QB Watch: Colts' Andrew Luck

September, 18, 2013
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A weekly analysis of the Colts’ quarterback play:

Rewind: Lack of accuracy was the theme of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's 25-of-43 performance in the Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins. His worst throw came in the fourth quarter when the Colts were trying to get the go-ahead touchdown. He forced a throw to Reggie Wayne in the end zone that Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes had no problem intercepting. Luck threw behind his receivers three times, had four passes tipped, and the Dolphins could have added at least two more interceptions to their total. Luck was 7-of-20 on passes of at least 10 yards.

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Fast-forward: Luck is returning to the Bay Area where he starred at Stanford. He’ll be facing his college coach Jim Harbaugh, now the coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have recorded six sacks and only allowed a 51.8 percent completion rate in two games against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson this season.

Sack watch: The Colts have a goal of cutting Luck’s 41 sacks from last season in half. They’ve gotten off to a poor start in that department. Miami got to him three times to bring Luck’s season total up to seven in only two games. The Colts quarterback is on pace to be sacked 56 times, and that’s only if he can continue to take the constant pounding from the defensive players.

Prediction: Expect Luck to throw for a lot of yards, but he’ll do so while continuing to be sacked and taking hits as he releases the ball. This will remain an issue until the Colts fix their protection coverage. The Colts are now starting rookie Hugh Thornton in place of the injured Donald Thomas (quad).

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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