Up next: Indianapolis Colts

Posted Oct 1, 2013

The unbeaten Seahawks travel to Indianapolis this week to face a 3-1 Colts team that has outscored its past two opponents 64-10.

A look at the Seahawks’ Week 5 opponent as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Colts in Indianapolis:

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. PT, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Record: 3-1 after Sunday’s 37-3 victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville

Where they rank: No. 10 on offense (4th rushing, 23rd passing); No. 8 on defense (tied for 16th rushing, 7th passing)

TV: FOX (Q13 in Seattle), with Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews

Series: Colts lead 6-4, including a 34-17 victory in Indianapolis in the last meeting on Oct. 4, 2009

Star power:

Andrew Luck. How do you replace Peyton Manning? With a whole lot of Luck. The Colts made Luck the first pick in last year’s NFL Draft after releasing Manning in March. Luck hasn’t made anyone forget Manning, a four-time league MVP and 11-time Pro Bowl selection during his 14 seasons with the Colts who is having another MVP season for the unbeaten Denver Broncos. But Luck is showing that there is indeed football life after Manning. Luck directed the Colts to an 11-5 record last season and they’re 3-1 this season. The 6-foot-4, 239-pound Luck passed for 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, but with 918 yards and five TD passes in four games he’s on pace for “only” 3,672 yards and 20 TD passes this season. “One of the good things about being here is I don’t feel I’m being held to some Peyton Manning standard,” the Stanford-educated Luck said earlier this season. “I’m just trying to be me.” And that would be? “He’s like a big kid out there playing Pee Wee football,” Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said.

Unsung hero:

Darius Butler. The Colts’ nickel back returned an interception for a touchdown against the Jaguars last week – his third pick-six since joining Indy last season and the fourth of his career on eight interceptions. “I’m batting .500. I’ll take that,” Butler told the Indianapolis Star after Sunday’s game. “Turning a turnover into points, there’s nothing better than that. It’s like a kick return (for a TD) or a blocked punt. It’s that quick turnaround that demoralizes a team.” Sunday, Butler frequently will be matched against Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks’ slot receiver has just 12 receptions, but nine have produced first downs and seven have come on third downs.

On the spot/Burning question:

These categories are one in the same this week, and we turn to Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz for the question: “When will Trent Richardson look like the stud running back the Colts believe him to be?” The Colts acquired Richardson, the third pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, on Sept. 18 for their first-round pick in next year’s draft. So far? Well, as Richard put it after running 20 times for 60 yards against the Jaguars, “I need to make contributions to this team. But the big runs will come. I know they will.”

“Some people say our DBs are Top 5 in the league. I dare say they’re the best. They give us time to get to the quarterback. I’m lovin’ ’em.”

Robert Mathis, who tied his career high with three sacks against the Jaguars

Numbers to know:

64-10, combined score of the Colts’ back-to-back wins over the 49ers and Jaguars. … 7, quarters without allowing a touchdown by the Colts’ defense. … 12, drives of 10-plus play by the Colts’ offense in four games (compared to five by the Seahawks). … 38.7, passer rating for Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert on Sunday. … 1, sacks needed by outside linebacker Robert Mathis to reach 100 for his career.

Familiar faces:

Backup QB Matt Hasselbeck was the Seahawks’ starter from 2001-10 and was voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team. … DE Cory Redding played for the Seahawks in 2009. … Long snapper Matt Overton played at Western Washington University and had two offseason stints with the Seahawks in 2007 and 2010.