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December 7, 2012

Luck, Arians expecting more success in second meeting with Titans

INDIANAPOLIS — The second time around is usually easier if you are a rookie quarterback in the National Football League, especially when you are facing a team for the second time in a season.

In his initial meeting with the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 28, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck completed 26-of-38 passes for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Colts rallied for a 19-13 overtime victory at Nashville's LP Field.

A slightly more experienced Luck will see the Titans again Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s always easier when you have yourself to evaluate. You’ve played a team and you see yourself and your own offense out there watching them,” interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said this week.

“The game should slow down, especially third down and red zone, the two most difficult areas. You’ve seen what they do, they haven’t changed that much. You should be able to perform better the second time you play them.”

Luck was informed of his coach's comments.

“I think it’s different [facing a team for a second time]. It’s interesting,” he said. “You go back and watch the game before, see okay, they really beat us up in this area or maybe we had a little success here. Hopefully we’ll correct the mistakes we made last time and get better.”

That proved to be the case earlier this season when the Colts played Jacksonville. In his first go-around with the Jaguars, Luck connected on 22-of-46 passes for 313 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 22-17 loss at home on Sept. 23.

Seven weeks later, on Oct. 8, he completed 18-of-26 passes for 227 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in a 27-10 win.

Arians and Luck hope for continued success on Sunday. A sweep of the Titans would help Indianapolis in its continued quest to earn of the AFC's two wild-card playoff berths.

The win at Tennessee went a long way in helping to establish the Colts' confidence at a key point in the season.

“It was a huge, huge step for our football team confidence-wise to finally win on the road [against Tennessee]. To win in overtime and take the drive down for a touchdown with that young offense and to run the ball and be able to run the ball down there in that phase of the game,” the Indianapolis assistant said.

“That was a huge boost to our football team and it was a nice little springboard to string some wins together.”

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