Very few things seem to phase Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck. However, there is one event that always seems to trip him up: Monday Night Football.
The 5-6 Indianapolis Colts face the 3-8 New York Jets in the upcoming Monday Night Football showdown. For some reason, Luck has never been great in this event.
In his career, Luck has a 1-4 record in Monday Night Football games. He is only completing 55% of his passes and has a 10-8 touchdown-interception ratio. In other words, he has been awful in these games.
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The lone MNF game Luck was truly successful in was against the New York Giants in November 2014. He threw for 354 passing yards and four touchdowns. The Colts won 40-24 in MetLife Stadium.
Monday’s game will be in MetLife Stadium. Hopefully, Luck finds the same magic that helped him play well on Monday two seasons ago. The Colts desperately need him to play well.
The Colts cannot afford him to struggle this time. They are in the thick of the AFC South race with the 6-5 Houston Texans and the 6-6 Tennessee Titans. A loss would be a major setback when considering they will only have four games remaining after Monday night.
The Colts should be able to come away with a victory over the Jets if Luck play well. The Jets are very inconsistent on defense and ranked 23rd in total offense.
Indianapolis may not be much better talent-wise, but they still have something to play for: a playoff berth. That should be all the motivation they need to earn a positive result over the Jets.
However, their key to success is Andrew Luck, and he played poorly the last time these two teams met.
The last time the Colts and Jets met was in Week 2 on Monday Night Football. Last year, New York beat Indianapolis 20-7 inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Luck threw only one touchdown and three interceptions.
Luck needs to get over his Monday night yips if he wants to lead his team to a playoff berth. The Jets’ defense will challenge him, but if he is locked in, he should be able to move the Colts’ offense forward with ease.