Andrew Luck: Rookie QB Will Take Indianapolis Colts to Playoffs

Dan WilkinsCorrespondent IINovember 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks for a open receiver while playing the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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If the NFL playoffs started today, Andrew Luck and the 5-3 Indianapolis Colts would find themselves headed for a Wild Card matchup in Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

What a story that would be.

With how well the young rookie quarterback is playing to this point, such an outcome becomes more and more of a possibility with every passing week.

Coming out of Stanford as the No. 1 overall pick, expectations for Andrew Luck were high. However, with a new coaching staff and a roster in somewhat of a rebuilding process, many assumed that the Colts were at least a few years away from the playoffs. 

If there is anything that we have learned from the Colts' success so far in 2012, in case we didn't already know, it is just how much the NFL is a quarterback-driven league.

We have also learned about just how good Andrew Luck already is and how good he might become. 

This Sunday, against a Dolphins defense that is no slouch, Luck set an NFL rookie record for single-game passing yards with 433 en route to a 23-20 Colts win.

Through eight games, Luck has thrown for 2,404 yards, good enough for a third-place tie with—you guessed it—Peyton Manning. Luck is on pace to throw for 4,808 yards this season.

The scary thing for the rest of the NFL is that Luck is only going to get better as both this season and the rest of his career go on.

With some very winnable games in the second half of the season, many of which coming against poor pass defenses, the Colts' chances of making a playoff appearance become all the more likely with Luck at the helm.

As that defense continues to come together after an offseason overhaul, the hope is that they will help get the ball into Luck's hands even more.

In recent seasons, there has been some impressive play from the NFL's young quarterbacks. However, what Luck has done in leading this Colts team that went 2-14 just one year ago is nothing short of remarkable.

So far, he has done everything expected from a No. 1 overall pick and then some. If his impressive play continues, we will see Andrew Luck leading the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs both this January and no doubt for many years down the road.