Andrew Luck has done everything and more than the Colts expected when they drafted him No. 1 overall. But he could exceed even those expectations with a win over the Patriots, which would land him square in the middle of the MVP race.
Luck has led Indianapolis to a 6-3 start, and if the playoffs started today the Colts would find themselves as the No. 6 seed.
The Colts have a very manageable schedule the rest of the way, so if Luck can spur the Indianapolis to a win over the Pats it would almost solidify its spot in a soft AFC playoff picture.
But, not only that, a win over Tom Brady head-to-head would vault the rookie into the middle of the MVP discussion.
Luck has the numbers to back up that talk too.
He's eighth in the NFL in passing yards with 2,631 yards passing, third in yards per completion and throws the ball 40 times per game, more than almost anyone in the league.
But the most telling statistic for Luck is his maturity and clutch factor in huge moments. Luck is first in the league in game-winning drives led, and has already pulled off a pair of comebacks. He's just unflappable in big moments, and his uncanny abilities allowed the Colts to pull last-second upsets over the Packers and Vikings.
Should Andrew Luck be in the MVP race?
Even if they don't swing the upset, Luck still must be considered for MVP. After all, it's a most valuable player award, and it's hard to argue any player has been more valuable to his team than Luck.
The Colts only won two games all season last year. With Luck they've already won six.
It's probably too early in his career to earn that award, but if he can led Indianapolis to a win over New England, anything is possible.