Colts stumble into 28-16 loss vs. Seahawks in Week 1

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The Indianapolis Colts (0-1) fell flat in the opener on Sunday, losing 28-16 to the Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 1.

With the loss on Sunday, the Colts have now lost eight(!) regular-season openers in a row. The defense was bullied for much of the first half, allowing 21 points to the Seahawks. Meanwhile, the offensive play-calling was far too conservative despite trailing the majority of the game.

Here’s everything we know from the Week 1 loss:

Final Score: Seahawks 28, Colts 16

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It was over when...

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Russell Wilson connected with D.K. Metcalf for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with 6:41 remaining in the game.

Keys to the game

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Trenches dominated: It wasn't pretty in the trenches on either side of the ball. The defensive line got bullied in the first half. They couldn't stop the run or get viable pressure on Russell Wilson. The offensive line got no push for Jonathan Taylor and had Carson Wentz under pressure throughout the entire day. There were few bright spots in the trenches.

Conservative offense: Despite being down early, Frank Reich kept a conservative play call featuring the run. They weren't getting much going against the Seahawks on the ground, but Reich continued to call runs. Wentz was under pressure a good bit, but the play-calling was bland and conservative for the majority of the game.

Situational football: The Colts weren't great in situational football. On third-down attempts, they were 5/13 (38%) and two of their three fourth-down attempts ended in a botched snap on a quarterback sneak and Braden Smith getting obliterated for a sack on a bull rush. They were also 2/4 (50%) in the red zone.

3 Stars of the game

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WR Zach Pascal: 4 receptions, 43 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs QB Carson Wentz: 25/38 (65.8%), 251 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 102.0 passer rating DT DeForest Buckner: 7 tackles (5 solo), 1.0 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 tackle for loss

Trenches Get Manhandled

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The big storyline from this game will be the inconsistent play from the trenches on both sides of the ball. The defensive line couldn't get much going outside of a stretch during the third quarter. They let Russell Wilson essentially do whatever he wanted in the first half en route to an easy 21 points in the first half. The offensive line fared even worse against a pass rush that isn't considered to be very good. They unofficially allowed 3.0 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. Left tackle Julién Davenport allowed two big sacks while the unit as a whole was shaky. They also paved the way to 26 carries for 90 rushing yards (3.46 YPC) in the run game.

Carson Wentz's Debut

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Despite being under pressure all day against the Seahawks front, Wentz had a solid debut. He was one of the lone bright spots on the offensive side of the ball. Wentz was 25/38 (65.8%) for 251 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 102.0 passer rating. He also added four carries for 23 yards on the ground. The issue with the offense on Sunday was the lack of explosive plays and the conservative play-calling. Rarely did we see the Colts open up the playbook for creativity, which may be a product of it being early in the season. Regardless, Frank Reich needed to dig deeper into the offense despite the offensive line being manhandled.

Injuries

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  • CB Xavier Rhodes (calf), LT Eric Fisher (Achilles), G Danny Pinter (foot) and DE Kemoko Turay (groin) were all inactive due to injuries.

What's next?

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The Colts will look to bounce back with a home game to face the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

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