It’s Hous­ton’s Luck(y) week

Colts QB stands be­tween Tex­ans and di­vi­sion ti­tle.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Kristie rieken

HOUS­TON — The last time the Hous­ton Tex­ans faced an in­ex­pe­ri­enced quar­ter­back they forced sec­ondyear pro Jake Locker into five turnovers and sacked him six times in a win over the Ti­tans.

Two weeks later, they get a shot at An­drew Luck, the No. 1 over­all pick in the NFL draft last April, and they can clinch the AFC South ti­tle with a win.

Luck has thrown for 3,792 yards for the Colts, but leads the AFC in in­ter­cep­tions with 18, and has lost five fum­bles. He’s also been sacked 32 times, and will now have to deal with AFC sacks leader J.J. Watt.

“We need more sacks,” said Watt, who has a sin­gle-sea­son fran­chise record with 16½. “I need to rush the passer bet­ter. As a de­fen­sive line, we need more pres­sure and we need to bat some more balls. We’ll put it on us up front.”

Coach Gary Ku­biak noted that Luck is chal­leng­ing be­cause even if the de­fense gets to him for a sack, his size (6-foot 4, 234 pounds) makes him dif­fi­cult to bring down.

“It’s got to be a big con­scious ef­fort for us to keep him con­tained, and then when we do have our op­por­tu­ni­ties you got to really work to bring him down,” Ku­biak said. “You can make an in­cred­i­ble high­light reel of peo­ple hang­ing on to him and him still mak­ing plays.”

Ku­biak likened Luck to Ben Roeth­lis­berger be­cause of his size, and said that when he was study­ing the draft last year he thought he was the best quar­ter­back to come out since his prede-

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