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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