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When Andrew Luck is bad, the Colts are even worse

So far this season, the Indianapolis Colts have stayed out of the basement of the AFC thanks to the efforts of quarterback Andrew Luck. But it was only a matter of time before the franchise quarterback would look human this season, and that happened on Sunday against Kansas City.

The Chiefs were able to rattle Luck and limit the damage he could do, holding him to a 54.3 completion percentage while sacking him six times. The Chiefs also were able to intercept him once and forced him to throw to check down targets for most of the game. Leading receiver T.Y. Hilton was held without a catch until late into the fourth quarter in garbage time. Luck was able to find some room in the run game, but that wasn’t nearly enough to help spark the Colts’ offense.

Indy’s defense got burned by backup quarterback Nick Foles to the tune of 223 yards and two scores. Starting quarterback Alex Smith got injured in the first half, but even he had a good afternoon. The Chiefs combined to complete 25-of-41 passes for 334 yards and three scores. The Colts were able to sack both quarterbacks a combined three times, but they never forced them to make a mistake.

And because of all that, the Colts got embarrassed at home with a 30-14 loss to Kansas City.

The Colts’ defense has been bad all season, and their run game has been inefficient in almost every game as well. The one thing that’s kept the Colts from holding one of the worst records in the NFL has been Luck’s solid play.

But when Luck is bad, the Colts as a team look even worse. And that was never more apparent than on Sunday.

Kansas City was down several key offensive players throughout the game, and Indy’s defense still couldn’t contain the remaining Chiefs. Furthermore, the Colts totaled 105 rushing yards, but 60 of those were from Luck. Indy’s running backs ran for a mere 46 yards on just 11 carries.

Luck has been lights out in wins this season. He’s thrown for 1,006 yards, six touchdowns, and just one interception while completing 68.7 percent of his passes.

Even in losses, Luck hadn’t been bad up to this point. And the Colts were able to be competitive in their four losses up till Sunday. Luck was completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,068 yards, tossing eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Before Sunday, the Colts were only losing by an average of six points a contest when they lost.

But Luck had his worst game of the 2016 season against Kansas City, and Indy’s bad roster was exposed.

Coming into Sunday’s game, the Colts had the 29th-ranked overall defense. They were allowing the fifth-most points per game, and they had forced just seven turnovers on the season. Their rushing attack was averaging just under 100 yards a game and had just five rushing scores before Sunday.

So essentially every aspect of the Colts that Andrew Luck wasn’t involved with was one of the worst units in the NFL heading into Sunday. And they only looked worse after the loss to Kansas City.

Luck has been good all season, and he’s been able to hold up the Colts. But when he looked bad on Sunday, the Colts played their worst game of the season.

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