The resurgence of Luck and the Colts

The resurgence of Luck and the Colts

Cameron Riggs-

What began as a dismal start to a hopeful season for a franchise that has seen some of it’s lowest lows has started taking a 180. The Colts began the season 1-5 and were tied for the worst record in the league. History seemed to be repeating itself from last year when the Colts finished 4-12, with their only four wins coming against the 0-16 Cleveland Browns, the 49ers before acquiring Jimmy Garropolo (1-10 before he started his first game for San Fran.), and the Texans twice- Both times without their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson. This season looked to be more of the same.

However, since their last loss to the Jets (Almost a month ago.), Andrew Luck and company have rallied off three straight offensive showings on their way to wins in each contest. It began with the dismantling of the Bills, 37-5. Luck threw four touchdowns, Marlon Mack had his first 100 yard rushing performance of the season, and the new and improved defense held Buffalo to only a field goal. The next game came against Oakland. The tight ends continued their dominance as Mo Allie-Cox, Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle all scored a touchdown. Adam Vinatieri made history in this game as he broke Morten Andersen’s all time points scored record. Marlon Mack had another 100 yard game and added two scores on their way to their first time winning back-to-back games in three years. They carried this momentum into the bye week as they prepared to face an aggressive Jacksonville defense that carried the Jags to the AFC North Division Title just last year. The Colts came out firing on all cylinders, and opened up the game with a scoring drive capped by a 53 yard touchdown to Eric Ebron. After a costly mistake made by the Colts defense, the offense took the field again. Another long drive ended in another Ebron touchdown, this time on the ground (The second of his career.). The next score was none other than Eric Ebron, once again scoring an easy 12 yard touchdown. Luck decided to spread the love to his other tight ends, so his next touchdown pass was to Mo Alie-Cox, who began the year on the practice squad. Before that, he played college basketball for VCU. The Jags continued to fight back and brought the game to within three points, but a costly fumble forced by Kenny Moore III (Recovered by Malik Hooker.) with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter sealed the Colts third straight win.

The Colts will face the Tennessee Titans next week in a game that has the makings to be one of the best ones of the week. The Titans are 5-4 and coming off a huge win against the New England Patriots. Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense have been rolling, but the heart and soul of that Titans team has been their defense. They’re fast, they’re aggressive, and they just held Tom Brady’s Patriots to 10 points. This game has a lot riding on it, with the AFC South playoff picture starting to get tighter and tighter as the weeks wind down. I think it’s safe to say that in order for the Colts to continue their hot streak, Andrew Luck will need to connect with his talented trio of tight ends. If so, they could get back to .500 on the year.

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