- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck has a few new wrinkles for opponents this season.

He has three receivers with 1,000-yard seasons on their resumes. He has two pass-catching tight ends, two running backs with workhorse pedigrees and now he’s implementing a no-huddle offense, too.

It’s just the natural progression for one of the game’s best young quarterbacks, a move that could create all sorts of mismatches and help the Colts take the next step in their Super Bowl chase.

“I think it’s great when the time calls and the situation calls, it puts pressure on the defense,” Luck said. “Obviously it makes us tired, but hopefully it’s making them tired as well, or maybe more tired. I think the fast tempo, you can sustain a little momentum with it.”

Over the past two seasons, Luck has provided all the momentum the Colts needed.

Since his arrival, Indianapolis has completed one of the greatest one-year turnarounds in league history, been to the playoffs twice, won its first AFC South title without Peyton Manning and produced the second-largest playoff comeback in league history.

The glaring omission from that list is a Super Bowl title, something Luck & Co. hope to rectify in 2014.

“We know what the outside expectations are, but we have our own,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “We’re chasing that Lombardi (Trophy) and that’s our goal.”

The Colts have a myriad of reasons for optimism.

They have slowly surrounded Luck with more playmakers and a defense that seems to be getting comfortable and finding players who better fit Pagano’s 3-4 system. They have improved their special teams coverage units and their return game. Now they’re giving Luck a chance to install some of the offense and change tempos at will, as was the case with Luck’s predecessor, Manning.

And Luck can already see a difference.

“Absolutely the execution gets better,” he said. “I think you have the ability to do more with it the more you do it. I guess everything should get better the more you do it. But you can tell guys are more comfortable with it, absolutely.”

Will that be enough to leapfrog perennial AFC favorites Denver and New England? Perhaps.

“We won the division, we won a playoff game, and now it’s just a question of trying to get deeper,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said.

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