INDIANAPOLIS – The third and final look at a dual-threat quarterback for the Colts defense will come on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Seattle (4-0) quarterback Russell Wilson was drafted in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft but he led his team further than any rookie quarterback last season.
In the Seahawks 23-20 overtime victory on Sunday, it was Wilson’s feet that kept Seattle in the game in erasing a 17-point third quarter deficit to the Houston Texans.
After struggling to defend Terrelle Pryor in Week One, the Colts bounced back to shut down Colin Kaepernick in a Week Three victory.
While Wilson is a very impressive passer of the football, he still has 27 rushes for 131 yards this season.
The Seattle offense is still without the services of Percy Harvin and the offensive line has battled injuries early in 2013.
Yet, Pro Bowler Marshawn Lynch (308 rushing yards) is still in the backfield and he’s leading the Seattle offense to the fifth best rushing attack in the NFL.
Even with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley departing last season, the Seattle defense is still among the league’s best.
The physical secondary had a pair of timely interceptions in Sunday’s comeback win and the Seattle defense leads the league with 13 takeaways.
Seattle is allowing just 11 points per game in 2013 after leading the NFL in defense last season.
The Seahawks have a 62-point differential after four games in 2013, which is the second best in the NFL.
Sunday’s contest for the Colts starts a stretch of four games against teams with combined records of 12-4.
The Colts will have three primetime games during that stretch including a bye week on Oct. 27.
2013 Record: 4-0, 1st in the NFC West.
Head Coach: Pete Carroll, 4th season as Seahawks head coach and 8th NFL season as head coach (61-54 overall regular season, 3-4 overall in postseason).
2013 NFL Rankings: Offense – Overall, 13th (352.2); Rushing, 5th (144.2); Passing, 25th (208.0) Defense – Overall, 5th (300.2); Rushing, 18th (109.0); Passing, 4th (191.2).
2013 Leading Passer: Russell Wilson (59-of-96 comp., 787 yards, 61.5 pct., 6 TDs, 3 INTs).
2013 Leading Rusher: Marshawn Lynch (79 carries, 308 yards, 3 TDs).
2013 Leading Receiver: Golden Tate (13 receptions, 175 yards, 0 TDs).
2013 Leading Sacker: Michael Bennett and Cam McDonald (2.5).
2013 Turnover Breakdown: Plus 7 (3rd in the NFL).
2013 NFL Draft Results: Seattle traded its first round pick in 2013 for the electric Percy Harvin. While Seattle is still awaiting Harvin’s debut, having a player of his caliber with Wilson and Lynch would make for a formidable offense for the Seahawks. Seattle chose big running back Christine Michael out of Texas A&M in the second round. The Seahawks beefed up in the interior of the defensive line by drafting Jordan Hill (Penn State) and Jesse Williams (Alabama) in the third and fifth rounds respectively.
2012 Review: After a pair of 7-9 seasons to start his career with Seattle, Pete Carroll turned in an impressive 11-5 campaign and was a whisker away from making the NFC Championship last year. The Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and the dual-threat rookie was terrific in his first year in the NFL. Seattle won seven of its final eight games and thanks to the league’s top defense, the Seahawks earned a Wild Card berth.
Last time in Playoffs: 2012 season. Lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 30-28, in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Last time in Super Bowl: 2005 season. Lost Super Bowl XL, 21-10, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Super Bowl Championships: None.
2013 Pro Bowl Selections: RB-Marshawn Lynch, OT-Russell Okung, FS-Earl Thomas, C-Max Unger, KR-Leon Washington, QB-Russell Wilson.