Andrew Luck & The Quest For The Holy Grail
And then there were three. Three winless NFL teams battling for the rights to Andrew Luck, that is. Indianapolis currently has the edge over winless rivals St. Louis and Miami by virtue of the Colts extra loss compared to the Rams and Dolphins, who each had a bye last weekend. Indy took a big step toward landing the Stanford franchise-savior-status QB by blowing a 24-7 lead at home against the Chiefs.
The Bottom Three:
Indianapolis hits the road for its next three games and if it can emerge 0-8, will be halfway home toward securing the number one pick in next spring's draft. Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed the obvious this week by announcing the team would be very interested in drafting Andrew Luck should the opportunity arise. Duh. Irsay also said he would like to see injured quarterback Peyton Manning back on the field for the Colts before this season is done. Such a move seems highly dubious given Manning's current state of iffy health resulting from successive neck surgeries and would run counter toward the Colts racking up the needed losses to gain Luck. In fact, as the Indy "Suck for Luck" campaign has grown, some Colt fans have suggested reinserting the arthritic wonder, Kerry Collins, back into the line-up as soon as he is cleared from concussion symptoms. Curtis Painter has kept the Colts all too close to winning in each of the past three games. This week, the Colts make the short trek down I-74 to face the 3-2 Cincinnati Bengals, who have emerged as one of this season’s pleasant surprises, after losing such name stars as Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and Carson Palmer from last year's underachieving squad. The danger for the Bengals this weekend is that they'll take the 0-5 Colts too lightly. Prediction: Colts put a severe damper on their Luck claim and win, 24-20.
Neither the Rams nor the Dolphins seem likely to get their first “W” of 2011 this weekend. St. Louis faces Green Bay in Lambeau Field on Sunday while Miami travels to the Meadowlands to face the Jets Monday night. The 0-4 Rams versus the 5-0 defending Super Bowl champion Packers is an obvious mismatch on paper and figures to give Green Bay little trouble on the actual playing field. The Jets are in the throes of a three-game losing streak and are exhibiting the foul mood of their corpulent, fetishist Coach Rex Ryan. The Jets figure to take out some of their hostility against the winless Dolphins. Predictions: GB 42, ST.L 17; NYJ 23, MIA 14.
Meanwhile, back in Palo Alto….
Andrew Luck has led Stanford to 13 straight wins over the past two seasons, the longest winning streak in major college football. Stanford is not only 5-0, but has annihilated the collective opposition by an average score of 46 to 10. That trend figures to continue this Saturday when the Cardinal face Washington State on the road.
The Luck File so far, 2011:
Passing yards per game: 276.6