Colt miscues help Seattle get preseason win

The mantra at Seattle Seahawks training camp this year has been that the team needs to be better at taking the ball away from their opponents. If Seattle's second preseason game is any indication, that plea has been heard and answered as the Seahawks caused two fumbles and forced an interception in their 30-17 win over the Colts.

Things didn't start off great for the Seahawks as QB Peyton Manning took the Colts on a 12-play, 78 yard touchdown drive ending when WR Reggie Wayne caught a 30-yard touchdown pass in front of Seahawks CB Marcus Trufant.

During the scoring drive the Colts ran at will on Seattle sending starting running back Dominic Rhodes off tackle several times for large gains. Seattle tightened up later in the evening, but that certainly had to concern Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren and defensive coordinator John Marshall.

Seattle's Josh Scobey took the ensuing kickoff back 55-yards and an offside penalty placed the ball on Indianapolis' 44-yard line. Then it was Seattle's turn to answer.

QB Matt Hasselbeck hit TE Itula Mili on a nice swing pass for seven yards, RB Shaun Alexander gashed the Colts defense for gains of six and 11 yards and Hasselbeck connected with wide receivers Bobby Engram and Nate Burleson on short tosses ending up at the Indianapolis nine-yard line.

However, Hasselbeck was sacked for an 18-yard loss and after a Mack Strong run up the middle for 11 yards on third-and-goal from the 23, Seattle settled for a 29-yard Josh Brown field goal.

Manning had an answer and drove the Colts deep into Seattle territory and hit TE Ben Utecht deep across the middle at the Seattle 12-yard line, but LB Julian Peterson stripped the ball free and SS Michael Boulware, seeing his first preseason action of the season, recovered and the Seahawks averted danger.

After WR Peter Warrick, who seemed to really assert himself in this game, returned a punt 25 yards to the Colts' 45, Hasselbeck got right to work on driving Seattle to the go-ahead score.

Alexander was pulled from action the rest of the evening and backup running back Leonard Weaver was handed the rock and he rumbled for a one-yard touchdown, after two big plays from Hasselbeck to WR Bobby Engram.

Hasselbeck hit Engram with a 19-yard pass and then, later in the drive, rolled out and hit Engram on the right side for a 10-yard gain before the wideout was knocked out at the one-yard line.

With Seattle leading 10-7, Manning was pulled in favor of backup QB Jim Sorgi, but his time under center didn't last long.

Peterson, playing right defensive end in the nickel, came off the edge unblocked and hit Sorgi as he was throwing, allowing SS Mike Green to intercept the pass at the 18 and waltz into the endzone untouched.

Sorgi appeared to hurt his throwing shoulder on the play and so Colts head coach Tony Dungy went with a familiar face, QB Shaun King, who he coached in Tampa Bay, to run the offense the rest of the game.

King looked a bit rusty, but did have the benefit of rookie RB Joseph Addai behind him and the youngster from LSU took advantage of the starting offensive line in front of him.

He gashed Seattle's second-string defense for 23 yards on five carries and even added 16 yards on a well-designed screen-pass. But when it counted, he couldn't gain the necessary yardage on two straight plays and Seattle held the Colts on fourth-and-one at their own 47, allowing their offense time to end the half with a scoring opportunity.

QB Seneca Wallace entered the game, giving Hasselbeck the rest of the evening off, and drove the team down to the Colt 21 and Brown added a 39-yard field goal to conclude the first half.

Seattle headed into the locker room with the lead 20-7.

In the second half, substitutions were the name of the game as several players got their chance to shine in front of the coaching staff.

Indianapolis K Shane Andrus, who was unemployed until earlier this week, hit 37-yard field goal to bring the score to 20-10. The Colts' regular kicker, Adam Vinateri, was held out of action this week to rest his leg.

Wallace showed a much better command of the offense in his second preseason game, taking Seattle from it's own 26 to the Indianapolis 17 using his arm and his legs to get yardage when the team needed it.

Seattle even converted a fourth down of their own when Wallace rolled to the right and scampered four yards on fourth-and-two. But ultimately, the drive stalled, and Brown had to convert a 35-yard field goal, giving Seattle a 23-10 lead.

After the Seahawks defense stopped Indianapolis again on fourth down, Wallace took Seattle on an eight-play, 60-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Weaver one-yard touchdown plunge.

With Seattle leading 30-10, King and the Colts proceeded on a six-play, 80 yard drive of their own, aided by a pass interference call on Seattle CB Lance Frazier at the Seahawks' 20. Colts running back Tony Hollings went over left tackle for a one-yard touchdown to end the scoring.

Seattle will now prepare to face the San Diego Chargers next Saturday (August 26th) before concluding the preseason at home against the Oakland Raiders on August 31st.

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