What happened: The Seahawks jumped out to a great start for the first time in a while on the road, but they ran up against Andrew Luck as the game went on. Luck made some throws that very few quarterbacks in the league could make, including his touchdown to T.Y. Hilton down the sideline for a touchdown that cut Seattle’s lead to two. The Colts went up tempo, and Seattle’s defense looked to wear down some as the game went on.
The good: Marshawn Lynch had his best game of the season. Seattle’s rushing attack hadn’t been bad in the first four games, but there was a feeling that it could be better. It was better against the Colts. Lynch crossed the 100-yard barrier for the first time this season, and the Seahawks consistently ran the ball for much of the game.
The bad: The secondary. The Legion of Boom got picked apart by Luck and Co., especially in the second half. Time and again, Seattle got Indy into third-down situations, and time and again the secondary struggled to come up with a stop. It was not all on the secondary, of course, but that unit takes pride in shutting out opposing receivers and T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne both had big games, especially after halftime.
Key stat: 423. That’s the number of total yards Seattle had, an impressive total. But the Seahawks struggled to turn those yards into touchdowns. They settled for four Steven Hauschka field goals while the Colts kicked only two field goals. That proved to be the difference in the game. The Seahawks had chances. They just didn’t always capitalize in the most meaningful way.
The big picture: As frustrating as this loss may seem – the Seahawks looked like they were going to run away with it, after all – it isn’t too damaging for Seattle’s larger playoff aspirations. The feeling was that Seattle needed to win one of two games at Houston and Indianapolis, and that’s what the Seahawks did. The Seahawks are sitting at 4-1 through five games, a position many would have gladly taken heading into the year.