Heading into week two of the Colts season, the club flies down to the Capitol City to face the Washington Redskins in DC for the first time since 2010. The FPC Colts team will look into some key stats headings into this weekends wet and rainy matchup.
Luck dropped back quite a few times in Sunday’s game but only was hit eight times in the contest. Although its only week one, this is a comforting development as this is a ten percent decrease in QB hits from last year (25% to 15%), and a 16% decrease from 2016. For reference, the league leaders were around 13% and the Super Bowl Champion Eagles, who many consider one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, was at 22%.
The number of dropbacks Andrew Luck had on Sunday, a career high. After over 600 days since his last regular season game, Luck put his new shoulder through the ringer, throwing all over the yard. The Colts QB finished with over 300 yards passing and two TD passes with one interception. This a very encouraging sign for the franchise signal caller, as his surgically repaired shoulder looks more than capable of handling the workload that an NFL quarterback requires.
After two positive stats, here is a negative one, this game marks the 37th different offensive line combination Andrew Luck will play behind in the 72 games he’s appeared in his career. Anthony Castonzo suffered a set back in practice and will miss Sunday’s games, and Jamarcus Webb was put on IR. This shakeup means the Colts will likely trot out some combination of either Le’Raven Clark and Joe Haeg, or Joe Haeg and Braden Smith as their bookend tackles on the offensive line.
Although the Colts are 0-1, there was a lot of positives they could take out of the game. The Bengals are a tougher opponent than many predicted before the season started, as shown in their week two slugging of division rival Ravens on Thursday. All of that said, they still need to improve heading into Washington, which should be in adverse weather conditions against a very potent Redskins defense.
Article by: Maxx Hotton
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