The odds for the Indianapolis Colts to win against the Chicago Bears in Week 1 tomorrow are against them. The Colts will start their rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, who was drafted No. 1 overall in last April’s draft. Luck will be just the ninth quarterback drafted No. 1 overall to start in Week 1 of their rookie season. Those quarterbacks are a combined 1-7 in their eight starts, with only Alex Smith winning in 2005 when the San Francisco 49ers beat the St. Louis Rams 28-25 to open the season.
The other quarterbacks to lose are pretty elite though. Peyton Manning, Michael Vick, Carson Palmer, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford and Cam Newton all lost their debuts in their rookie season. The first five have actually gone on to make playoff debuts with two of them winning the ultimate grand prize: the Super Bowl.
Luck will try to become just the second Colts rookie quarterback to win in his debut as well. Only George Shaw in 1955 won as he went seven for 12 with 97 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in that victory. Mike Pagel (1982), Jeff George (1990) and Peyton Manning (1998) all lost their debuts.
It’s a tall order for the 6-4 rookie quarterback out of Stanford to lead his team as a rookie into a tough Solider Field to try to become the second rookie Colts quarterback to win in his debut, and also the second No. 1 drafted quarterback ever to win their first regular season game. Luck has the poise and skill to do it.
If the Colts lose, though, just be patient. Odds are against him to win his debut, but they’re for him to lead the Colts back to success.