On Monday Night Football this week against the New York Jets, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was at the very top of his game.
The fifth-year quarterback has done a lot of really good things in the NFL and is in the midst of a very good season, but Monday’s game was one of the finest performances of his career. He completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6%) for 278 yards (9.9 yards per attempt), four touchdowns, and no interceptions for a passer rating of 147.6, while also rushing for 26 yards on three carries.
In terms of Luck’s entire career (72 games, including playoffs), it was one of the best games in a number of categories. It was his second-best game in terms of completion percentage, his third-best game in terms of yards per attempt, and his best game in terms of passer rating. Furthermore, it was tied for the second-most touchdowns in a game in his career, as he’s now had eight games with four touchdown passes (and one other game with five).
Along those lines, Luck now has nine games of four or more touchdowns in his career (in 72 total games), meaning that he’s thrown for four-plus touchdowns in 12.5% of his games. Wondering how that compares to some other notable quarterbacks, it’s pretty good. Peyton Manning did it in 12.6% of his games; Drew Brees has done it in 12.9% of his games; Tom Brady has done it in 10.6% of his games; Aaron Rodgers has done it in 12.5% of his games; Ben Roethlisberger has done it in 6.0% of his games; and Russell Wilson has done it in 4.7% of his games. So yeah, the frequency with which Luck has those types of games is very good and in good company.
On Monday night he was as efficient as he’s ever been, as he was able to deal with blitzes and pressure, was able to make all the throws he needed to, was able to create plays by looking off the safety, and made some insane throws too (such as his completion to Donte Moncrief along the sideline or his third touchdown throw to Dwayne Allen). Luck was absolutely fantastic on Monday night, just like he has been all season.
He’s completed 258 of 403 passes (64%) for 3,105 yards (7.7 yards per attempt), 23 touchdowns, and eight picks this year with a passer rating of 98.3. That would set new career bests for single-season completion percentage and passer rating, while tying his career best in yards per attempt. And he would do all of that while still throwing for 4,234 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 11 picks, if he keeps up this pace. That’s pretty impressive, and Luck has proven all season long that he’s among the top quarterbacks in football. Those who watched Monday night’s game will have a hard time disagreeing.