Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck Breaks Another Peyton Manning Record Sunday

By Eric Smith
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This season has been a huge surprise for Indianapolis Colts fans. After an emotional comeback victory where the Colts were down 13 points at the half and looking like they could do nothing right, Andrew Luck once again led this team back from the jaws of defeat for the ninth victory of the season and put the Colts in prime position for the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs.

Overshadowed by the great comeback to sweep division rival Tennessee Titans and improve his division record to 3-1 was Luck breaking Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record. Luck only needed 144 passing yards to break the mark set by Manning in 1998. He threw for 196 yards on and passed the former great in just 13 games. Keep in mind he still has three more games left and will have that record shattered.

That is a huge record to break and it was overlooked. Rightfully so, the team and city is more proud of the victory and ignoring the obvious. It was the fourth of Manning’s records that Luck has broken and he now has four more left that should be broken by the end of the fourth quarter in the season finale on Dec. 30 at home against the Houston Texans. That would be the final four things Luck can beat to own literally every rookie record imaginable for not just the Colts, but the NFL.

Colts fans are witnessing an epic performance by a rookie. These are numbers seasoned veterans put up. Luck is breaking records with ease of the greatest quarterback in NFL history. What’s that say about his development already and where the Colts are heading?

It’s not like he’s doing this with tons of help, either. Manning had veterans like Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Ken Dilger and Marcus Pollard. Luck has a rookie running back in Vick Ballard and rookie receivers and tight ends in T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener. The only guy with veteran experience is Reggie Wayne.

Take notice, Colts fans, of what you have and enjoy the ride he’s taking you on. He’s been sacked almost 40 times already and doing everything with no help from the offensive line. That’s remarkable.

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