Andrew Luck isn’t Superman yet.
Is Luck capable of leading Indy to the playoffs this year?
When the Colts keep their opponents honest with a consistent ground game, Luck finishes them off through the air. He struggles, though, when they force him to single-handedly carry the offense. That’s why, to put Luck in the best position to succeed—and even sneak into the playoffs—Indy must run a balanced attack.
Andrew, I thought, was fantastic. He is a big strong young man, and he can throw the football from any position accurately. He did a good job of avoiding rushes and making completions, especially on third down.
Sunday marked just the second game of the season in which Luck attempted more than 31 passes and Indianapolis walked away triumphant. It’s also now 3-0 when he throws fewer than 39 balls. The only contest the Colts won when Luck threw more was their miraculous comeback against the Green Bay Packers.
Donald Brown and Vick Ballard have shown the ability to be capable halfbacks this year. Brown is averaging 4.3 yards a pop, and Ballard has racked up 174 yards from scrimmage over the past two weeks. Indy must continue to feed them, because Luck is at his best when he doesn’t have to do it all.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.