Luck joined defense with subpar play

INDIANAPOLIS -- The struggles on defense were obvious for the Indianapolis Colts. The countless missed tackles gave that away.

But their franchise player, quarterback Andrew Luck, didn’t play well, either.

And in typical Andrew Luck fashion, the quarterback didn’t shy away from criticizing himself.

“Disappointed in myself,” he said. “...A lot of mistakes. I know I made a lot of mistakes that need to be corrected if we’re going to have a chance to be a good offense.”

Luck, who played into the third quarter, was 10-of-18 for 103 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Saints took advantage of the Colts’ inconsistent pass protection to put a lot of pressure on Luck, keeping him from getting in sync.

Luck’s lone touchdown came when he hit a wide-open Coby Fleener, who went untouched off the line of scrimmage. But Luck overthrew and underthrew his intended targets on several occasions.

Luck paid the price for underthrowing Fleener on their series following the touchdown, as New Orleans safety Kenny Vaccaro had an easy interception.

The Colts quarterback did lead the team on a 78-yard drive during their two-minute offense at the end of the first half. That drive stalled out in the red zone though, forcing the Colts to settle for a field goal.

The first-team offense generated 10 points and 167 yards in their six series.

“We didn’t establish a good rhythm,” Luck said. “We did some good things as well though, we did get a touchdown drive. The two-minute drive, a lot of good things until we get stuck down at the goal line. We need seven points there, we’ve got to find a way to get seven. So good to get out, get the work. It will be a good couple of weeks of work for Cincinnati, and then the start of the regular season.”

Is there a need to be nervous? No.

Luck will be fine. Saturday was the first time receiver Reggie Wayne played this preseason and it was also the preseason debut for running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The offense has two weeks to figure things out before facing the Denver Broncos on Sept. 7.