The focus during the days before the Broncos traveled to Indianapolis to face the Colts was on Peyton Manning’s return to his old stomping grounds, but the night wound up belonging to the guy who replaced him in the Colts lineup.
Andrew Luck led the Colts to a 39-33 victory and was named the AFC offensive player of the week for his efforts.
Luck completed 21-of-38 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score without turning the ball over in a game that saw the Colts hand the Broncos their first loss of the 2013 season. Luck threw those touchdowns to three different receivers and hooked up with seven different targets over the course of the contest, a spread that he’ll likely have to keep up in the coming weeks with Reggie Wayne lost for the season to a torn ACL.
The Colts have a fairly strong grip on first place in the AFC South through the first seven weeks of the season. Should they keep up that level of play with Wayne out of the lineup, Luck could wind up as a candidate for more honors when the season comes to an end.