While the game started as predicted, with the Colts offense struggling to manage the crowd noise, things started to change quickly. Guard Jeremy Vujnovich was involved in another foot/ankle issue shortly after the snap, this time resulting in rookie center Deyshawn Bond stepping on his foot and exiting the game. Nothing makes the crowd noise harder than bringing in the third string center who likely got very few reps with the first team in practice leading up to this game.
The rest of the first quarter plays for the Colts were made by young faces. Undrafted punter Rigoberto Sanchez put a beauty just short of the end zone and Kenny Moore leaped to keep the ball in play — it was downed at the one. The Colts defense nearly had a safety on the Seahawks first run with Eddie Lacy. Then rookie nickel corner Nate Hairston came on a corner blitz and sacked Russell Wilson for a safety.
The second quarter started the way the Colts would like, winning a second challenge (including one for the safety) which gave the Colts offense the ball back with an opportunity to get something going. Instead, Brissett made his second big mistake by trying to force a pass to Kamar Aiken on an out route. You could see that he identified and then tried to squeeze it in to Aiken. The physical play by the Seattle cornerback Justin Coleman kept Aiken from making a clean break to the outside and made an easy play on the ball.
Of course, wouldn’t you know that the unflappable second-year quarterback came in on the next drive, made a couple of big completions and ran for 25-yards. Once the Colts got inside the five yard line it took a few hard fought plays but eventually Robert Turbin got the call for a tough goal line touchdown run. The following 2-point conversion failed.
The Colts defense stepped up again on the next drive. After getting pressure on Russell Wilson on two plays in a row, Wilson threw to the sideline and safety Matthias Farley made a great play to bat the ball down to himself and get his feet in for the turnover. It was almost... Malik Hooker college highlight-esque.
On the Colts final drive of the half, Brissett showed once again that he is able to stay calm in the face of pressure and complete passes and make plays to keep drives going. He throws a nice football and absolutely loves throwing back shoulder to Donte Moncrief. While it is clear that there will be no quarterback controversy in Indianapolis when Luck returns healthy, this young man is playing his way into a permanent starting job somewhere in the NFL.
The score at half time is the Colts 15 and the Seahawks 10.