FOXBORO -- Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said Wednesday he's been impressed with the work of the Patriots defense over the first nine games of the season, lauding its work in forcing takeaways.
"I think they do a great job of creating turnovers at inopportune times for the offense and very opportunistic times for themselves," Luck said on a conference call with New England media. "You see it in the red zone, when they're backed up or teams are on big drives. They do a great job of that. I think they're just a solid defense all the way around.
"I think their front four is incredibly stout," he added. "Wilfork is one of the best nose tackles in the league, and the two edge rushers on the sides, they do get to the quarterback, and even if its not a sack, they can harass, force an early throw [or] force the quarterback out of the pocket. That'll be a focus all week. I'm sure our line will do a great job and it will be a big test for them."
He's also been impressed by the Patriots' secondary.
"I think they do a great job of mixing up coverages and disguising coverages, so it's hard to get a bead on what they're doing," he said. "They've got obviously some guys banged up here and there, but they do a great job -- I think -- of getting the job done. It'll be a very tough test for us."
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