5 Indianapolis Colts Players Who Stood Out in Week 1

By Bethany Robison

5 Indianapolis Colts Who Stood Out Most in Week 1

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The Indianapolis Colts lost in Week 1 to Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos, as many expected. Despite the loss, the Colts seem to have picked up right where they left off last year, staying with their "only play two quarters" strategy, which almost worked for them yet again. Here are five Colts players that kept Sunday's prime-time game exciting.

5. Ahmad Bradshaw

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5. Ahmad Bradshaw

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We'd almost forgotten how delightful Bradshaw was last year. He's back from his scary neck injury, and showing no signs of trouble, even throwing some key blocks in the second half. He rushed three times for 15 yards and caught 5-of-6 for 70 yards.

4. Reggie Wayne

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4. Reggie Wayne

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With TY Hilton standing out for opposite reasons, Wayne solidified himself as Luck's go-to guy, going 9-of-13 for 98 yards. He also stood out for one scary moment, in which he slipped on the turf, fell awkwardly, and then left the game for a play. Every play involving Wayne may just feel like a stand-out moment for awhile.

3. Griff Whalen

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3. Griff Whalen

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He might not be the most talented guy on the roster, but he exudes so much energy. Against the Broncos, he played the role of "guy who ran a kick back 90 yards at altitude for no reason." Maybe he knew his knee was down. Maybe he knew he went out of bounds. Regardless, he was a spark plug, and he always makes the most of his chances.

2. Andy Studebaker

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2. Andy Studebaker

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He didn't accumulate dazzling defensive stats against Peyton Manning's Broncos, but he recovered the Colts' fourth quarter onside kick, giving his team an improbable chance and resuscitating NBC executives. Punter Pat McAfee also deserves credit for executing a fantastic kick, but he stands out in every game -- just assume it's a given. The Colts defense as a whole held Manning to 269 yards -- he almost always gets at least 300.

1. Andrew Luck

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1. Andrew Luck

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The come-from-behind win against the Kansas City Chiefs last season will follow him the rest of his career. Andrew Luck may not be the best quarterback in the league, but it's hard to argue he's not the most exciting. Football is entertainment, and even if he never gets any better than he is right now (unlikely), any game he plays in will be appointment television. At least for the even-numbered quarters.

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