Breaking Down The Beatdown: Bills Destroy The Colts With Fully Inflated Balls
In their first game since the infamous "DeflateGate" AFC Championship, the Indianapolis Colts proved once and for all that they got their asses kicked not because of deflated footballs, but because they just aren't that good.
Glad we got that out of the way early.
The Colts and their golden boy Andrew Luck were thoroughly embarrassed by the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon, and it wasn't just because of the revamped and reinvigorated Rex Ryan defense that they had to face. Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor came into the game with 19 career completions for 199 yards in four seasons in the NFL and finished the game with nearly that same total and a passer rating that dwarfed Luck's.
Once again the Colts unsuccessfully battled a good defense by attempting to throw the ball 50 times because they have no running game. It's been the same story for the entire duration of the Andrew Luck era. In fact, that was Indy's offensive approach for a majority of the Peyton Manning years as well.
As one of the best defensive minds in the game, and with a much more cohesive unit in Buffalo than he had in his last three seasons with the Jets, Rex Ryan was more than prepared for the one-dimensional Indianapolis offense. Andrew Luck was intercepted twice and sacked twice while the Colts defense delivered a whopping zero hits on Tyrod Taylor. The Bills biggest weakness in the game was a case of the butter fingers and the Colts weren't even able to capitalize on that! They recovered none of Buffalo's three fumbles.
Not to mention the Bills had a much more balanced offensive attack. Their 147 yards rushing eclipsed the Colts meager 64, and Tyrod Taylor's 14 pass completions went for an impressive average of 13.9 yards per reception.
The fact of the matter is that Luck, like most NFL quarterbacks, cannot win a game against a competitive opponent by passing 50 times. It's just not efficient and any decent defense will find a way to make you pay.
The Colts are 7-9 (including the postseason) in games that Luck attempts 45+ passes. His passer rating over those 16 games is 78.5, including 36 TDs and had 28 interceptions.
In games in which Luck attempts 40 or fewer passes, the Colts are 24-7. His passer rating over those 31 games is 87.9, including 46 TDs and 18 interceptions.
The Colts win games when Luck isn't throwing more than 40 passes, and yet despite the evidence and the constant ass-kickings delivered by superior AFC opponents, they entered their first regular season game with the same ineffective offensive strategy that has allowed the likes of the Patriots, Steelers and Broncos to leave them in the dust for the better part of fifteen years.
The Colts continue to fail Andrew Luck by refusing to surround him with a more balanced offensive attack. Perhaps we shouldn't expect much self-awareness from an organization that spent its off-season whining about balls and raising a shameless banner commemorating their participation in a conference championship that they lost 45-7.
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