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Russell Wilson threw three of his four first-half touchdowns on Sunday and Seattle cracked down in the second half to close a 28-16 season opener at Indianapolis.

The defending NFC West champions have won 12 of their last 13 games in Sunday morning’s time slot.


Indy lost their eighth straight opening game, the last five with various starting quarterbacks.

Wilson was sensational in his first act with new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, destroying a top-10 defense that entered the season with even higher aspirations.

But against Seattle’s revamped offense, Wilson made sure the Colts’ defense never stood a chance.

While he didn’t take any pre-season snaps, the eight-time Pro Bowler led the Seahawks to touchdowns in their first two drives, teaming up with Tyler Lockett on a twist grip over the top. ‘shoulder for a 23-yard TD pass to make it 7-3 and find Gerald Everett for a 9-yard lead to give Seattle a 14-3 lead.

Carson Wentz responded with a 10-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal, reducing Indy’s deficit to 14-10.

But Wilson finished the half with a 69-yard throw to Lockett after breaking free behind two Colts safeties. Wilson finished the half with a perfect passer rating of 158.3 and finished 18 of 23 with 254 yards. His final score of 152.3 was the second highest in his 10-year career and his best score in a September game.

Wilson sealed the win with a 15-yard pass to Pro Bowl receiver DK Metcalf with 6:41 left to make it 28-10.

While the Colts’ defense played better in the second half, the offense stalled. Wentz was under constant pressure and Indy didn’t score until Wentz connected with Pascal on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 2:08 to go.

Wentz was 25 of 38 with 251 yards and two scores in his Colts debut.



Seahawks: Lockett finished with four receptions for 100 yards while Metcalf caught four passes for 60 yards. … Chris Carson ran 16 times for 91 yards. … Wilson scored his 99th victory. … Seattle is now 1-2 all-time at Lucas Oil Stadium. … Only one of the last six games of this series has been decided by less than seven points.

Colts: Wentz fell to 0-6 against Seattle. … Indy has allowed three sacks after dropping the NFL’s second-lowest number (71) in the previous three seasons. … Jonathan Taylor had 17 carries for 56 yards and six catches for 60 yards. … First-round draft pick Kwity Paye recovered a fumble in his NFL debut.


Seahawks: Receiver Penny Hart did not return after being diagnosed with a concussion. Backup running back Rashaad Penny also left early with a calf injury.

Colts: Indy played without starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes (calf) and four-time Pro Bowl receiver TY Hilton (neck surgery). Cornerback Isaiah Rodgers left briefly in the first half after a punt return, but came back.


Seahawks: Hosts defending AFC South champions Tennessee next Sunday.

Colts: Stay in the NFC West, hosting the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.

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