An injured Andrew Luck could be huge for Tennessee Titans
By Will Lomas
Why does it matter to Tennessee Titans fans?
That seems like a stupid question, but obviously it matters for Tennessee Titans fans because every loss in their season is very important to the Titans playoff chances.
If Andrew Luck does have to miss time, it doesn’t bode well for the Colts early. This is their first month of games:
-@ L.A. Chargers
-@ Tennessee Titans
– vs Atlanta Falcons
– vs Oakland Raiders
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The first three games should all be exceptionally tough for the Colts and I am not sure that you can go 1-3 during that stretch and come out the other end optimistic with Kansas City sitting between you and the bye week.
So does that mean the Colts force Luck to play earlier than he should? If so, it should mean a more limited Luck and a guy that can’t escape the pocket like he historically has been able to do.
With a target on his back, guys like Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Takk McKinley, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett are going to be coming after him hard.
More importantly, Dean Pees surely hasn’t forgotten his top-flight defense getting embarrassed twice by the Colts, once when he had a major injury scare. That combined with a revamped pass rush should be huge for the Tennessee Titans as the Colts have to go to the West Coast in Week 1, only to come to Nashville in Week 2.
A limited Luck gives the Titans an edge in a crucial AFC South game, something the Titans would definitely love to have given their past against Luck.
That is the short term thinking. Long term, this could mean that the Colts could shut down Luck all together if they get 2015/2016 vibes from him (toughing through an injury that he could make worse).
If they shut him down in December, the only AFC teams that the Colts play during that stretch are the Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
So not only could a limited Luck benefit the Titans early in the season, but if the Colts are smart they could pull him early if the season isn’t going well. A move like that would benefit the Titans and Jaguars, but not a team like the Houston Texans who could be competing with Tennessee for the AFC South crown.
It is all very interesting and at this point, even “optimism” or whatever is put out by the Colts PR department needs to be taken with a grain of salt. This is something Titans fans and other AFC South fans need to watch very closely.