Wednesday, October 23, 2013
QB Watch: Colts' Andrew Luck
By Mike Wells
A weekly analysis of the Colts' quarterback play:
Rewind:Andrew Luck went 21-of-38 for 228 yards and three touchdowns against the Denver Broncos to keep his streak of avoiding back-to-back losses intact. He also added a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Luck had 17 incompletions, but there's one that probably will stay in his mind for a while. His underthrown pass to receiver Reggie Wayne in the fourth quarter was the same play on which Wayne tore the ACL in his right knee. "Looking back at it again, there was really no one within 30 yards of him," Luck said. "He probably would have scored if I actually gave him a decent ball. I feel somewhat responsible for the whole thing." His performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Fast-forward: The Colts have a bye week, so let's look at where Luck ranks in the league. He's 24th in passing yards per game (224), 17th in completion percentage (60.7), tied for 12th in touchdowns (10) and tied for 29th in interceptions (three). Don't be alarmed by where Luck is ranked in passing yards. He's not having a bad season. He's just not having 300-yard passing games like he did as a rookie. He's had only one game of at least 300 yards passing compared to three at this point last season. The Colts aren't throwing as much under offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. They're eighth in the league in rushing at 129.3 yards a game.
Not going deep: Luck was 16-of-25 on throws of 10 yards or fewer against the Broncos. His 25 attempts were a season high. All three of Luck's touchdown passes -- to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Stanley Havili and Coby Fleener -- came on throws of 10 yards or fewer. Luck had only two touchdowns of 10 yards or fewer this season heading into the Denver game.
Prediction: Luck has completed nearly 61 percent of his attempts this season, up from 54 percent last season. But don't be surprised if his percentage goes down now that he doesn't have his security blanket -- Wayne -- in the lineup for the rest of the season.