It would’ve been nice to see the Seattle Seahawks earn their first 5-0 start in franchise history last Sunday. I suppose the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck didn’t quite like the sound of that.
The beginning of the game felt like Seattle had it in the bag. Marshawn Lynch was racking up yardage with ease, Russell Wilson was connecting with his talented receiving corps, and the Hawks’ defense was stifling Luck and even forced a momentum-grabbing safety.
But the Seahawks offense had to settle for more field goals in the second half, which allowed Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to stay within striking distance. And strike he did, leading Indianapolis to a 34-28 win and a 4-1 start on the season.
Luck threw some beautiful passes in tight coverage, as well as some bombs downfield that made Richard Sherman and the rest of the secondary look lost. Luck made the most of what Seattle gave him (he finished with 229 yards and two scores), and unfortunately Luck took enough advantage to snap the Hawks’ winning streak.
This loss shouldn’t exactly dishearten the Seahawks, but it should disappoint them. They could have put away the Colts by the third quarter, but the offense just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone. When the Hawks have to play great teams like the Colts, they need to find the end zone more often. Let’s face it: if an offense moves the ball down the field with relative ease and are eventually turned away and have to settle for a field goal, that’s a win for the defense. There’s a somewhat palpable momentum shift that makes the team who came up with the stop believe that it can still come back and win. Fans saw just that happen last Sunday.
Seahawks fans should still feel pretty confident in their team, though. Wilson and Lynch refuse to be shut down, and so the offense will continue moving the ball and putting up points. The defense caused some sacks, a fumble, and a safety this past week, and held Luck to less than 230 passing yards. There’s nothing to worry about there.
Undefeated records are nice, but a tough loss can sometimes be an even greater learning tool than another win. This loss might be a little tough to swallow for some fans, given that Seattle had the game in the palm of their hands early on, but this Seattle team still looks phenomenal. They will undoubtedly rebound as they head back to CenturyLink Field this Sunday against the Jake Locker-less Titans.