The Cincinnati Bengals face off against the Indianapolis Colts in week one of the 2018 regular season. Will they take on quarterback Andrew Luck?
The Cincinnati Bengals will face off against the Indianapolis Colts to kickoff the 2018 regular season. Which quarterback they will go against is still a big question mark. Veteran quarterback Andrew Luck hurt his right shoulder during a week three game of the 2015 season but continued to play through the injury for the rest of the season. Luck tried to return to the field last season but ended up having a set back hurting his shoulder even further throwing the football in practice.
The way the Colts have handled Luck’s injury is questionable to say the least, however, could this be the season that he makes his way back to starting in Indianapolis? He’s still not throwing the ball in OTA workouts but is continuing to workout. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri told Adam Schefter on his podcast this week that he believes Luck will be the starting quarterback come week one of the regular season when the team takes on the Bengals.
“We’ll see him,” Vinatieri said confidently of Luck in the Week 1 matchup. “I really, I’m not a doctor, I’m not privy to any inside information right now. He’s a tough guy. He looks great. He’s got a great attitude. He’s not a guy that looks like, he feels bad and goes, ‘I don’t know,’ I have 100% confidence that he’s going to be back and ready to go. He’s going to have a great season. He looks good. Everything about him right now tells me he’s going to be ready to go.”
The Colts are taking every precaution with Luck this offseason to not further the injury setback. It would surprise me if Luck was the starting quarterback week one without any time playing in the preseason. Given the amount of time since Luck started in a regular season game, I would expect plenty of rust on the young gunslinger.
If Luck cannot start in week one, the Bengals will likely face off against Jacoby Brissett who the Colts traded for with the New England Patriots last season. Brissett threw for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions last year in 16 games. Cincinnati barely squeaked by with a win last season when they took on Brissett and the Colts in week eight when Brissett threw two touchdowns and one interception.
As one of those stories that are a must see to believe, we will see if Luck can make the start in week one. Indianapolis spent some time working on their offensive line this offseason the further help Luck come back, but will it be enough for an aggressive and talented defensive line of the Bengals. Consistently putting pressure on Luck would be the name of the game if he does start week one to rattle his first game back.