A look back and a look ahead at the week that was and the week that will be for the Seahawks:
Anatomy of a 34-17 loss to the Colts in Indianapolis
T.J. Houshmandzadeh’s hands: After catching eight passes for 97 yards the previous two weeks, Housh had eight receptions for 103 yards against the Colts. He got open. He made the tough catches. He moved the chains (seven of his catches produced first downs; three came on third downs; five went for at least 14 yards). He’s now second on the team with 22 receptions (two behind Nate Burleson), and has the best per-catch average (11.3 yards) of any receiver with more than three catches.
Lofa Tatupu’s legs: After missing the previous seven quarters-plus because of a strained hamstring, the team’s middle linebacker not only was back against the Colts he collected a game-high 11 tackles. But because it was the Colts, seven of Tatupu’s tackles came on pass plays and just four on running plays (after gains of six yards). He wasn’t just running the defense, he was running down plays.
Gus Bradley’s lungs: After the Colts’ second touchdown – and scoring drives of 80 and 90 yards – the Seahawks defensive coordinator gathered his players around him on the sideline and encouraged them to fix the mistakes that Colts QB Peyton Manning was exploiting.
“Gus was doing a good job of play calling and we were out there messing up on the things we were practicing the whole week,” said strong safety Deon Grant, a defensive co-captain.
Manning’s all seeing eyes: The Colts’ QB wasn’t as good as advertised. He was better. Any little mistake by the Seahawks became a big play for the Colts, because Manning recognized it and made the most of it. That’s how he ended up with 353 passing yards and the Colts finished with TD drives of 80, 90, 78 and 80 yards.
The week ahead
Jim Mora keeps talking about getting injured players back, but the pile just keeps getting larger. The Seahawks coach said on his KIRO-FM radio show this morning that Rob Sims has a high sprain of his left ankle. Also, defensive end Patrick Kerney has a strained groin. Both players were injured in Sunday’s game.
This week’s on-field task is gearing up for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who slapped a 37-17 loss on the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Jaguars (2-2) are capable of pounding the ball at opposing defenses with Maurice Jones-Drew (296 rushing yards and five TDs). But against the Titans, QB David Garrard completed 27 of 37 for 323 yards and three TDs in leading scoring drives on five the Jags’ first six possessions.