Brandon Weeden won the one and only battle between himself and Andrew Luck when their respective college teams faced off in the Fiesta Bowl last January. Today, Luck got the better end of the deal in leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 17-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
You could argue that Weeden has a better game was he had 247 yards and two touchdowns through the air, but Luck did just enough to lead his team to the victory. Luck finished with only 186 yards through the air which is the least amount of yards thrown this season, but his two touchdown runs were the difference in the game.
Luck threw 11 less times than Weeden and has a better completion percentage. Luck had nearly a perfect first half as he looked like he could do no wrong through the air or ground. In the second half, the Browns brought more pressure and put more guys back as Luck had a more difficult time in finding open receivers. Credit him though for not forcing passes and either taking a sack or running for a short gain.
He knew the Browns had an NFL high 10 interceptions this year and didn’t want to throw into their coverage. Why not take what they gave him and live to fight another day? That’s why Luck is far ahead of his curve as a rookie. Most rookies become inpatient and force passes into coverage. Not Luck.
The Colts were 5 for 7 in the first half in converting third downs and that all came on the shoulders of Luck.
Weeden didn’t look bad either but he has no weapons to throw to. Luck has more weapons, but doesn’t have the defense Weeden has. That ended up being a wash and the better quarterback led his team to a hard fought victory. Both teams are in rebuild mode and one is 3-3 and the other is 1-6. The quarterback play is the reason why they’re at this point. Advantage Luck.