Get ready for the ridiculous preseason hype machine to take its gaze off Washington's Robert Griffin III and focus on Indianapolis' Andrew Luck. While Griffin looked good in his Thursday debut against the Bills, he did not WOW! spectators the way Luck did today at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Playing much of the first half, the No. 1 overall pick went 10 of 16 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. If not for one drive in the second half, which had Coby Fleener, Austin Collie, and LaVon Brazill all drop very catchable balls, Luck's QB rating would have been a perfect 153.8. Instead, it was just 142.7.
Luck's first pass play as a professional ended up being a 63-yard touchdown to Donald Brown. The pass was just a two-yard dump to Brown, who then accelerated for 60-plus yards and a score. The most impressive play involving Luck was a 23-yard touchdown pass from to Collie in the second quarter. Earlier in the game, Luck was literally running for his life, what with his offensive line unable to block Chris Long and the St. Louis Rams front. In the second quarter, things settled down, and Luck picked apart the Rams secondary.
You could not have asked for a better debut for the man who is, effectively, replacing Peyton Manning.