Luck struggles in Colts loss to Broncos

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is sacked by Von Miller in the Colts 34-20 loss in Denver (September 18, 2016 WXIN).

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is sacked by Von Miller in the Colts 34-20 loss in Denver (September 18, 2016 WXIN).

DENVER, Colo. – After posting stellar numbers in week one (the top fantasy performance in the league actually), Andrew Luck stumbled in the Mile High City in week two in the Colts 34-20 loss to the Broncos.

“I didn’t throw it that well,” admitted Luck. “Not well enough to win obviously, and you need to be sharp to beat a team like this and have success against a defense like the Broncos.”

Luck’s final stat line from Denver reads 21-of-40 passing for 197 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one fumble. While the completions and yardage are undoubtedly lackluster, they pale in comparison to the two turnovers, both of which resulted in Broncos’ touchdowns.

“I know Andrew would love to have it back,” said Chuck Pagano, referring to Luck’s interception, returned for a score by Denver corner Aqib Talib. “We’d all love to have it back. You gotta take care of the football.”

Luck shouldered plenty of the blame for those mistakes, but also gave credit to one of the best defenses in the NFL.

“They’re very good and can cover multiple ways,” explained Luck. “They defend well in man. They defend well in zone. They defend well in blitz and dog. They do a nice job of that.”

A clean quarterback is an efficient quarterback, and Luck was sacked five times by the Broncos defense. Nevertheless, Luck points precisely zero fingers of blame at his offensive line.

“I thought by and large, we did a phenomenal job, and those guys did a really good job up front,” added Luck. “It’s something that’s a shame. The only play everyone’s probably gonna remember is that one at the end (Miller strip-sack). I don’t think that was necessarily indicative of how hard those guys played up front.”

The loss drops Luck to 3-2 in his career against the Broncos.