The argument can be made that no rookie was facing more pressure entering the 2012 season than Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts considering he was replacing one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football in Peyton Manning. Through Week 9, Luck has the Colts in the perfect position to make a run at the playoffs with a 5-3 record and the rookie is coming off arguably the best performance of his young career against the Miami Dolphins in which he made NFL history.
Luck set a record for most passing yards in a single game by a rookie after completing 30 of 48 passes for 433 yards to go along with two touchdowns. On top of this strong performance, Luck also tied Manning for most 300-yard games for a rookie quarterback with four–and there’s still eight games left in the regular season.
If the season ended today, Indianapolis would be playing in January as the No. 5 seed–which is impressive considering this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for a team that won just two games during the 2011 season. The total touchdowns (10 on the season) may not be as high through the first eight games, but there’s no question Luck has already exceeded all expectations as a rookie and has helped the Colts feel better about their decision to move on from Manning during the offseason.
There was a reason why Luck was considered the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year’s draft class and Sunday’s game against the Dolphins was just one of many examples as to why.
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