Battle within the Battle: Andrew Luck against the Patriots Secondary
The Indianapolis Colts are 6-3 and are legitimately in the hunt to earn a playoff spot in the AFC. Andrew Luck is likely the leader for the Rookie of the Year Award, and now he must head into Foxborough to play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Luck has lived up to the insane amount of hype that he had coming into the NFL as the league’s first overall draft pick. He already has a win over the Green Bay Packers, and his play and maturity are way beyond his years.
Luck has thrown for 2631 yards with 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also has 5 rushing touchdowns. However, it’s more than the numbers that are proving Luck was worth the draft pick.
The leadership and chemistry with Reggie Wayne is already at a very high level. Can the Luck/Wayne connection continue to crush teams in New England this Saturday?
Wayne has had an amazing year after he was given much criticism for not leaving with Peyton Manning after last season. He has a league leading 69 receptions, for 931 yards with 3 touchdowns. That ranks him second in receiving yards as well.
Wayne understands the learning curve for Luck may not last that long. In fact, Luck is already a polished quarterback.
The Pats gave up 35 first downs last week to the Buffalo Bills! That is beyond terrible.
Corner-backs Kyle Arrington and Devin McCourty will get a heavy does of veteran wide-out Reggie Wayne. Not a fun match-up for a defense that is trying to get back on the correct path.
Patriots safety Patrick Chung is questionable with a shoulder injury. If this shoulder keeps Chung from playing, expect Tavon Wilson to likely get his reps in the secondary.
Although a win from Andrew Luck and the Colts could seal a ROY trophy for Luck, New England is going to get the job done at home this Saturday afternoon. Regardless of how the secondary plays, I think Tom Brady and that offense will be too much.