Like the rest of the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks donned the color pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. After their showdown with Peyton Manning and the Colts at The Oil Drum on Sunday, the Seahawks left wearing black and blue.
Peyton Manning notched his fourth consecutive 300-yard game of the season, throwing for 353 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-17 shellacking of the Seattle Seahawks. Manning picked apart a battered Seahawk secondary with laser precision. After rookie running back Donald Brown scored on a 1-yard run for the game's first score, Manning dominated the second quarter with a 5-yard touchdown strike to Reggie Wayne and later a 21-yard TD pass to rookie Austin Collie. Manning's air attack set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Joesph Addai in the 3rd quarter.
As for the Seahawks, outside of a Ken Lucas interception that was a result of some miscommunication between Manning and Wayne, there were no positives to take away from this drubbing. The running game was non-existent, with Julius Jones only managing 25 yards on 11 carries and former Colts superstar Edgerrin James only chipping in 16 yards. Seneca Wallace did play admirably, albeit playing from behind pretty much from the get-go, throwing for 257 yards and a touchdown. Even wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh, who took a media smackdown over the last week for his lack of production thus far, showed a pulse for the first time this season with his 8 catches for 103 yards.
In the end, that wasn't enough. Seattle's inability to get pressure on Manning led to the defending NFL MVP(and clear favorite to win it this year) having all day to throw. Conversely, the Colts sacked Wallace five times and forced two fumbles. Adding injury to insult, the Seahawks watched left guard Rob Sims try to tough out a strained oblique but ended up seeing him leave the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle. Also joining the never-ending list of injured Seahawks, is star defensive end Patrick Kerney, who left in the second half with a pulled groin. Tests are being taken on both men to determine the severity of their injuries.
More and more, through four games, this season is looking eerily similar to last year's injury-riddled 4-12 campaign. This loss is Seattle's third straight, with their lone win coming against a Rams team that was just shut out for the second time in a month. After the game, coach Jim Mora tried his hardest to remain positive: “There’s no quit in this team. There really isn’t. There’s a determination in that room. There’s not one guy in there that will back away from a challenge. It’s just not part of our character.” That may be true, but with Kerney and Sims added to a list that already includes left tackle Walter Jones, right tackle Sean Locklear, cornerback Marcus Trufant, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and linebacker Leroy Hill, you have to wonder how much fight is left in the now 1-3 Seahawks.
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