It’s not often that a quarterback/wide receiver duo each with multiple Pro Bowls flies under the radar, but that may be what’s happening in Indianapolis.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has had a good start to his career and has two 4,000-yard passing seasons, while T.Y. Hilton has also really impressed in his first few seasons by racking up three 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. Together, they make up one of the top quarterback/receiver duos in the NFL, and that’s certainly evident this year.
Luck has been playing very well this season through five games. After another great game on Sunday - completing 71.8% of his passes for 322 yards and two scores - Luck has now completed 131 of 205 passes (63.9%) for 1,469 yards (7.2 yards per attempt), 10 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for a passer rating of 95.4. That puts him on pace for a 4,701 yard season with 32 touchdowns and 10 picks while completing 63.9% of his throws - while also on pace to add 253 yards rushing. And in case you still cling to the inaccurate “turnover prone” narrative, his interception percentage this year is at just 1.5%.
Luck’s top target for the past several seasons has been T.Y. Hilton, and that’s once again incredibly clear this year. Hilton had another monster day on Sunday as he caught ten passes for 171 yards and the game-winning score, following up a performance from two weeks ago when he caught eight passes for 174 yards and the game-winning touchdown. On the season he has caught 35 passes for 507 yards and three touchdowns, being the team-leader in receptions (by 16), yards (by 266), and touchdowns (by one). He also has more receptions (by nine), yards (by 94), and touchdowns (by one) than every other wide receiver on the Colts roster combined (between Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief, Chester Rogers, and Quan Bray).
The duo of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton has been making plays this season, and they’ve been impressing. Luck is currently third in the NFL in passing yards (as of this afternoon), while Hilton is third in the NFL in receiving yards. The Colts have a lot of problems, but Luck and Hilton (and Adam Vinatieri) are the least of them right now.