SEAHAWKS’ NEXT OPPONENT
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2)
5:30 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field, Ch. 5
Line: Seahawks by 13.
Against the Seahawks: Colts lead the series 7-4. This is their second game in Seattle in the last 16 years. The Seahawks beat them at CenturyLink Field on Christmas Eve 2005, 28-13, on their way to their first Super Bowl. The Colts have won the last two meetings, in 2009 and ’13, both in Indiana. The Colts’ last win in Seattle was Oct. 15, 2000, in Husky Stadium while the Seahawks waited for their new downtown stadium to be built.
What to know: The Colts still don’t have quarterback Andrew Luck, who has yet to play this season after shoulder surgery. They struggled last year (8-8) with him. They’ve been hurting even more without him. They got hammered, 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams, on opening day. That was with Scott Tolzein at quarterback. The last two games have been with former Florida, North Carolina State and New England Patriots backup Jacoby Brissett at QB. The Colts lost Brissett’s first start two weeks ago at home in overtime 16-13 to Arizona, blowing a second-half lead. Last weekend they went ahead 28-7 on winless Cleveland at home, then held on for a 31-28 win. … Luck may practice next week. … Brissett has completed 37 of 61 passes (60.7 percent) of his passes in his two starts, 475 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 83.7. … Brissett has worked in the past at Russell Wilson’s summer football camps in Raleigh, North Carolina. When I talked to Brissett at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February 2016, I asked him if he admired the way Wilson played. "Most definitely," Brissett said then. "I mean, you watch his game, and it’s evident that’s all he does is work. He tries to perfect his craft." … You think the Seahawks have issues in pass protection? So do the Colts. They’ve allowed 11 sacks in three games. That’s five more than Seattle has, though Wilson’s elusiveness has saved it from more. … Former 49ers lead man Frank Gore in the Colts’ leading rusher through three games with 145 yards, 21 fewer than Seattle rookie Chris Carson. The No. 2 back is former Seahawk Robert Turbin. … T.Y. Hilton remains the Colts’ top receiver. He had seven catches for 153 yards from Brissett last weekend against the Browns. … The Colts are 29th in the NFL in total offense, 20th in points scored, 29th in total defense and 31st in points allowed through three games. Foes are scoring 30 points per game on them. … Indianapolis is 29th in the league against the pass so far, getting lit up by Jared Goff, Carson Palmer before throttling Cleveland rookie Deshone Kizer. The Colts intercepted him three times and held him to 46 percent on his throws last weekend. … The Browns actually out-gained the Colts 346 yards to 335. . … Rookie first-round pick Malik Hooker became a starting safety in week two and remained there last weekend. The Colts rotated Darius Butler and Mattias Fairley at strong safety, but Hooker played the entire game.
Quotable: "He’s growing. He’ll continue to grow, continue to get better. We’ll continue to add as much as we can add and not overdo it to give him some more tools in his toolbox." – Colts coach Chuck Pagano on the work in progress with Brissett, to reporters in Indianapolis this week.