Seahawks: 6 takeaways from their convincing Week 1 win vs. Colts

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The Seattle Seahawks have won their first game of the season, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 28-16 on their own field.

Here are a few takeaways from today’s game.

Shane Waldron's offense looks exceptional

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It's difficult to imagine a better debut for offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. Facing a very-respectable Colts defense on the road in his first game as a playcaller at this level, Waldron looked like a genius. His scheme was creative, made things easy on Russell Wilson, utilized motion and play action and got almost all of the pieces involved. Scoring 28 points in Indianapolis is no small feat. If Seattle's offense can maintain this pace most of the season, this team should be a serious contender.

Russell Wilson was in rare form

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The most obvious beneficiary of Waldron's success was Russell Wilson, who had three touchdowns and a perfect passer rating in the first half without even looking at D.K. Metcalf. His connection with Tyler Lockett was sharp as ever - the two combined for 100 yards and two scores. Things slowed down a bit in the second half, but Wilson still finished the afternoon 18/23 for 254 yards, four touchdowns and a 152.3 rating. Wilson should be thrilled to finally be working with a playcaller who can elevate his game.

Tight ends could be serious contributors

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Seattle's top two tight ends Gerald Everett and Will Dissly were very active in the passing game, which is a huge departure at that position over the last several years in the absence of Jimmy Graham. Together, they combined for five catches, 57 yards and a touchdown. Everett lined up all over the field and looks like he'll be a serious contributor.

A truly-balanced attack

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Seattle's offense was the true balance involved. Not only did Waldron and Wilson take advantage of all their receiving talents, but the run game was also efficient - which should please coach Pete Carroll. Chris Carson posted 91 yards on 16 carries (5.7 YPC) and added another 26 on three catches. Dee Eskridge is also a sneaky rushing weapon, chipping in 22 more yards on two attempts. Rashaad Penny left the game early with a calf injury but it didn't matter.

Carson Wentz was better than expected

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The last time we saw Carson Wentz on the field with the Eagles he looked like a shell of his former self, constantly trying to play hero ball and making horrific mistakes in the process. He was a completely different quarterback today under the familiar influence of Frank Reich, though. Wentz generally took what the defense gave up and threw well under pressure, posting 251 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz ran into a brick wall in the second half, though...

Seattle's defensive line is growing strong

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After a rough start to the game, Seattle's defensive line started getting consistent pressure on Carson Wentz after halftime and his performance fell off quite a bit. Along the way, we saw flashes from Darrell Taylor, Kerry Hyder Kr., Carlos Dunlap and Bryan Mone. As a team, they totaled three sacks and 10 quarterback hits on Wentz. They also managed to contain Jonathan Taylor to just 56 yards on 17 carries. Coming into this season, we knew Seattle had a great safety duo, a strong linebacker corps and a relatively weak cornerback group. Defensively, the x-factor is going to be the performance of their front line, which could go either way. So far, they seem to have picked up where they left off last season, trending in the right direction. [vertical-gallery id=74005]

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