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Seahawks send Colts to eighth straight preseason loss

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- All Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander had
to do was keep pace with Indianapolis' starters Sunday night. Done.

Leonard Weaver and the Seattle backups overwhelmed the rest of
the Colts.

Weaver rushed for one touchdown, Mike Green returned an
interception for another and Josh Brown kicked three field goals to
give the defending NFC champions a 30-17 victory at Indianapolis.

"As bad as we were last week, that's how well we played
today," Hasselbeck said. "What a difference it makes when you win
a game, just the attitude, the energy in the locker room."

The game, which featured the NFL's last two MVPs -- Peyton
Manning and Alexander -- for a little more than one quarter, had a
distinctly preseason look to it.

Indianapolis, which has now lost eight straight preseason games
and nine of 10 dating to 2004, tried an onside kick and a fake
punt, and during one short span in the fourth quarter, the two
teams traded possessions twice in three plays. By the end, only a
smattering of fans remained in their seats.

The starters for both teams, however, looked sharp.

Alexander ran five times for 20 yards and set up the Seahawks
first scoring drive. Hasselbeck completed 8-of-9 passes for 88
yards although he was sacked twice. It was enough to give Seattle a
chance.

The Colts offense, as usual, looked good.

Manning completed six of his first seven passes and had a
perfect rating of 158.3 in the first quarter before finishing
6-of-9 for 140 yards with one touchdown and a 146.8 rating. And
Marvin Harrison turned a spectacular one-handed grab on the run
into a 35-yard gain on the Colts' second series. It was his only
catch of the night.

The Colts also finished with 93 yards rushing, nearly triple
their total from the preseason opener at St. Louis.

"It's always good to go out and get a drive on that first
series," Manning said. "The second drive was going good, too,
until an unfortunate fumble."

Tony Dungy was more upset with the litany of miscues that
followed the starters' departure.

"It's disappointing because we made some of the same errors we
made last week," he said. "You can't fumble the ball and drop the
ball against a team like Seattle. They were good enough to take
advantage of it."

Manning opened the game with a crisp 78-yard scoring drive that
ended with a nifty 30-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne.

Seattle answered with Brown's 30-yard field goal, and then
Manning went back to work.

After Harrison's circus catch, Manning had the Colts in scoring
position again when he connected with tight end Ben Utecht on a
27-yard pass to the Seahawks 11. One problem: Julian Peterson
stripped the ball and Michael Boulware recovered to end the threat.

It was all Seattle the rest of the way.

Peter Warrick's 25-yard punt return put the Seahawks at the
Colts 40 midway through the second quarter, and Weaver scored on a
1-yard run five plays later to give Seattle a 10-7 lead. Weaver
carried 14 times for 51 yards.

Manning's backup, Jim Sorgi entered the game on the ensuing
series, but was hit hard on each of his first two passes. The
second fluttered toward the sideline where Green picked it off and
ran it back 18 yards to make it 17-7.

The second hit knocked Sorgi out with an injury apparently to
his throwing shoulder. Dungy said the Colts would re-evaluate the
injury Monday.

Brown's 39-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half
made it 20-7, and the teams traded field goals in the third quarter
to make it 23-10.

Then came another preseason caper -- when Weaver fumbled near the
goal line and center Chris Spencer fell on it for a touchdown to
make it 30-10.

"Our second guys knew they were going to play a lot,"
Alexander said. "Coach Holmgren just really stressed to them that
their lives are on the line. Sometimes when your backs are against
the wall, you can't help but throw punches."

The Colts got a 1-yard run from Tony Hollings with 7:33 left,
but could get no closer.

Both teams were missing a handful of starters.

The Colts played without defensive tackle Montae Reagor,
cornerback Jason David, safeties Mike Doss and Bob Sanders and
guard Ryan Lilja. Also sitting out was receiver Brandon Stokley.

The Seahawks held out defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, defensive
end Grant Wistrom, Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu, tight end
Jerramy Stevens and receiver Darrell Jackson.

Game notes
The Colts distributed 56,596 tickets, their highest total
for a preseason game in 20 years. Indy had 57,969 on Aug. 30, 1986,
a 23-20 loss to Minnesota. ... Ken Hamlin, who had one tackle last
week against Dallas, made two tackles against the Colts in his
second game back after he fractured his skull in a street fight
last October. ... Colts backup running back James Mungro left in
the third quarter with a knee injury, and defensive end Johnathan
Goddard left with a foot injury. Neither returned.

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