He had a rating of 3.7 at halftime.
Rivera said the shoulder “probably” has something to do with Newton’s inaccuracy, though he didn’t want to speculate on how much of an effect it actually had.
He called Newton’s performance against Atlanta “hot and cold,” and that was generous since there was far more cold than hot. Newton had two interceptions and he could have had at least two more.
Not all were his fault. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin admitted he cut one route short that made Newton appear the villain.
But Benjamin doesn’t believe Newton’s shoulder is the issue as much as the offense having trouble finding itself.
The Raiders easily drove the field to score right before halftime and then opened the third quarter with another touchdown. So instead of potentially having a 14-13 lead, the Colts were suddenly behind 26-7 after Luck’s second interception.
“The interceptions were bad decisions and bad throws,” Luck said. “The first one I thought I put it in a decent spot and the guy made a good play. The second one was bad on all levels. You can’t do that. Went from what was probably a guaranteed three points there. That was a pivotal moment in the game. There’s really no one else to blame but me.”
The theme with both of Luck’s interceptions besides having pressure in his face?
He was trying to force the ball to T.Y. Hilton, the team’s leading receiver.
“Well, they had 14 points off both of those,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “So it hurts. He knows we can’t throw them, you can’t force things. You can’t do it. It’d be hard to win when you do that.”