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NFL Lines - Luck-ing Out

Posted by Elio Masi on 8/14/2012 5:00:46 PM

NFL Lines – Luck-ing Out

There couldn’t have been any more added pressure on Indianapolis's Andrew Luck going into Sunday’s NFL lines preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. After the Colts decided to trade away Peyton Manning and select Andrew Luck with their first overall pick, every NFL lines fan started sizing Luck up to see if he would ever be able to reach the level of greatness Peyton has. On Sunday, Luck quieted some of his disbelievers.

On his very first pass attempt of his NFL lines career, Luck threw to Donald Brown who ran it into the end zone. The 63-yard touchdown gave the Colts a 7-0 lead over the Rams, and they went on to win the game 38-3. Luck finished with two touchdown passes on the day and went 10-for-16 for a total of 188 yards. Not a bad way to start an NFL lines career.

Of course it was just a preseason game and, in reality, counts for nothing, but that didn’t stop all of Colts nation from jumping onto the Luck bandwagon. Just moments after the Colts’ opening score, Jim Irsay, Indianapolis Colts owner, tweeted “Historic beginning!!!!!!!!!!!!! The legend has begun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

To be fair, Luck’s pass traveled less than 5 yards and was behind the line of scrimmage, meaning Brown did most of the work on the play - hardly legendary at all. But regardless, it was a great start and the one Luck really needed to calm some of his nerves. After all, not every rookie quarterback is tasked with replacing Peyton Manning in the long run. Speaking of, Peyton also scored a touchdown in his very first preseason game back in 1998. Luck and all of Colts’ nation are hoping that the similarities between the two don’t stop there as Indianapolis takes on Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Elio’s Edge
What a start to a career. Luck played brilliantly, all things considered, but might have more of a difficult time against a better team in the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, if the Colts’ defense can play as well as they did against St. Louis, then Sunday’s NFL lines showdown will prove to be a low scoring affair. It should be very interesting to see how Luck responds to a more defensive team. I can’t wait. Prediction? 21-17 in favor of Pittsburgh.

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