Andrew Luck's Early Struggles with Indianapolis Colts Simply an Aberration
Andrew Luck's NFL debut did not go exactly as planned. The No. 1 overall pick went 23-of-45, for 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. He had a completion rate of 51.1 percent and a quarterback rating of 52.9.
That's not really what Indianpolis Colts fans were expecting. It's one game, but the question has to be asked: Is this a trend or a simple aberration?
We think it's a simple aberration. Here's why.
For one, it was his first game. His first professional game against the big boys of the NFL. He wasn't playing Oregon State. He was playing the Chicago Bears.
Even Luck is happy that the first game is under his belt (via NFL.com):
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Yeah, I think, I feel much more competent. I'm a big believer in competence over confidence. I feel like, "Okay, I've been through a game and understand the situations better. I understand how the speed is." So understanding that, I guess, gives me more competence.
He has his nerves now under control. A preseason game is not representative of the speed of the NFL. A game against a good defense, like the one he faced in Week 1 against the Bears, is good to get out of the way.
Another reason to expect Luck to improve is that the Colts are facing are facing the hapless Minnesota Vikings defense in Week 2. Even Blaine Gabbert looked somewhat decent against them. This could be Luck's breakout game.
Finally, let's not forget that Luck was hailed not only as the best player in the draft class but as one of the best prospects in the last decade. He's viewed as can't miss.
And let's face it: He won't.
Not every debut goes well; remember, Peyton Manning went 3-13 in his rookie season. Luck will have his struggles, but they are not symptomatic of a larger problem.
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