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October 3, 2013

Colts face tall task in NFC-power Seahawks

Undefeated Seattle features one of NFL's best defenses.

INDIANAPOLIS — Staying with the process.

That’s what the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) intend to do heading into Sunday’s marquee home field matchup with the undefeated Seattle Seahawks.

“They’ve got a quarterback [Russell Wilson] that’s a nightmare to contain and handle. They’ve got a runner [Marshawn Lynch] that’s unbelievable,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is quick to point out as he looks ahead to his team’s game with the Seahawks.

“They’re defense is as good as there is in the National Football League. They play fast. They’re physical. Secondary is huge. They’ve got two corners [Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner] who are 6-foot-3. Kam Chancellor is a big safety (6-3, 232) and Earl Thomas [is] running around making plays. They got ball players all over the place and they play hard and they play fast and they play with an attitude and they got a swagger. They’ve won a lot of games and they’re 4-0. We got our hands full.”

It’s up to Pagano, who celebrated his 53rd birthday Wednesday, and his coaching staff to have Indianapolis’ players ready to meet yet another challenge this season. It won’t be easy.

“It’s our biggest game of the year. I know that’s very cliche. But these guys are definitely good,” Colts quarterback Andrew Luck previewed Wednesday. “Richard’s [Sherman] got incredible ball skills. I think they’ve got seven interceptions on their team already. Three of the guys on their secondary has two apiece.

“They’re all big, physical, fast. They have all the attributes. They’re just not fast. They can also catch the ball. They’re also great in press [coverage]. They do a great job in off [coverage]. We’ve got our work cut out for us. But we’re excited about the challenge. As football players, as athletes, that’s what you want to do. You want to go face good players, great players.”

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