By Chris Barron
Thanks to the Gary Snyder Show and 1400 WBAT I was credentialed to cover the Colts-Steelers game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last night. Here is the first of my post-game reports:
Everyone knew coming into Sunday night’s game against the Steelers that Andrew Luck would get a much steeper challenge than he got against the St Louis Rams last week. Early on it looked like a challenge he might not be up to – Luck threw two early interceptions (thought admittedly the second one was of no fault of his own). In addition to the two early picks, Luck also struggled with his decision-making, was sacked and had trouble getting the Colts offense moving early on.
As you would expect from a future franchise QB, however, Luck overcame his early struggles to put together a solid night. Luck led the Colts on two 10 play, 80 yard touchdown drives – one against the Steelers first team defense and one against the Steelers second team defense.
In those long drives Luck looked sharp, connecting with WR Reggie Wayne and rookie TE Coby Fleener with regularity. As a result of Luck’s improved play, the Steelers were forced to make some adjustments that in turn allowed the Colts to run the ball more effectively. I wouldn’t make room for either of the Colts featured RBs (Donald Brown and Vick Ballard) in Canton, but in a pass-first, pass-often offense, Brown and Ballard were serviceable in establishing the ground game.
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