12 Numbers Highlighting Andrew Luck’s Incredible Current Stretch
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INDIANAPOLIS – The signs were pointing in this direction leading into the early November bye week.
Andrew Luck was looking like a player not only healthy in his return to football, but like a Pro Bowler through the first half of the season.
Since returning from the bye, Luck has continued this career stretch with incredible efficiency in the Colts winning 4 straight games.
Luck's numbers in this 4-game run:
-Bills: 17-of-23 (73.9%), 156 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 131.5 quarterback rating
-Raiders: 22-of-31 (71.0%), 239 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 125.6 quarterback rating
-Jaguars: 21-of-29 (72.4%), 285 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 123.5 quarterback rating
-Titans: 23-of-29 (73.9%), 298 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, 143.8 quarterback rating
Totals: 83-of-112 (74.1%), 977 yards, 13 TDs, 1 INT, 135.2 quarterback rating
Here’s a look at 12 Luck numbers in why the quarterback is having a career season individually:
2.3: The interception percentage for Luck in 2018. It’s the second lowest rate of his career, and it’s a number that could be even lower given that 3 or 4 of his 9 interceptions have come via straight drops from teammates.
3: The number of top-10 defenses the Colts have faced in this 4-game winning streak. That only adds to how impressive Luck’s recent run has been. He’s putting up these numbers against some of the league’s best defenses, especially passing units.
5: The number of games this season Luck has not been sacked. Coming into 2018, Luck had played in only 8 games without a sack in his 70-game career. He now hasn’t been sacked in half of the team’s 10 games this season.
7: The consecutive games Luck has had with at least 3 touchdown passes. That is tied with Dan Marino for the third longest such streak in NFL history. Tom Brady (10) in 2007 and Peyton Manning (8) in 2004 are the only two longer streaks of all-time. That’s pretty good company for Luck.
7.4: The yards per attempt number for Luck through 10 games. Early in the season, this number was hovering around 4-to-5 yards per attempt. That was way too low for Frank Reich and the passing game. It’s improved dramatically with more chunk plays, including the season-long 68-yarder to T.Y. Hilton on Sunday.
10: The number of times Luck has been sacked this season. Luck is on pace to be sacked just 16 times in 2018. In his career, these are Luck’s sacks numbers each season: 41, 32, 27, 15 (in 7 games), 41.
12: The number of pass catchers who have caught a touchdown from Luck this season. That is one short of an NFL record. Spreading the ball around has been zero issue for Luck in his return to football. Who will have the record breaker: Jordan Wilkins? Ryan Hewitt? Anthony Castonzo (why not?)?
24: The amount of points the Colts have at least scored in 7 straight games, the longest stretch for this franchise since 2005. Anytime you are being thrown around with the winningest era in NFL history, that's a good thing. Luck has orchestrated this offense to some major production on the scoreboard since Week Three.
29: The amount of touchdown passes for Luck this season, which places him second in the NFL. Luck is on pace for 46 touchdown passes this season, which will best his career-high of 40 (set in the 2014 season). Peyton Manning has the franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season with 49.
67.3: The completion percentage for Luck this season, which is a career-high. Clearly, Luck is thriving in Frank Reich’s system predicated on more underneath action in the passing game. Luck historically hovers around 60 percent in a season. He’s smoking that number in 2018.
101.8: The quarterback rating for Luck in 2018. This might be the most impressive number for Luck this season. He’s currently in a 4-game stretch where he’s had a passer rating each week ranking in the top 10 of his entire career. That’s pretty incredible. Luck's current 4-game passer rating run of at least 120.0 each outing is tied for the 3rd longest streak in the Super Bowl era.
214: The consecutive pass attempts Luck has gone without being sacked, the longest streak in the NFL since 1991. It’s an incredible streak for Luck and those around him in pass protection. The quarterback has fully embraced protecting his body and getting the ball out quicker in Frank Reich’s system.