Wednesday, October 9, 2013
QB Watch: Colts’ Andrew Luck
By Mike Wells
A weekly analysis of the Colts’ quarterback play
Rewind: Andrew Luck got off to a slow start for the second straight week when he opened the game 1-of-6 and the Colts had three straight three-and-out possessions. He threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, but Luck’s first-half play wasn’t anything special, partially because his receivers didn’t help him out, dropping several passes. But Luck had a better second half, going 11-of-16 for 132 yards and another touchdown pass to Hilton. More importantly, though, Luck completed his ninth fourth-quarter comeback in only 21 games in his career to hand the Seattle Seahawks their first loss of the season. He finished the game 16-of-29 for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
Fast forward: The Chargers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, giving up 406 yards a game. They’re giving up 288.8 yards through the air and they’ve intercepted only one pass this season. That's good news for Luck because he’s had just one game of more than 260 yards passing this season. The main reason Luck hasn’t passed for as many yards is because the 4-1 Colts are fourth in the league in rushing.
A tale of two halves: Luck can’t continue to get off to slow starts. He’s 19-of-40 for 231 yards, an interception and a quarterback rating of 64.3 in the first half of the past two games. He’s done exceptionally better in the second half of those games. He’s 19-of-25 for 272 yards, zero interceptions and a quarterback rating of 150.3. “Yeah, it’d be nice to get him in a rhythm,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “[Seattle] made it very hard for us to run the football. Whether it’s miscommunication here or there or an incomplete pass the first play of the game, guys got to be on the same page and all those things.”
Prediction: Luck will pass for a high percentage but not for a lot of yards because the Chargers are 24th in the league in stopping the run (117.2 yards) and the goal is for running back Trent Richardson to build off of his second-half success against Seattle. The Colts won’t need Luck to throw for a lot of yards if Richardson and Donald Brown are running well.