The Indianapolis Colts can’t catch a break this season.
Fresh off of their emotional win over the undefeated (at the time) Denver Broncos, the Colts were dealt a devastating blow. Franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to miss at least one month with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.
Luck already missed two games earlier this season, and finally seemed to be getting back on track. Against Denver’s elite defense, the Stanford alum avoided turning the ball over for only the second time in seven starts this year. Currently at the top of the AFC South despite a 4-5 record, Indy seemed poised to run away with the division.
However, things could certainly be a lot worse for Indianapolis. Of the 32 teams in the NFL, the Colts arguably have the most reliable back-up in Matt Hasselbeck. The 17-year veteran has already started two games this season in Luck’s absence, leading the Colts to a 2-0 record while throwing for 495 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Those numbers are much more impressive than Luck’s 15:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but they came against the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. With difficult games against the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers coming up, it’ll be interesting to see how Hasselbeck performs against actual NFL defenses.
If Luck is to miss the next four weeks like expected, Hasselbeck leading the Colts to a 2-2 record against the Falcons, Buccaneers, Steelers and Jaguars seems like a safe bet. Luckily for Indianapolis, .500 football is good enough to take home their division.
While the Colts are nowhere near Super Bowl contenders with Hasselbeck under center, Colts fans can look forward to hearing commentators rave about the experience, knowledge and veteran leadership Hasselbeck provides for the next few weeks.
It could be worse – you [Colts fans] could still have Dan Orlovsky, Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter filling in for your franchise quarterback.
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