When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PDT, Lucas Oil Stadium
Records: Seahawks 1-2, Colts 3-0
TV: KCPQ/13 (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Chris Myers)
Radio: 710 ESPN and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)
The Seahawks defense vs. Colts QB Peyton Manning: It’s not just the 11 starters, but also those players who are used in the rotation on the line and in the secondary in the nickel and dime defenses. Manning will tax their patient, test their resolve and exploit even the slightest weakness. The Seahawks must find a way to at least get some pressure on Manning and also disrupt the timing of the Colts’ passing game by being physical with receivers Reggie Wayne (20 receptions, 16.3-yard average, two touchdowns), Dallas Clark (18 for 15.8 and two) and Pierre Garcon (seven for 19.4 and two). In the end, the best way for the Seahawks to defense Manning and the league’s top-ranked passing game might be to try and keep everything in front of them, so they don’t give up any quick scores.
One to watch
Seahawks OTs Ray Willis and Brandon Frye vs. Colts DEs Robert Mathis and Raheem Brock: Even without spinning-top pass-rusher Dwight Freeney (thigh injury), the Colts are capable of bringing the heat in passing situations – and also against the run. Mathis and Brock have combined for three sacks and four pressures, as well as 19 tackles. Willis and Frye will need to deal with their up-the-field pressure against the run as well as the pass if Seneca Wallace is to have time to pass and Julius Jones room to run.
Fun to watch
MLB Lofa Tatupu vs. Manning: This is the game within the game that is the Seahawks’ defense vs. the AFC offensive player of the month for September. Tatupu returns just in time for the cat-and-mouse segment of the prolonged pre-snap portion of the Colts’ offense. It’s during this arm-waving, finger-pointing, foot-lifting ritual that Manning tries to create the mismatch he will manipulate. It will be up to Tatupu to make the proper counter adjustments to try and minimize Manning’s extended excursion into audibles – the real, as well as the exaggerated.
The Colts have a league-best 12-game winning streak in regular-season games, dating back to last season. … The Colts also have won 10 of their past 11 home games against NFC teams. … Colts WR Reggie Wayne is looking for his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game. … Since 2007, the Colts’ Dallas Clark leads all NFL tight ends with 19 touchdown catches. … The teams have not met in the regular season since Christmas Eve in 2005, when the Seahawks won 28-13 at Qwest Field for their franchise-record 11th consecutive victory. … The last game between the two teams in Indianapolis was in 1997, when the Seahawks won 31-3. … FS Antoine Bethea leads the Colts in tackles (25), while backup MLB David Hawthorne paces the Seahawks (with 16 of his 22 coming last week).