Andrew Luck Sets Record for Most Passing Yards Through 3 Seasons

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffDecember 9, 2014

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck calls a play against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cleveland. The Colts won 25-24. (AP Photo/David Richard)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 294 yards in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns to surpass Peyton Manning's record for most passing yards through a player's first three seasons, per a tweet fromΒ STATS.

With three games remaining in his third NFL season, Luck has 12,501 career passing yards, which is already 214 more than the 12,287 Manning piled up for the Colts from 1998 to 2000.

It's only natural to compare the two No. 1-overall draft picks, given that Luck replaced Manning as the Colts' franchise quarterback.

While Luck will finish this season with better statistics through three years than Manning, it's not exactly a secret that the NFL has become far more friendly to quarterbacks and the passing game in recent years.

Back in Manning's 1998 rookie season, the league as a whole produced 6.8 yards per pass attempt (YPA), a 56.6 completion percentage and a 76.2 passer rating. By Luck's rookie season of 2012, those numbers had moved to 7.1 YPA, 60.9 percent and 83.8, respectively.

You could still argue that Luck's first three seasons have been more impressive than Manning's, as Luck owns an 82-to-40 touchdown-to-interception ratio, compared to Manning's 85-to-58 ratio from his own first three years.

Luck's also been a bit better in terms of team success, with his 9-4 Colts well on their way to a third playoff berth in three seasons. Manning made the playoffs in his second and third years in the league, but only after quarterbacking the Colts to a 3-13 record as a rookie.

None of this means Luck will match Manning's incredible career, but it's a possibility that Colts fans have been considering since day one, and one that may ultimately come to fruition.


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