December 16, 2012
Michael Vick, Sam Bradford and Blaine Gabbert have two things in common. One, they quarterback losing teams that rank in the bottom six in the NFL in scoring. Two, they all have a better quarterback rating than Andrew Luck, who has helped lead the Colts to a 9-4 record and a 22.5 points-per-game average that ranks 17th in the league. The deficiencies of the quarterback rating metric are well-documented, but it is particularly ineffective when it comes to evaluating the performance of young signalcallers.
December 3, 2012 |
DETROIT - Andrew Luck took full advantage of his last shot to lead the Indianapolis Colts to a stunning victory Sunday. Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Colts to a 35-33 comeback win over the Detroit Lions. With the final seconds ticking away, the rookie moved up in the pocket and flipped a short pass to Avery, who ran untouched into the end zone to complete a rally that started midway through the fourth quarter with the Lions up 12 points.
December 3, 2012
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who hasn't been getting as much press as Redskins sensational rookie Robert Griffin III, quietly broke one of those arcane records Sunday that give fans something to argue about. With no time left against the Lions, Luck threw a 14-yard TD pass to Donnie Avery that lifted 8-4 Indianapolis to a 35-33 comeback, and marked the Colts' eighth win this season - a record, of sorts: Luck has won more games than any rookie quarterback drafted No. 1 overall in the Super Bowl era. Luck broke the mark held by Sam Bradford, who helped the St. Louis Rams win seven games two years ago, and also surpassed Jim Plunkett in New England during the 1971 season.
December 1, 2012 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 13. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions vs. Colts. Coming off his huge Thanksgiving outing against the Texans, Stafford should be in your starting lineup as the Colts' mediocre secondary comes to town. Stafford is finally starting to resemble the deadly gunslinger we remember from last season. Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles at Cowboys. Dallas' defense is in free fall, thanks to injuries. Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy is still in the early stages of recovery from his concussion, leaving the Birds backfield in Brown's capable hands again.
November 27, 2012 |
THE COLTS defeated the visiting Bills, 20-13, Sunday. But the biggest winners in Lucas Oil Stadium were two Indianapolis cheerleaders who shaved their heads in support of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this season. Two weeks ago, cheerleader Megan M. said she would shave her head if she and Blue, the team mascot, could raise $10,000 for the Colts' "ChuckStrong" campaign. They more than doubled that amount, raising $22,670, and Megan agreed to live up to her end of the deal.
November 19, 2012 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots' superb offense finally got some help from the rest of the team. The Patriots used three scoring passes from Tom Brady, two touchdowns on interception returns, and another on a punt return to match a team single-game scoring record in a 59-24 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The first matchup between three-time Super Bowl winner Brady and star rookie Andrew Luck was no match. The Patriots (7-3) won their fourth straight game and extended their lead in the AFC East to three games.
November 9, 2012 |
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Indianapolis Colts became the latest team to hammer the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, winning, 27-10, on Thursday night behind two rushing touchdowns by rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Darius Butler returned an interception for a score as the Colts (6-3) won their fourth consecutive game and snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Jaguars (1-8) have lost six straight. Indianapolis 3 14 7 3 – 27 Jacksonville 0 3 0 7 – 10 First quarter Ind–FG Vinatieri 31, 7:27.
November 5, 2012
Looks like Andrew Luck is making the transition from college to the NFL all right. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback threw for 433 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins, breaking Cam Newton's year-old record for yards passing in a game by a rookie (422). Oh yeah, he also became the second rookie signal-caller in the history of the NFL to produce four 300-yard games in a season. The other guy? Somebody named Peyton Manning, who now plies his trade in Denver. Probably no coincidence that the rebuilding Colts are essentially reconstructed and a suitable topic for playoff conversation at 5-3. An added highlight: Colts coach Chuck Pagano, 52, who is battling leukemia and is scheduled to begin a second round of chemotherapy this week, was in the stadium to see Luck's feat.
October 28, 2012 |
TORONTO - Rockin Amadeus raced to a big upset victory in the Breeders Crown on Saturday night at Woodbine, rallying to beat favored Captaintreacherous in the $591,240 2-year-old colt pace. Rockin Amadeus, a 17-1 long shot driven by Yannick Gingras, finished in 1 minute, 51.2 seconds. Wake Up Peter, an 8-1 pick, was second ahead of Captaintreacherous, the 1-5 favorite who went in with eight victories in nine events this season. Rockin Amadeus returned $37.00 $12.40, and $4, Wake Up Peter paid $8.30 and $3.30.
October 26, 2012 |
Falcons (+2) over EAGLES: The important key numbers in the NFL, for betting purposes, are three, seven and 10 . . . but 13 is the key number in this game, and the one that has everybody all jacked up. That would be Andy Reid's ridonkulous 13-0 record the week after a bye. However, there are some other numbers that Double V has to put on the table: Eight, eight and five. In order, those are Michael Vick's touchdowns, interceptions and fumbles lost. How about one, one and two? Those are the winning margins in the Birds' three victories this season (17-16 against the Browns, 24-23 over the Ravens and 19-17 against the Giants)