The Colts’ offense looks like an All-Rookie Team that actually took the field instead of just getting voted into a magazine. Andrew Luck at quarterback. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen at tight end. T.Y. Hilton at wide receiver. Vick Ballard at running back. These guys should still be figuring out where the lavatories are in team headquarters and what the little symbols at the bottom of the playbook pages mean. Instead, they have the same win-loss record as the Steelers and Patriots.
The lynchpin of the Colts' rookie attack is Luck, of course. Luck operated in the shadow of GriffinSanity and RussellMania in the first half of the season. Robert Griffin and Russell Wilson do lead Luck in efficiency rating (Griffin 93.9; Wilson 87.2; Luck 79.0), but Luck blows the rookie competition away in several categories. Luck has thrown for 400 more yards than Griffin and 700 more yards than Wilson in one fewer game. He has completed 37 passes of 20 or more yards, compared to 28 for Griffin and 19 for Wilson. Football Outsiders ranked Luck second to Griffin in their DYAR metric (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) entering Sunday’s games, but the results may be flipped once this week’s numbers are done cookin’.