Luck's A Fortune For The Colts

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Andrew Luck is starring in his second season. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Getty Images
There is no shortage of star second-year quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment, but the best of the sophomores right now is probably Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck. The Colts are 4-1 and even though Peyton Manning is off to a record-setting start with Denver, Indy fans can feel relatively comfortable that his replacement will keep them in playoff contention for years to come.

With Trent Richardson coming over from Cleveland in an early season deal, now have two of the first three picks from the 2012 draft. With Ahmad Bradshaw gone for the season, the acquisition of Richardson becomes even more important as the Colts look be a threat on the ground to complement Luck’s aerial prowess.

While everything seems to be going right for the Colts, with an ounce of luck San Diego could have the same record. The Chargers are 2-3 but could easily be 4-1 after losing two games by just three points. Two of San Diego’s veterans on offence have started the season in hot form; Philip Rivers has bounced back from a below par 2012 to complete 70 per cent of his passes to date for over 1,600 yards and 13 TDs; while Antonio Gates at tight end has already caught 32 passes and crossed for a brace of touchdowns.

It’s at the defensive end where the Chargers have fallen down. They’ve given up the sixth most yards across the league and their defence against the pass has been poor. On the other hand, only four teams concede less points per game than the Colts.

You can’t knock San Diego’s recent record against Indianapolis, though. The Chargers have won five of their last six clashes, including two playoff wins. They last met in 2010 when San Diego built a 20-0 half-time lead before going on to record a 36-14 victory. 

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