Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Colts face a tall challenge against Seattle
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS – Containing quarterback Russell Wilson is not the only task the Indianapolis Colts face as they take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The other challenge for the Colts will be on the outside when they are on offense. They are about to go up against the best cornerback tandem in the league: Seattle's starters Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively. Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle's defense as fast and physical. Quarterback Andrew Luck called it their biggest game of the young season.
“They get up in your face, they're great pass-man corner guys, they challenge you, they make it extremely difficult to get off the line of scrimmage, so our guys are going to have to do a great job of working constantly to get away from those guys,” Pagano said. “They basically get up there and get their hands on you and they can take you out of a game.”
Darrius Heyward-Bey is the Colts' tallest receiver at 6-foot-2. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are 6-0 and 5-foot-9. Hilton said the key to be able to get off their jams at the line of scrimmage.
“They're going to try to use their advantage and their advantage is height and long arms,” Hilton said. “I'm just going to work on my technique and get better at the line.”
The Seahawks (4-0) are a stingy team when it comes to their pass defense. They're only giving up 191 yards a game through the air. Timing will be key for the Colts (3-1) since the Seahawks like to play a press coveragae. Luck cannot afford to have communication issues with his receivers like he did early in the game against Jacksonville last weekend as Seattle will make him pay. The Seahawks are tied for third in the league in interceptions with seven. Sherman returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of their overtime victory over the Houston Texans last week.
“Richard's got incredible ball skills,” Luck said. “They have all the attributes. Not just fast, they can also catch the ball. We've got our work cut out for us. We're excited about the challenge. You want to face good players, great players.”
It's a good thing the Colts don't strictly rely on the passing game anymore. They're able to run the ball -- fourth in the league -- if the Seahawks give them problems in the passing game. But don't expect Luck to shy away from going after Seattle. He doesn't think that way and Wayne won't let it happen.
“Our receivers know what they're going up against,” Luck said. “I have all the faith in the world in them. They'll run great routes. I don't think it changes the rhythm of the drop or the throws. You just have to realize you have to put it in the right spot. It really goes for every week.”