The Indianapolis Colts were teetering on misery with everybody’s pick of the year favorite, quarterback Andrew Luck, seeming hellbent on proving that publicity can scorch a career. But a funny thing happened Sunday: Luck’s luck turned. The suddenly 4-5 Colts charged back to within a game of .500 with a victory against the undefeated Denver Broncos that immediately quieted talk of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano taking an early vacation. No team or player received more preseason hype than the Colts and Luck, and only in yesterday’s exciting 27-24 win did any of it seem remotely justified.
Luck threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, gaining 252 yards in the air. On the weekend that Spectre, yet another entry in the James Bond franchise opened, Andrew Luck finally didn’t look like a ghost of himself. And Pagano, spared the blade that was surely aimed — Bond villain style — at him, could also borrow from 007’s famous repertoire. For all Pagano’s plans and strategies he’s ultimately reliant on one thing most: Luck, Andrew Luck, he might say.