Upon Further Review: Seahawks Week 5

October, 7, 2013
10/07/13
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An examination of four hot issues from the Seattle Seahawks' 34-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:

Third-down woes: One of the reasons Seattle lost for the first time this season was its inability to make a key play on third down. The Seahawks were 2 of 12 on third downs, which included five failures in Colts' territory. The results were four field goals and one blocked kick that became a Colts' touchdown, a 10-point swing in the second quarter.

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AP Photo/AJ MastThe Seahawks defense was unable to keep Andrew Luck & Co. from scoring when it needed to in the second half.
Defense fails in the fourth quarter: The Seahawks' secondary made an uncharacteristic mistake on a blown coverage in the first quarter that resulted in a 73-yard touchdown from Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton. However. the defense overall did a good job against Luck until it needed to make a stop in the fourth quarter when the Seahawks led 28-23. Luck guided the Colts on an 86-yard TD drive to take the lead (aided by a controversial interference call on cornerback Richard Sherman). After Luck made a nice play throwing back across his body to Reggie Wayne for the two-point conversion, Seattle trailed by only three, but the defense again couldn’t get the ball back without the Colts scoring, a 49-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In the end, it was the most points Seattle has allowed since Oct. 30, 2011, in a 34-12 loss to Cincinnati.

Poor clock management: The Seahawks were out of timeouts with 8:55 to go in the game. One was wasted because Seattle had too many men on the field, but whatever the reasons, it’s a problem when you’re out of timeouts midway through the fourth quarter in a close game on the road.

Just move on: The Seahawks are 4-1 after going 1-1 in back-to-back road games at Houston and Indianapolis. They lost Sunday with four starters out on offense. Now Seattle returns home to play a Tennessee team it should beat. Seattle also gets linebacker Bruce Irvin back, who had a sack in his return after being suspended for the first four games.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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