So how have the Indianapolis Colts, a team with only two, arguably three returning stars been able to be so successful thus far? Many people would point to Luck, in the form of a rookie quarterback and in the form of “gaining success or something desirable by chance.” It is true Andrew Luck has brought an accurate and rocket arm to Indianapolis he has brought much more – leadership, determination and wisdom beyond his years.
It is also true that the Indianapolis Colts may have stumbled upon some horseshoe luck this year. Some questionable calls have helped the Colts win games this year. Be sure to recall Allen’s fumble in yesterday’s game that the officials called him down and the seemingly miraculous 27 point second half comeback against Green Bay.
Luck, both figuratively and literally, have helped the Colts to a winning record so far but more importantly the run game has permitted the Colts to open up the field and cover up for a poor blocking offensive line. According to ESPN.com the Colts currently rank 22nd in rushing offensive so I am sure many are wondering how a 22nd ranked rushing offensive has helped the Colts to their first four wins...22nd is not an impressive ranking.
Consider this - except for last year when the Colts had no passing game, the Colts are averaging the most yards per carry since their SuperBowl win in 2006. Also look at Sunday’s game against the Titans. The Colts had multiple ten plus rushes for big first downs. This has allowed the Colts to fake the run and open up the passing game for Luck. The running game has been threatening enough that it is preventing blitzs. Finally consider when the Colts didn’t utilize the run the offense would struggle. If Luck was not accompanied by a running back in the backfield he would be pressured or sacked. This means that the running game is considered a threat in the opposing locker room - something that Indianapolis hasn't had since the prime days of Addia and before that James.
Let’s be thankful for all of the Luck this year but let’s make sure we also give some credit to our much more involved run game. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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