Countdown to kickoff

Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium, on a beautiful day in Indianapolis. So beautiful, in fact, that they’ve opened the lid on the Colts’ new home.

The talk all week was how the Seahawks’ defense was going to weather the storm that is the Colts’ top-ranked passing game, and the pre-snap antics that QB Peyton Manning goes through to try and create a mismatch to exploit.

It’s not just idle chatter, especially when Manning is playing against NFC opponents. His passer rating is 10 points higher against the NFC (108.4) than the AFC (98.5) since 2002. Also, two of Manning’s three perfect rating games during that span have come against NFC teams, and of his six games with at least five TD passes four have come against NFC teams.

Then there’s the fact that the Colts are 3-0 and coming off wins on the road against a pair of defending division champs in a six-day period (Miami and Arizona). But the three-game winning streak to open the season has come against opponents that are a combined 2-8.

The Seahawks made a roster move Saturday, signing tackle Kyle Williams off the practice squad – an insurance move because left tackle Brandon Frye has a strained groin and left guard Rob Sims a strained oblique. To clear a roster spot, veteran fullback Justin Griffith was released.

We’ll be back later with the inactive, a list that will include LB Leroy Hill, OT Walter Jones and OT Sean Locklear and likely will include QB Matt Hasselbeck.


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