QB Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
|6-4, 234||Born: 9-12-1989||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2012|
2018 Week 1 vs CIN (39 / 53 / 319 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
After taking over in excellent field position following an interception, Andrew Luck threw an ugly red zone interception. Luck threw behind Jack Doyle into double coverage. Andrew Luck methodically moved the Colts down the field with the short passing game but the drive once again stalled in the red zone leading to a Adam Vinatieri field goal. The Colts fixed their red zone struggles by scoring from outside the red zone on their ensuing possession. Luck methodically moved the ball down the field with completions to TY Hilton and Eric Ebron before connecting with Ebron downfield for a 26 yard touchdown. The Colts once again settled for a field goal after moving ball down field. The drive stalled with a miscue between Hilton and Luck. The Colts managed yet another field goal thanks to their short passing game and a roughing the passer penalty. Luck had consecutive passes that should have been intercepted. The first was an underthrow to Hilton and the second was well off target throwing to Jack Doyle nearly leading to an interception. The Colts final scoring possession was more of the dink and dunk passing game all the down the field. Luck found Hilton on a slant route for a 5 yard touchdown. Luck had a fumble negated by a roughing the passer penalty because Carlos Dunlap forced the fumble with his helmet. Luck moved the Colts down the field trailing by 4 running the two minute offense. The drive ended with a Jack Doyle fumble as the Colts were entering the red zone.
2018 Week 2 vs WAS (21 / 31 / 179 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played well outside of two interceptions. Luck's deep passing remains a concern coming off of a shoulder injury but Luck made a nice throw downfield to TY Hilton. The frequency of downfield passes remains low. Luck put together a touchdown drive on the Colts first possession. Luck converted third downs to TY Hilton and Eric Ebron to get the Colts into scoring position. Luck capped the drive with a nice 7 yard back shoulder throw to Ebron for a touchdown. Luck had a pass get tipped in the air and intercepted targeting Hilton over the middle. Luck threw a perfect deep ball to Hilton down the seam that drew a 37 yard pass interference penalty on Fabian Moreau. The long penalty set up a Nyheim Hines touchdown run. Luck threw his second interception of the game trying to force the ball to Hilton over the middle. The pass was well read and undercut by DJ Swearinger. A wobbly throw downfield from Luck saw a potential big gain to Ebron fall incomplete. Luck responded by putting together a 13 play drive culminating in a 3 yard TY Hilton touchdown giving the Colts a 12 point lead.
2018 Week 3 vs PHI (25 / 40 / 164 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 33 / 0 rush)
Luck absorbed a sack on the Colts opening possession unable to find anyone open downfield. Luck was hit as he threw on the Colts ensuing possession forcing another 3 and out. Luck and the Colts put together a scoring drive on their third possession in large part due to a 33 yard pass interference penalty that was the result of an underthrown pass to TY Hilton downfield. Luck capped the drive with a nice throw to the corner of the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown. Luck escaped the pocket and scrambled for 33 yards on 3rd and 9. Luck evaded the rush and found TY Hilton downfield for 29 yards. Luck was nearly intercepted targeting Hilton downfield a few plays later. The pass was lofted into the air downfield. Luck had 4 catchable touchdowns fall incomplete, two to Chester Rogers and two to Eric Ebron forcing three field red zone field goals. Trailing by 4 Luck moved the Colts into scoring position with a pass interference penalty and a 22 yard completion to Ryan Grant. The drive ended with a quick 4th down sack by Derek Barnett. Luck gave way to Jacoby Brissett for one final Hail Mary showing Luck's arm strength is likely not where it needs to be.
2018 Week 4 vs HOU (40 / 62 / 464 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck put together a very nice opening drive with completions to TY Hilton, Marcus Johnson, and Eric Ebron to set up a 4 yard touchdown to Zach Pascal. Luck showed zip on his downfield throws that was not evident in previous games. A bad snap from John Kelly led to an easy touchdown for the Texans on the Colts second possession. Luck failed to step up in the pocket and Jadeveon Clowney blind sided him for an easy sack forcing a punt. Luck had 3 catchable passes fall incomplete; two in the direction of Pascal and one to Eric Ebron. Luck then fell victim to poor pass protection and was sacked by JJ Watt. Luck was again sacked by JJ Watt as he tried to step up in the pocket but this time Watt forced a fumble the Texans recovered. Luck set up a field goal before haltime with a 23 yard completion to Ryan Grant down the seam. On 3rd and 10 Luck hit Hilton perfectly in stride down the sideline for a 42 yard gain. Luck capped the drive with a great 14 yard touchdown to Nyheim Hines. Luck put together another touchdown scoring drive despite 3 offensive holding penalties. The drive was capped with a 5 yard touchdown to Ebron. Luck led the Colts offense down the field to tie the game without TY Hilton. Luck was pretty much perfect on the drive making throws all over the field and repeatedly finding Chester Rogers. Luck connected with Hines to cap the drive with an 8 yard touchdown. Luck set up a field goal attempt in overtime on the Colts opening possession. The drive stalled with a drop by Marcus Johnson. The Colts final possession in overtime stalled due to another offensive holding penalty and a sack by Clowney.
2018 Week 5 vs NE (38 / 59 / 365 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played well against the Patriots but his receiving corps let him down with numerous drops. Luck made throws into tight coverage all game because of the absence of TY Hilton. Luck found a lot of success attacking the Patriots' safeties in man coverage with his tight ends. A blitz caught Andrew Luck off guard resulting in a sack and three and out on the Colts first possession. Luck methodically moved the Colts down the field on their second possession. The drive stalled on the edge of the red zone with two less than perfect throws by Luck setting up a field goal attempt. Luck again moved the Colts into field goal range but the drive stalled when he threw too high for Chester Rogers. Luck had a 17 yard gain and 3rd down conversion negated by penalty forcing a punt. Running the two minute offense before halftime Luck was pressured by Adrian Clayborn and threw behind Nyheim Hines right to Patrick Chung for an easy interception. The Colts opening possession of the second half stalled after drops by Hines and Ryan Grant. Following an interception Luck connected with Ebron for a 14 yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone. Luck put together a nice touchdown drive to bring the Colts to within 7 points. Luck hit Ebron for gains of 28 and 18 before connecting with Erik Swoope down the seam for a 13 yard touchdown. Luck targeted Zach Pascal who dropped the pass which lead to an easy interception for the Patriots. Luck led the Colts down the field in garbage time for a final touchdown with completions to Hines and Swoope. Luck capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown to Ebron.
2018 Week 6 vs NYJ (23 / 43 / 301 / 4 / 3 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played as well as anyone could expect with a low level of talent around him that has been depleted by injuries. I counted 5 dropped passes by Colts receivers including a touchdown and another that led to a pick six for the Jets. Its hard to blame Luck for his mistakes when he is repeatedly forced to throw underneath into tight windows and the Colts attack every opponent with the same game plan. Luck's first interception that went for six points in the other direction was not his fault. Luck threw a screen pass that was bobbled right into the hands of Morris Claiborne for an easy interception and touchdown. Luck threw a pass that hit Perry Nickerson in the hands on the Colts ensuing possession that should have been intercepted. Luck responded to the bad throw with a nice completion to Mo Alie-Cox down the sideline for 34 yards. Luck then found Marcus Johnson for a 34 yard touchdown on what appeared to be a blown coverage. Luck had to deal with his receiving corps dropping passes throughout the game including a dropped touchdown by Nyheim Hines that forced a field goal attempt. Luck made another ill advised throw in the direction of Ryan Grant and the pass was deflected and intercepted. Andrew Luck capped a drive that mostly consisted of running plays with a nice throw down the seam to Eric Ebron for a 18 yard touchdown. Luck again drove the Colts down the field this time with completions to Ryan Grant and Chester Rogers. Luck capped the drive finding a wide open Erik Swoope in the back of the end zone for 6 points. Luck threw his third interception of the game again failing to see an underneath defender and throwing it right to Darron Lee. Luck put together one final touchdown drive with the game out of hand connected with Chester Rogers for an 18 yard score.
2018 Week 7 vs BUF (17 / 23 / 156 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played well and was efficient. Luck and the Colts finished drives in the red zone and leaned on the running game to eat clock and move the chains. Luck threw his lowest number of passes on the season thanks in large part to a strong defensive performance. Luck and the Colts offense went three and out on their first two possessions. The Colts offense found a rhythm on their third possession. Luck engineered a methodical scoring drive mostly comprised of short passes and run plays. The biggest play was Luck hitting Erik Swoope in stride for a 17 yard touchdown over the middle. Luck put together another touchdown drive with explosive passing plays. Luck found Chester Rogers in the middle of the field for 29 yards then threw a check down to Marlon Mack who took it 29 yards to the end zone for 6. The Colts scored a touchdown on their 3rd consecutive possession thanks in large part to big plays in the running game. Luck capped the drive connecting with TY Hilton as he scrambled for a 5 yard touchdown. Ryan Kelly snapped the ball too early resulting in a fumble and safety that was credited to Luck but it was not his fault and he did well to prevent a defensive touchdown. Luck took over inside the Bills five yard line following a fumble. Luck threw a dart to TY Hilton in the front corner of the end zone for a 1 yard touchdown. Luck gave way to Jacoby Brissett on the Colts ensuing possession.
2018 Week 8 vs OAK (22 / 31 / 239 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played very well against the Raiders. Luck found little success targeting his wide receivers outisde of Dontrelle Inman so he turned his attention to his backs and tight ends to score points. Luck was great on 3rd down and under pressure. Luck led the Colts down the field for an opening possession touchdown. The drive was fueled by the run game and underneath passes before Luck threw a great ball where only Mo Alie-Cox could catch it for a 26 yard touchdown. Luck had an 18 yard scramble negated by offsetting holding penalties. Luck drove the Colts down the field inside the Raiders 10 yard line twice before halftime. Each drive stalled with incomplete passes to wide receivers in the end zone. Good physical play prevented catches by Dontrelle Inman and TY Hilton. The Colts had to settle for field goals. After the run game got the Colts back into the red zone Luck again found a mismatch with one of his tight ends and connected with Eric Ebron for a 20 yard touchdown. Luck threw a screen pass to Chester Rogers to convert a 2 point attempt. Luck hit TY Hilton down the seam for a 34 yard gain but it would have been a 49 yard touchdown had Luck not underthrown Hilton. The long pass set up a Marlon Mack touchdown. Luck connected with Jack Doyle 4 times on the Colts ensuing possession for 52 yards and a touchdown. Luck showed great chemistry with Doyle.
2018 Week 10 vs JAX (21 / 29 / 285 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / -2 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense. Luck played great throughout the game but the execution was not there for the Colts in the second half as they were unable to generate big plays or avoid negative mistakes. The Colts were most successful using their backs and tight ends to attack the Jaguars. Luck and the Colts went right down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. Luck converted a 3rd down to Hilton then found Eric Ebron running wide open downfield who made a great move after the catch to score a 53 yard touchdown. A big play by Jordan Wilkins moved the Colts in scoring position. Luck capped the drive with a 12 yard completion to Jack Doyle followed by another 12 yard completion to a wide open Eric Ebron for a touchdown. Luck again moved the Colts down the field this time aided by two 15 yard penalties by the Jaguars. Luck found Mo Alie-Cox off of play action for a 1 yard touchdown. The second half did not go according to plan for the Colts. The Colts did not score in the second half. Luck and the offense's first two possessions resulted in a punt and interception while the Jaguars managed to score and dominate time of possession. Luck's interception was a drop by Mo Alie-Cox that led to an easy interception for Telvin Smith. The Colts managed one first down on their final three possessions.
2018 Week 11 vs TEN (23 / 29 / 297 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played a nearly flawless game against the Titans. Luck demonstrated his pin point accuracy throughout the game. Luck was outstanding on the move and extending plays against the Titans. Luck's ability to avoid pressure and move in the pocket is even more evident with his offensive line playing outstanding. Luck got the Colts on the board with a touchdown after taking over with excellent starting field position. Luck had a key 3rd down conversion to Doyle to set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Marlon Mack. Luck again moved the Colts into scoring position following a turnover. The drive stalled inside the TItans' 10 yard line on a trick play pass attempt from Eric Ebron to Luck. Ebron overthrew Luck on the play or he may have made the catch. On the Colts' ensuing possession Luck uncorked a nearly perfect bomb to TY Hilton off of play action for a 68 yard touchdown. Luck moved the Colts' down the field for their third touchdown of the first half with a 35 yard pass interference penalty and a 20 yard completion to Nyheim Hines. Jordan Wilkins capped the drive with an 18 yard touchdown run. After again taking over deep in Titans' territory Luck found Hilton for his second touchdown of the game. Hilton released up field as Luck escaped the pocket and Luck hit him with a perfect and improvised back shoulder throw. The play showed the great rapport between Hilton and Luck. Luck led the Colts down the field on yet another touchdown drive that comprised almost entirely of running plays to Mack and passes to Dontrelle Inman. Luck found Inman for a 7 yard score as he stepped up in the pocket. Luck gave way to Jacoby Brissett following the touchdown with the Colts holding a 35 point lead.
2018 Week 12 vs MIA (30 / 37 / 343 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played a great game that was marred by a pair of ugly interceptions. Luck moved the Colts down the field for an effortless opening possession touchdown drive. Luck found TY Hilton for a gain of 21 and Jordan Wilkins for 17 yards before connecting with Ebron for a 14 yard touchdown. A fumble and a holding penalty abruptly ended the Colts' next two possessions after finding success early. An unnecessary roughness penalty and a beautiful back shoulder throw to Hilton for 24 yards put the Colts at the Dolphins' 1 yard line. Luck capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown to Jack Doyle. Luck was intercepted by Xavien Howard on consecutive plays to end the first half. First Luck made an ill advised throw to TY Hilton who had a defender underneath and over the top of him. Luck then underthrew Ebron who was running open down the seam for a potential 45 yard touchdown. Howard was underneath the intended receiver on each play and was able to make leaping interceptions on both occasions. Trailing by 10 Luck got the Colts offense back on track when it counted. Luck found Hilton over the middle for 36 yards before firing a perfect strike down the seam to Ebron for a 12 yard touchdown. Then with the game on the line Luck made his best play of the game to duck out of a sack and somehow find Chester Rogers open downfield for 34 yards. The completion set up a game winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
2018 Week 13 vs JAX (33 / 52 / 248 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played one his worst games of the season against the Jaguars. Luck was simply a little off. The absence of Jack Doyle may be a bigger deal than originally thought. Doyle helps in pass protection, is valuable as a blocker in the run game, and makes plays in the passing game. Without Doyle the Jaguars matched Hilton with Ramsey while keying on the run game and Eric Ebron. The Colts offense struggled to execute, sustain drives, avoid penalties, and create explosive plays. Luck was pressured and intercepted on his first pass attempt. Luck targeted Ebron downfield and failed to see DJ Hayden underneath who made a nice play on the ball. The Colts moved the ball down the field methodically thanks in large part to penalties by the Jaguars. Luck connected twice with TY Hilton for 3rd down conversions and the Colts drove all the way down to the Jaguars 1 yard line. On 4th and goal from the 1 Luck's pass to Wilkins was stopped for no gain. On the ensuing possession the Colts went for it on 4th and 1 and Eric Ebron fumbled and was dropped for a loss. Luck and his targets were just off on several throws downfield. Luck had 3 near completions to Hilton downfield, 2 to Dontrelle Inman, and a near miss targeting Eric Ebron. Luck could have made better throws but his receivers did have the opportunity to catch the passes. Luck had a 35 yard completion to Pascal who made a physical play to secure the catch negated by a holding penalty. The Colts again went for it on 4th and 1 and Luck was sacked by nearly immediate pressure.
2018 Week 14 vs HOU (27 / 41 / 399 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 16 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts picked up where they left off against the Jaguars with 4 straight 3 and outs to open the game. The Colts first three possessions ended quickly with 3 ugly plays on 3rd down. Colts tight ends Eric Ebron and Erik Swoope each dropped a pass and Andrew Luck had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage. Under pressure Luck threw a high pass over the middle that went through the hands of Zach Pascal and was intercepted. Following the interception Luck took his play to another level and began aggressively throwing the ball downfield. Luck's next throw was a nearly perfect 60 yard bomb to TY Hilton to set up a Marlon Mack touchdown. Luck stayed hot with 23 and 28 yard completions to Ebron and Pascal respectively. Luck capped with drive with a dart to Ebron for a 14 yard touchdown. Luck engineered another touchdown drive with a 15 yard completion to Ryan Grant on 3rd down and a 34 yard gain to Hilton. Followed by a 12 yard throw to Pascal for a touchdown. One of Luck's best throw's of the game was a 28 yard back shoulder throw to TY Hilton showing perfect timing and placement against tight coverage. Luck sealed the win for the Colts drawing Jadeveon Clowney offsides with the hard count.
2018 Week 15 vs DAL (16 / 27 / 192 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts leaned on their run game to generate much of their offense against the Cowboys including on an opening possession touchdown. The Colts did not need to be very aggressive throwing the ball with their run game finding so much success and with the Cowboys struggling offensively. The Colts opening possession consisted of short passes and run plays after the Colts took over on downs in excellent field position. Marlon Mack capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. The Colts ensuing possession stalled thanks to 3 offensive penalties including a holding penalty that negated a 38 yard gain to Eric Ebron. Luck set up a field goal before halftime running the two minute offense with two completions to TY Hilton for gains of 12 and 23. The Colts scored a touchdown on their opening possession of the second half. Again the drive was fueled by underneath passes the run game. Colts running backs totaled 64 yards on the drive including a 6 yard touchdown run by Marlon Mack. Luck had a pair of less than perfect throws downfield targeting Hilton. The first was well off target when Hilton had a linebacker in coverage downfield and the second was an underthrow for a gain of 37 that could have gone for a long score had it been a perfect throw. The completion set up another field goal and gave the Colts a 20 point lead.
2018 Week 16 vs NYG (31 / 47 / 357 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts got off to slow start but found their rhythm throwing the ball downfield after falling behind early. The Colts failed to pick up a first down on each on their first two possessions. The Colts moved into field goal range on their third possession but an ugly miscue between Luck and Eric Ebron led to an interception. Luck expected Ebron to continue downfield as he scrambled leading to an uncontested interception for Curtis Riley. Luck responded by moving his team downfield. Luck threw a perfect nearly indefensible strike to TY Hilton for 25 yards to set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Nyheim Hines. The Colts had a chance to set up a field goal before halftime but pressure on Luck forced consecutive incompletions forcing a punt. Luck set up another Colts touchdown with another big play to Hilton. Luck connected with Hilton 40 yards downfield running a deep post. Luck's bomb was nearly perfect and allowed Hilton to gain yards after the catch. Luck capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown to Dontrelle Inman. Luck made two excellent back shoulder throws in the span of 3 plays. The first was a beauty up the seam to Inman for 29 yards and the second was well placed down the sideline to Hines for 29. Marlon Mack capped the drive with a 3 yard run.
2018 Week 17 vs TEN (24 / 35 / 285 / 3 / 1 pass, 7 / 17 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck and the Colts offense played very well outside of a pair of turnovers and a few costly penalties. Luck was very accurate all game long and took what the defense gave him. Luck led the Colts down the field on an impressive opening drive touchdown. Luck had only one incompletion on the drive and completed 5 passes that went for at least 10 yards. Luck converted a 3rd and 6 with an 18 yard completion to TY Hilton then found Inman in the back of the end zone for an 11 yard touchdown after escaping the pocket and avoiding a sack. Luck stayed nearly flawless on the Colts second possession. Luck moved the Colts into scoring position with 16 and 17 yard completions to Chester Rogers and Eric Ebron. Luck capped the drive with another bullet for a 9 yard touchdown to Eric Ebron. Pressure and good coverage downfield forced Luck to double clutch a downfield throw resulting in an off target throw and an easy pick 6 for Jayon Brown. Luck threw the pass with both of his feet off the ground. Luck moved the Colts into field goal range before halftime with a 43 yard screen pass to Hilton and a 17 yard catch by Chester Rogers. Luck could have been intercepted again on the drive when he threw a pass right at Derrick Morgan who couldn't make the catch. Luck opened the 3rd quarter making more plays downfield. Luck found Ebron for 22 yards then threw a dime to Inman who was running a double move for 29 yards. Luck capped with drive with a 1 yard touchdown to Ryan Hewitt. The Colts were forced to settle for another field goal after an illegal formation penalty negated a touchdown by Jordan Wilkins.
2018 Week 18 vs HOU (19 / 32 / 222 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 29 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played at a very high level in the first half and seemed a little bit off in the second half. Luck showed outstanding poise and accuracy to open the game. Luck connected 3 times with TY Hilton on the Colts opening possession for 63 yards including a 38 yard dime to beat double coverage. Luck also made an outstanding sideline throw to Hilton as he scrambled to keep the drive alive and set up a 6 yard touchdown to Eric Ebron. The Colts scored another touchdown on their second possession and the drive was comprised almost entirely of run plays. Marlon Mack capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown run. The Colts moved into the red zone following a turnover on their third possession. Luck was intercepted targeting Marlon Mack in the flat because JJ Watt batted the pass into the air for an easy interception. Luck responded to the interception with a flawless drive. Luck went 3 for 4 for 54 yards and a touchdown with the only incompletion being a drop by Eric Ebron. Luck connected with Inman for an 18 yard touchdown who is becoming one of Luck's favorite targets especially in the red zone. The Colts opened the second half with two failed possessions and Luck started the half 0/4 passing with 3 near misses and 2 passes that could have been caught. The Colts did not manage to score any points in the second half. The Colts went away from what was working for them to some extent but also simply failed to execute. Dontrelle Inman and Marlon Mack could have seen more looks especially early in the second half. Luck was not as accurate in the second half as the first and the Texans defense did a better job of pressuring Luck and contesting throws downfield. Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal each had a drop in the second half.
2018 Week 19 vs KC (19 / 36 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
The Chiefs defense completely dominated Andrew Luck and the Colts offense. The Chiefs defensive line and secondary overmatched the Colts passing game. The Colts short to intermediate passing game was disrupted by tight man coverage and the deep passing game was negated by edge pressure applied by Justin Houston and Dee Ford. Luck was rarely afforded space to step up in the pocket forcing him to scramble outside the pocket. The Chiefs batted a number of passes when pressure did not get to Luck. TY Hilton did not look like himself and his health contributed to the offense's struggles. The Colts went three and out on their first four possessions of the game. The Colts got their first first down with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Luck found success in the 2 minute offense. Luck connected with Ebron for 21 yards over the middle and found Dontrelle Inman twice for 25 more yards. The drive set up a short field goal attempt that was missed. Penalties became a problem for the Colts in the second half. Numerous pre-snap and holding penalties put the Colts behind on the down and distance which they struggled to overcome. On the Colts first possession of the second half Luck faded away from pressure and as a result but the ball at Chester Rogers' feet when he should have had a chance to run after the catch. With the Colts in the red zone following a turnover Luck was stripped by Dee Ford and Justin Houston recovered the fumble. Ford beat Braden Smith around the edge and got to Luck very quickly. With less than 6 minutes remaining and with the Colts trailing by 3 scores Luck converted a 4th and 9 with a 12 yard completion to Chester Rogers. Luck then dropped a dime to TY Hilton for a 29 yard touchdown.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 7 vs TEN (27 / 39 / 353 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 17 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played very well against the Titans and helped to mask mistakes by his teammates. Luck dealt with a number of drops throughout the game but always responded with a big play. Luck put together an impressive opening drive despite two drops by his receivers. Luck connected with TY Hilton and Erik Swoope for gains of 24 and 17 on back shoulder throws. Luck capped the drive finding Gore underneath for a 3 yard score. Luck made two more big plays to cap another drive. Luck found Swoope for a 34 yard gain and followed it with a dime to Hilton for a 37 yard touchdown. Following a successful onside kick, Luck continued his hot streak of downfield passing with a 22 yard gain to Hilton. The Colts settled for a field goal attempt after Jack Doyle dropped a potential touchdown. Luck put together another long drive and set up a field goal. Luck connected with Doyle for 18 yards and Hilton for 20 more to move deep into Titans territory. The drive ended with a sack on 3rd goal as the pocket collapsed around Luck. Trailing by 3 points Luck delivered a game winning drive despite mistakes by his teammates. The Colts had 3 penalties on the drive including one that negated a game winning touchdown. To open the drive Luck luckily completed a batted pass to Jack Doyle for a 24 yard gain. Then hit Devin Street over the middle for a 20 yard gain. Luck capped the drive with a well placed throw to Doyle for a 7 yard score.
2016 Week 8 vs KC (19 / 35 / 210 / 2 / 1 pass, 9 / 60 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck had a rough game against the Chiefs. . Luck fumbled a shotgun snap on the Colts second possession and the Chiefs recovered. Luck simply took his eye off the ball. Luck put together a scoring drive facing a short field on the Colts fourth possession. Luck hit each of his tight ends, Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope, for 16 yard gains. Luck capped the drive with a check down to Gore who broke tackles on his way to an 18 yard touchdown. The Colts offensive line struggled for much of the game allowing 6 sacks, a number of pressures, and rarely keeping the pocket clean. The rush affected Luck and he looked less confident in his protection as the game progressed. The Colts struggled to protect in obvious passing situations and the Chiefs effectively shutdown the Colts downfield passing not allowing any big plays. Luck was intercepted by Philip Gaines who made a great break and play on the ball. Gaines outmuscled Moncrief at the catch point. Luck orchestrated another scoring drive again connecting with his tight ends Doyle and Swoope. Luck capped the drive dodging Dontari Poe and escaping the pocket to rifle a 3 yard touchdown to Moncrief. Luck had a beautiful 45 yard touchdown throw to Moncrief negated by penalty. Luck also had a 40 yard completion to Hilton negated by penalty.
2016 Week 9 vs GB (23 / 36 / 281 / 1 / 2 pass, 7 / 15 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck had an inconsistent game in a win against the Packers. Luck and the Colts were able to put together multiple long touchdown drives but Luck had two costly interceptions. Luck was intercepted throwing late to Philip Dorsett on a deep comeback route. Luck hesitated before he threw and Clinton Dix made the easy interception. . Following the interception Luck put together a nice scoring drive. Luck connected with Dorsett, Hilton and Allen moving the Colts inside the Packers 10 yard line. Gore capped the drive with a 7 yard run. The ensuing possession Luck threw another ugly interception again to Clinton Dix. Luck evaded pressure and threw on the run to Jack Doyle but the pass sailed and was easily intercepted. Luck orchestrated an impressive scoring drive with completions to Dorsett, TY Hilton and Doyle. Luck finished the drive with a beautiful 8 yard back shoulder touchdown throw. Luck connected with Moncrief deep down the sideline for a 39 yard gain to set up another Gore rushing touchdown. With the Packers within 5 points and threatening a comeback Luck sealed the game with 2 big plays. Luck hit Doyle and Hilton down the middle of the Packers defense for gains of 20 and 27.
2016 Week 11 vs TEN (15 / 28 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 22 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck played well against the Titans. Luck made a number of great throws and big plays under pressure. Luck consistently made plays on the move and kept plays alive with his feet. Luck and the Colts offense scored touchdowns on each of their first 3 possessions. The Colts were able to make big plays throughout the game to set up their scoring drives. First a 33 yard pass interference penalty drawn by Philip Dorsett set up a 1 yard Robert Turbin touchdown. Then a 49 yard trick play to Gore moved the Colts into the red zone. Luck nearly scrambled for a touchdown but was tackled at the 1 yard line after a 13 yard scamper. Luck capped the drive with a nice throw to Moncrief who was well covered on the play. Luck then evaded pressure and threw as he was hit to Dorsett who came wide open for a 50 yard gain and moving the Colts deep into Titans territory. Luck again beat tight coverage with a good throw and connected with Hilton for a 2 yard score. The offense struggled in the second half with 2 key drops by Dwayne Allen and Hilton and a costly mistake by Luck. A screen pass from Luck should have been intercepted but was dropped. The ensuing possession, Luck threw under pressure to TY Hilton who was well covered and the pass was intercepted by Brice McCain. Luck set up another scoring opportunity with a 50 yard bomb on the money to TY Hilton. Luck sealed the game with an 11 yard completion to Hilton again evading the rush and making an accurate throw.
2016 Week 13 vs NYJ (22 / 28 / 278 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck was nearly flawless against the Jets. Luck was 3/3 on the Colts opening possession and capped the drive to Dwayne Allen who came wide open off of play action for a 7 yard touchdown. Luck stayed perfect and connected with TY Hilton on a deep crossing route gaining 34. Luck connected with Allen who the Jets again left uncovered for a 21 yard score. Luck made an impressive throw to Moncrief with two blitzing defenders in his face and managed to place the ball where only Moncrief could catch it. Luck dropped another dime right over the shoulder of Hilton and into his hands for 23 more yards down the sideline. Luck made another beautiful throw to Dwayne Allen for his 3rd touchdown. This time Luck put a back shoulder throw on the money for the 23 yard score. Luck could have had 4 first half touchdown passes but Jack Doyle fumbled the ball through the end zone for a touch back as he was about to score. Luck opened the second half with another impressive touchdown drive. Luck found Hilton over the middle for gains of 17 and 24. Then Luck connected with Moncrief for 3 yard score. Luck was replaced by Scott Tolzien for the entire 4th quarter.
2016 Week 14 vs HOU (24 / 45 / 276 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 32 / 0 rush)
The Colts opening possession started with promise but stalled. Luck took a read option keeper down the sideline for a 33 yard gain. Luck got a nice block from Philip Dorsett to spring him loose down the sideline on the play. Luck threw a perfect pass to TY Hilton down the sideline for a 17 yard gain and moved the Colts into the red zone. Luck threw well off the mark to Moncrief twice forcing a field goal attempt. Luck's next throw was intended for Dwayne Allen and was intercepted by Quintin Demps. Allen fell down as he made his break but Luck's throw looked late and off target. 3 empty possessions for the Colts were followed by another interception of Luck. Luck was trying to make a play on 3rd and short but held the ball too long and Jadeveon Clowney chased down Luck and hit him as he threw giving Andre Hal the easy interception. Luck would have had his 3rd interception of the day if TY Hilton had not drawn a pass interference penalty on an overthrown deep ball. Luck tallied his first touchdown the following penalty with a 19 yard screen pass to Gore. Luck once again moved the Colts into the red zone but the drive abrubtly ended with Clowney forcing a strip sack turnover. Luck was nearly intecepted on consecutive plays. First a pass to Hilton was deflected by an underneath defender and nearly intercepted. Then another pass to Hilton was batted into the air but Hilton came down with the pass for a 14 yard gain. The following play Luck and Hilton finally connected downfield on a 35 yard touchdown. Luck got the ball back down 5 points with 2:47 remaining. The drive stalled on 4th and short with the Colts failing to execute a screen pass to Robert Turbin.
2016 Week 15 vs MIN (21 / 28 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Luck played very efficient football and attacked the middle of the field with all 3 of his tight ends. Luck exploited match-ups he liked with great success. One of Luck's biggest plays was an unorthodox deep ball to Hilton throwing across his body and leaping into the air as he released the pass. Miraculously Hilton worked back to Luck and made the catch for 31 yards to move the Colts into the red zone. A few plays later, Dwayne Allen dropped what would have been a sure touchdown and Robert Turbin capped the drive with a 1 yard touchdown. Luck orchestrated another touchdown drive featuring Erik Swoope. Luck connected with Swoope for gains of 7, 16 and capped the drive with a nice throw down the sideline for a 26 yard touchdown. Luck put together a 13 play 91 yard drive to give the Colts a 27-0 lead at halftime. The drive was fueled by the running backs and tight ends picking up consistent yardage and exploiting the Vikings linebackers and safeties in coverage. Robert Turbin capped the drive with an impressive 6 yard touchdown run. Luck's second last throw of the game dropped a perfect 50 yard touchdown to Dorsett to put the nail in the coffin. Luck played one more possession before being replaced by Scott Tolzien.
2016 Week 16 vs OAK (19 / 29 / 288 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 12 / 1 rush)
Andrew Luck had an up and down game against the Raiders. Luck dropped a dime to Erik Swoope who beat Nate Allen deep for a 45 yard gain but the drive quickly stalled. Luck was hit as he threw and the ugly pass was intercepted by Nate Allen who jumped the route and got in front of TY Hilton. Luck got the Colts into Raiders territory with 2 completions to Jack Doyle and some nice inside runs by Frank Gore. Luck capped the drive with a 24 yard touchdown to Moncrief who came wide open thanks to a busted coverage. Luck forced the ball to TY Hilton downfield as he escaped the pocket and the pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson. On the ensuing possession, Luck once again was hit as he threw but hit Hilton perfectly in stride for 39 yards moving the Colts inside the 5 yard line. Luck found Robert Turbin uncovered underneath for a 3 yard touchdown to cap the drive. After a 3 and out Luck again marched the Colts down the field. Luck worked the ball underneath to his tight ends and connected with Hilton for 15 yards. Luck finished the drive escaping a collapsing pocket and scrambling for an 11 yard score. Luck threw on the money to TY Hilton for the 2 point conversion. Luck connected with Hilton over the middle for 29 yards to set up a field goal attempt.
2016 Week 17 vs JAX (24 / 40 / 321 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
The Colts were unable to score points on their first 6 possessions which included 4 three and outs, an interception and a missed field goal following a turnover. The stalled drives featured misses to Robert Turbin and Jack Doyle underneath and Luck unable to find anyone open down field. Luck began to move the Colts down the field with completions to Chester Rogers and Dwayne Allen but threw an ugly interception under pressure targeting TY Hilton. Luck set up another field goal attempt with completions to Hilton for gains of 19 and 15 yards. Luck dropped a dime to Hilton for 28 yards with pressure in his face to open the second half. Luck then threw on the money to Erik Swoope for 22 more yards and setting up a 7 yard touchdown by Turbin. Luck engineered another scoring drive with completions to Hilton, Rogers and a 12 yard scramble. Luck capped the drive with a perfect throw down the seam to Allen for a 15 yard touchdown. With the game tied at 17 Luck again was moving the Colts down the field but a fumbled snap gave the ball back to the Jaguars. Luck got the ball back down 3 with 1:33 left to play and no timeouts. Luck moved the Colts down the field with big chunks of yardage over the middle to Dorsett and Rogers. Luck threw a beautiful game winner to Jack Doyle between two defenders for a 1 yard touchdown.
2015 Week 1 vs BUF (26 / 49 / 243 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
It was a rough day for Andrew Luck, who was off-target from the very beginning as he attempted to deal with the attacking Buffalo defense. Luck missed several potential big plays early on, including two deep shots to T.Y. Hilton that came up short and an off-target screen pass to Frank Gore in the open field. Luck looked rushed throughout the day, as the offense shifted to a quick-throw focus that didn't play to his or the Colts' personnel strengths. Still, Luck reminded us that he's as matchup-proof as anybody in fantasy football, managing nearly 20 points on one of the worst games of his career.
2015 Week 2 vs NYJ (21 / 37 / 250 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck is currently going through the worst two-game stretch of his career. Sure, he's gone up against a couple talented defenses and is piloting an offense with questionable coaching, but Luck simply isn't the quarterback we saw last season. Against the Jets, Luck looked like he was a rookie again, struggling to deal with pressure up the middle and consistently missing throws. Above all else, he was careless, throwing the ball up for grabs multiple times when blitzers got into the backfield quickly. Luck is too talented to see this trend continue, but he and the offense have a lot of work to do to build up enough chemistry to be the fantasy goldmine we expected.
2015 Week 3 vs TEN (18 / 30 / 260 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Once again, Andrew Luck looked like he forgot how to play football. For the first time this season, however, he came back. He came back to what we expected to see this season in the fourth quarter against the Titans, going 11 for 13 for 144 yards and two touchdowns to bring the Colts back to victory. It's tempting to say the Colts have figured some things out offensively, based on the end of the game, but the little mistakes continue to sabotage the offense for the first three quarters. Against the Jaguars, Luck will again have a much easier time than he did in the first two weeks, but the consistency issues will be a question until Luck can go a game without having a bad turnover.
2015 Week 6 vs NE (30 / 50 / 312 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 35 / 0 rush)
The good news for Andrew Luck owners on Sunday: The Colts' quarterback looked as good as he ever has this season, finishing with the most yards, touchdowns, rushing yards and passer rating of the season. The bad news: Luck clearly regressed in the second half, as the Patriots defense stymied the quarterback for the vast majority of the final two quarters. Luck looked like his old self in the first half, making plays in and out of the pocket, but the control on his passes waned in the second half, and his receivers gave him little help. There will be easier opponents in the future, like New Orleans next week, but Luck isn't the elite quarterback we thought he'd be. Still, his fantasy value will continue to rise as he gets back into the offense, just out of the volume Indianapolis will need him to carry.
2015 Week 7 vs NO (23 / 44 / 333 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
What in the world is wrong with Andrew Luck? The prodigy quarterback was putrid for the first two-and-a-half quarters against the New Orleans Saints, statistically the worst defense in the league with a paper-thin secondary. Luck missed open receivers, was clearly confused pre-snap and simply didn't look comfortable or confident. But he and the Colts' offense flipped the script near the end of the third quarter, scoring two quick touchdowns to T.Y. Hilton and giving the Colts a fighting chance. But don't mistake Luck's salvageable fantasy day for light at the end of the tunnel: Luck was still just 7 of 15 for 95 yards in the fourth quarter. Granted, he still didn't look as bad as he did in the first half, but there are some issues here that are nowhere close to being worked out. Luck's first interception was a terrible pre-snap read, and linebacker Stephone Anthony slid right into the path of Luck's throw to a slanting Hilton. His second was a terrible decision at the end of the first half, costing the Colts the chance at at least a field goal. Luck's volume should stay high, and there is always a chance he returns to form, but it doesn't look like he'll ever be the elite fantasy QB we thought he'd be this season.
2015 Week 8 vs CAR (23 / 47 / 231 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 35 / 0 rush)
The Colts' franchise quarterback looked once again like a bottom-of-the-barrel signal-caller against the Carolina Panthers, struggling to even complete simple passes or make simple reads throughout the first three quarters of the Monday night game. Luck did manage to salvage a decent fantasy day for himself with a couple of late touchdown passes, as the Colts' offense got on track with a no-huddle in the fourth quarter, but overall he continues to look like one of the worst quarterbacks in the league. Luck's three interceptions were all poor, each one coming on a poor pass. His first two were especially errant, but the final, essentially game-losing pick was just a poor decision. Luck's reported rib injury, along with lingering effects from a shoulder injury earlier this year, are almost certainly affecting him, but his mental game is lacking as well. He's a startable quarterback in fantasy simply because of volume, but he'll be a risky play against the Broncos' secondary in Week 9.
2015 Week 9 vs DEN (21 / 36 / 252 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 34 / 0 rush)
The Colts' quarterback is back, at least, he was on Sunday. In a completely unexpected turn of events, Luck looked like we expected him to look all season, and up against the best defense in the league to boot. Luck easily had the best game of any quarterback against the Broncos' defense this season, avoiding turnovers and taking smart throws all game long. He even fired a few down the field, including a dime to T.Y. Hilton up the seam that we had yet to see actually work this season. But Luck also made things happen with his legs, both when scrambling out of the pocket for first downs and getting out of the pocket on designed roll-outs. With the Broncos playing man coverage down the field, Luck was not afraid to tuck the ball and run when the first-down marker was within reach. His two touchdowns were both rather short, but the second was a thing of beauty, as he read the blitz prior to the snap and calmly hit Ahmad Bradshaw leaking out of the backfield. Now the Colts have a bye, and it will be much-needed, considering the pounding Luck took against the Broncos. After the bye, however, look at a favorable schedule to pave the way for a big second half.
2014 Week 1 vs DEN (35 / 53 / 370 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 19 / 1 rush)
If there was one thing that Sunday night's loss to the Denver Broncos showed us, it's that the Indianapolis Colts will need Andrew Luck to throw the ball, a lot. Luck finished with 61 dropbacks compared to just nine handoffs. Those handoffs netted just 35 yards, as the lack of a competent running game continued to hinder the efficiency of the offense. Pep Hamilton's game plan may limit Luck's efficiency at times, as perplexing route combinations and personnel usage put a ceiling on the offense, but a high volume of yards and Luck's ability to move outside the pocket still makes him one of the top five or six quarterbacks fantasy-wise. Luck wasn't afraid to throw the ball downfield against Denver, and moved outside the pocket several times to extend plays, including an iconic, pylon-diving touchdown run. Luck sailed a few throws that were just high enough to cause tip-drill interceptions, but for the most part he made good decisions and carried the Colts offense on his back.
2014 Week 2 vs PHI (20 / 34 / 172 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
It was a strange day for Luck, who managed to direct the offense to 25 first downs and 27 points, but threw for the third-lowest amount of yards in his career. Luck's ball placement was wildly unpredictable for much of the first half, but like his game against Denver, he began to get in a groove with a late touchdown drive to end the half. The streak continued in the second half, and after an early three-and-out, Luck directed two more scoring drives sandwiched around a Trent Richardson fumble. Luck could have added another touchdown pass to his three if the correct pass interference call had been called on his lone interception of the night. Luck was hampered by some odd playcalling by Pep Hamilton, especially the decision to run twice on the Colts' final drive of the game. Luck will continue to put up big fantasy numbers due to necessity, but his efficiency will likely continue to struggle if Hamilton doesn't correct course.
2014 Week 3 vs JAX (31 / 39 / 370 / 4 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Oh, what Luck would do to play Jacksonville every week. The third-year quarterback from Stanford was sublime on Sunday, finding open wide receivers deep, short and in the intermediate areas of the field. It was a career-high day for Luck in completions, yards per attempt and passer rating, and he could seemingly do no wrong. Luck took hits while delivering accurate downfield passes, found open receivers on the run and executed play-action passes with precision. Luck was slightly off target on a few early throws, but settled into a rhythm quickly and was the best player on the field for the entire day. Luck should feast against his AFC South opponents this season, and Jacksonville was the first victim.
2014 Week 4 vs TEN (29 / 41 / 393 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Colts' quarterback was phenomenal for the second week in a row against AFC South competition, putting together two rare performances of over 350 yards, four touchdowns and 70 percent completions. Luck is just the second quarterback ever to do that in back-to-back games (Daunte Culpepper, 2004), and it seems that Pep Hamilton has finally unleashed Luck's downfield passing ability. Luck made Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton a priority, but wasn't focusing in on one receiver: Nine Colts caught passes on Sunday. Luck did have a bad interception to end the first half, but came out strong in the second half and led the Colts on three straight scoring drives. Luck was 12 of 13 for 175 yards and three touchdowns in that stretch, one of the best in his career.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs PIT (26 / 45 / 400 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
After the Colts shut the Bengals out last week and the Colts' running game got going, there may have been some fear that Andrew Luck's high-volume usage would decrease as the Colts improved as a well-rounded team. Sunday was proof that that won't be happening any time soon. With the Colts defense allowing Ben Roethlisberger to have one of the greatest passing performances ever, the Colts were forced to rely on Luck more than ever, and he responded brilliantly, for the most part. Outside of an early pick on a jumped route, Luck was sublime, keeping the Colts in the game and leading to 34 points on the road. But the early pick-six and later safety on an unfortunate intentional grounding penalty put a damper on Luck's day, and dug them into a deeper hole. But for fantasy purposes, it seems that the Colts will need every bit of Luck's arm as we expected.
2014 Week 9 vs NYG (25 / 46 / 354 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
By the eye test, Luck's day was pretty average for him this year. He struggled a bit early on before connecting on deep throws in the second half to score 21 third-quarter points to put the Giants away. But for fantasy purposes, this was Luck at his best, carrying the offense while avoiding turnovers. Luck's worst decisions on the day (throwing the ball) actually weren't too bad. His long touchdown to T.Y. Hilton was nearly intercepted, but throwing the ball to his No. 1 receiver with inside position in one-on-one coverage wasn't a bad choice. Hilton rewarded Luck by coming down with the ball anyway. Luck likely won't continue to shoulder quite the same load once the schedule loosens up after New England in Week 11, but he'll still be the driving force.
2014 Week 11 vs NE (23 / 39 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
While the offense only put up 20 points against Bill Belichick's defense, Luck had one of his cleanest games of the season. Luck is good for a few questionable decisions per game, but had just one or two on Sunday, when his defense, a few dropped passes and a complete lack of running game let him down. He did attempt to force one throw to Reggie Wayne while under pressure that Darrelle Revis tipped, leading to an interception. Luck also missed a wide-open Donte Moncrief on what could have been a long touchdown in the first half, but was pretty consistent otherwise, finishing with his eighth 300-yard, two-touchdown performance of the year.
2014 Week 12 vs JAX (21 / 32 / 253 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 49 / 0 rush)
Sunday was the first time since Week 2 that Luck didn't finish with at least 300 yards passing, and his two fumbles in the first quarter put a damper on his success later in the game. With starting right tackle Gosder Cherilus out with an injury, the Colts were forced to start utility guard Joe Reitz at tackle. Combine that with horrific first half performances from Hugh Thornton and Jonotthan Harrison and you get Luck's ugly start: five sacks, two fumbles and just two field goal drives. Dwayne Allen's absence from the game likely hurt Luck as well, as the Colts only scored touchdowns on two of their five red zone attempts. But there were also just missed opportunities for the third-year quarterback. He overthrew Reggie Wayne twice on plays that could have been touchdowns, and he was clearly uncomfortable in the pocket throughout the day. Luck should fare better next week if Cherilus and Allen can come back healthy.
2014 Week 13 vs WAS (19 / 27 / 370 / 5 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
The Washington defense was lit up a few times in the beginning of the season, but it's been a while since anybody put up a 350-yard, five-touchdown performance against them. Not since 1999 (Troy Aikman) has Washington been lit up quite like that. Luck repeatedly found wide open receivers downfield, overcoming early struggles in the pocket to decimate the Redskins in the second and third quarters. With a five-touchdown performance, Luck trails Peyton Manning by two touchdowns for the league lead.
2014 Week 14 vs CLE (24 / 53 / 294 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 37 / 1 rush)
It turns out, Luck isn't completely matchup proof. The league's best fantasy quarterback came back down to earth on Sunday against Cleveland's stellar pass defense, throwing two picks and losing a fumble. It was Luck's third consecutive game with multiple turnovers. It was the first game all season that Luck completed less than 50 percent of his passes, and only his third game with less than 7.0 yards per attempt (5.5). Luck particularly struggled with a consistent pass rush and tight man coverage early in the game. But the quarterback did bounce back in the second half, and finished with three combined passing and rushing scores. Aided by a change in tempo, Luck started connecting with T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, and led the Colts on the game-winning touchdown drive with less than a minute left in the game.
2014 Week 15 vs HOU (18 / 34 / 187 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 18 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, Luck had a down week. For just the second time this season, Luck had less than 200 passing yards. Luck was abysmal to start the game, going 3-for-10 for 17 yards with an interception returned for a touchdown in the Colts' first four drives. Luck picked it up after that, going 13-for-16 for 147 yards in the rest of the first half. It looked like Luck was back on target, but the Colts offense couldn't get going in the second half, and Luck never got into a rhythm due to drops, miscommunication and poor play calls. It wasn't one of his worst performances this year, although circumstance and a good job by Houston defending the deep ball made it stand out in the box score.
2014 Week 16 vs DAL (15 / 22 / 109 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While the on-field performance against Dallas was statistically the worst of his career, Luck didn't play poorly at all on Sunday. Hampered by numerous dropped passes, an ineffective and penalty-prone offensive line and a bare game plan, Luck's best plays all were negated by his teammates. With little running support behind him and no defensive help whatsoever, Luck was down 28-0 before taking his 10th snap of the game. His first pick was a poor decision, but was an attempt to force the ball down the field at the end of the first half. His second pick was batted at the line. He was accurate for most of the day and navigated a crumbling pocket well throughout the day. But, fantasy owners still may want to watch out for Week 17, where Luck will likely be limited in snaps and game plan.
2014 Week 17 vs TEN (10 / 16 / 160 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
The Colts' franchise quarterback got back to his high-flying ways on Sunday against the Titans, shaking off some early protection problems to average 10 yards per attempt and throw for two touchdowns. Sure, 80 of those yards came on a catch-and-run by Reggie Wayne, but even taking away the yards after catch on that pass, Luck averaged over 7 yards per attempt and threw for two scores while not turning the ball over. The Titans are poor, overall, but it's good for Luck to get back in a positive direction. Luck finishes the season third in total passing yards and first in passing touchdowns in what was a huge step forward.
2014 Week 18 vs CIN (31 / 44 / 376 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
The third-year quarterback got his second playoff win of his career on Sunday, and boy did he deserve it. Luck was phenomenal from start to finish, mixing in astoundingly accurate downfield throws with well-timed dump-offs to the tune of 376 yards and a touchdown on just 41 attempts. While his teammates accrued five drops, a fumble and some costly penalties that cost him an even gaudier stat line, Luck was flawless. Among his gems was a 36-yard touchdown pass while being tripped up from behind that floated right into Donte Moncrief's hands in the corner of the end zone, one of his best throws of the year. Luck put it all together for this one, showcasing why so many think he'll be the league's best signal-caller before too long. If he can continue to make good decisions and vary his throws velocity like a magician, he'll be there even sooner than projected.
2014 Week 19 vs DEN (27 / 43 / 265 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Much like he did against Cincinnati in the wild card round, Andrew Luck controlled the game throughout the win over the Broncos on Sunday. He made good decisions and was extremely accurate, although not quite as accurate as his "maestro" performance against the Bengals. Luck did throw two picks, but they weren't the back-breaking decisions he was making earlier in the season, but bombs on 3rd-and-long that he just underthrew while on the move. While saying they were completely defensible would be inaccurate, they essentially acted as punts and didn't hurt the team. Neither he or the coaching staff seemed to upset with the picks at the time. On the flip side, he made a few of his normal "wow" throws, including two laser-like touchdown passes and a beautiful conversion on 3rd-and-long to Coby Fleener on what essentially was the game-icing drive.
2014 Week 20 vs NE (12 / 33 / 126 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 18 / 0 rush)
After a breakout season from Andrew Luck, statistically, he ended the season with a whimper. Luck didn't get much help from his teammates, with dropped passes, a muffed punt and total defensive collapse marring the Colts' embarrassing loss to New England. But Luck also had one of his few bad games this season, failing to get into a rhythm and directing the offense to just one score against a defense that had given up 31 points the week before.
2013 Week 1 vs OAK (18 / 23 / 178 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 38 / 1 rush)
With a new OC bringing a new gameplan to Indy, football fans wondered how Andrew Luck would look this season- well how does opening the season 11/11 sound? Because that's specifically what Luck did. Can't emphasize enough how calm Luck was in the pocket; between taking what the defense was giving him and just going through all his progressions, it never looked once like Luck was forcing passes. Flawless in the interception category, Luck also 2 TD passes. The first one was a beautiful pass to Reggie Wayne from 12 yards out where he threw to the corner of the end zone, leading Wayne to where only he was able to catch it. His second TD pass was on a nice play action to Dwayne Allen; Luck faked the handoff, turned around and had a defensive lineman right in his face- knowing he was going to get hit, he stayed in and delivered a great pass, avoiding the hands of the defender guarding Allen. Having both tight ends healthy, Luck ran more plays from under center than he did throughout his few preseason snaps with both Fleener and Allen on the line. The Raiders really stepped up their defensive pressure in the second half, and while it did cause problems, it still couldn't contain Luck; 4th quarter with the team down 3, Luck leads them down the field and capped it on a 19 yard TD scamper. Pressure came from the outside, and Luck, recognizing the defense was in man to man, took off truly showing his mobility and ended up scoring. With no turnovers and all three Indy TD's coming from either Luck's arm or his legs, it can't be emphasized enough that the sky will be the limit to what Andrew Luck can do with this team.
2013 Week 2 vs MIA (25 / 43 / 321 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 38 / 0 rush)
Facing a rather underrated Dolphins defense, Luck wasn't able to sit back comfortably much in the pocket during this game, forcing himself to shuffle around in the pocket much of the afternoon to avoid pressure. It didn't much rattle him as his head was always downfield and looking for the open guys; Luck did scramble for three first downs when the pocket did break down and he had the room to run, two of which were on third and long. Early on he had a fumble that was recovered by the FB Havili. The go-to play for Luck and Colts is the play action and they weren't shy to use it yesterday. His lone TD pass came early in the second quarter on a three yard out route by Coby Fleener. He had a second TD that was called back due to an illegal shift call on the O-line, it too was to Fleener (15 yarder). His best ball of the day was a deep bomb to TY Hilton where Luck put it where TY could go up and get it- he did and it resulted in the longest completion of the day, for 47 yards. Just like last weekend's game against Oakland, the opposing defense made second half adjustments and were getting in Luck's face way more- ultimately resulting in Luck's first INT of the season- it was a pass to Reggie Wayne who didn't have much room between him and DB Brent Grimes. Luck forced him a pass in the end zone and Grimes simply turned around and snagged it. Outside of that INT, Luck didn't have that bad of a game- throwing for over 370 yards when it was all said and done.
2013 Week 3 vs SF (18 / 27 / 164 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 1 rush)
You know Luck was eager to play against his former head coach Jim Harbaugh, and there were no early-game butterflies for the quarterback as he led the team right down the field for an opening drive touchdown that set the tone for the rest of the game. The Colts coaches knew that they were outmatched when it came to their offensive line and the 49ers front seven, so in this game you saw a lot of Luck under center, with quick three-step throws a staple of the offensive gameplan. There wasn't a ball thrown all game over 20 yards, with a lot of 'dink and dunk', controlled passing plays called. But Luck executed this gameplan, perfectly throwing no interceptions throughout the contest. The highlights of Luck's game came from what his legs can do, not his arm - Luck scrambled to keep a drive alive when the defender in pursuit underrated the fleet of foot quarterback's speed, allowing Luck to get the first down. Late in the fourth quarter, he executed a bootleg on the goal line, selling it beautifully and ran untouched into the end zone. Luck didn't light up the box score with completion after completion, but he managed a lead from the first score on and did exactly what the gameplan called for to beat a superior team on their home field.
2013 Week 4 vs JAX (22 / 36 / 260 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 26 / 0 rush)
Not wanting to have a hangover performance from the week before's victory over the 49ers, but realizing it was the Jaguars they were playing, Pep Hamilton kept the gameplan pretty basic for #12. He saw himself under center for most of the game, and wasn't testing the Jaguars secondary deep at all- with his longest completions being 31 yards and both of them had YAC to make them that long. Luck wasn't shy about using his legs this game however: had a couple rushes, one of which was a 17 yarder on 3rd down that eventually led to the team's first TD. He threw an INT in this game off a tipped ball that was sort of forced on his part, and actually would've thrown a 2nd but there was a defensive penalty that offset it. His first TD pass, a nice play action pass to Coby Fleener, had the defense stunted on the fake handoff leaving Fleener free to roam, so free that he had no defender within a 10-yard vicinity when he caught it, allowing him to jog his way into the end zone. Luck would've had a second TD earlier than he did when he found Wayne in the back of the end zone on a play he totally kept alive with his feet, that throw was brought back due to a hands to the face penalty. He did end up throwing a second TD, to Wayne incidentally, on a slant route inside the 10, where he just waited for Wayne to break and found him rather open once he did. An easy display of pitch and catch for six. There was also a point starting in the 3rd quarter and extending to the 4th where Luck had completed eight straight passes. Luck found himself throwing mostly under crossing routes because that's what was there; against the Jaguars you don't have to force much to beat them, and with that mindset is how Luck played and it was rather successful from the get-go.
2013 Week 5 vs SEA (16 / 29 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Having the task of facing one of, if not the, NFL's top defense, Luck knew it wasn't going to be an easy day- and he was right. Seattle's defense was bringing pressure the whole time and early on you could see it was affecting Luck as throws were being rushed and their first three drives ended up going three and out. After the OL settled in and the Colts used Fleener as a primary blocker, Luck had much more time and it showed as he hit TY Hilton is a beautiful 73 yard bomb that led TY to the sidelines and right up it. Perfect pass. His lone turnover of the game was a strip fumble of him in the pocket- he was hit in the facemask before the strip, so one could've made the case for roughness on the QB, but it wasn't called. Luck was making plays with his feet throughout the game as well, short 6/7 yard gains, rollouts to extend plays, he was really out there willing his team to victory. His second TD pass came late in the third quarter, and it too went TY's way as it was a 29 yard pass where TY just went by his defender and Luck placed it perfectly in the endzone for 6. This was another one of them games where Luck took what the defense was giving him, however he wasn't shy to chuck it downfield and put the ball out there for his receivers to make a play, they did, and this is why the Colts won. As a whole performance, this could've been Luck's best game up to this point in the season.
2013 Week 6 vs SD (18 / 30 / 202 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
The Chargers came in with a gameplan to play keep away from Luck if they got an early lead- well they did and they were rather successful keeping the ball out of his hands. Running a third less plays and having the ball for 17 minutes less than San Diego, Luck was pinched for time whenever he got his hands on the ball. Unfortunately for him, his teammates weren't on their game themselves, dropping 5 passes- one of which by DHB would've been a 60+ yard TD. Luck was pressured all night, however that isn't anything new to him as the Colts OL has continually struggled all year. With only 18 completions, 10 of them combining to Wayne and Hilton, Luck just didn't have it going on Monday night. His mobility came into play in this game as well as he scampered for a few first downs. The story in this one was the pressure San Diego put on him- he never really was able to take his time in the pocket, he'd always have to rollout or throw an awkward pass- so credit goes to that Chargers defense for coming up with a scheme that disrupted Andrew all night. It will be interesting to see how Luck and the Colts bounce back from this one with the highly-touted matchup against the Broncos coming up on Sunday night.
2013 Week 7 vs DEN (21 / 38 / 228 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 29 / 1 rush)
Luck couldn't have picked a better game to put up his best performance of the year. He outdueled Peyton Manning on his hyped-up homecoming matchup, something not many saw happening. All night Luck was firing on all cylinders as he was seeing routes develop, always with his head downfield, and was very aware in the pocket. Sacked for just a season-low two times, he definitely made use of his legs all night; so much so that he had an 11 yard TD scamper in the third where coverage was great and he just made a play with his legs, something he still isn't given enough credit for. Not turning the ball over once, most of Luck's passes where on point, with not many being forced. Unfortunately his worst ball of the game is likely going to cost Reggie Wayne his season as Wayne tried making a shoe-string catch, potentially tearing a knee ligament in the process. Outside of that one dark spot, Luck played pretty flawless and in the biggest game of his career to date, he showed football fans why he has the capabilities to be the next big thing.
2013 Week 9 vs HOU (18 / 40 / 271 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Outside of turning the ball over, this game couldn't have started out worse for Luck and the Colts offense as they clearly looked disoriented without Reggie Wayne and the offensive line for Indy was playing horrendous, giving Luck zero to no time in the pocket. However as the game went on they found themselves and ultimately in the end it was another 4th quarter comeback notched into the belt of Luck. When it was ugly early on in the game, Luck was constantly being hurried, thus balls were skipping to receivers, he was never setting himself- it was a real mess. However as soon as the line gave him any sort of pocket, Luck found himself and in doing so was finding TY Hilton. All three of Luck's TD passes went TY's way; the first being down by the goaline where Hilton ran a simple corner route and Luck put the ball right where it needed to be. The second one made it a game- a 58 yard bomb where, again, the OL held up just long enough for Luck to launch it deep to Hilton who got passed the safety and scored. Finally the third one was also down in the red zone where Hilton ran a quick out, made a man miss, and got in for 6. Hilton stepped up realizing he needed to and Luck had no problem leaning on him as he would Wayne. No turnovers this game for Luck either as he continues to take care of the football. It was a tale of two different halves but at the end it was the same consistent message we've seen al year from Luck- when plays need to be made, he has no problem doing so.
2013 Week 10 vs STL (29 / 47 / 353 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Well it goes without saying that this goes down as Luck's worst game of the year- and that's by far. Early on in the game, the Rams stripped/sacked Luck and scoop and scored with it, and that play alone got the Colts, as a team, out of sync. St. Louis had a gameplan to get to Luck early and often and they succeeded with that plan resulting in Luck having to often hurry to get his passes off and not being able to set himself. Luck was throwing mostly under routes all game, as that's what the Rams we're giving him. Luck was overthrowing guys all game because of it, with two of his INTs resulting in pretty bad overthrows. His third pick was inside the Rams 10 going in where he made a bad read on the coverage STL was playing and it resulted in a pick in the endzone. His best ball came on a wide-open TY Hilton route where Luck led him perfectly in stride and Hilton potentially could've scored if he kept his balance and didn't trip up entering the red zone. Luck was mobile this game, but again, credit has to be given to the STL defense as they drew up a plan and it was very successful. One would have to be semi-concerned with this Colts offense without Reggie Wayne as it's evident they're still trying to put together an offensive scheme with him not in the lineup.
2013 Week 11 vs TEN (23 / 36 / 232 / 0 / 0 pass, 9 / 31 / 1 rush)
After the most dismal outing of his season last week, things didn't start out so hot for Luck this week either; with the gameplan out there that the Colts don't have a reliable offensive line, the Titans brought pressure which disrupted Luck early on and being down 14-0 out the gate, the outlook looked dim. Luck's guys were dropping passes and he wasn't the most accurate QB either. However it certainly was a tale of two halves as Luck found himself in the second half- even running for a nice 11 yard scamper and finding paydirt where he pump faked a screen and took it up the middle, made a few guys miss and got into the endzone. With his receivers, he had a mismatch with Coby Fleener all night and so he was getting it to him whenever he could. Under routes were what he was calling mostly all night as his long was only 39 yards and a lot of those yards came after the catch. Down two scores early, Luck kept his cool and focus and wasn't rattled in the slightest. It's a good sign showing that he could bounce back from last week's atrocious performance and even from this game's disappointing first half.
2013 Week 12 vs ARI (20 / 39 / 163 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 31 / 0 rush)
Just when you thought Luck got passed his worst game of the year- the Colts travel to Arizona where he posts his second straight rather disappointing game. Yes the Cardinals have a very legitimate defense, but Luck didn't help his cause much at all; passes were being under/overthrown in every which way, he was missing receivers when they'd break free from their coverage- it just wasn't a very Andrew Luck-ish kind of game. He only threw one INT however you won't find a worse Luck mistake than that one- he was being taken down in the pocket and as he was going down he thought he saw an open Fleener so he throws it and the defending LB Dansby slipped right in front of the tight end and took it to the house, thus really putting momentum in the Cards pocket. However Luck's lone TD was a beautiful throw to Fleener in the endzone where Luck put it in one of the only spots Fleener could get it as he was draped in coverage the whole way down the field. His scramble of 28 yards was the team longest play from scrimmage as the Cardinals secondary showcased why it's one of the best in the game. Luck and company clearly seems to be in a funk when it comes to an offensive gameplan post-Reggie Wayne, but that's no excuse some four weeks later. Let's hope this can just be chalked up as a hostile environment, road game loss and look for Luck to bounce back next week versus the Titans.
2013 Week 13 vs TEN (17 / 32 / 200 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 42 / 0 rush)
Having a tough time the last time his team faced the Titans, one could see this game being a bit more difficult than someone would assume- and that's kind of the case of what happened here in this one as Luck continued with his streaky play. The Colts offensive line was putrid in this one, rarely giving Luck time to sit in the pocket, always having him throwing awkwardly or rolling out to either side when making a throw. Luck's lone turnover of the game was an interception that bounced off Hilton's hands, wasn't much Luck's fault as he put the ball where it needed to be. However he did have a pass thrown terribly that should have been intercepted but the safety dropped it. The best part of Luck's game in this one was his ability to avoid the rush and turn the play into a positive one as he scrambled for three first downs throughout the game. Luck also fumbled the ball twice, two times in a three play span as a matter of fact, but luckily for him and the Colts a lineman fell on it both times. All in all, Luck managed the game just enough to lead Indy to a W- and while it wasn't a great fantasy outing, it's games like these that a QB needs to win with no excuses.
2013 Week 14 vs CIN (29 / 46 / 326 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 32 / 0 rush)
Playing in frigid temperatures was something new to Luck and with the team playing catchup mode practically all game, this was a boxscore fill-up kind of game for him. Not having one turnover, Luck was very controlling of the ball, not forcing many passes and was finding guys open for the most part all day. This would've been a far more close game had the Colts D even of semi-showed up. Luck shared the wealth with his pass catchers, completing a pass to 9 different players. He added a nice 20 yard scramble to his stat sheet in this one as well. Basically throwing it every play in the second half, Luck made Da'Rick Rodgers his top target in this one throwing him two TD passes with the one a nicely laid out deep ball in the endzone in which Rodgers had no problem getting under. Being held scoreless in the first half, Luck played about as good of a second half/attempted comeback role as he could, it's just the defense wasn't getting their stops. This one will show up as a Colts loss, but you'd be hardpressed to find a critiquer who could make the case that this loss should fall on Luck's shoulders.
2013 Week 15 vs HOU (19 / 32 / 180 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)
Luck looked on point on their first drive, leading Indy right down the field. There wasn't much pressure on him in this game, a contrast to what he usually faces, so he was able to dissect the defense- something he's one of the best at. The opening drive TD pass to Griff Whalen was from 16 yards out and was a simple in route that Whalen got on the inside of his defender and Luck put it where it needed to be. He was mobile in this one as well, scrambling for a few first downs. Luck did throw an INT going into score- an underthrown ball across the middle, down inside the 5, that his receiver couldn't really make a play on. That lone INT being the only blemish on the day for Luck as he orchestrated a successful offense Sunday, something Indy definitely needed to get back on track.
2013 Week 16 vs KC (26 / 37 / 241 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 5 / 0 rush)
Abandoning the run early in the game and opting for short passes to make up for it, Luck threw a lot in this one (37 times) for it being a game they were in control of for most the afternoon. His OL held their own against a highly touted Chiefs defense, allowing Luck to only be sacked once; they were also doing their jobs protecting him as he was able to check down his progressions when he was dropping back, not much hurrying either- so when a team allows a QB like Luck to basically pick them apart, this result should be expected. Not turning the ball over at all in this one, Luck kept good care of the football. His lone TD came on a simple check down to Donald Brown but there were no defenders on that side of the field and Brown basically went untouched from 33 yards out. The up and down year for the Colts continued in this one as Luck played a rather flawless game while leading his team to victory, on the road, in one of the most hostile environments in football.
2013 Week 17 vs JAX (26 / 37 / 282 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Surprisingly Luck threw the ball early and often in this one, totaling 37 passes and was sacked only once in this one. He seemed the most comfortable he's been in some time, letting routes develop and finding the right man on what seemed like every pass. Finding Hilton on most of his completions, Luck was putting the ball where it needed to be- whether it be a fade route, quick bubble screens, timed out route, it was all working in this one. With no turnovers, his lone TD pass came in the third quarter inside the 10 on a Griff Whalen slant route. What seemed like a tune up game for the playoffs, if it showed anything of what to expect from Luck in the postseason- other teams better watch out.
2013 Week 18 vs KC (29 / 45 / 443 / 4 / 3 pass, 7 / 45 / 0 rush)
With the stage set for the opening of the playoffs, Luck made sure he didn't disappoint; he came out the gate guns a blazing- connecting on his first seven passes en route to a TD to Hilton. Luck continued firing away and unfortunately for him, when you pass 45 times and face a solid defense, you're bound to make mistakes; Luck threw three INTs in this with the first pick having the DB get in front of the receiver on a slant route. His second was the first play from scrimmage in the second half where he threw behind Donald Brown in the flat and the corner reached his arms out and snagged it; and finally the third "wasn't his fault" as TY practically got the ball taken away from him. Only being sacked once, Luck was always looking to make a play, even with his feet, as he ran for a couple drive-extending first downs in this one. His highlight play of this one came in the 4th quarter- as Brown was going into the end zone on a goal line handoff, he fumbles the ball and it just so happens to take a favorable Indy bounce right into the waiting hands of Luck, he dives forward into the endzone making the game a one-score deficit. Their lead-taking TD came on a pass from Luck to TY where Hilton just got behind the secondary and Luck put it on the money. With five total TDs in the game, Luck did all he could to get his team the W- and that's exactly what they got. Now it's onto the outdoors of Foxboro, where Luck is now two games away from the Super Bowl.
2013 Week 19 vs NE (20 / 41 / 331 / 2 / 4 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Throwing just nine interceptions all season long, Luck practically tossed half that in this game as he was in comeback mode from basically out the gate. He didn't help his case when his second pass of the game, less than two minutes in, was picked off as he stared down his receiver from the get-go. Luck was sacked three times in the game and was hurried many more times than that, and with Belichick being known for removing the opponent's top threat (Hilton only had four catches), Luck had little to work with. His two TDs both went to Brazill in comeback mode, both passes being on the dime. It's not like Luck played terrible either- two of his picks "weren't his fault" as they went off a receiver's hands and the other got taken away by the corner- and needing points fast it wasn't like he was able to pick his spots, he needed to make something happen. With all that being said, he did post one of his bottom three QBR/QB rating games of the season. This inefficient loss closes out an overall great statistical season for Luck and given the injury losses, an ineffective o-line, and the dismal Trent Richardson deal, you can't give him enough credit for getting this team where it ended up going.
2012 Week 1 vs CHI (23 / 45 / 309 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Yep. This is exactly what you might expect from a rookie QB in his first 'real' game of his NFL career. The Bears were doing their best to confuse him, showing blitz then dropping into coverage, and getting pressure from just their four man fronts. It didn't help that the running game was stuffed at almost every turn, forcing Luck to pass the ball 45 times for the game. His interceptions where about as expected - either lofted passes that hung in the air too long, or on passes where he clearly didn't respect the speed of the DB. He also had a fumble where he was hit when he dropped back and the ball fell into Julius Peppers' hands. However, Luck did show some solid points, including the ability to look down to alternate receivers and find the open man when he had time. He showed nice touch on a couple passes as well, especially going down the middle of the field to Fleener where Luck places the ball in between defenders for a nice gain. His favorite receiver was definitely Reggie Wayne, and Wayne did his best to make Luck successful. Luck took his lumps but showed some progress as well. Time will tell if he will live up to the expectations that have been placed on him.
2012 Week 2 vs MIN (20 / 31 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
What a difference a week makes. Andrew Luck was almost a different quarterback Sunday, as he looked calm and poised even under pressure from the Vikings' defensive front. The former Stanford quarterback's underrated mobility was on full display behind a makeshift offensive line and he eluded numerous tackles behind the line of scrimmage, bought time and delivered accurate, crisp passes almost every time. It was amazing to watch as more than once he was almost in the grasp, but slipped away. On the first drive, in fact, he did an excellent job twice of running the ball when there was nobody open and gaining positive yards. While that drive ended in a touchdown pass, the more impressive throw was earlier on 3rd and 9. On the play, the pocket collapsed and Luck was nearly grabbed by the Vikings. Again, though, he got away, this time stepping up towards the line of scrimmage, all the while keeping his eyes downfield. He spotted Donnie Avery crossing the field. Luck made a nice throw to Avery, who ran it to the first down. Luck threw that ball with perfect touch, pretty much only with his upper body as his feet were not really set and facing the wrong way. It wasn't a tremendous game by any means but it was a very nice first step.
2012 Week 3 vs JAX (22 / 46 / 313 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 50 / 0 rush)
If Andrew Luck has typical rookie issues, there is very little evidence highlighting their existence. Luck was poised in the pocket and composed under pressure on over 90 percent of the plays in this game and it was impossible to find any rookie traits in his play. Luck had some issues, but also made some incredible plays. He repeatedly hooked up with Reggie Wayne as the two have seemingly developed an excellent understanding. While Wayne was his favourite target as a possession receiver, TY Hilton was the big play receiver down the field. Luck's first touchdown went to Hilton and it was an elite throw. Luck instantly diagnosed the defense and looked off the safety from the snap. With the safety reacting to his eyes, Luck quickly flipped his shoulders to the other side of the field. Without surveying the field for more than a moment, Luck hit TY Hilton in stride with a throw that combined excellent accuracy and overwhelming velocity to beat the cornerback in coverage. Luck and Hilton repeatedly connected with each other with two throws in the fourth quarter standing out in particular. Backed up 1st and 20 in his own redzone, Luck threw a perfect deep post pass to Hilton to convert for the first down. On the same drive he threw across his body while escaping pressure deep down the sideline between two defenders as if it was a slant route in shorts and a t-shirt. Luck repeatedly showed the ability to throw very accurate passes across his body even when he was off-balance. His awareness of the defense rarely exposed his team to any potential turnovers, and never did in those situations. He wasn't perfect however. On nearly exactly the same play that the Colts scored their first touchdown, he was nearly intercepted. Dwight Lowery should have intercepted Luck in endzone when he stared down TY Hilton running a seam route. Because Luck didn't look off the safety, as he did on the touchdown pass previously, Lowery broke on the ball and it bounced off his hands. Luck was also nearly intercepted when he underthrew Donnie Avery going deep. Luck was hit as he threw the ball which prevented him from stepping into the throw and ultimately cost him a touchdown. Luck showed good mental strength however as he wasn't rattled. He continued to hit Wayne on intermediate throws to move the chains and also threw a perfect slant pass to Mewelde Moore for a touchdown. For the most part, Luck was very poised and under control. Most of his incompletions were either well defensed passes or drops. Only Paul Pozluzny could ever really get to Luck as he intercepted an underthrown pass over the middle intended for Reggie Wayne, before dropping a surefire interception underneath when Luck didn't properly view the field. Outside of those scarce plays however, Luck primarily showed off incredible arm strength and accuracy in this game. With more experience and a better supporting cast, Luck could easily be the best player in this league...very soon.
2012 Week 5 vs GB (31 / 55 / 362 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 24 / 1 rush)
Luck looked at times shaky, and at time brilliant during the game. This was illustrated perfectly by the Colts' game winning drive. Early on in the drive, he threw a pass which, if safety/cornerback hybrid Charles Woodson had held onto, would have given the Packers the ball and likely the game. It was a bad choice to throw the ball as Woodson had good position on the receiver but Luck trusts his arm. He got lucky. Luck has a short memory though and immediately went back to the middle of the field and found Reggie Wayne for a big gain. Luck hung in the pocket and waited for his shot, and the offensive line did a good job of giving him time. Luck continued to stand tall in the pocket and deliver hard throws to receivers who continually got great position on the Packers' defenders. On one play, despite Packers swarming around him and one even grabbing him, Luck delivered a great pass to--who else?--Reggie Wayne for a huge gain. Wayne was nearly unstoppable, and Luck found him again and again including on the touchdown. He hit Wayne on the one yard line and despite multiple Packers tackling him, Wayne extended and broke the plane. Luck may have had some 'rookie' moments throughout the day, but in the end, he was masterful--and nearly perfect--on the drive that counted. It was a perfect reflection of his day against the Packers.
2012 Week 6 vs NYJ (22 / 44 / 280 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For the first time this season, Andrew Luck played like a rookie quarterback. Luck struggled establishing any sort of rhythm against the rejuvenated Jet defense. Throughout the afternoon, Luck had opportunities to hit open receivers, but most of his targets sailed a little high. On his second drive, Luck complemented his completions with a few Vick Ballard runs to lead his team into the red zone. On a 3rd-and-1 from the NYJ 3-yard line, Luck had Coby Fleener wide open in the back of the end zone, but the Jet pressure forced an overthrow. On his next drive, Luck threw a ball behind Reggie Wayne, Wayne tipped the ball into the air, and Antonio Cromartie intercepted it. Cromartie ran the interception back for a touchdown, but the score was negated by a personal foul penalty. Despite not leading any scoring drives, Luck displayed the skills that made him this year's top pick on his fourth drive. Luck attacked the underbelly of the Jet defense early on, finding Fleener on an out-route for a 10-yard gain. On the next play, Luck came back and found Donnie Avery on a 10-yard underneath route. Luck found Fleener and Dwayne Allen on the next two pass plays, picking up 28-yards. On both plays, Luck stepped up in the pocket, kept his eye moving and delivered crisp passes. However, Luck was still dealing with some accuracy issues and the Colts settled for a field goal. The Jets' offense was uncharacteristically efficient today, so their defense played the majority of the second half with a sizable lead and settled into zone coverage. Luck took advantage of underneath routes, but also fell victim to the Jets' pass rush. Luck took four sacks, lost one fumble, and threw an uncharacteristic interception in the end zone during fourth quarter 'garbage time'. Despite the lopsided score, Luck took every offense step and took a few unnecessary hits during his last drive. Growing pains are part of Luck's development so Colt fans should take this performance with a grain of salt.
2012 Week 7 vs CLE (16 / 29 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 2 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Luck against Cleveland. In the first half, he and the Colts offense had their way against the uninspired Browns defense with four straight drives of 8+ plays. The lack of pass rush early in the game made it easy for the Colts to establish the run game and work play-action with their passing attack. Luck exhibits many qualities that elude young quarterbacks in the NFL. He has a great sense of the pocket when pressure does arise, knowing where his check down options are and moving efficiently while keeping his eyes downfield. Whether it was going through his progression on a third down to the backside of the play for a first down, or finding Vick Ballard as his safety valve at the last moment, Luck executed like one of the best in the game at many points in this game. On multiple occasions, Luck audibled from a run play to a hot route, finding Wayne and Avery, for example, running slant routes against soft coverage. Luck added two rushing touchdowns from inside the red zone, a still-underrated part of his game. While he uses the rushing ability as a last resort between the 20-yard lines, Luck is quick to tuck the ball and run at the goal line when he sees a void at the second level. The second of his rushing scores was when Dwayne Allen and Reggie Wayne were both well covered on a goal line rollout. Luck quickly changed gears and won the foot race to the pylon. The game remained close in the second half as the Colts passing game lost its timing. Luck's location on throws was not quite as sharp as the first half and Cleveland's pass rush was able to muster occasional pressure in big spots. The lack of chemistry between Luck and fellow rookies in the passing game was apparent as the game wore on. Cleveland's best chance to mount a comeback late in the game arose because of that lack of chemistry. On third-and-short with just minutes left in the game, Luck rolled out but Vick Ballard and Dwayne Allen were both in the flat and covered well by just one defender. The rush closed on Luck after he hesitated, forcing a fumble. The Colts were able to close out the win despite what looked like a wrong route on Allen or Ballard's part and Luck failing to throw the ball away. Andrew Luck continues to play well for stretches, looking like one of the best in the league. The inconsistency and chemistry with his young weapons make it difficult to string an entire game together at this point in his developmental process. In fantasy, Luck remains a match-up play as his upside on the good weeks is more than worthy of QB1 consideration.
2012 Week 8 vs TEN (26 / 38 / 297 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
Luck continues to mature each week as the leader of the Colts' offense. While his numbers are far from eye-popping, he is increasingly making good decisions with the ball and controlling the pace of the team's efforts. And with a 4-3 record, the Colts are firmly in the AFC playoff hunt. Luck continues to have some trouble overthrowing receivers on short routes but shows a deft touch on routes outside the hash marks and deep down the middle of the field. The trouble on short routes appears to happen when he is rushing the throw as a receiver screen develops and should be fixable in time. Luck's underrated athleticism was on display during the Colts first drive. During the drive Luck was flushed from the pocket and four times and was able to gain positive yardage on each scramble. He was also 3 of 4 on the drive which ultimately resulted in an Indianapolis field goal. Luck's best throw came on a 22 yard deep completion to Reggie Wayne with under two minutes to play in the first half. Luck was excellent in leading the no huddle offense and correctly recognized where pressure would be coming from and that Wayne was in single coverage. Luck put the ball out where only Wayne could catch it, leading to a big gain and ultimately a field goal before the half.
2012 Week 9 vs MIA (30 / 48 / 433 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
This word gets thrown around far too much in describing player performances - but Andrew Luck was flat-out amazing against the Dolphins, in a game with surprising playoff implications. The first overall pick in the 2012 draft threw for a rookie record four hundred and thirty-three yards and kept the supposedly rebuilding Colts in the playoff conversation at 5-3. Luck looked like a ten-year veteran against a competent Miami Dolphins defense, continually standing tall in the pocket with the pass rush breathing down his neck , converting critical third downs at will. The game ball goes to him. Against the third-ranked run defense and the twenty-ninth ranked pass defense of the Dolphins - and the glaring lack of a running attack in Indianapolis - it should come as no surprise that Luck attempted an eye-opening forty-eight pass attempts. He made, at worst, two mistakes - a short throw to tight end Dwayne Allen that Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby nearly picked, and a fumble that Allen recovered. Otherwise, Luck had a game that rivaled his comeback victory over the highly-favored Packers earlier in the season. The rookie simply did it all in leading a high-volume passing attack to a tremendous win over Miami. Luck's two scoring plays were both highlight-worthy. His nine-yard pass in the back of the end zone to Reggie Wayne showcased a tremendous amount of trust in his veteran receiver, as Luck put the ball where only Wayne could snag it. Luck's thirty-six yard touchdown bomb to T.Y Hilton was more Brett Favre than his predecessor, Peyton Manning, a gunslinger's heave on a deep crossing route to a double-covered Hilton. Hilton brought down the ball with defenders draped over him for a jaw-dropping touchdown. Luck might have put more points on the board had his receivers wrangled in more of their end zone passes, but fate determined the Colts needed to win one the hard way. Other than his scoring plays, Luck was laser-focused all afternoon against Miami. He helped the Colts convert thirteen out of nineteen third downs, extending plays by repeatedly scanning his reads and hitting the open, uncovered receiver. Luck's ability to remain unfettered in the face of a snarling Dolphins pass rush was inspiring to watch. Many of the passes that he threw on the way to a record-setting day were not easy. He had to zip the ball to skill players in tight windows, often on third downs, and he rarely opted for the outlet/checkdown option. The trust he has in his receiving corps makes it seems like they have all been teammates for over a decade. Overall, Andrew Luck's combination of athleticism and football acumen is unquestionable. He is a rookie merely in terms of age - otherwise, he plays with the determination of a veteran.
2012 Week 10 vs JAX (18 / 26 / 227 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 11 / 2 rush)
Andrew Luck looked in total control on Thursday night and has become a very reliable option for Fantasy owners as he is more productive than many other veteran QB's. Luck felt the pocket very well, stepped up to make his throws at the right time and was aware of the rush around him. He was very accurate on a lot of his throws, putting the ball perfectly in stride for his receiver to catch and run. Luck almost had an early interception down the field but it was erased a personal foul call on the Jags defense. Luck involved WR Wayne a lot from the very start and there is a strong connection between the two. They were often on the same page on Thursday night, checking with each other at the line and picking up first downs with just the right call against the Jags. Luck found Wayne on slants, posts and showed great chemistry fitting the ball in between several defenders at times. Luck executed a rollout near the goal line to perfection to earn his first rushing TD of the game. He was isolated one on one with a defender on the goal line, forcing the defender to split his responsibility between tackling Luck and covering the Colts receiver nearby which lead to Lucks first TD. Luck then had a big completion down the field to WR Avery. Avery got open down the seam and Luck floated a high ball that was almost overthrown but Avery made the difficult catch. Luck forced his way over the goal line later in the game for his second rushing touchdown. The play was difficult to call, was challenged but upheld as it was difficult to tell if the ball crossed the white line from the replay angles. Luck's only turnover came on an interception. The pass got interrupted as he was following through, causing the ball to flutter in the air where it was easily picked off by the Jags. Luck had a very impressive performance for the rookie, even considering WR Avery dropped a big pass attempt down the field that was well thrown. He took apart the defense with the help of Wayne and never looked too troubled finding open receivers.
2012 Week 11 vs NE (27 / 50 / 334 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck had an inconsistent day that will be made to look much worse by his stat sheet. Now, Luck was far from impressive on the day, but he did make some outstanding throws and some of his struggles were to do with his teammates. Luck's first big pass of the day fell incomplete, but was a perfect deep pass that drew the pass interference and moved the offense 50 yards down the field. He then should have been intercepted when he missed Dwayne Allen deep down the field late in his progression. The ball came too late on a crossing route and bounced off of Devin McCourty's hands. Luck was making outstanding throws early on, with two against Talib in perfect coverage standing out. He first hit Lavon Brazil down the right sideline on a back-shoulder throw, before then throwing a strike to TY Hilton at the back of the endzone on a post route for a touchdown. The velocity and accuracy on Luck's throws were outstanding. After two touchdown drives when Luck appeared to be locked in, he stuttered somewhat with three straight incompletions. One was a result of poor accuracy, another a bad read and the last was tipped at the line of scrimmage. It was that drive that ultimately started the slide down the slippery slope. Luck had shown warning signs of poor accuracy over the middle earlier in the game, but it was still a shock to see him miss so severely when Aqib Talib intercepted him. Luck forced a throw under pressure to Reggie Wayne, who was surrounded by four players. Those players turned into a cavalry who escorted Talib to the endzone. Another interception should have come in the third quarter when he hung in the pocket, before throwing a pass straight to Steve Gregory over the middle. Gregory couldn't hold onto it. Luck responded well with two excellent throws, but the drive ultimately stalled at midfield. Pressure showed up again on the Colts' next drive when the youngster didn't step far enough into the pocket and allowed Rob Ninkovich to strip the ball from him. Protection could have been better, but Luck also needed to feel the pressure and glide away from it, or at least protect the football. Turnovers were raining down on the quarterback as Alfonzo Dennard had the second pick six in the game. It was either a miscommunication or a throw that Luck simply never grasped properly, but the ball went straight to Dennard. Dennard was covering Reggie Wayne who ran an intermediate out route. Luck rebounded with a deep thrown to TY Hilton for a touchdown, but another Patriots score sent them to garbage time. Garbage time that resulted in a tipped pass for an interception when he was trying to force a throw to Reggie Wayne.
2012 Week 12 vs BUF (20 / 37 / 240 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Watching a 2012 Indianapolis Colts game feels like a rewind machine taking viewers back to 2010. Andrew Luck is by no means Peyton Manning, yet, but the aura and atmosphere surrounding the Colt offense feels very familiar. There is an obvious command and direction with Luck leading the huddle that so few teams, including the opposition on Sunday, are fortunate enough to have. Luck didn't blow the doors off a struggling (but getting better) Bills' defense, but was still the driving force behind the resurgent 2012 Colts. Firing right out the chute, Luck opened with back-to-back play action fakes, dumping the first pass to Reggie Wayne in the flat for four yards before pressure forced an incompletion to Dwayne Allen on the next toss. The incompletion may have been Luck's worst throw, as Kyle Williams brought the heat right into Luck's face and the throw was considerably off target, sailing high and behind Allen. Converting the first of what would be many third down conversions, Luck hit T.Y. Hilton on deep in for 16 yards on 3rd and six. The offense stalled three plays later, as the Bills defense did a nice job spreading the coverage and forcing Luck to misfire on a dump to Allen in the flat. Luck again hit Wayne for his first completion on the following drive, picking up an easy eight yards on the quick slant. Four plays later Luck went back to play action, trying to hit Donnie Avery on a corner route, nearly throwing an INT as Jairus Byrd just missed the pick on the overthrow. Mario Williams batted Luck's next pass down, a quick screen attempt to Avery before getting the sack on the following play. Luck opened the following drive again looking to Wayne, but CB Stephon Gilmore made a nice play on the ball knocking the ball out of Wayne's hands. Luck threw his lone INT on the following play, but appeared to be more of a miscommunication between Luck and Wayne than a poor throw. As Wayne worked across the middle, Luck expected Wayne to sit on the route, but Wayne instead only hesitated before continuing the route. The throw was behind Wayne and as he reached back, deflected the ball up into the air to the trailing Justin Rogers for the pick. After two punts and an INT in his first three drives, Luck seemed determined to get some offensive points on the next drive. After a four-yard quick screen to Avery put the Colts in 3rd and short, Luck used his legs to convert picking up eight yards on a scramble. Luck hit Donald Brown on a short out the following play and the RB was able to break the initial tackle, scampering up the sideline for 23 yards. Working off play action the next play, Luck found Allen on a corner route for 24 more yards. Luck again faced 3rd down two plays later, using his legs again to pick up 14 yards and the first down. Luck just missed his first TD two plays later, as the ball was slightly tipped at the line of scrimmage, making the pass to Vick Ballard wobble a bit and the RB couldn't secure it in the end zone. The Colts started deep in their own territory the following drive and again Luck converted a 3rd and long. Needing eight, Luck went to his safety valve as Wayne picked up 10 on the out. Luck hit Avery for 17 on the next play before finding Allen for 10 for his 3rd completion in a row on the drive. Uncharacteristically, Luck threw three incompletions in a row to kill the drive, but not before flipping field position. Facing a short field and even shorter time, Luck went to Wayne to open the last drive of the half. The throw wasn't great, but Justin Rogers panicked and drew a 23-yard pass interference call. Going right back to Wayne on the next play, Luck dropped a perfect toss just over Wayne's shoulder (ideal placement, setting up Wayne for the run after the catch) allowing him to run away from the coverage and pick up 25 yards. With no timeouts and 15 seconds remaining, Luck and Wayne tried to hit a quick slant to get into the end zone, but Gilmore stoned Wayne just short of the goal line. Maybe Luck's best play of the game, he was able to get the offense organized and set to clock the ball with one second remaining and salvage the three points just before half. Luck took the offense on their best drive of the game on the first drive out of halftime, burning more than eight minutes off the clock. Again starting deep inside their own territory, Luck hit Weslye Saunders for four yards on an out. After an incompletion on 2nd down, Luck converted another 3rd down, hitting a wide-open Wayne for 15 yards on a crosser. Two plays later Luck was slicing the defense back up, finding LaVon Brazill for 11 yards over the middle before hitting Avery on a quick slant to convert a 3rd down. Luck tried to hit Wayne on his next throw, but pressure and a shot from Williams almost led to a pick from Gilmore. Luck was sacked on the next play, setting up a 3rd and 17, but like he had been doing all day, Luck converted again with a 25-yard toss an uncovered Wayne over the middle. Two plays later, another 3rd down and Luck converted again, throwing a strike to Hilton in the end zone for his lone TD pass on the day. After consecutive three and outs, it was Luck who finally iced the game and put Buffalo away. Pinned on their own five, Luck hit Wayne over the middle for 14 yards for one first down before the two were able to draw an interference call on Gilmore on 3rd and 10 to finally get into victory formation.
2012 Week 13 vs DET (24 / 54 / 391 / 4 / 3 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck had an up and down performance on Sunday afternoon but did an amazing job of making the plays necessary to win the game. Luck started off the game with a bang as he hit WR Hilton deep down the field, exposing the defense in the long passing game. Luck then threw an excellent touchdown pass with poor footwork but managed to hit WR Avery on the post route in the back of the endzone. Luck then showed excellent accuracy and ball placement as he found TE Fleener just over the goal line deep down the field, with a pass that only his TE could catch. Luck did have mistakes however, and his performance was far from flawless. Luck was picked on a slant pattern over the middle, simply forcing it into receivers that were well covered. He could have easily had at least two more interceptions on the day on top of his 3 that were recorded but fortunate bounces and penalties help avoid some of them. Luck's next interception came on a pass deep downfield that was very ambitious due to the coverage and well underthrown, leading to an easy pick by the defense. Luck bounced back from this pass by floating a ball perfectly over the shoulder and in stride for WR Avery down the field. Then Luck had his final interception on a pass that sailed high over his target and fell into the hands of a DET DB over the middle of the field. Luck made up for this error by having two touchdowns late in the game to seal the victory. Luck managed to side step and take advantage of one on one man coverage deep down the field in the endzone, finding WR Brazill who was wide open for the score. Luck then completed a short pass to WR Avery over the middle on 4th and 10 deep in DET territory as time expired and watched as Avery used his speed and quickness to split the defense and scamper into the endzone for the go ahead touchdown.
2012 Week 14 vs TEN (16 / 34 / 196 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Andrew Luck struggled Sunday against the Titans as the Tennessee defense did an excellent job defending deep routes to the outside and short routes across the middle. With few exceptions, Luck had to work hard to stay alive in the pocket to give his receivers time to get open. He showed excellent agility in the pocket, however, both in evading the pass rush and in getting to the outside, setting his feet, and passing the ball. He finished the day completing fewer than 50% of his passes. Luck's best pass came on 3rd and long in the third quarter. After being chased from the pocket by two Titan pass-rushers, Luck launched a pass deep down the right sideline. The ball fell between three defenders to Reggie Wayne for a 20 yard gain and a first down. Luck's first interception was returned for a touchdown by Will Witherspoon. On the play, Luck was flushed from the pocket on to the left. He was caught from behind and tried to pass the ball before being downed. The ball went straight to Witherspoon who returned it 40 yards for the score. Even though replays showed his knee might have touched the ground, the touchdown was upheld. Luck's second interception came on a Hail Mary play in to he endzone to end the first half. Otherwise, Luck was calm under pressure and made good decisions on when to force the ball downfield and when to throw it away.
2012 Week 15 vs HOU (13 / 27 / 186 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
The Houston defense did Luck no favors on Sunday as he struggled to find time to complete downfield passes throughout the game. He was sacked five times and had to move around in the pocket on most every snap to avoid even more lost plays. He threw for two touchdowns and could have had a third had a pass to Reggie Wayne not been called back on offsetting penalties. His best pass came on a 61 yard touchdown to TY Hilton. On the play, Luck was flushed to the left in the pocket and stepped forward as if he might run. The move brought both safeties towards the line of scrimmage allowing Luck to loft a long pass to a wide-open Hilton in the middle of the field. Otherwise, Luck was pressured in to throwing the ball away or making inaccurate passes as the Texans were hot on his heals on most every snap. Of note: Luck is excellent at selling play-action just as his predecessor Peyton Manning was. On the nullified touchdown to Wayne, Luck sold play-action in a way that froze the defense enough to allow Wayne to get behind two defensive backs.
2012 Week 16 vs KC (17 / 35 / 205 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 21 / 0 rush)
Luck was under immense pressure from the beginning of this game. He repeatedly made excellent throws while evading pressure or without any space in the pocket. However he should have been intercepted when he was hit late during his throwing motion and the ball wobbled towards a Chiefs' safety who couldn't make a diving reception. The Kansas City Chiefs were better than the Indianapolis Colts in every facet of the game...except for quarterback. Andrew Luck carried his team to victory and overcame his overmatched offensive line and a receiving unit that wasn't as consistent as it has been for most of the season. Luck repeatedly made difficult throws while under pressure, but his only touchdown of the day was the complete opposite as Reggie Wayne was wide open in the endzone and he let the ball go long before the Chiefs' pass rush could get near him.
2012 Week 17 vs HOU (14 / 28 / 191 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 1 / 0 rush)
Luck wasn't perfect, and his offensive line didn't do him any favors, but he was dialed in for two scoring drives in the first half and a perfect bomb to TY Hilton on 3rd and 23 in the fourth quarter to break the Texans back in this struggle. Most of Luck's success came with him improvising after the play broke down. His mobility has been a huge asset behind a piecemeal line, and that bought him time against a fierce Texans front seven. He calm on a play action touchdown to give the Colts the lead on the game's first drive. Luck did have an early fumble that could have turned the momentum to Houston overturned by a generous tuck rule interpretation, and sometimes there was just no time for him to throw. On the game-killing drive, Luck made a few excellent throws on third down to keep the Texans defense on the field.
2012 Week 18 vs BAL (28 / 54 / 288 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 35 / 0 rush)
Luck had a huge task this week as the Colts traveled to Baltimore after their surprising playoff-bound season. The play-calling was conservative to open the game as wide receiver screens and Vick Ballard in the running game were the preferred methods to move the ball. Luck's excellent mobility was apparent throughout the game as the Baltimore pass rush pushed the pocket and required plays to be made under duress and on the perimeter. As the first half developed, Luck found more and more opportunities in the passing game. He completed seven straight passes at one point and led two field goal drives in the final minutes. After an intentional grounding penalty set-up third-and-26 near midfield, Luck made one of his signature plays. He scrambled to avoid the rush and found T.Y. Hilton open down the sidelines for 25 yards. With just seconds remaining, Luck setup a long field goal to pull to within 10-6 at the half. In the third quarter, Luck continued to made plays with his mobility. He was able to beat the Baltimore pressure on a third down with a scramble as well as using his hot reads like Vick Ballard as an outlet on another occasion. Luck made two 'wow' throws in the third quarter alone, making decisive throws into tight windows. Both were deep throws over the middle, where multiple defenders were in his line of vision, to LaVon Brazill and Reggie Wayne. When faced with an 11-point deficit in the second half, on the road, in the playoffs, Luck led an impressive 14-play field goal drive to keep the Colts in the game. Inconsistencies in the passing game cropped up in the fourth quarter with dropped passes and a missed field goal that led to the 15-point loss. The last hope for Indianapolis faded when Luck's pass to Reggie Wayne on fourth down was tipped and intercepted in the closing minutes. Luck had his rookie season end with a game similar to what he had shown all season: tremendous plays mixed with inconsistent stretches on a young offense in need of some seasoning. The flashes of immense ability are there with Luck. He was handed the keys to the car, a full playbook of difficult throws, and digested the entire thing. His mobility and mental attributes covered for a suspect-at-best offensive line and over-achieving, make-shift defense. He made plays when they were not there on third downs. After a single down season in Indianapolis, the team looks to be in great hands with one of the next decade's young superstars under center.