Wednesday, October 2, 2013
QB Watch: Colts’ Andrew Luck
By Mike Wells
A weekly analysis of the Colts’ quarterback play.
Rewind: Andrew Luck played his worst quarter of football this season in the first 15 minutes against the Jaguars. He threw an interception and was fortunate the Jaguars were offside on another interception. Both happened on the first two offensive series for Luck. He had a 36.4 quarterback rating after a first quarter in which he also forced some throws and had communication issues with receiver T.Y. Hilton. Luck called his start “terrible.” But Luck, as expected, got it going after the first quarter. He finished the game 22-of-36 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
Fast-forward: Colts coach Chuck Pagano described Seattle’s secondary as being “huge.” Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are both at least 6-foot-3 and the Seahawks are fifth in the league in pass defense, giving up only 191 yards a game through the air. Seattle is tied for third in the league in interceptions (seven) and is in the middle of the pack in sacks (11). Luck has been sacked only three times in the past two games after going down seven times in the first two games.
On target: Luck had to improve his accuracy this season after averaging 39 attempts a game and completing only 54 percent of his passes his rookie season. He’s taken a significant leap this season, completing 64 percent of his passes on 32 attempts a game. He has completed at least 60 percent of his attempts in three of four games this season. He completed at least 60 percent just four times all of last season.
Prediction: The Seahawks will get to Luck at times, but expect the quarterback to do enough to shake off any frustration that may occur from Seattle’s defense to make the necessary plays in the fourth quarter.