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Why Andrew Luck’s Road Struggles Are a Huge Concern for Indianapolis Colts

Posted By Thomas Galicia On November 19, 2012 @ 10:46 pm In Colts News | No Comments

Exactly how bad was Andrew Luck [1]’s performance in Week 11 against the New England Patriots [2]?

The numbers were shining, save for one: the number of interceptions. Luck had three interceptions to go along with his 334 yards and two touchdowns.

But the interceptions stick out like a sore thumb, especially when you consider that two of them were returned for touchdowns and made up 14 points of an eventual 35-point loss margin.

Look further and you will notice that Luck and his Colts [3] are two completely different teams at home and on the road. The Colts are scoring 22 points a game and have a record of 4-1 at home.

Luck’s numbers at home are very impressive. He’s gone 119-of-209 for 1,518 yards, eight touchdowns and only two interceptions with a quarterback rating of 88.6.

It’s a different story on the road.

Indianapolis is 2-3 away from the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, scoring an average of 20 points per game. Luck’s numbers in terms of completions and yards on the road aren’t much different though, as he’s gone 116-of-203 for 1,447 yards. But there’s a big disparity in terms of touchdowns to interceptions. His two touchdowns against the Patriots in Foxborough were his first two road touchdown passes of the season, and he has thrown 10 of his 12 interceptions on the road.

This will be a huge concern for the Colts going forward this season.

While Indianapolis still has a firm grasp on one of the AFC’s Wild Card spots (a grasp made firmer by Pittsburgh [4]’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens [5] on Sunday Night Football), they still have to close out the season strong, with half of their remaining games coming on the road.

The good news is their final road game of the season is against the Kansas City Chiefs [6]. The bad news is that their other two road games come against the Houston Texans [7] and Detroit Lions [8]. Where Indianapolis is lucky is in the sense that two out of their three road games will be in a dome, and their lone outdoor road game comes against Kansas City.

The downside is that one of their road games comes against the Houston Texans.

Even if Luck and the Colts can’t fix their road woes, they will likely still be on their way to the postseason. Here’s where it becomes an even bigger concern.

Barring a massive Houston collapse, Indianapolis will have to play on the road in the playoffs, likely against either the New England Patriots or Peyton Manning [9] and the Denver Broncos [10].

Can Luck solve his road woes before the playoffs commence?

If not, Indianapolis will be one-and-done.

The good news is this can (and will) be fixed. The tools Andrew Luck possesses should be able to translate to any climate and playing surface. It should just be a matter of time and adjusting to the NFL [11].

This will have to come by early January if Indianapolis hopes to advance in the postseason this year.


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