Andrew Luck Ready For New England Patriots

Posted: Nov 16 2014, 9:12pm CST | by , in Latest Sports News


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  • Andrew Luck is shooting for his first win against the Patriots on Sunday.
  • Luck is currently 0-2 against New England.
  • Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower says Luck is a "premier" quarterback.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for the Sunday Night Football Showdown against the New England Patriots on Nov. 16.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is ready for the Sunday Night Football Showdown against the New England Patriots on Nov. 16.

Luck is shooting for his first win in three tries against New England, per's Kevin Bowen:

"Luck will get another crack at the mastermind that is Bill Belichick on Sunday night.

"As preparations begin for another battle with Belichick, Luck sees similarities of past Patriot teams with some quality personnel additions.

"'You've got to expect something unexpected,' Luck says of Belichick's Patriots. 'They do a great job with their scheme and they have great players. I think that's why they've been so successful for so long and consistently.

"'They do a great job in contesting every yard. We don't get free yards versus the Patriots. Quick, little passes are not easy. They're not simple. Nothing is simple for them. They play physical. They do a great job in the back end of disguising their coverage. You think, 'Oh, they're doubling T.Y. (Hilton) the whole game,' nope something different comes up. They did a great job that game.'

"It's a game that Luck would like to forget. The young quarterback tossed four interceptions in the Colts' 43-22 loss out in Foxboro last January.

"He comes into Sunday night with arguably the most diverse skill group in the NFL.

"Luck has utlized that group by connecting with eight receivers at least 15 times this year. The ninth-leading receiver, Jack Doyle, is a perfect nine-of-nine in his targets this season.

"Of the Colts' eight leading receivers in 2014, only two of those players caught passes in last year's divisional loss to the Patriots.

"Back in January, the major headline was how Bill Belichick would try and take away T.Y. Hilton.

"This time around, the task doesn't stop with just Hilton.

"'It'll help. It's got to help,' Chuck Pagano says of the reinforcements.

"'Obviously to have the weapons that we have doesn't guarantee anything, but it's sure nice to have.'

"As Luck game plans with those weapons this week, he does so with some understanding of what to expect from the Patriots.

"This will be the third time Luck has faced a Belichick defense and he fully expects things to change as the game unfolds late into Sunday night.

"'You have to be aware of what they're doing and be able to take what they give you in a sense. They do a good job of making you play left-handed or forcing you to be one-dimensional. You've got to stay balanced. You've got to be able to, I think, attack the whole field,' Luck says.

"'You know to anticipate some wrinkles, something new. When you have a chance to score points in the red zone, you better score touchdowns. Definitely took that away from the last two (Patriots) games.'"

Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower acknowledges Luck is "one of the premier quarterbacks" in the league, per a Nov. 13 blog written by ESPN's Lee Schechter:

"Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower said the Colts' offense appears much more explosive.

"'They have the same guys this year. I don't know if it's the play-calling or Luck is taking a bigger grasp upon it, but there's a big play almost every other play,' said Hightower.

"'They've got a lot of great skill guys. They use their tight ends. They use all their backs. They have Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton. There's a lot of weapons over there.'

"Scoring a league-best 32.8 points per game, the Colts look like a New England-style offense utilizing all of their offensive weapons available. But one important similarity stands out the most -- both teams have an elite quarterback.

"While the Patriots have future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady, the Colts have their own franchise quarterback in Luck.

"Hightower was asked by a reporter if Luck still looks 'pretty decent at throwing the football.'

"'That's an understatement,' Hightower said. 'Luck is definitely one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. He can do it with his arm. He can do it with his feet. He's a smart guy, so he's definitely again one of the premier quarterbacks in the league.'"

Luck has thrown for 11,281 yards, 72 touchdowns and 36 interceptions for an 86.2 passer rating in 41 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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