I’m not gonna lie to you, I couldn’t make it past halftime of this game. Maybe if I had some incentive; maybe if the Colts and Seahawks were both good this year. Maybe if the Seahawks showed me ANYTHING in the way of competence through the first three and a half weeks of the season. But, I saw that first half (where the Colts went in leading 15-10, with the last taste in my mouth being a missed field goal from a very make-able distance – 37 yards – out of Blair Walsh), I saw my impending Monday morning workday coming (where I’d have to wake up at the crack of 4am), and I made a business decision. I decided this game wasn’t worth my being exhausted the following day. And I’m pretty sure that’s the only time that’s ever happened with me and a Seahawks game; that’s something I do ROUTINELY with the Mariners though!
Oh yeah, that’s right, I’m equating the Seahawks with the Mariners. That’s how bad this season has been.
I mean, there was no upside to staying up and watching that second half. Either I sit there, miserable, as the Seahawks continue to suck dick against a terrible Colts team; or they scratch and claw to a meager victory; or they do what they did last night, which is outscore the Colts 36-3 (which, not for nothing, is something they should’ve done from the opening fucking kickoff). Any way you slice it, I would’ve been too keyed up to go right to bed afterward, and I’d be sitting here on 5-6 hours of sleep. Fuck that; I have DVR. I’ll watch the second half tonight!
Russell Wilson had a pretty good game. He was 21/26 passing, though two of those misses went for interceptions. He threw 2 TDs and ran for a third. He apparently looked MUCH better in the second half, though he did look sharper in the first half than we’ve seen from him in recent weeks.
I’ll say this, last night’s game was not without consequences. Jeremy Lane strained a groin on the opening series of the game. Cliff Avril has a neck injury that will keep him out for an indeterminate amount of time (the fact that he was shaking his hands, as if he had no feeling in them, is certainly a frightening sight). Rees Odhiambo was taken to the hopsital with a chest injury, as he was having trouble breathing after the game after a hard hit. Frank Clark missed a few snaps; Naz Jones missed a few snaps. And, of course, Chris Carson was carted off the field with an ankle injury that could be minor, or could keep him out for a month or more. Just what we needed in a running back room that already features C.J. Prosise (who missed this game with injury) and Thomas Rawls (who was apparently a healthy scratch and probably watched this game smothered in bubble wrap). So, that’s neat.
At least the team around them stepped up. Eddie Lacy got his first significant work of the season, running the ball 11 times for 52 yards. J.D. McKissic ran the ball 4 times for 38 yards and a TD, as well as caught a 27-yard TD pass to close out the game. That makes me VERY happy, as I’m tired of seeing Prosise’s name in the news for all these injuries. If McKissic can keep that up, we can cut or trade Prosise after the season and move on with our lives!
Marcus Smith apparently had a whale of a game! He had 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 2 QB hits, all in place of Avril. We got him in a minor deal with the Eagles before the season, and that could be HUGE if Avril has to miss a lot of time. Then, there was the Pick-Six by Justin Coleman, who took over the nickel role from Lane after he went down. It was a nifty jumping of an out-route that he had no trouble taking back to the house. He had another pass breakup in there for good measure.
I thought Shaq Griffin looked pretty good, though he got beat on that touchdown in the second quarter. It wasn’t the worst coverage I’ve ever seen, but there’s a better way to play that ball and he looks like he’ll get the hang of it before too long. He definitely looks better than some of the guys we’ve had over there opposite Richard Sherman, and that’s okay in my book.
Bobby Wagner also had a game, with 6 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble return for a touchdown.
All in all, not too shabby, but again, the Colts are terrible. Don’t think all of our problems are fixed. This might as well have been a pre-season game.
The real test comes next week in L.A., against the Rams, who are apparently legit now that they went on the road and out-scored the Cowboys 35-30. Jared Goff looks like he’s for real, they finally have a competent receiving corps, Todd Gurley looks rejuvenated, and their offensive line is no longer a total liability. Tack onto that they have the same defense that always fucking destroys us, with Wade Phillips of all people now pulling the strings, and this one has the makings of an ugly blowout.
The Rams are 3-1; the Seahawks are 2-2. Lose next week, and the Rams are 4-1 and running away with the division, while the Seahawks are 2-3 and trying to cling for dear life to a meaningless Wild Card spot.
God I hate professional football.