Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck Superb in Victory over Oakland Raiders

By Eric Smith
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What a day it was for the Indianapolis Colts. They moved to 1-0 in a season-opening 21-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 1 of the NFL season at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Most would have thought the Colts would have won by more, but all that matters at the end of the day is an improvement in the win column, and that’s just what Indianapolis got.

One of the biggest reasons the Colts were victorious today were the arms and legs of second-year quarterback Andrew Luck. The youngster had another superb day, leading Indianapolis to just their second season-opening victory since 2008.

Luck only threw five incomplete passes today, going 18 for 23 with 178 passing yards and two touchdowns. He started the game going 11-for-11 and two scores, with his first incomplete passing not coming until inside the two-minute warning in the second quarter.

In the second half, his offensive line let him down a bit, but it was his legs that ended up leading the Colts to victory in the end.

Indianapolis trailed 17-14 midway through the fourth quarter, and Luck scrambled for a 19-yard touchdown with 5:20 left in the game. The play was clutch as the Colts were facing a big third-and-two at the time.

He did that countless times today, staying poised and not letting the opponent rattle him. It was his 10th come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter in just two years as he was the king of that in 2012.

If this is who Luck is going to be in his second year, the Colts are likely in for another playoff season.

Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports.

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