Is Andrew Luck a legitimate MVP Candidate?

Luck for MVP?

11/13/12 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Nov 8, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) rolls out of the pocket and rushes for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIREIt sounds a little ridiculous when you first hear it, but give me a chance before we start ringing those Brady and Rodgers bells too soon.  Rookies can be MVP candidates too, right?
 
As the first part of my case for Luck’s MVP considerations, let’s remind ourselves of his particular scenario in Indianapolis.  The Colts were a nightmare last season, losing their first 13 games of the season and finishing 2-14.  They scored over 20 points in only 3 games all of last season.  Then Jim Irsay and company made the tough decision in the offseason to part ways with one of the league’s all-time best and most dependable Quarterbacks, ending the era of Peyton Manning in Colts blue and white.
 
Andrew Luck came into Indianapolis not only at a time when the team was absolutely awful, but at a time when they were absolutely awful just a year after being one of the most powerful dynasties in the NFL for a decade.  The spotlight has been hovering over him all year and the comparisons to Manning will stick with him for his entire career.
 
So far, Luck’s Colts are 6-3.  They tied last year’s win total in their fourth game of the season, a remarkable second-half comeback victory behind Luck’s 362 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.  Oh yeah, and it was against one of the league’s MVP frontrunners and one of the toughest teams in the NFL to beat, the Green Bay Packers.  And so far, the Colts have topped 20 points in 5 of their 9 games.
 
Granted Luck is only one cog in the Colts system and there have been improvements in other areas.  The defense in particular has been significantly better than last year.  But Luck really doesn’t have that much help on his side of the ball.  Reggie Wayne is a premier receiver, but what do you have beyond that?  Luck’s got a backfield that’s been in constant flux between two running backs that would be second or third stringers on most other teams.  Then rounding out the main receiving core is Donnie Avery, who has been a decently steady but unspectacular number two receiver, and rookies TY Hilton and Dwayne Allen who have been mostly inconsistent with a few big plays down the line.
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