2012 NFL Pre-Season: Andrew Luck Dazzles in Debut as Colts Destroy Rams, 38-3
In a sellout crowd Sunday during the Indianapolis Colts‘ first game of the pre-season, many fans were looking forward to new quarterback Andrew Luck on how he would perform. Luck gave what the fans paid for as he was very impressive in his debut as Indianapolis destroyed the St. Louis Rams, 38-3.
Luck started off with a 63-yard touchdown pass as the first pass of his career. Although running back Donald Brown did most of the work, turning a three-yard pass into an amazing touchdown, it brings a lot of hope for what this team’s future looks like. As for Luck, he would continue rolling, putting up another touchdown later in the first half with a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Austin Collie.
He played similar to his predecessor, Peyton Manning, as many were anticipating. His first pass, in fact, was like Manning’s. In Manning’s pre-season debut against the Seattle Seahawks, he would end up having a completion to Marvin Harrison that ended up being a long touchdown.
And just like Manning, Luck executed his drives perfectly. For example, after the Rams hit a 37-yard field goal to make it 14-3, Luck would respond with a big 80-yard drive that would end up with Delone Carter running for a one-yard touchdown.
Luck would play most of the first half, going 10-of-16 for 188 yards with two touchdowns. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton did good off the bench, going 8-of-11 for 83 yards. Collie would finish with 45 receiving yards off three catches for Indianapolis.
As for the Rams, Sam Bradford did pretty good, going 7-of-9 for 57 yards.
This pre-season game has gotten many fans already excited. If Luck continues to play like this, the future looks very bright.