Indianapolis Colts: First-Team Offense Continuing To Impress In Preseason
For the second straight week, the first-team Indianapolis Colts offense has played very well in the time they’ve been given. I have been saying all throughout the offseason that this offense has the potential to be a top five unit in the NFL. Through two weeks in the preseason they are living up to those expectations.
Although the first drive resulted in a punt, the second one showed more about what Andrew Luck could do with his weapons. Luck managed to hit five different receivers en route to the game’s opening touchdown. Luck showed the ability to move within the pocket to create time, and that’s significant because the Colts’ offensive line is banged up.
Speaking of banged up, the Colts gave some time off to Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton last night. I am going to assume it is because Chuck Pagano and the rest of the coaching staff felt that they’ve seen enough from them throughout the week so there was no need to push it. But the very fact they were able to move the ball effectively down the field without their top two receiving options is good news in itself.
Another thing that was very apparent last night was the ability to use different personnel groups and formations in order to create matchups. Now that’s nothing new in the NFL; that is probably every teams goal on offense, but the one difference that is separating the Colts and the rest of the teams is the level in which they are executing.
This was the second straight game where Luck and the rest of the offense showed that they can carry this team. It is clear the Colts want to accomplish three things on offense. They want to be flexible in their formations which was something they couldn’t do last year without Dwayne Allen. They want to be able to execute at a high level with that flexibility. They certainly accomplished that in the last two games. Finally, they also want to be efficient.
While the Colts’ first-team offense was on the field they only punted one time in the last two games. If the Colts can continue to accomplish those three goals throughout the season don’t be surprised if they make a deep playoff run this year.