Andrew Luck Isn’t Exactly “Circling Patriots” on Calendar
According to Neil Reynolds of Sky Sports and BritViewNFL.com, the Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck doesn’t have the New England Patriots exactly circled on his calendar in anticipation of the two teams’ Week 6 matchup for the upcoming regular season. In an exclusive interview with Reynolds, Luck noted:
"“The Patriots are obviously the defending Super Bowl champs and our defending conference champs so there’s a high amount of respect for that team and what they do,” said Luck. “They’re the kings of the league right now and everybody would like to de-throne them – we’d like to de-throne them but you have to look at the season as 16 games. There are fans and media who will hype up certain games and circle them in red on the calendar but, as a player, you lose sight of what’s important if you get into that mode.”"
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck passes during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
To be fair, Luck has a valid point too. While the New England Patriots are no doubt one of the NFL’s best teams and a hurdle that the Colts will likely have to overcome at some point, there are still 15 other regular season games that count just as much in theory. That’s not saying the two teams’ Week 6, Sunday Night Football matchup isn’t of high importance because it most assuredly is, but it has to placed in the proper perspective too.
If the Colts win their Week 6 game against the Patriots, but don’t “take care of business” elsewhere such as in their own division in the AFC South, than it may not even matter regardless for playoff homefield advantage over the Patriots. The NFL regular season is a week-to-week grind, and if a team’s not completely careful, they can lose on any given Sunday given the parity that exists in today’s game.
Something that Luck is already apparently well-aware of:
"“One of the things you learn very quickly in the NFL is that every team can win,” said Luck. “There is so much parity – it requires you to bring your ‘A’ game every weekend and every game counts for so much. That’s one of the things that makes the NFL season so unique – they are all very important games. It’s all about making everything count.”"
Luck’s not sleeping on the Patriots by any means, but at the same time, he’s acknowledging that next year isn’t a one-game regular season against the Patriots. There are a lot of other regular season games to be played and football to hopefully be won elsewhere too.
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