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Luck Showing Skills

Charles E. Sutton | 11/9/2012, 11:53 a.m.

Many Washington Redskins fans are ready to hand the NFL Rookie of the Year trophy to Robert Griffin III. But the Indianapolis Colts quarterback might have something to say about that. Football fans would have to admit that Griffin's been good so far this year, despite having a tough outing in a loss Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. However, you can't overlook Andrew Luck who's also been getting it done.

No one should be surprised. After all, the Indianapolis Colts made him the No. 1 selection in the 2012 draft ahead of Griffin for a reason. The Colts finished last season with a 2-14 record and was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league this year. But, the Colts are 5-3 and in position to compete for a playoff spot after a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Indianapolis on Sunday. Luck threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns.

That broke the record for passing yards in a game by a rookie (422) which was set by Cam Newton last season with the Carolina Panthers. This season, Luck has four games with 300 or more passing yards. In NFL history, only Peyton Manning, whom Luck replaced at the quarterback position in Indianapolis this season, had ever done that as a rookie. Luck connected on 30 of 48 passes in the win over the Dolphins and appeared to be the franchise quarterback that the Colts drafted out of Stanford earlier this year.

Luck has not only played tremendously well, but he's also displayed excellent leadership skills. He's rallied his teammates to step up when the Colts have trailed in games, and consistently, they have answered the call. Many of his peers across the league have looked on in amazement at his poise, and his ability to lead his team in crunch time.

The Colts' signal caller knew when to perform at the top of his game. He hit wide receiver T.Y. Hilton with a 36-yard touchdown pass with only 1:49 remaining in the third period to give the Colts a 20-17 lead. In addition, he responded to a game-tying drive by the Dolphins in the fourth period with a 13-play, 69-yard drive of his own that paved the way for the eventual game-winning field goal with 5:58 left to play. Currently, the AFC playoff picture has the Colts as the fifth seed.