Seahawks lose 17 to 19 Colts find hope in the run game

The Seattle Seahawks  19 to 17  preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts was what you would expect from a preseason game between two teams who faced an opponent for the first time. There were some positives and not so positive takeaways from the game.

After giving up a 12 play 60 yards that resulted in a 3-0 lead for the Colts, the Seahawks answered on their first possession of the game with a 12 play 75-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass from  Russell Wilson to Nick Vannett that gave the home side 7-3 lead. The Seahawks rushed for 37 yards of the 75 yards accumulated in the drive.  Chris Carson had three carried for 18 yards, Rookie Rashaad Penny had two for five yards and Russell Wilson accounted for the remaining 14 yards on two carries.

The drive gave some hope and confidence to a team that is desperate to improve on last seasons woeful running game. For Seattle running the football will be critical if the team is to improve from on last years  9-7 record and non-playoff appearance.

On Thursday the Seahawks finished with 195 total yards compared to the Colts 265 yards. While that is a difference of 70 yards the Seahawks will look to their 4.0 average yard gained for each rushing play as a major step in the right direction. The Colts averaged 2.3 yards per rushing play. That 4.0 yards gained for each rushing play was the same number of yards the Seahawks gained when they passed the ball.

Seahawks offensive huddle
Seahawks offense prepares for the next play. ( Cascadiasports.net)

In addition to bringing in a new offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer and offensive line coach Mike Solari, the Seahawks used their first-round draft pick on running back Rashaad Penny.

Despite the small sample size Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol was pleased with his team effort in the run game.

” We saw some sparks. We got some spacing in there, We made a couple of mistakes, we got hit in the backfield on stuff but I thought Chris [ Carson] looked really good,” Carroll said after the game. ” I thought  Rashaad [ Penny] had a chance and Mike [ Davis ]  had a chance to do some stuff. When you’re looking at three and then four running backs  it’s hard to  get  them enough touches but I thought they all showed  like  we’ve been seeing and I think it’s  very promising.”

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BOX SCORE

Indianapolis Colts (1-0-0)
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
P. Walker 5/8 88 1 0
A. Luck 6/9 64 0 0
J. Brissett 6/8 35 0 0
B. Kaaya 3/4 24 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Turbin 6 27 0 13
J. Wilkins 6 21 0 6
C. Michael 3 12 0 11
M. Mack 4 9 0 5
N. Hines 3 7 0 5
P. Walker 4 5 0 4
A. Luck 1 1 0 1
B. Kaaya 6 -6 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Williams 3 46 0 33
Z. Pascal 1 32 0 32
M. Mack 2 23 0 17
K. Brent 2 18 0 10
R. Turbin 2 18 0 14
C. Rogers 2 16 0 10
D. Daniels 1 10 1 10T
S. Ishmael 1 10 0 10
J. Doyle 1 9 0 9
T. Hilton 1 8 0 8
S. Jones 1 7 0 7
J. Wilkins 1 7 0 7
D. Cain 1 4 0 4
C. Michael 1 3 0 3
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
N. Hines 2 0 1 0
B. Kaaya 2 0 2 -5
P. Walker 2 0 1 -2
M. Glowinski 1 1 0 -23
R. Martin 0 0 1 0
D. White 0 0 0 0
J. Wilkins 0 0 1 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Vinatieri 3/3 51 0/0 9
M. Badgley 1/1 34 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
R. Sanchez 4 42.3 3 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
N. Hines 1 6 0 6
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
N. Hines 5 3 0 8
Defense T-A SCK INT FF
K. Moore 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Adams 3-0 0.0 0 0
H. Ridgeway 3-0 2.0 0 0
Q. Wilson 3-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Franklin 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. George 2-0 0.0 0 0
N. Goode 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Autry 1-2 0.5 0 0
P. Desir 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Farley 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Green 1-1 0.0 0 0
N. Hairston 1-0 0.0 1 0
M. Hunt 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Leonard 1-3 0.0 0 0
S. Moore 1-3 0.0 0 0
G. Odum 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Simon 1-2 1.5 0 0
S. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. White 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Laulile 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Martin 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Nunez-Roches 0-1 0.0 0 0
W. Ossai 0-1 0.0 0 0
H. Toliver 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 0-1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
A. Davis 4/5 51 0 1
A. McGough 10/13 48 0 0
R. Wilson 4/5 43 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Carson 4 26 0 12
M. Davis 6 25 0 6
R. Penny 8 16 0 7
R. Wilson 2 14 0 8
A. McGough 1 7 0 7
J. McKissic 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Moore 2 35 0 28
N. Vannett 2 20 1 15
W. Dissly 2 19 0 12
D. Stringfellow 1 15 0 15
T. Lockett 1 14 0 14
J. McKissic 3 14 0 11
J. Brown 1 9 0 9
R. Penny 2 7 0 4
T. Madden 2 6 0 4
M. Davis 2 3 0 4
Fumbles FUM LOST REC YDS
C. Grayson 1 0 0 0
J. Ivie 0 0 1 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Myers 1/1 43 0/0 3
S. Janikowski 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG I20 LG
M. Dickson 3 47.3 1 61
J. Ryan 3 44.0 0 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG TD LG
C. Grayson 2 25 0 28
J. McKissic 2 29 0 30
Punt Returns NO AVG TD LG
J. McKissic 2 0 0 0
Defense T-A SCK INT FF
SM. Griffin 6-3 0.0 0 0
D. Hill 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. McDougald 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Calitro 3-3 0.0 0 0
R. Green 3-4 1.5 0 0
T. Thompson 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Flowers 2-0 0.0 0 0
B. Jackson 2-2 0.0 0 0
W. Long 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Tyson 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Beal 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Boykins 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Ivie 1-1 0.0 0 0
Q. Jefferson 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Jerome 1-2 0.0 0 0
A. King 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Mingo 1-1 1.0 0 0
B. Wagner 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Wright 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Coleman 0-1 0.0 0 0
P. Ford 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Martin 0-2 0.5 0 0
J. Pugh 0-1 0.0 0 0

COLTS                                                                                      SEAHAWKS

Total First Downs 18 Total First Downs 12
By Rushing 5 By Rushing 4
By Passing 10 By Passing 7
By Penalty 3 By Penalty 1
Third Down Efficiency 4/16 – 25% Third Down Efficiency 2/10 – 20%
Fourth Down Efficiency 1/1 – 100% Fourth Down Efficiency 1/1 – 100%
Total Net Yards 265 Total Net Yards 195
Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 65 Total Rushing/Passing Plays (includes Sacks) 49
Average Gain per Offensive Play 4.1 Average Gain per Offensive Play 4.0
Net Yards Rushing 76 Net Yards Rushing 87
Total Rushing Plays 33 Total Rushing Plays 22
Average Gain per Rushing Play 2.3 Average Gain per Rushing Play 4.0
Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 3–3 Tackled for a Loss (Number-Yards) 4–7
Net Yards Passing 189 Net Yards Passing 108
Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 3 – 22 Times Sacked (Number-Yards) 4 – 34
Gross Yards Passing 211 Gross Yards Passing 142
Pass Comp-Att-Int 20 – 29 – 0 Pass Comp-Att-Int 18 – 23 – 1
Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 5.9 Average Gain per Passing Play (includes Sacks) 4.0
Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 6 – 6 – 2 Kickoffs (Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks) 4 – 3 – 3
Punts (Number-Average) 4 – 42.0 Punts (Number-Average) 6 – 48.2
Blocked 0 Blocked 0
Net Punting Average 42.3 Net Punting Average 45.7
FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0 FGs Blocked – PATs Blocked 0 – 0
Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) 15 Total Return Yardage (excludes Kickoffs) -1
Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 5 – 15 Punt Returns (Number-Yards) 2 – -1
Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 1 – 6 Kickoff Returns (Number-Yards) 4 – 110
Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 1 – 0 Interception Returns (Number-Yards) 0 – 0
Penalties (Number-Yards) 5 – 45 Penalties (Number-Yards) 12 – 98
Fumbles (Number-Lost) 7 – 1 Fumbles (Number-Lost) 1 – 0
Touchdowns 1 Touchdowns 2
Rushing 0 Rushing 0
Passing 1 Passing 1
Interceptions 0 Interceptions 0
Kickoff Returns 0 Kickoff Returns 0
Fumble Returns 0 Fumble Returns 1
Punt Returns 0 Punt Returns 0
Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 1 – 1 Extra Points (Made-Attempted) 2 – 2
Kicking (Made-Attempted) 1 – 1 Kicking (Made-Attempted) 2 – 2
Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 0 Two Point Conversions (Made-Attempted) 0 – 0
Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 4 – 4 Field Goals (Made-Attempted) 1 – 1
Red Zone Efficiency 1/4 – 25% Red Zone Efficiency 1/2 – 50%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1/1 – 100% Goal To Go Efficiency 0/1 – 0%
Safeties 0 Safeties 0
Final Score 19 Final Score 17
Time of Possession 32:44 Time of Possession 27:16

 

 

 

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