By Rich Winter
The Colts were all primed to ride the uncanny ability of Andrew Luck to a victory over the Eagles last night.
After the Eagles tied the game at 27 with just over three minutes remaining, even broadcaster Jon Gruden heaped the praises of the Stanford QB.
"This is where Andrew Luck thrives, he lives for this pressure and Luck is 15-2 in games decided by one score or less," were among the items that Chukie let fly from his mouth.
And then the Colts came out and ran the ball twice and Luck threw an incomplete pass on a rushed third down. The Eagles got the ball back, Nick Foles calmly led them down the field and Cody Parky made a 36-yard field goal.
Boom, gave over, Colts lose!
What a strange set of calls by the Colts on their last offensive posession. You have one of the bright, up-and-coming star QB's in the NFL and you chump it up the middle for two uninspiring runs and a 3-and-out that cost you the game.
While the fantasy stats probably showed well for Andrew Luck, his overall performance seemed to be lacking.
20-34 for 172 yards.
172 yards is a half for most elite quarterbacks.
I thought the Colts got too wrapped up in establishing the run they forgot about stepping on the throat of an Eagles team that has shown a propensity to come from behind twice already this year.
Yes, Luck had three touchdowns but they weren't down the field elite touchdowns. They were dump it down to Ahmad Bradshaw on at least two of those scores.
I keep waiting for Luck to burst out of his, still a young QB mold, and start lighting people up.
The Colts made a concerted effort to run the ball with Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw combining for 149 yards but when it mattered most the Colts didn't turn the keys over to their field general, and it cost them.
Is Andrew Luck a future hall of famer or just a guy with some really good skills coming out of college?
Time will tell I guess but the Colts are 0-2 and getting ready for some must-win games in their division.
* Sep. 21@Jacksonville
* Home vs. Titans
* Home vs. Ravens
* At Texans