Luck, Wilson headline Seahawks-Colts game

Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson left college together, were
drafted in the same class, made the playoffs as rookies and wound
up going to the Pro Bowl together.

On Sunday, for the first time, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the
Year runners-up to Robert Griffin III will finally get their first
chance to match wits on the football field.

”It’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be a great
opportunity, obviously,” Wilson said. ”He (Luck) shows so much
leadership and so much poise out there. So that’s the great thing
about him. For me, at the end of the day, we’re playing the
Indianapolis Colts.”

Everyone else, of course, will be watching to see how these
young stars handle the big stage. So far, they’ve done everything
right.

Last season, Luck and Wilson were unmitigated success stories,
and this season, they’ve debunked the myth of the sophomore
slump.

Luck has a better completion percentage, fewer interceptions and
has seen his quarterback rating improve from 76.5 to 91.9. Of
course, he’d be content to keep the Colts (3-1) atop the AFC
South.

And though Wilson is on pace to throw for a few more
interceptions, a few less touchdowns and a slightly lower
completion percentage this season, Seattle is off to its first 4-0
start and is now the early front-runner to represent the NFC in the
Super Bowl.

Luck is impressed.

”I think he’s very underrated as a dropback passer,” the Colts
quarterback said. ”He can make all of the throws, you see it when
you watch games, and I think he’s as impressive just dropping back
and going through his reads as he is rolling out and making plays
happen.”

Luck is 2-1 against his second-year colleagues, beating Ryan
Tannehill and Brandon Weeden as a rookie before losing to Tannehill
in Week 2.

Wilson is 1-1 against the 2012 rookie quarterbacks, losing to
Tannehill on the road last season before beating RG3 in the
playoffs.

Who’s better? That depends on the fan base – and who has the
postgame celebration at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Five things to watch Sunday afternoon:

RUN OR PASS: Who’s the better runner? Wilson, usually considered
the more mobile quarterback, ran for 489 yards last season and has
already compiled 131 yards rushing in 2013. Luck, considered the
pocket passer, has a higher per-carry average (7.9 to 4.9) and has
run for nearly twice as many touchdowns as Wilson (7-4) in their
first 20 games.

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO…: Last year, the Seahawks proved they had
one of the league’s top defenses, and they’ve done nothing to
disappoint in 2013. They’re allowing 11.8 points per game and now
have a chance to sweep Houston and Indy on the road. The Colts’
defense may be on the verge of taking the kind of step Seattle did
last year. Indy is looking for a third straight strong performance
after yielding 10 total points and forcing five combined turnovers
in back-to-back road wins.

KODAK MOMENT: Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis have poster-sized
photos hanging outside Lucas Oil Stadium. This weekend, the two fan
favorites could give everyone a game to remember. Wayne needs 10
receptions to become the ninth player in league history with 1,000
catches. Mathis needs one more sack to join Dwight Freeney as the
second player in franchise history with 100. And it may be their
only shot to do it at home because the Colts visit San Diego in
Week 6.

BALANCING ACT: Seattle began its resurgence after making a
midseason trade with Buffalo for Marshawn Lynch in 2010. Since
then, Lynch led Seattle to the playoffs in 2010, went to the Pro
Bowl in 2011 and was a key cog in last year’s playoff run. Indy is
hoping for similar results after completing a trade for 2012
first-round pick Trent Richardson 2 1/2 weeks ago. Richardson has
scored in each of his first two games with Indy and has helped the
Colts top 150 yards rushing both times.

FAMILIAR FACES: This game will be sort of a Pac-12 reunion for
Luck. He has three college teammates on the Colts: tight end Coby
Fleener, safety Delano Howell and practice squad receiver Griff
Whalen. He’ll also face two college teammates on the opposite
sideline Sunday: cornerback Richard Sherman and receiver Doug
Baldwin.

Former Southern California coach Pete Carroll lost his only
previous meeting with Luck 55-21.

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