Andrew Luck Was "Peyton-Esque" and Other AFC South Must-Reads

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

Luck scrambles for a big gain on the final drive.
Luck scrambles for a big gain on the final drive.Dave Reginek/Getty Images

There's no point in running from the comparisons.

A day after another stunning come-from-behind win and the press is already at a loss to find appropriate adjectives to describe the play of Andrew Luck.

This time Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star invented a new, and undeniably appropriate, word to describe Luck's play in the Colts 35-33 thriller: Peyton-esque.

It ought to be football blasphemy to compare a 23-year-old rookie to a four-time MVP and one of the five best quarterbacks to ever play the game, but after what Luck pulled off in Detroit, the word is strangely appropriate. 

Consider this from Chase Stuart of Football Perspective and the New York Times:

The fact is that Luck's efforts in the final three minutes were so improbable, so unlike what we've seen from any normal rookie that inventing superlatives that invoke the name of Manning are all we have left.

Rookies have won big games before. They've lead comebacks before. They've taken teams to the playoffs before.

What no rookie has ever done is carry a team on his back all the way to the postseason the way Luck has. Consider that he led his game-winning drives on an offense built around a collection of cast-offs on the offensive line and a rookie running back, two rookie tight ends and two rookie receivers.

He did it on a day in which his defense, the worst in football, surrendered 33 points.

He did it while dropping back some 60 times, routinely chucking the ball 30 yards downfield, with rarely a checkdown in sight.

He won a game in which everyone knew going in that unless he was truly special, his team had little hope of victory.

And to top it all off, he did it on the road.

Where have we seen a quarterback carry that much of the burden for delivering victory for a team?

I might as well have been describing the 2010 Colts, not the 2012 Colts.




General Interest

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats has advice for offensive coordinators.

Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats has a Markov model for overtime states.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of says J.J. Watt is best at disrupting pass plays.

Kuharsky says the Texans are where they expected to be.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the offense must be better against the Patriots.

McClain writes that injuries forced unusual moves.

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says the defense bounced back.

Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle lists 10 things we learned.


Indianapolis Colts has video of Andrew Luck listening to advice from former No. 1 overall picks.

Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star talks about stats that impressed him.

Roy Hobbson of Colts Authority shreds a terrible article. (Language NSFW)

Robin Bates of Better Living Through Beowulf compares Peyton Manning to the Maltese Falcon. takes you inside a jubilant locker room.


Tennessee Titans

David Climer of the Tennessean says the Titans face big questions now.

David Boclair of the City Paper says too many turnovers doomed the Titans.

Tom Gower of Total Titans ho-hums about the loss.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union calls the Jaguars "the king of blink". 

Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union says Jason Babin was a non-factor.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says the Jaguars took a step back.