AFC South: 2013 Week 2 QB Watch AFC

QB Watch: Titans' Jake Locker

September, 18, 2013
A weekly analysis of the Titans' quarterback play:

Rewind: Jake Locker and the Titans' offense stalled out far too frequently against the Texans, who’ve got a good defense that can and did swarm the quarterback. He was sacked four times and hit three more. The Titans went three-and-out on half their possessions and had trouble flipping the field. Locker threw two touchdowns and led an impressive 99-yard scoring drive. But on a crucial third-and-1 late, he threw an uncatchable high ball to a wide open Kenny Britt.

Fast-forward: The Chargers have the league’s worst pass defense through two games. Getting Locker on the move has been a goal of Dowell Loggains as he put together a new playbook. The Chargers run a base 3-4 defense, and that generally does not invite bootlegs and rollouts. Britt is upset over the degree of his involvement so far, so we’ll have to see how the Titans deploy him and how often Locker looks to him.

Accuracy: It’s not as if Locker is throwing the ball all over the park. But he threw way high to Britt on that very important play and his completion rate is 56 percent after it was 56.4 percent last season.

Prediction: The plan for Locker and the passing offense should find some specific things to attack considering how well the Texans and Eagles have fared throwing against the Chargers. I expect his best yardage of the season, but topping 148 yards shouldn’t, frankly, be that difficult.

QB Watch: Colts' Andrew Luck

September, 18, 2013
A weekly analysis of the Colts’ quarterback play:

Rewind: Lack of accuracy was the theme of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's 25-of-43 performance in the Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins. His worst throw came in the fourth quarter when the Colts were trying to get the go-ahead touchdown. He forced a throw to Reggie Wayne in the end zone that Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes had no problem intercepting. Luck threw behind his receivers three times, had four passes tipped, and the Dolphins could have added at least two more interceptions to their total. Luck was 7-of-20 on passes of at least 10 yards.

Fast-forward: Luck is returning to the Bay Area where he starred at Stanford. He’ll be facing his college coach Jim Harbaugh, now the coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have recorded six sacks and only allowed a 51.8 percent completion rate in two games against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson this season.

Sack watch: The Colts have a goal of cutting Luck’s 41 sacks from last season in half. They’ve gotten off to a poor start in that department. Miami got to him three times to bring Luck’s season total up to seven in only two games. The Colts quarterback is on pace to be sacked 56 times, and that’s only if he can continue to take the constant pounding from the defensive players.

Prediction: Expect Luck to throw for a lot of yards, but he’ll do so while continuing to be sacked and taking hits as he releases the ball. This will remain an issue until the Colts fix their protection coverage. The Colts are now starting rookie Hugh Thornton in place of the injured Donald Thomas (quad).