Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Indianapolis Colts received a shocking setback when it was revealed earlier in the week that first-year head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Pagano will be hospitalized for six to eight weeks to undergo treatment, leaving interim coach Bruce Arians to guide the Colts into what promises to be an emotional matchup with the visiting Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says the goal for the team is to present Pagano with a victory game ball following Sunday’s game. That will hardly be an easy task against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who are coming off their best offensive performance in last week’s 28-27 win over New Orleans.
Green Bay Packers(2-2): After opening the season against three of the league’s top five defenses in terms of points allowed, Green Bay found an opponent more to its liking in the Saints – although it took a late missed field goal to secure the victory.
Rodgers threw for 319 yards and four touchdowns – both season highs – and Cedric Benson provided balance to the attack by rushing for a season-best 84 yards on 18 carries. Defense was another story as the Packers surrendered 446 yards passing to Drew Brees. Green Bay is expected to be without wideout Greg Jennings, who aggravated a groin injury in last week’s contest.
Indianapolis Colts(1-2): Indianapolis had a bye week to help erase the memory of letting what appeared to be a sure victory slip away against Jacksonville in Week 3. After taking the lead on Adam Vinatieri’s field goal with just under a minute to play, the Colts were burned for an 80-yard touchdown pass 11 seconds later.
Rookie Andrew Luck had a season-high 313 yards and tossed two scoring passes, but he completed fewer than half his passes as Indianapolis failed to protect a 14-3 halftime lead. Wide receiver Austin Collie suffered a knee injury that will require season-ending surgery.
1. Rodgers had a season-high 119.9 passer rating vs. New Orleans to improve to 23-0 when his rating is 115 or higher.
2. Colts WR Reggie Wayne (12,002) needs 60 receiving yards to pass Derrick Mason for 19th on the career list.
3. Packers C Jeff Saturday will return to the city where he played his first 13 NFL seasons.