutes gone in the first quarter. Hasselbeck was sacked behind the line of scrimmage while trying to elude  a posse of Colt defenders.


Hasselbeck  was harassed, chased, and hunted  for the better part of the first quarter before he was replaced by Senneca Wallace with a minute and half in the first quarter.


"They've got a good defense and we didn't do a very good job of picking up their game," said Head Coach Mike Holmgren. "Matt got knocked around and we figured enough is enough; he'll live to play another game."


Hasselbeck finished  the game with three completions, on nine attempts, one interception  and twenty five passing yards. Hasselbeck was sacked  once for eighteen yards.


Running back Shaun Alexander finished the with 32 yards rushing on seven carries.

While the Seahawks numbers look decent ( 106 yards rushing on 25 attempts, 17 completions on 32 attempts for 140 yards) the Seahawk offensive players were never able to solve the  Colts blitzs packages.


"We saw that all week and we knew they were going to come with it," said Quarterback  Seneca Wallace on the Colts defense. "The offense just didn't play well."

Seneca Wallace finished 10-18 for 84 yards, with one interception and three sacks.


The Colts doubled their lead when Manning hit Wide out Marvin Harrison from six yards out and the Colts  went into the halftime break  with a 14 to 0 lead.


The Colts made it 21-0  when a Seneca Wallace fumble at the 35 yard line was booted, battered and was eventually  recovered in the Seattle end zone.

 Another turnover, and another Indianapolis touchdown. "I tried to throw the ball and the ball slipped out," Wallace said  of the play.


Seattle lone offensive bright spot was a three yard  touchdown run by Kerry Carter in the fourth quarter.



Game Notes

Rookie Marcus Trufant went through some growing pains, after being burnt by Colt wide out Marvin Harrison on a  48 yard pass play." I am okay, he is a fast receiver and I knew they would come after me." Trufant said of the Colts offense.

Center Robbie Tobeck bruised his knew in the second quarter and set out the rest of the game as  precaution. Isaiah Kacyvenski (aggravated right ankle) and TE Ryan Hannam (sprained his left knee)  suffered injuries in the first quarter. Top Stories