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QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts

6-4, 234Born: 9-12-1989College: StanfordDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Andrew Luck has thrown for 312 yards or more in six out of seven games this year, and has at least two TDs in six out of seven games (with three or more in four of seven). Start him every week and smile. T.Y. Hilton has gone crazy over the past two weeks, with nine targets for 7/107/0 receiving vs. Cincinnati last week and nine for 9/223/1 receiving at Houston two weeks ago. Dwayne Allen has three catches per game over the past two contests (six for 3/52/1 last week; seven for 3/49/0 two weeks back) and is getting enough opportunities to post even more production. Ahmad Bradshaw has caught a TD in each of the last two games (six for 3/25/1 two weeks ago and three for 3/36/1 last week). Reggie Wayne has hit a dry page (eight for 4/15/0 vs. Cincinnati last week; nine for 4/35/0 at Houston two weeks ago), but otherwise the Colts' passing attack is going great guns entering week 8. The Steelers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 230.9 net yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given out vs. four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied for 23rd) generated to date. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit them for 21/32 yielding 261 net passing yards, two TDs and one interception last week (with one sack taken for -1 yard), while Brian Hoyer was also sacked just once for -7 yards two weeks back (8/17 for 210 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions). An outstanding passing attack takes on a so-so pass D in this one - advantage, Indianapolis.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
4 vs TEN 29 41 393 4 1 1 -1 0 0
5 vs BAL 32 49 312 1 2 6 12 1 0
6 at HOU 25 44 370 3 1 7 18 0 1
7 vs CIN 27 42 344 2 0 4 5 0 1
8 at PIT PROJ-Dodds 26 42 * * * 4 * * *
8 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay 29 45 * * * 5 * * *
8 at PIT PROJ-Bloom 26 35 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BAL (32 / 49 / 312 / 1 / 2 pass, 6 / 12 / 1 rush)

This wasn't one of Luck's highlight games by any means, but it was a good example of how even in an off game, Luck will produce. The Baltimore coverages confused Luck at times, and he tried to force the ball into a few tight spots, but by the fourth quarter he had the Ravens figured out. In that quarter, Luck went 7 for 8 for 124 yards and ran for a touchdown. Luck also had a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton called back because of a "pick play" offensive pass interference penalty and another potential touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne that was dropped. Pep Hamilton seems to have figured out how best to use his weapons, and his playcalling was spot-on for the third week in a row. Now, it's just up to Luck and the rest of the offense to execute.

2014 Week 6 vs HOU (25 / 44 / 370 / 3 / 1 pass, 7 / 18 / 0 rush)

After starting the game off in a zone, Luck cooled off in the second half as J.J. Watt started wreaking havoc on the Colts' offensive line. But, make no mistake, Luck still finished with a very good game overall, hitting T.Y. Hilton for three long balls over the top, including a 33-yard touchdown pass in the second half. Luck hit key passes all day, and finished with another game of over 350 yards and multiple touchdown passes. He and his center, undrafted rookie Jonotthan Harrison, did have another snap-related issue, but that should smooth out going forward. His lone interception wasn't his fault either, as the pass got batted at the line of scrimmage. Houston's defense is one of the better ones the Colts will face all season, and Luck still picked them apart unimpeded for most of the contest.

2014 Week 7 vs CIN (27 / 42 / 344 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)

In a game that typifies the kind of season Luck is having, the Colts quarterback had a fairly unimpressive day but still managed his sixth 300-yard passing day and his sixth multi-touchdown day. A fumble on a handoff to Trent Richardson was the only blemish for Luck, who has gotten a bit unlucky with snap fumbles and handoff fumbles that largely were somebody else's fault over the last three weeks, but he is being efficient and getting huge volume numbers that make up for a few turnovers. Luck's spreading the ball around, and it's working.

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Schedule

8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ New York Giants
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Cleveland Browns
15vs Houston Texans
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17@ Tennessee Titans