Indianapolis Colts Quarterback (QB) Andrew Luck is back. After injuries nearly threatened his career and his name on the field, patience played the best role. He led the Colts to a wildcard win against the Houston Texans (HOU) 21-7, rolling over all the questionable remarks.
Luck accumulated 251 total yards on 19 passes and 8 carries with a total quarterback rating of 80.3 according to ESPN. Beating down their division rival wasn’t just a statement but a proclamation that the Colts own the American Football Conference (AFC) South as of now.
According to ESPN, Running back (RB) Marlon Mack also contributed to the ground game with one touchdown (TD) to go along with 148 yards on 24 carries. The wide-out threat was very existent has four players had multiple receptions and touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton led the pack with 85 total yards receiving and one touchdown. While Tight End (TE) Eric Ebron hauled in the other touchdown from Luck on 26 yards receiving.
Luck has been losing most match-ups before they even started throughout his career because of the low-level of talent he’s been surrounded by. Although, the Colts have paired him with a pro-bowl (TE) Eric Ebron, high-caliber (RB) Marlon Mack, All-Pro Rookie Offensive Guard (OG) in Quenton Nelson, and All-Pro Rookie Linebacker (LB) Darius Leonard to dominate the defensive side of the ball. Now, Luck and Hilton can breathe knowing the team is playing through more outlets than just themselves.
The game didn’t so much expose the injury prone Texans rather elevated the potential of the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.
The Colts look to face the young upcoming Kansas City Chiefs (KC) next week with favorable odds to win now. A match-up that will create either more hype around (QB) Patrick Mahomes or cement that Luck is on the path of being a hall of fame quarterback with a win.