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1. Andrew Luck
After missing all of last season, Luck returned to the field and played a nice game as he was the lone quarterback in the division to pass for over 300 yards. Luck finished 39-of-53 for 319 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked twice and had one rush for seven yards. Luck played excellent in his return to the field and will only get better as the season continues.
Maybe too much is being put into this performance, but as a football fan, it was great to see one of the best quarterbacks in the game play at a pretty high level after not throwing one pass last season. Due to the Colts not having the greatest players around Luck (besides T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron), the numbers of Luck might drop off some in some weeks.
What is great about Luck, though, is he’s a good enough quarterback that he doesn’t need the best players around him because he makes those around him better players. This was just one game though against the Bengals defense, and even passing over 300 yards wasn’t enough for the Colts to gain a win.
Next, the Colts play at the Washington Redskins, and the Redskins held Sam Bradford of the Arizona Cardinals to 20-of-34 for 153 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. That probably won’t occur against Luck, but it is something to keep in the back of your mind for Week 2.