Andrew Luck shines with 5 TD passes

Third-year passer has career game for touchdown passes as Colts win offensive shootout against Washington, 49-27.

Andrew Luck enjoyed a career day with five touchdown passes as the Indianapolis Colts proved once again they know how to dispose of the NFL’s bottom feeders.

The Colts’ sack-happy defense also contributed a score in a 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Luck also set a franchise record with his 10th 300-yard passing game in a season as he threw two touchdown passes to tight end Coby Fleener, a pair to rookie Donte Moncrief and one to T.Y. Hilton.

The Colts (8-4) sacked Redskins passer Colt McCoy six times and had a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter of a predominantly offensive game.

Luck completed 19-of-27 passes for 370 yards with the five scores and one interception. McCoy, inserted as the starter for an ineffective Robert Griffin III, tried to keep up with his share of positive plays. He completed 31-of-47 passes for 392 yards with three TDs.

The outcome continues an obvious trend for the Colts, who drubbed one-win Jacksonville 23-3 at home last Sunday and have disposed of five losing teams by an average of 21.8 points.

Four Colts losses have come to playoff-caliber teams in Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New England. And the Colts’ remaining schedule will provide tests at Cleveland (7-5), Houston (6-6) at home and at Dallas (8-4).

After a slow start with back-to-back possessions ending in turnovers, the Colts quickly regrouped with three scores for a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. Dan "Boom" Herron scored his first NFL touchdown on a 49-yard rush, the Colts' longest run of the season.

When the Redskins (3-9) rallied to make the game interesting at 21-17 early in the third quarter, Luck found Moncrief wide open for a 48-yard touchdown pass. It wasn’t the first time the Redskins got lost in coverage. They failed to cover Fleener on his 30-yard touchdown catch in the opening quarter. Fleener could have had another touchdown when the Redskins didn’t put a man on him, but the tight end dropped a deep ball in the second quarter.

Down 28-17, the Redskins opted to take a chance and go for it with a fourth-and-1 pass from their own 41. But outside linebacker Erik Walden came untouched and drilled McCoy, the ball squirted free, and Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson scooped and scored from 35 yards out. Walden had two sacks in the game, giving him a career-high five for the season.

After the Redskins answered with a score, Fleener broke free on a pass over the middle and ran away from two defenders for a 73-yard touchdown pass play. Moncrief later had a longer play, a 79-yard TD catch, for the first multi-score game of the rookie’s career.

The Colts have a two-game lead on the Texans in the AFC South Division, and the Texans have never won in Indianapolis. The defending division champions have already prevailed 33-28 at Houston.

The Colts travel to Cleveland next Sunday.

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