The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Lucks Indianapolis homecoming as the Indianapolis Colts lost and the quarterback threw an early interception
The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Lucks Indianapolis homecoming. They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Lucks hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win over the Colts by stopping a late two-point conversion run.
Luck was sloppy in his first game since 1 January 2017. But he did receive a roaring ovation from the crowd when he took the field, led the Colts to one score and apparently emerged unscathed after going down twice on sacks. Not too sharp, certainly red-zone turnovers are a negative, missed a couple of throws Id like to hit, he said. And I didnt feel like we, as an offense, got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm.
Luck missed his first three throws, the third winding up in the hands of Ravens safety Anthony Levine Jr. Luck rebounded to finish 6 of 13 for 50 yards and set up 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri for a 57-yard field goal before leaving in the second quarter. If Luck had his way, he might have played longer. But first-year coach Frank Reich wasnt taking any chances with Lucks surgically repaired arm.
We just never found a rhythm for him and some of his balls were not his best balls, he said. But I still have a lot of confidence were headed in the right direction.
Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked better. Flacco went 7 of 9 for 72 yards and one touchdown. Jackson then showed flashes of the skills that helped him win the 2016 Heisman Trophy. Jackson was 7 of 15 for 49 yards and a TD and carried four times for 26 yards before giving way to another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth quarter.
Happy to get the win, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. We did a lot of things that werent winning football, especially in the second half.
There were no protests by either team during the national anthem. During pregame warmups, Colts players donned T-shirts promoting their new message Breaking Barriers, a community effort team officials and players hope will promote equality and justice, while unlocking more opportunities for those who dont always get them. The Colts also plan to award grants from the Players Action Fund, which was boosted by a $100,000 donation from team owner Jim Irsay when it formed last year.
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