Andrew Luck played a key role in the Indianapolis Colts’ narrow NFL betting odds defying 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns but not in the way many would have expected. The rookie failed to throw any scores, but ran for rush for a pair of touchdowns, becoming the first Colts quarterback to achieve the feat since 1988.
The unconvincing offensive line will need to start giving Luck more support if this team are really going to be able to challenge this season. The rookie quarterback has the tools needed to lead the Colts to success, but he won’t be able to do that until he is given the cover he needs to be able to do what he does best.
For the second straight week, Luck failed to throw for a score, finishing the game 16 of 29 for 186 yards and being sacked three times, instead the youngster shone when it came to the running plays, getting in from three and five yards out to steal the show from Cleveland’s unfortunate Brandon Weeden.
Weeden had been on top of his opposite number throughout the game, finishing 25 of 41 for 264 yards for two touchdowns. The rookie would have had three touchdowns to his name had Josh Gordon hung onto a simple catch at a critical time in the match.
It wasn’t to be, however, and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri landed a 38-yard field goal with three minutes remaining to give his side a lead they hung onto in the closing stages.
Those with the inside NFL betting lines reckon that the Colts were not at their best despite claiming the victory, but head coach Chuck Pagano – recovering from his health problems – will have been pleased with his team’s season-high 148 yards rushing, with Vick Ballard catching the eye in his second appearance since replacing Donald Brown with 84 yards from 20 carries.