Colts/Jaguars Notebook: What's Andrew Luck's Outlook Going Forward?

Intro: In the Colts/Jaguars Week Four notebook, we take a look at the decision to sit Andrew Luck on Sunday, the strong defensive performance in the second half and what the AFC South looks like after a quarter of the 2015 season.

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INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time since 2012, the Colts found themselves playing a game longer than 60 minutes on Sunday.

The extra wait was worth it, with Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal from 29 yards out giving the Colts an even record after the first quarter of the season.

Here's a notebook look at the Colts 16-13, overtime, victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3):

Andrew Luck Sits, To Be Evaluated Monday

For the first time in his NFL career, Andrew Luck missed a snap due to injury on Sunday.

Luck sat out all the snaps on Sunday afternoon, as his right shoulder injury had not progressed enough to warrant him playing in a game setting.

The Colts worked Luck out on Saturday but deemed him not completely ready to go come Sunday morning.

"When he woke up (Sunday) morning he wasn't quite there and didn't have the arm strength and all that stuff (so) we decided to go with Matt (Hasselbeck)."

Last week, Luck was listed as a "limited" participant in the three days of practice.

Pagano says Luck made progress all week and now his outlook for Week Five must be expedited a bit with the Colts playing on a Thursday night in Houston.

"He'll work out tomorrow and we'll just take it day-to-day and see where he's at," Pagano said after the game.

If Luck doesn't play Thursday in Houston, he will have a total of 21 days off before the Colts next game---an October 18 meeting against the New England Patriots (3-0).

Second-Half Defense Stands Tall

With an offense dealing with a new starting quarterback on Sunday, Greg Manusky's defense was going to be counted on even more.

The unit delivered with a shutout in the final 34 minutes of the game, earning a game ball from Chuck Pagano.

Manusky's defense faced eight total drives after halftime, and forced six punts to go along with two missed field goals.

The Jaguars reached Indianapolis territory on six of those drives, but couldn't muster any points.

Led by D'Qwell Jackson's team-best 17 tackles (which was needed with Jerrell Freeman injuring his groin in the first half), the Colts defense kept things close.

"Defense was outstanding today," Pagano said after the overtime victory.

"There are a lot of times when guys could have folded their tent, but these guys won't. They had a lot of sudden change type deals. Plus-50 defense where they cross the 50, they got down in there and we were fortunate on some things, but other than a long pass here or one run, they were outstanding and kept us in the game."

**Colts Tie NFL Record, Sit Atop AFC South

**At the quarter pole of the NFL season, the Colts are leading the AFC South at 2-2.

The Colts are 2-0 in the AFC South this season, extending their streak on Sunday to 15 straight divisional wins. That mark ties an NFL record.

The 15 straight victories in the division began in the 2012 regular season finale.

With a win on Thursday night in Houston (1-3), the Colts would set an NFL record for consecutive wins within in a division (Miami Dolphins-1972/1973).

Doing so will have to come in a week that is abbreviated from a practice and preparation standpoint.

"There is no 24-hour rule in effect on this one," Chuck Pagano said after the team's second straight win.

"We've got to go to work. You guys know as well as I do we have another tough division game on the road Thursday night down in Houston.

**Colts/Jaguars Snap Counts

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  • The wide receiver snaps on Sunday afternoon went as followed: T.Y. Hilton (66 of 79), Donte Moncrief (57 of 79), Andre Johnson (52 of 79), Phillip Dorsett (24 of 79) and Griff Whalen (3 of 79).
  • The running back reps were led by Frank Gore (60 of 79). Josh Robinson (5 of 79) and Zurlon Tipton (3 of 79) spelled Gore.
  • Tight end Coby Fleener led all Colts skill players by logging 71 of the 79 offensive snaps.
  • Cornerback Vontae Davis and free safety Dwight Lowery played all 82 defensive snaps.
  • Rookie Henry Anderson played 64 of the 82 plays on defense. Reserve lineman Billy Winn played 34 snaps up front.
  • Robert Mathis saw his playing time rise to 23 snaps on Sunday. He played 20 the week prior.
  • With Jerrell Freeman playing just three snaps due to a groin injury, Josh McNary (56 snaps) and Sio Moore (five snaps) saw time in relief of Freeman.
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