Sunday, October 4, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Colts 34, Seahawks 17
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Division games can always be difficult and the toughest opponents the Colts will face this year are still to come.
But Indianapolis’ easy dominance of Seattle Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium reconfirms a longstanding Colts’ tenet: You’re not going to get a dud in a game like this out of Peyton Manning and the boys. Colts 34, Seahawks 17.
Everybody played well in boosting the Colts to 4-0, where they sit two games up on 2-2 Houston and 2.5 up on 2-2 Jacksonville, who they beat on opening day. The team that dethroned the Colts as AFC South champs last season, Tennessee, is 0-4 and not in good shape as it prepares to host Indy at LP Field in a week.
This one fit the template. Effective offense meant the Colts were quickly playing from ahead and Manning was surgically precise.
Playing from ahead set the pass rush free. Robert Mathis twice sacked and stripped Seneca Wallace, putting balls on the ground for teammates to recover.
Two late scores by the Seahawks didn’t do much to alter the feel of another solid Indianapolis effort.
In the AFC South, the Colts remain in the familiar position of playing from ahead.