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Reasons To Celebrate After The NFL's Week Two Action: Andrew Luck, Of Course


Reasons to celebrate after Week Two of the 2012 NFL season:

Andrew Luck

He's currently third on ESPN's QBR chart (tip to Indy#18), behind only Matt Ryan and Robert Griffin III. Yep, that's right. The No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in 2012 are already playing better than most seasoned veterans. Luck's stats probably would have been higher if the Colts coaching staff hadn't coached scared in the second half of the Vikings game. When Luck was unleashed on the game-winning drive, he carved up Minnesota's secondary.

The Inside Linebackers

Does anyone miss Pat Angerer? If you do, you're probably from Iowa, because Jerrell Freeman and Moise Fokou have played outstanding football at the inside backer position in place of Angerer. In fact, I honestly don't see any reason why Angerer should get his job back when he returns from injury. In two games, Freeman has 18 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one INT which he returned for a touchdown. Does that kind of production get benched for Pat Angerer? No, it doesn't. Angerer's a nice player, but he hasn't done enough in his career to warrant supplanting Freeman right now. Angerer's not Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis. Stick with the kid making plays. If he stumbles, then you reinsert Angerer.

Donnie Avery

Much of Luck's success on Sunday against the Vikings can be attributed to Donnie Avery. Reggie Wayne gets a ton of credit too, but Avery coming on at this time was big. With Austin Collie still not fully recovered from his most recent concussion, Luck has a shortage of experienced receivers. His ole Stanford buddy Coby Fleener has looked lost out there at times, and it's unrealistic to expect 3rd and 6th round rookies like T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill to magically turn into big play wideouts. Thus, Avery catching 12 balls for 148 yards and a touchdown in two games is a big boost for Luck and this offense.