Is it time to relax after the Seahawks' 48-16 win over the Colts? Here's what national media members are saying.
Are you ready to exhale?
After three games of sub-par football — three-and-a-half if you count Sunday’s first half — the Seahawks finally put together a complete performance in all phases of the game in Sunday’s 46-18 drubbing of the Colts at CenturyLink Field.
Given the final score, it’s hard to fathom that Seattle actually trailed at halftime. The slow start was enough to spark plenty of hand wringing on social media, as Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense appeared to be out of rhythm against an inferior Indianapolis defense.
But the consternation feels like a distant memory after Seattle exploded for 36 second-half points, moving the ball at will and connecting on several big plays — including a 30-yard touchdown run by running back J.D. McKissic.
“It took 14 quarters, but the Seahawks as we’ve come to know them have finally arrived in 2017,” NFL analyst Rich Eisen tweeted after the barrage.
So, are the Seahawks back to their Super Bowl-caliber form? Or was this just a good showing against a bad team?
Here’s what other national media members had to say about Seattle’s blowout win.
Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated writes Seattle’s defense returned to form against Indy:
“Now this is the Seattle defense we all know and love and fear. If the offense can’t score, the defense will do it for them. The Seahawks’ defense got two defensive scores—a pick-six and a fumble return for a touchdown by Bobby Wagner—that buoyed Seattle on Sunday night. Russell Wilson looked like his magic was running out after he netted the offense just one point in the first half. But with a 25–18 lead late in the third, Wagner picked up Jacoby Brissett’s fumble and housed it to star the runaway.”
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports also praised the Hawks’ defense:
“Last season, the Seahawks allowed a league-low 3.4 yards per carry. Through three games this season that number had skyrocketed to 5.3, which ranked dead last and went a long way in explaining why this group ranks 30th against the run. The Titans’ DeMarco Murray ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run last Sunday, and the week before that, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde had a 61-yard run. Last season, the longest run against the Seahawks’ defense was 34 yards. It was why 34-year-old Frank Gore was the biggest issue facing this unit, which would have been a preposterous notion just a few months ago.”
Brady Henderson of ESPN says the Seahawks could lean on Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy following Chris Carson’s injury:
“Rawls and Lacy entered Week 4 with only 24 offensive snaps and 10 carries between them through the first three games. An ankle injury that sidelined Rawls in the opener against the Green Bay Packers and limited him in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers was part of the reason for that. It hasn’t helped that the Seahawks’ struggles on offense have forced them into way more throwing situations than they’d prefer, either in order to make up lost yardage on early downs (that happened repeatedly in Week 1) or to make up a big deficit (as was the case last week against the Tennessee Titans). That hasn’t left many carries to go around.”
Harry Lyles Jr. of SB Nation points out something very unique about the Seahawks’ win:
“We saw two firsts on an NFL scoreboard on Sunday. The Houston Texans had a dominating 57-14 performance on Sunday against the Titans, and the Seahawks owned the Colts in a 46-18 win.”