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October 3, 2013

Colts face tall task in NFC-power Seahawks

Undefeated Seattle features one of NFL's best defenses.

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Indianapolis played its best game of the season two weeks ago in a 27-7 road win over defending NFC champion San Francisco. The Colts meet up with AFC Super Bowl favorite Denver — and former quarterback Peyton Manning — at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 20.

But this week it’s Seattle, the favorite of many observers to be the NFC’s representative in this year’s Super Bowl. The Colts’ focus is solely on the surging Seahawks.

“This is another week to improve,” defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois added. He knows Seattle very well after spending most of his career with the 49ers.

“We’re playing good [defensively]. But we’re not where we want to be. We want to be at the top of the league. Not just statistically. But we want to be one of those defenses that can be counted on at the end of the year.”

Returning to the lineup

Center Samson Satele is expected to start Sunday against Seattle. Satele has missed the last two games with an elbow injury that he suffered against Miami.

With Satele’s return to the starting lineup, offensive guard Mike McGlynn will move back to his regular spot at right offensive guard. McGlynn started at center against San Francisco and Jacksonville. He has been the Colts’ starting right offensive guard for most of the last two seasons.

Tight end/H-Back Dominique Jones continues to be listed as the primary backup to starter Coby Fleener. But Jones has been used more in recent games in tandem with fullback Stanley Havili as a lead blocker for the Colts’ running backs. If Havili is unable to play against Seattle, the versatile Jones will get even more work as a run blocker.

If defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois is unable to play for the second straight week, Fili Moala will get the nod. Moala started last week’s win against Jacksonville and has been a starter for most of his career with the Colts.

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