So when Luck says he thinks the Colts are playing their best football since early October, ears should be perking.
“I think there’s a bit of a rhythm that we’ve found. And it’s good,” Luck said after the Colts registered their third straight win by at least 16 points to close out the regular season.
“I’m glad we’re playing decent football going into the postseason. We know the postseason’s a whole different ball game and one-and-done, and we’re excited about that. But to finish the regular season strong with these wins has been good.”
Behind a no-huddle attack that has flourished late in the regular season, Luck and the Colts (11-5) jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead before coasting to a 30-10 win over the Jaguars (4-12).
Luck was 26-of-37 for 282 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon, as the Colts have certainly found something in a shotgun, up-tempo style.
“It’s been good to us, it has. The up-tempo, the no-huddle’s been good. We’ve practiced it since OTAs, we’ve always had it but it seems to be working now.”
Credit for the consistent offensive performances over the final three weeks starts with Luck but should be handed out to every unit of the offense.
The Colts started their eighth different offensive line on Sunday (haven’t started the same offensive line in six weeks) yet only allowed one sack.
Hilton has also battled a shoulder injury over the past month but still put together his finest performance of 2013 in reaching the 1,000-yard plateau (1,083 receiving yards for Hilton).
“If we can get the ball in his hands, good things happen,” Luck said of Hilton.
“I think it’s helped that Griff (Whalen) and Da’Rick and DHB (
Getting Hilton involved early in games has been a focal point for the Colts the last few weeks.
That was once again the case on Sunday as Hilton caught six passes for 72 yards in a 17-point first quarter for the Colts.
“That was one of my goals coming in here, trying to get 1,000,” Hilton said of his season.
“Right now we want to come out and stay hot. Right now we are all staying hot, riding momentum into the playoffs, and we've got our first home game."
At times during the middle of the 2013 regular season, the Colts struggled to play consistent football with injuries piling up.
That has changed though with the calendar about to turn to 2014.
The playoffs are next on the slate and Luck, who admitted he’s improved as the year has gone on, is anxious for another crack at the postseason.
“There is a little bit of intensity and focus that ratchets up a bit. And you realize it’s one-and-done and any team can beat any team on any given day,” Luck said after the regular season finale.
“We’ll lean on