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Andrew Luck Is Already League-Average and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On October 3, 2012 @ 7:43 am In Colts News | No Comments
I love Tuesdays.
On Tuesday, the Football Outsiders  release their weekly numbers. They are always chock full of goodness. This week is extra special because it contains the year’s first look at opponent adjustments.
It’s interesting to see Andrew Luck ’s early numbers come out.
He ranks 18th in passing DVOA, at -0.1%. That means that passing-wise, he’s already a league-average quarterback. He’s also second in rushing efficiency.
Overall, he’s 16th in the NFL  in total DYAR from quarterbacks, having played one fewer games than the rest of the league.
In short, three games into his career, and he’s already in the top-half of quarterbacks. I think the Colts will take that happily.
League average doesn’t sound great, but from a rookie playing with very little offensive talent behind a patch-work line, it’s remarkable. It also confirms my suspicions that he’d be league-average quickly, and I won’t be surprised if he cracks the top-10 by the end of the year.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the new numbers. They are available on the menus at Football Outsiders .
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth  has his quarter-season review.
Bleacher Report lead writers  (myself included) post Week 5 picks. I’m in first so far.
Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders  posts Quick Reads. It’s basically a love letter to J.J. Watt.
Aaron Schatz in Deadspin  goes crazy on Ron Rivera for his insane fourth-down call.
Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus  looks at the Texans and Titans.
Tennessee Titans 
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean  measures an ugly first quarter to the season.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  says Chris Johnson ran well between the tackles against Houston.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  takes account of the team.
O’Halloran posts  snap count data.
Houston Texans 
Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com  asks a ridiculous question. I link this only because of how bad it is.
Jerome Solomon of The Houston Chronicle  says Kareem Jackson is better.
Indianapolis Colts 
Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority  says the Colts need turnovers.
Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star  says Chuck Pagano is getting support from other coaches.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2012/week-4-dvoa-ratings
 Andrew Luck: http://bleacherreport.com/andrew-luck
 NFL: http://bleacherreport.com/nfl
 menus at Football Outsiders: http://footballoutsiders.com
 Sports on Earth: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/39371764
 Bleacher Report lead writers: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1352313-bleacher-reports-expert-consensus-week-5-nfl-picks?utm_term=NFL+Football&utm_content=NFL&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/quick-reads/2012/week-4-quick-reads
 Deadspin: http://deadspin.com/5947937/was-the-panthers-fourth+down-decision-dumb-enough-to-change-the-nfls-punt+to+win-philosophy
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/10/01/refo-titans-texans-week-4/
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 The Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121003/SPORTS01/310020056/Titans-first-quarter-season-shows-ugly-signs?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/41778/johnsons-success-was-between-the-tackles
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Pro Football Focus: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/10/01/refo-bengals-jaguars-week-4/
 Bengals: http://bleacherreport.com/cincinnati-bengals
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-10-02/story/taking-stock-jaguars-through-one-quarter-season
 O’Halloran posts: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/544821/ryan-ohalloran/2012-10-02/jaguars-week-4-playing-time
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 CBSSports.com: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/20433684/texans-riding-high-but-can-schaub-hold-up-if-faced-with-gameontheline-pressure
 The Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/10/jets-could-bring-out-best-in-texans%E2%80%99-defense/
 Jets: http://bleacherreport.com/new-york-jets
 The Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/10/solomon-thrown-into-fire-texans-cb-jackson-emerging-a-better-player/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Colts Authority: http://www.coltsauthority.com/2012-archives/september/looking-forward-the-colts-need-turnovers.html
 The Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121002/SPORTS03/210030310/5-storylines-Colts-prepare-Packers
 Packers: http://bleacherreport.com/green-bay-packers
 The Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/coltsinsider/2012/10/02/colts-chuck-pagano-getting-support-from-brotherhood-of-nfl-coaches/
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