Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck conceded the obvious, that his offense failed to deliver in Sunday’s 27-14 road loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Specifically, he bemoaned his team’s self-inflicted mistakes and said the Bills dictated a lot of what transpired.
“It was a poor performance by us on offense,” Luck said, after the Colts didn’t score until late in the third quarter. “We should have come out and put some points on the board and made it a good game. We had some good stops by our defense, but we obviously didn’t do enough to win. They beat us up pretty badly, but we’ll bounce back next week.”
The Colts next host the New York Jets (1-0) on Monday Night Football at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Luck compounded the situation early with an interception on a deep throw intended for wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who didn't make much of an effort to break up the pass.
“They forced us into those errors,” Luck said. “They are a good team and they made it hard for us to do things that we wanted to do. That’s a heck of a front four and they beat us pretty badly.”
And the Bills were without suspended Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. Yet the home team loaded up the defensive box, put intense pressure on the pocket and weren't burned nearly enough for leaving cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said his receivers have to win those one-on-one battles.
The Colts started last season 0-2 and are 1-3 in season openers with Luck.
“It’s always a long season and you realize that,” Luck said. “You don’t let one game necessarily define you, but that doesn’t make it any easier of a pill to swallow. It’s a tough loss.”
Luck was sacked twice and had two interceptions. He lost Hilton late in the third quarter to a knee bruise. The Colts didn’t stick with establishing a run game, so it was on their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to make things happen.
But he couldn’t. Luck completed 26-of-49 passes for 243 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.
“You guys say it’s ‘OK, we have a bunch of games left,’ but it’s not something we’re into,” Luck said. “You just go back to work, realize that this game is done and you have to learn from it. That’s the most important thing, and you need to move on and improve and if you’re not improving you’ve got issues.”
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