Seahawks looking to get back to basics vs Colts

The Seattle Seahawks ( 1-2) will be looking to even their season record Sunday night when they host the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) Sunday night (5:30 p.m PT) at CenturyLink Field in front of the 12’s and a National Television audience on NBC.
The home crowd, national television audience should be the recipe needed for the Seahawks to win their second game of the season and jump-start a season that is slowly slipping away.  The Seahawks are 19-3-1 when playing in under the lights in front of a National Televised audience. Here are three keys to a Seahawks win
 1.FAST CONSISTENT  START
The Seahawks coaches and players talked all week about the need to have a clean, fast and consistent game. The clean game is referencing the need for the offensive line to make quick effective blocks so-called play whether a run or pass can develop and result in positive yardage.
The offense has had glimpses of having the ability to score when in hurry-up tempo style and on long sustaining drives when needed.
The issue for the Seahawks offense has been consistency.  Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel believes a fast offensive start will enable the team to gain some offensive rhythm that will lead to consistency.
“Yeah, I think the thing is, is just cleaning up our ball. We had a lot of things that were happening early on in the game whether it is the snap situations…we had a few snaps, we had some high throws, we had some communication…so there are all those things if they are taking place one after another, then we need to clean that up. 
I think as the game went along, we were able to settle down and kind of get settled in. Obviously came out in the second half and had a really nice drive, put points on the board. I think that kind of settled us down a little bit.  We need to get back to our ball.  We need to do our thing and we obviously need to start it earlier.
 

 

2.DEFENSIVE PRIDE

The Seahawks defense has uncharacteristically given up at least one big play each of the first three games.  In the Green Bay Packers game, it was a 32yard  touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson a play that gave the Packers a lead they never relinquished.

San Francisco running back Carlo Hyde gashed the Seahawks defense on a 61-yard run that resulted in a 40-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould. In their game three  33 to 27 loss to the Tennesse Titans the Seahawks defense gave up two big plays in the third quarter, a  55 yard Marcus Mariota touchdown pass to Richard Matthews and a 75 run by running back DeMarco Murray to ice the game.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard is confident the defense stop the tendency  to give up the big play

 

“Yeah, it is just humbling. It’s humbling because they are uncommon. It’s something to where, yeah, historically they are uncommon.  It has happened before in the past, but like I said, it’s time to hit the reset button. We are done with that. We’ve recognized the things that happened out there on the field and we know where we need to get better and we are just looking forward to getting back out there and competing again.”

3.RUNNING GAME

In their shopping for a running back, the Seahawks have kicked the tires, looked under the hood and checked the mileage. The question is which running back or running backs are they going with. The team has rushed for 290 yards with Chris Carson have 166 of those yards. Second on the team in rushing yards is Russell Wilson show has rushed for 100yards. C.J. Prosise has 20 yards on eight attempts.

Very bleak numbers for a team that prides its self on running the ball.  The question here is where is  Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. Going into the season the two were projected to share the majority of the running back duties.

Have the Seahawks settled on Carson who is showing he is a three-down back or are they still shopping around? With Prosise nursing, an ankle injury Rawls and Lacy could have an oportunity to restablish themselves in the backfield rotation. Whats critical is that the team establish consistency in running the football.

 

INJURY REPORTS ( NFL.COM)

Player
Position
Injury
Practice Status
Game Status
Kamar Aiken WR Full Participation in Practice
Deyshawn Bond C Full Participation in Practice
Vontae Davis CB Full Participation in Practice
John Doyle TE Full Participation in Practice
Frank Gore RB Full Participation in Practice
Jack Mewhort G Full Participation in Practice
Andrew Luck QB right Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Chester Rogers WR Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Anthony Walker LB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Quincy Wilson CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Ryan Kelly C Foot Limited Participation in Practice Out
Marlon Mack RB Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Out
Matthias Farley S Quadricep Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Christopher Milton CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS INJURIES
Player
Position
Injury
Practice Status
Game Status
Michael Bennett DE Did Not Participate In Practice
Donell Alexander LB Full Participation in Practice
Frank Clark DE Full Participation in Practice
Jimmy Graham TE Full Participation in Practice
Luke Joeckel G Full Participation in Practice
Nazar Jones DT Full Participation in Practice
Richard Sherman CB Full Participation in Practice
Earl Thomas S Full Participation in Practice
C.J. Prosise RB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Neiko Thorpe CB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Doug Baldwin WR Groin Limited Participation in Practice Questionable

 

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