It’s been 14 weeks in the 2014 NFL regular season, and the Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck is still the league’s leading passer. He leads or is at least Top 5 in most of the major passing categories. On the season, he is 337 for 544 (61.9%) for 4,305 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 98.8:
If not for the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, who’s been nothing short of brilliant, he may very well be the leading MVP candidate for the quarterback position. Luck was already voted “AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November” and is currently 4th offensively in NFL Pro-Bowl voting with 653K votes. In the voting, he’s behind Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Tom Brady respectively (i.e. elite quarterback company).
Dec 7, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
Even playing behind a banged up Indianapolis Colts offensive line and losing his best running back in Ahmad Bradshaw, Luck has been the anchor offensively for the team. The 3rd-year pro has looked more like a seasoned pro, and as last weekend’s comeback win against the Cleveland Browns in the closing seconds was any clear indication, he has ice in his veins when it matters most.
With T.Y. Hilton being the one constant in the Colts’ receiving game, Luck has clearly made the most of a volatile situation. He’s been arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the game, which is a scary thought given that he’s only 25 years old. As mentioned, along with Hilton, he has formed one of the best quarterback to wide receiver tandems in the NFL. For the Colts, he’s simply won a lot of games.
If the Colts want to have their Super Bowl Championship aspirations come true, then they need Luck to continue to be not just good, but great. While many Colts’ fans were confident that Luck would eventually become one of the NFL’s best, I’m not sure even his biggest fan knew it would come so quickly.
The team will have its hands full with AFC heavyweights like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos come playoff time, but with the Colts’ #12, they’ll always have a chance and a reason to believe. Leading many to wonder whether the League’s Leading Passer’s, “3rd Year is a Charm”: