For months, Indianapolis Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck, has been under a microscope. Not only was he the first draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, he also was stepping into the shoes Peyton Manning left behind in Indianapolis. Luck also has the difficult task of working with a young football team littered with players new to the Colts playbook. Despite the doubt that has been dispersed throughout the league, Luck has managed to lead his team to five victories, including the record-setting win over the Miami Dolphins.
In Sunday's victory, Luck passed for 433 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The rookie quarterback completed 30 of 48 passes for a percentage of 62.5. Luck's passing was rated at 105.6, his second highest rating of the season. With his focus primarily on his pass attack, Luck rushed for only five yards, his second lowest of the season.
Aside from his impressive stats, Luck was able to lead his team to another home victory, putting the Colts games above .500 at the halfway point in the season. The young quarterback utilized seven targets effectively, hooking up with both Reggie Wayne and rookie T.Y. Hilton in the end zone.
Andrew Luck has certainly proved himself worthy of being the number one draft pick. Time and time again Luck has found a way to escape getting sacked with a quick pass to an eligible receiver. The Dolphins were only able to get one sack on Luck Sunday afternoon. Credit is also due to the Colts' offensive line for doing a great job protecting their quarterback.
With a winning record two weeks running, Andrew Luck has had quite the successful rookie season. With another half of the season to go, there is so much that can happen for the young team. Despite what the naysayers thought prior to the season, Luck and company have been succeeding on multiple levels. Now in early November, the Colts are indeed in the playoff conversation.
Will the Colts make it to the playoffs during Luck's rookie season? Will Luck become offensive rookie of the year? There was a time not many thought these options were feasible. Now, it seems, both are in the realm of possibilities. Only time will tell if the Colts remain competitive in the second half of the season. After all, anything can happen in the NFL.