Good morning. We’re getting an early start today with the game taking place in Indianapolis. We’ll have the live chat again today, beginning around 9:30 a.m., with our own Ryan Divish hosting the event from his palatial estate in T-Town. I’ll be checking in as well with injury updates and other tidbits of note as the game progresses. So I hope to hear from you during the chat.
Here are a couple keys to look for in today’s game against the Colts
Get off the field – The defense has to find a way to get off the field on third down. The Colts are seventh in the league in third down percentage at 44 percent, so it will be important for Seattle’s defense to make plays and win on third down.
Break Jones loose – Julius Jones ran for 98 yards on 20 carries last week against a good defense in Chicago. The Seahawks need to rely on the hard runner to keep the chains moving and keep the ball away from the Colts explosive offense by sustaining long drives. Jones should have some fans at Lucas Oil Stadium, with Notre Dame only a couple hours away.
Big play Burleson – Nate Burleson is Seattle’s leading receiver, with 20 catches for 229 yards and a score. Burleson needs to make a couple, explosive plays today in order to make it easier for Seattle to get into scoring position, either in the kick return game or on offense.
Get in the end zone – Seattle was only 2-of-4 in the red zone last week, settling for field goals too many times when they got near the end zone. The Seahawks must score touchdowns when they get in the end zone in order to keep up with the Colts offense.
My story today focuses on quarterback Seneca Wallace and where he’s at in terms of his development as a quarterback. Is he a traditional quarterback or just a playmaker? Can he lead a team as a starter in this league, or is he a career backup? I took a stab at those questions today.
TNT columnist Dave Boling says even if Seattle’s loses today they can still scramble and get back to .500 before the bye week.
More Boling: Mora says the defense will use wrist bands and numbers to call the defense, in order to keep Peyton Manning guessing.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com predicts a long day for the Seahawks in Indy.
More Johns: Lofa Tatupu will match wits with Manning today.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle offers three keys to today’s game, which includes the defense creating Turnovers.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Start joins ESPN’s John Clayton to talk about the Colts-Hawks matchup in this audio link. The conversation begins about 22 minutes in.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says controlling tempo through the running game will be important for Seattle.
Chappell of the Indianapolis Star agrees with Farnsworth.
Rod Mar of Seahawks.com offers some good pictures from last week’s Chicago game.