2014 NFL Playoffs: If Andrew Luck Stays Upright, Colts Will Stomp Chiefs
The last time the Indianapolis Colts squared off against the Kansas City Chiefs, Indy quarterback Andrew Luck was sacked just one time and it came with 12:53 left in the first half. So in the last two quarters of play between these NFL teams, Luck hasn’t been sacked once. That statistic is rather surprising considering the Colts’ much-maligned offensive line is one of the many reasons why a majority of fans have all but dismissed Indianapolis as a Super Bowl contender.
I’m not ready to do that just yet. In fact, if Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton can make sure Luck isn’t routinely getting drilled in the pocket, then the Colts will cruise right on to the AFC Divisional Round. At the same time, Kansas City knows that if it gets pressure on the second-year quarterback then he’s bound to make a few key mistakes.
With a lot of time to make great decisions, Luck didn’t turn the ball over once in the Colts-Chiefs Week 16 tilt. However, an extra week of rest for defensive stalwarts like Tomba Hali, Justin Houston, Dontari Poe and Derrick Johnson should help the Kansas City pass rush this time around. All in all, Luck has the skills to put the Colts on his back, but the Indianapolis offensive line must first make sure its quarterback isn’t on his.