Colts at Seahawks

  • Saturday, October 14, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

Herald Staff

  • ????Kickoff: 1:15 p.m.

  • ????Site: Husky Stadium

  • ????Radio: KQBZ (100.7 FM)

  • ????Television: coverage blacked out locally

  • ????Indianapolis: 3-2, lost to New England 24-16 last week.

  • ????Seattle: 2-4, lost to Carolina 26-3 last week.

  • ????Indianapolis: Jim Mora, 112-92 in 13th season.

  • ????Seattle: Mike Holmgren, 86-48 in ninth season.

  • ???? When the Seahawks have the ball: Seattle RBs Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander vs. Indianapolis’ run defense.

    The Colts rank 24th in the NFL against the run, and even running back-less New England popped off 177 yards on the ground last week.

    When given the opportunity, Seattle’s running game has been pretty effective this season. The addition of rookie Chris McIntosh at right tackle could help matters.

    And quarterback Brock Huard, making his second NFL start, could certainly use the help.

  • When the Colts have the ball: Seattle SS Kerry Joseph vs. RB Edgerrin James.

    Looking for a defensive spark, Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren inserted Joseph into the starting lineup at the expense of Reggie Tongue. Although Holmgren said it was a temporary move aimed at rewarding Joseph for solid practice play, the third-year veteran has a good opportunity to win the spot outright.

    Should Seattle’s run defense finally slow someone down, Joseph might be viewed as the missing ingredient.

  • Colts: Doubtful: DE Bernard Whittington (groin) and LB Ratcliff Thomas (foot). Questionable: DB Tyrone Poole (finger). Probable: DB Jeff Burris (chest), LB Dwight Hollier (chest), OT Adam Meadows (pneumonia) and DB Mustafah Muhammad (teeth).

  • Seahawks: Questionable: G Frank Beede (calf), FB Reggie Brown (stinger), G Pete Kendall (stinger) and WR Derrick Mayes (finger). Probable: DE Lamer King (ankle).

  • Dec. 20, 1998. Ricky Watters rushed for a career-high 178 yards on 32 carries in a come-from-behind, 27-23 Seahawks win over Indianapolis in the last meeting between these two teams.

  • All three of the Seahawks’ home games this season have taken place at the same time as a Mariners’ game. Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled to be played on Oct. 29 – the date of the Seahawks’ next home contest.

  • Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren hasn’t been shy about predicting how his team will do today.

    Without projecting a victory, Holmgren has promised that Seattle won’t play like it did against the Carolina Panthers last weekend. Good thing, because anything less than perfection on defense might be catastrophic.

    Seattle’s offense will rely on its running game to set up the pass. Veteran Ricky Watters has been solid, and rookie Shaun Alexander looks ready for prime time. Their success would take some heat off Brock Huard, who is making his season NFL start.

    Huard drew accolades from coaches and teammates last week, but he still has a ways to go. The Colts’ ever-changing defensive sets will keep Huard on his toes, so decision-making will be a key.

    As bad as last weekend’s game got, the Seahawks didn’t turn the ball over. So there is still room for this team to get worse – especially against one of the NFL’s best teams.

    But we’ll take Holmgren’s word for it.

  • Pick: Colts, 24-20
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