Indianapolis rookie quarterback, Andrew Luck began his NFL Career with high expectations. How do you evaluate Luck’s performance in the game against the Chicago Bears? At times, Luck showed that he was ready to be an NFL Quarterback, but there were also times where Luck did not seem like he was comfortable out on the field.
In his first drive, Luck had excellent field position, starting on the 50 yard line. His first pass was an 8 yard completion to Dominique Jones (Jones’ only reception of the game). After that it was a rush that resulted in a two yard loss, followed by an incomplete pass. End result…PUNT. Luck’s second drive started off with another 8 yard completion to Reggie Wayne, rushed for 3 yards, passed for 10 yards, and an incomplete pass. End result….PUNT.
The second quarter, Luck started off with a 17 yard pass to Reggie Wayne, followed by an Interception. Luck had a pretty good series in the second quarter, leading the Colts 72 yards down the field which included a 23 yard and a 12 yard completion to Wayne. This drive ended with a Colts Touchdown by Donald Brown. Luck showed signs of a great quarterback in the final drive of the half. With 39 seconds left in the half and starting on their own 22 yard line. Luck led the Colts all the way down to the Bears’ 19 yard line. Only to be derailed by a missed 37 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
In the second half, Luck showed very good clock management. After a quick three and out in the first series of the second half. He again drove the Colts downfield from their own 20, to the Bears 10, which again was halted by a Chicago interception.
The fourth quarter started with Luck again showing that he can manage the clock, leading the Colts downfield from the IND 20 to the end zone with a 4 yard Touchdown pass to Avery.
Luck passed for 309 yards 23/45, with one Touchdown. He completed 51.9% of his passes. Luck showed signs of clock management, and game management. He proved that he can play under pressure by leading the Colts downfield in just 40 seconds. He had multiple drives where was able to lead the Colts downfield for positive yardage. He did not seem intimidated by a very good defensive team, and proved that he can play in the NFL.
Luck threw 3 interceptions, and only had a passer rating of 52.9. He did not seem comfortable in the pocket, and seemed to rush his passes. Even on some of his completions, he was bailed out by fantastic catches by Reggie Wayne, which very easily could have been incomplete passes. Luck was not effective when it came to being pressured. He seemed easily frustrated, and at times that had an effect on his game. Luck needs to learn to adapt to the NFL style of play.
Luck proved that he can play in this league, but too many, may not have met expectations. I think Luck had a good to average game. Considering that this was his first game in the NFL regular season. Luck performed well, given the fact that many of his receivers dropped some very catchable balls. Luck has a lot to work on, but I think he got off to a pretty good start considering what he was up against. Did he meet expectations? If you are a Colts fan, then you are saying probably not. However, as a rookie quarterback, he met the expectations of a basic rookie quarterback making his first NFL start.
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