The Indianapolis Colts, despite the ineffectiveness of Trent Richardson in the 2013 NFL season and since they traded for him, have remained committed to the run. Whether that has meant watching Richardson struggle or giving Donald Brown more touches, they have consistently maintained that they are a running team.
As the Colts head into their matchup in week 12 versus the Arizona Cardinals, though, staying committed to the run might not be their best option. The Cardinals, coming into this game, have the second best run defense in terms of yards per game. The Colts obviously want to stay balanced and Brown is coming off of a nice game, but this matchup more or less dictates that we are going to see Andrew Luck show off his skills throwing the ball.
In his second season in the league and with Indy, Luck has continued to be a rock under center. He’s completing a decent 59.4 percent of his passes, but has amassed 2,430 yards on 347 pass attempts and has thrown for 14 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
The thing about Luck and this Indianapolis team is that they haven’t been forced to throw the ball all too often this season. In two of the three games where Luck threw more than 40 pass attempts, they were trailing and trying to make a comeback in a losing effort. The third game was three weeks ago when they were also trailing, but earned a victory. When Luck has thrown the ball, though, he’s continued to be impressive.
Obviously not having Reggie Wayne hurts their passing attack, but the emergence of T.Y. Hilton as a number-one caliber receiver and of tight end Coby Fleener have certainly been promising for Indy. When it comes down to it on Sunday, I’d expect the Colts to unleash Luck a bit and I’d expect for him to have a good deal of success.