Colts vs. Raiders Game Ball: Andrew Luck
The former No. 1 overall pick and franchise quarterback for the Colts, Luck has done nothing but impress since becoming the starter in Indianapolis. In the 2013 season opener against the Raiders, the Stanford product stuck to the same formula, leading the Colts to a hard-fought 21-17 victory.
When all was said and done on Sunday, Luck had accumulated 178 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 18 of 23 passing. He also picked up 38 yards on the ground, reminding fans everywhere of his ability to make plays with his feet.
Luck’s first touchdown throw came on a beautiful floater to the corner of the end zone, where veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne hauled in the pass to tally the Colts’ first touchdown of the season. The second came on a quick strike to second-year tight end Dwayne Allen, who caught the pass amongst a sea of defenders and barreled his way to his six points.
The play of the game, though, came when Luck was flushed from the pocket on a third and three. After tucking the ball, the Colts’ sneaky-athletic quarterback weaved his way through the defense before slipping a tackle and galloping into the end zone. That touchdown would end up sealing the deal after a Terrelle Pryor interception ended the Raiders’ comeback hopes a few minutes later.
The Colts knew they had a great quarterback at the end of the 2012 campaign. Luckily for them, Luck is off to another hot start in 2013 and appears to be headed for another playoff run in Indy.
Honorable Mentions: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor, Colts WR Reggie Wayne, Colts FS Antoine Bethea