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Enemy Reaction 2017: Indianapolis Colts

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NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 46-18, with Seattle outscoring Indy 36-3 after halftime. There was definitely reason to be at least a little bit nervous when the Colts took a 15-10 lead, but once the 18-18 tie was broken (thanks to Shaquill Griffin J.D. McKissic)

When the Seahawks win, that means it’s Enemy Reaction time, and for the first time ever, we’re spotlighting the Colts. Opponent game thread comments are courtesy of Stampede Blue. Enjoy!

Russell Wilson gets sacked in the end zone for a safety (3-2 SEA)

Justin Coleman with the pick-6 (10-2 SEA)

Good call, btownfritz!

Jacoby Brissett scrambles for 25-yard gain (10-2 SEA)

Robert Turbin punches it in from a yard out (10-8 SEA)

Russell Wilson gets picked off by Matthias Farley (10-8 SEA)

Famous last words...

Donte Moncrief gives the Colts the lead (15-10 IND)

Blair Walsh pushes a 37-yard field goal wide right (15-10 IND)

Russell Wilson takes off for 23-yard touchdown run (16-15 SEA)

Doug Baldwin is wide open for the two-point conversion (18-15 SEA)

Jimmy Graham’s drop gifts an interception to Malik Hooker, Colts tie the game on an Adam Vinatieri field goal (18-18)

Eddie LacyyyyyyyyyyyyyyJD McKissic runs for his first NFL touchdown (25-18 SEA)

Your wish is granted, SouthKoreaDave

Marcus Smith strip-sacks Jacoby Brissett, Bobby Wagner returns fumble for a touchdown (32-18 SEA)

Wilson to Willson (39-18 SEA)

Wilson to McKissic, just because they can (46-18 SEA Final)

Post-Game: A tale of two halves (Andrew Ites, Horseshoe Heroes)

On the bright side, it was very encouraging to see Jacoby Brissett step up to a major challenge. He did not look phased at all, and he relished the opportunity to perform in primetime.

The Colts’ running game still didn’t give him much help as they averaged less than 4 yards per carry, and the receiving corps dropped a few very catchable passes.

Colts fans would like to burn the tape of tonight’s second half, but there were plenty of positive takeaways from the team’s toughest test of the season thus far.

Post-Game: Everyone saw the collapse coming (Gregg Doyel, Indy Star)

Not sure if it’s ADD or coaching incompetence or lack of stamina or lack of talent or some combination of all of that, but the Colts have become the anti-Colts of recent years. Remember how we used to bemoan the Colts for their slow starts?

Yeah, those were the days. Back then, the Colts would spot the other team three or four touchdowns and they’d bear down and decide to play football and come close and still lose and coach Chuck Pagano would congratulate his team for not giving up. The Colts were the orange-wedge kings. They never gave up, and that was celebrated in the locker room like this was youth soccer or something. Orange wedges for everyone!

This season, there are orange wedges for no one. The Colts start well and then fall apart, either because they’re not coached well and make stupid mistakes (against Arizona) or because they’re not coached well and go conservative and almost blow it (conservative football nearly cost them against Cleveland) or they’re just not very talented and get exposed for the physically inferior NFL team that they are. That’s what happened in the opener against Los Angeles, and it’s what happened Sunday against Seattle.

Post-Game Video: Fire Chuck Pagano (Luke Diamond Indianapolis Colts)

Post-Game Audio: Opponent audio recap with Colts announcers Bob Lamey and Jim Sorgi (via Softy Mahler Show)

Enemy Preaction: Los Angeles Rams (Turf Show Times)

It’s fair to say that this weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Rams is the biggest matchup between the two sides since week 17 of the 2010 season, when the Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with a 7-9 record by snatching the NFC West away from the Rams. A win for the Rams would see them go two games clear of the Seahawks, plus have the early head-to-head tiebreaker. If Seattle prevails on enemy soil, something they haven’t managed since last season’s thriller against the Patriots, then they’ll own the tiebreaker and sit atop the NFC West heading into the bye week. When Jeff Fisher was head coach, the Rams were a consistent thorn in Seattle’s side, but will the same pattern continue with Sean McVay and his vastly improved offense? I can’t wait for this one, and I’m sure neither can Rams fans who’ve waited for more than a decade to make the playoffs.

Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks.