QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
|6-4, 234||Born: 9-12-1989||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Oct 21): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Oct 19): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 7: at Tennessee Titans
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Donte Moncrief (broken scapula in his shoulder) is getting closer to returning to action, according to head coach Chuck Pagano, but there is still no set date for that return as of Monday, October 17. In other words, Andrew Luck (21/32 for 252 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -21 yards and 7/53/1 rushing for Luck) will make do with T.Y. Hilton (nine targets for 3/49/0 receiving last week) and little else at wide receiver in Week Seven - Phillip Dorsett left the game against Houston due to a hamstring injury and he may not be available to play on Sunday. Dwayne Allen is likely out due to a high ankle sprain, leaving Jack Doyle (four targets for 4/53/1 receiving last week) as the last tight end worth considering from a fantasy perspective. Chester Rogers (four targets for 4/63/0 receiving) actually led the Colts in receiving against the Texans. The Titans' pass defense is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 235.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with six passing scores given out vs. six interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 18 sacks generated (fifth in the league.) All told Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor posted 27/42 for 301 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Tennessee (the quarterbacks were sacked six times for -36 yards). From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Tennessee has averaged 17.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-least in the NFL); and 20.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-least); with 7.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (15th-most). Usually, this is a tough-nosed pass defense. On balance this looks like a tough matchup for the injury-riddled Indianapolis passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs HOU (21 / 32 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 53 / 1 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts offense were very inconsistent and could not make plays when it mattered most. The Colts were not able to get their passing game going. Luck relied upon short throws and check downs and was unable to create many big plays downfield. Pressure and penalties kept the Colts from moving the ball consistently. Settling for 3 field goals and turning the ball over on downs inside the Texans red zone are examples of missed opportunities for the offense. Luck put together his first scoring drive with an underneath completion to Chester Rogers for 36 yards. Luck followed the big gain with a throw on the money for a 22 yard touchdown to Doyle. Luck then connected with Hilton for 31 yards on a beautiful back shoulder throw to open the ensuing possession. Luck saw room to run and sprinted up the middle of the Texans defense gaining 24. Luck threw deep to Hilton on a crossing route who was well covered and the pass was intercepted. A dump off to Doyle, that turned into a big gain, and a face mask penalty moved the Colts into the red zone. The drive ended with a turnover on downs with a stuffed quarterback sneak on 3rd down and a sack on 4th and 1. In good field position following a turnover, Luck again found room to run by escaping the pocket and sprinting up field for a 14 yard touchdown. Luck found his tight end Erik Swoope uncovered in the flat for 35 yards. Luck threw wide of Swoope who was again wide open forcing a field goal attempt giving the Colts a 7 point lead. The Texans tied the game and the Colts final two possessions ended with pressure. First Luck looked at the rush as the pocket collapsed and threw off target to Hilton. Then Luck was sacked and simply did not see the blitz coming.
2016 Week 5 vs CHI (28 / 39 / 322 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played very well against the Bears. Luck faced consistent pressure but made big plays and kept his offense productive. Luck was very accurate and avoided making dangerous throws. However, five of the Colts possessions ended in field goal attempts. 3 of those 5 possessions ended in sacks. The Colts were able to move the ball consistently but struggled to finish drives after big plays. Luck put together an impressive touchdown drive on the Colts second possession. Luck connected with Bray over the middle for 22 yards. Then kept the drive alive on 3rd and 12 with a perfect sideline throw to Philip Dorsett for 21 yard gain. Luck capped the drive hitting Dwayne Allen in the back of the end zone. TY Hilton proved to be a match up nightmare for the Bears. Luck connected with TY Hilton for 4 big plays on a single drive. First a 19 yard completion was negated by penalty. Then Luck dropped a dime to Hilton 30 yards downfield as Luck scrambled away from pressure. Luck then again evaded pressure and improvised to pick up 20 more yard to Hilton. Then Hilton came uncovered over the middle for 21 more yards moving the Colts deep into the red zone. The drive stalled with a sack as the pocket collapsed on Luck. Luck made another great throw on 3rd down and 11 hitting Eli Rogers down the sideline for 19 yards to set up a field goal. Trailing for the first time, Luck orchestrated an impressive game winning drive. Luck escaped the pocket and evaded pressure and connected with Allen for 20 yards. Then Luck stepped up in the pocket and connected with Hilton for a 35 yard game winning touchdown.
2016 Week 4 vs JAX (27 / 42 / 234 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 23 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck had to deal with collapsing pockets and pressure in his face for most of the game. The Jaguars defensive line dominated the Colts offensive line. Luck was intercepted thanks to immediate pressure up the middle. Austin Blythe was beat badly on a stunt and Luck was hit as he threw leading to an easy interception. The Colts drove the ball into scoring range but a missed block by Frank Gore led to a sack that stalled the drive. Luck was again sacked on the ensuing possession but a pass interference penalty moved the Colts into field goal range. The Colts went three and out to open the second half. Luck was sacked for the fourth time in six possessions not to mention other times pressure was in Luck's face. The Colts decided to use their hurry up offense down 17 with just over a quarter remaining and Luck was able to complete a pass downfield for the first time all game. He found Eli Rogers in front of the deep safety for 19 yards. The Colts moved into the red zone with a 35 yard pass interference penalty on a throw to Dwayne Allen. Gore capped the drive with a touchdown run. Luck moved the Colts into the red zone again thanks to another pass interference penalty. Luck capped the drive by escaping the pocket to extend the play and found TY Hilton in the back of the end zone for a 2 yard score. The following possession Luck uncorked a beautiful 64 yard touchdown throw to Dorsett who came wide open behind the defense. Trying to engineer a game winning drive Luck connected with Rogers over the middle for 23 yards but the drive stalled when the Colts decided to throw the ball on 4th and 1 and Dwayne Allen dropped the pass.
2016 Week 3 vs SD (24 / 37 / 331 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played very well outside of two costly first half turnovers. Luck opened the game by putting together two scoring drives. Luck found Dorsett for 18 yards to set up a Vinatieri field goal. Then hit Hilton over the middle for 24 and Doyle down the sideline for 15. Luck hit Dwayne Allen in the hands for a touchdown but he dropped the pass and Gore capped the drive with a 7 yard touchdown run. Luck was intercepted on his first throw of the following possession. Luck threw to Chester Rogers but Casey Heyward simply jumped the route for an easy interception. Luck and the Colts again drove down the field. The legs of Frank Gore and the tight ends functioned as the engine of the offense. The drive stalled at the Chargers 15 yard line when the pocket collapsed around Luck for a sack. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the half Luck completed passes to Josh Ferguson and Hilton for gains of 14 and 19. The drive abruptly ended with a strip sack being returned for a touchdown. Luck tried to step up in the pocket but the Chargers brought A gap pressure, wrapped up Luck and ripped the ball from his hands. Luck opened the second half with a touchdown drive. Luck connected with TY Hilton 3 times on the drive. First he threw a beautiful pass where only Hilton could catch it down the sideline for 33 yards. Then hit him on a curl route and back shoulder throw to move the Colts to the 1 yard line. The drive was capped with a 1 yard Robert Turbin touchdown. Down 2 points with 2 minutes to go Luck once again delivered when his team needed him. First Luck converted a 4th and 7 with an 8 yard completion to TY Hilton. Luck then hit Hilton again on a slant route and watched as Hilton raced down the field for a game winning 63 yard touchdown.
2016 Week 2 vs DEN (21 / 40 / 197 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts offense did not play well in a tough matchup with the defending Superbowl champions. The Broncos front seven wreaked havoc on the Colts pass protection. Numerous times, Luck had to change his throwing motion dealing with interior pressure or was flushed from the pocket. The Broncos had 5 sacks and 3 batted passes to show for it. Luck simply missed open receivers on other plays. The lack of commitment to the running game hurt the Colts offense. The Colts ran nearly twice as many pass plays as runs despite being within one score of the Colts for the first 3 quarters. In the first half Andrew Luck and the Colts offense managed 6 points in 5 possessions mustering only 52 total yards. The Colts managed the two field goals because of excellent starting field position not because of any offensive consistency. Luck was under constant pressure throughout the game. Luck engineered a scoring drive to open the second half. Luck scrambled for 21 yards on 3rd and 20 to keep the drive alive and taking advantage of the Broncos man to man coverage. Luck then evaded the pass rush and found Philip Dorsett down the sideline for a 30 yard gain. Robert Turbin capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown. Luck could not keep the momentum going. Luck was intercepted by Aqib Talib who returned it for a touchdown. Talib simply read Luck and jumped in front of Dorsett for the easy interception. Luck responded by orchestrating another scoring drive completing seven of his ten attempts including a 22 yard completion to Jack Doyle over the middle. Luck capped the drive with a 7 yard touchdown to Gore in the flat. Down 6 points with 1:51 to play and no timeouts Luck had a chance to pull out a victory. However, Von Miller had other plans. Miller beat right tackle Jack Mewhort easily and strip sacked Luck and the fumble was returned for a touchdown putting the final nail in the Colts coffin.
2016 Week 1 vs DET (31 / 47 / 385 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played very well and got all of his play makers on offense involved. Luck got off to a slow start but got the offense firing on all cylinders. Pressure on Luck stalled the Colts opening possession; Luck was sacked as the Colts approached field goal range. The Colts second drive ended with Luck throwing wide of the mark targeting TY Hilton. Their third drive was a quick three and out with Luck again missing Hilton on 3rd down. This time a tipped pass forced the incompletion. Luck was again sacked but Luck managed to get his team into field goal range with two nice throws to Moncrief and Hilton. Running the 2 minute offense Luck put together an impressive drive before half time. Luck hit Moncrief on an in route for a gain of 32 to open the drive. He followed it with nice completions to Allen and Hilton to move the Colts deep into the red zone. Luck capped the drive with a dart to Moncrief for a 2 yard score. On 2nd down and long following a holding penalty Luck uncorked a 51 yard bomb to Philip Dorsett. Luck capped the drive finding Dwayne Allen uncovered in the end zone for a 19 yard score. Luck put together another nice scoring drive connecting with Hilton, finding Doyle and scrambling for a first down. He capped the drive finding Jack Doyle wide open for a 16 yard score. With four minutes to go down six points Luck engineered another scoring drive. Luck lobbed a deep ball to Dorsett on a deep crossing route and Dorsett hauled in the pass gaining 33. Luck hit Doyle again in the end zone this time for a 6 yard score.
Latest NewsColts | Andrew Luck strong against Titans (Sun Oct 23, 05:34 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns, including a go-ahead strike to WR Jack Doyle with less than two minutes to go, in a 34-26 win over the Tennessee Titans. Our View: Luck put the team on his back and was able to move the offense despite being without his 2nd, 3rd, and 4th best targets in the passing game. He's approaching elite QB1 status after a slow start. Next week brings the Chiefs and maybe Justin Houston to Indianapolis.
link to story Colts | Andrew Luck ready to play (Fri Oct 21, 06:13 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. Colts | Limited practice for Andrew Luck (Thu Oct 20, 06:18 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle, shoulder) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 20. Our View: There's zero chance he won't play and zero chance he won't have to throw a lot to win the game as the Colts continue to have no defense. Luck is a surefire QB1 start.
link to story Colts | Andrew Luck fully practices (Wed Oct 19, 05:11 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Oct. 19. link to story Colts | Full practice for Andrew Luck (Fri Oct 14, 11:57 PM) - Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and he was not listed on the injury report. link to story More News
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