Is Andrew Luck a legitimate MVP Candidate?

Luck for MVP?

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

Oct 28, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians (left)  talks with Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck (12) on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during a first half timeout at LP Field. Indianapolis defeated Tennessee 19-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIREThere’s still the most important half of the season to be played, but I think Luck deserves to be right up there with the top MVP candidates as of now, and I think this year features a really wide open race that currently includes Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, and Brandon Marshall.
Top 8 MVP Candidates Stats:
Aaron Rodgers – 2,383 yards, 25 TDs, 5 INTs, 107.4 QB Rating
Tom Brady – 2,645 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs, 100.1 QB Rating
Matt Ryan – 2,771 yards, 20 TDs, 7 INTs, 102.6 QB Rating
Peyton Manning – 2,705 yards, 21 TDs, 6 INTs, 108.0 QB Rating
Andrew Luck – 2,631 yards, 10 TDs, 9 INTs, 79.1 QB Rating
Adrian Peterson – 1,128 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, 7 TDs
Arian Foster – 872 yards, 3.9 yards per carry, 10 TDs
Brandon Marshall – 67 receptions, 904 yards, 7 TDs
His 5 rushing touchdowns aren’t included above, but Luck is definitely near the bottom of the 8 candidates stat-wise.  The other four quarterbacks above all have QB ratings over 100, have thrown at least 18 touchdowns and less than 9 interceptions: all three of these credentials unsatisfied by Luck.
But with Luck you have to look beyond the stat sheet and see what he’s brought to Indianapolis this season.  There’s not only hope that the Colts will be a competitive team once again, there’s promise of a new face for a franchise that was in danger of facing a troublesome era of post-Manning depression.
Of those 8 potential candidates, only Luck and Peterson are part of teams that really struggled last year.  Marshall has made a huge difference in Chicago, but the Bears were still 7-3 last year before the atrocity known as Caleb Hanne took over.  But either way, the Bears are led by their defense and the Vikings have one of the league’s top defensive lines.  The only player in the above-mentioned group that may have a worse defense supporting him than Luck is Brady. 
It’s true that the Colts haven’t had the toughest of schedules so far this year, but with two meetings against Houston down the line and a game against the Patriots this next weekend, Luck has the opportunity to really make a run at an honor most rookies never even come close to flirting with.  If the Colts find their way into the AFC playoffs, expect the Luck for MVP discussion to really start heating up.
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