Minnesota at Indianapolis
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla. - TV: FOX; DirecTV: 705
*TV announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
*Keys to the game: Colts QB Andrew Luck might be the most "NFL ready" rookie quarterback to enter the league in some time, but he made several typical rookie mistakes in a three-interception performance at Chicago. Part of the issue was a shaky outing by the offensive line, which also contributed to a meager 48-yard effort from RB Donald Brown. Minnesota doesn't possess as much offensive firepower, so if Luck can avoid some of the poor decisions that plagued him at Chicago he shouldn't have to fight out of a similarly gigantic hole. The Vikings have the far superior ground game, thanks to RB Adrian Peterson showing confidence in his surgically-repaired knee as he rolled up 84 yards on 4.9 yards per carry last week. That presence takes significant pressure off QB Christian Ponder, who posted a 105.5 passer rating against Jacksonville's stout defense.
*Matchup to watch - Vikings WR Percy Harvin vs. Colts CB Vontae Davis: The Colts were concerned enough about their thin secondary that they acquired the former first-round pick from Miami shortly before the start of the season and immediately threw him into the starting lineup. The Vikings move Harvin around so this won't be an every-snap matchup, but after Indianapolis gave up 333 passing yards last week with Davis coming up short in the matchup with Brandon Marshall, he'll be tested.
*Player spotlight - Colts OLB Jerry Hughes: GM Ryan Grigson gave Hughes a blank slate under the team's new regime, but the Colts' pass rush was nonexistent after Dwight Freeney left last week's game with an ankle injury.
*Fast facts: The Vikings are 0-2 all-time at Indianapolis and this will be their first regular-season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. ... The Colts rushed for only one yard in the first quarter at Chicago.
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
The Vikings should be able to dictate the tempo on the ground and let QB Christian Ponder once again work comfortably off play-action. If the Colts' offensive line has a rebound game, the Vikings' secondary isn't as strong as the Bears' and Andrew Luck will have a shot at his first victory.
*Our pick: Vikings 21-19