The Washington Times-Herald

October 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS-GREEN BAY PACKERS PREGAME

Tom Jones
Tribune Star Correspondent

INDIANAPOLIS — The game -- Green Bay Packers (2-2, 1-0 NFC North) at Indianapolis Colts (1-2, 0-1 AFC South), 1 p.m. (EST), Lucas Oil Stadium (FieldTurf), Indianapolis, Ind.

Coverage -- Fox Sports (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin); Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Will Wolford, Kevin Lee); Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 112, Colts; Channel 92, Packers); XM NFL Radio (Channel 231, Colts).

The coaches -- Colts: Bruce Arians, interim (0-0, 1st year). Packers: Mike McCarthy (69-36, 7th year with Green Bay).

The series -- 42nd regular-season meeting. Series is tied, 20-20-1. The Colts are 12-8-1 in home games with Green Bay. Indianapolis and the Packers have split their last four meetings, with the Colts winning 41-38 at the RCA Dome in 1997 and 45-31 in 2004. Green Bay won 26-24 in 2000 and 34-14 in 2008, both games being played at Lambeau Field. The Colts have won four of the past seven games: 1985 (37-10, Hoosier Dome), 1988 (20-13, Lambeau Field), 1997 and 2004. The Colts franchise was 3-0 against Green Bay at the Hoosier/RCA Dome. Sundays game is the first-ever meeting between the two franchises at Lucas Oil Stadium. The last two home meetings have been memorable and have both ended up as victories for the Colts. The 1997 Indianapolis team finished 3-13 but beat the Packers on a 20-yard field goal by Cary Blanchard as time expired. Colts quarterback Paul Justin completed 24-of-30 passes for 340 yards and one touchdown and running back Marshall Faulk rushed for 116 yards on 17 carries. Green Bay's Brett Favre completed 18-of-25 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns and had two passes intercepted. Seven years later, Indianapolis won yet another home-field shootout as quarterback Peyton Manning began the game with 22 straight pass attempts. Manning threw for 393 yards and five first-half touchdowns. Favre threw for 358 yards and four TDs and the Packers rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to within a touchdown. The game started with five touchdown passes in the first 11 minutes, three by Manning and two by Favre. Indianapolis did not have a running play in the first quarter.

Noting it -- Rookie QB Andrew Luck has passes for 300 or more yards in two of his last three games (309 at Chicago and 313 against Jacksonville)...Luck has passed for 537 yards, four touchdowns and has one interception in two home games this season. He has a 88.5 passer rating in those two games...Luck needs a touchdown pass to become the first Colts rookie to a touchdown pass in each of his first four games since Bert Jones did it in 1973...RB Donald Brown has two rushing touchdowns in his past three games against NFC opponents...Brown needs two receptions to total 50 for his career and one receiving yard to reach 500 for his career...-In two career games with the Packers, WR Reggie Wayne has caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown...Wayne has 12,002 career receiving yards in all games. He needs 60 yards to surpass WR Derrick Mason (12,061 yards) for No. 19 on the NFL's all-time list...WR Donnie Avery needs 16 receiving yards to reach 1,500 yards for his career and 24 yards to reach 200 for the season...OLB Robert Mathis hopes for his seventh game in a row with at least one sack...Mathis has registered four sacks in his past three games against an NFC opponent...Since entering the league in 2002, OLB Dwight Freeney is tied for fourth in the NFL with 102.5 sacks (Jared Allen, 107; DeMarcus Ware, 104.5; Julius Peppers, 102.5).

Did you know? -- Packers C Jeff Saturday spent 13 seasons with the Colts, earning five Pro Bowl appearances. He is in his first season with Green Bay.

Stat of the week -- --Since 1990, the Colts are 13-10 (.565) after a bye week.