Rookie has amazed
It's a bizarre coincidence that at the midway point of the season,
Overall, Manning has better numbers with the league's best completion percentage (69.5, compared to Luck's 29th-ranked 56.6) and passer rating 108.6 (Luck is 25th at 79.0).
So, by the numbers, Manning is having a better season. But what Luck is doing in Indianapolis is phenomenal. Not only has he lifted a franchise that looked to be headed for a multiyear rebuilding period, but he has done so with a midstream change at head coach and surrounded by mediocre talent.
In this case, the tie goes to the rookie.
Manning far superior
Andrew Luck is having an outstanding rookie season, but Peyton Manning is having an MVP season. Just because they have passed for the same number of yards doesn't mean they are performing equally. Manning has been far superior to the young man who replaced him as Colts' quarterback.
His passer rating is 108.6 compared to 79.0 for Luck. He has completed 69.5 percent of his passes; Luck has completed 56.5. Manning is averaging 8.2 yards per completion, a full yard per completion more than Luck. And Manning has thrown twice as many touchdown passes — 20 to 10.
One day, Luck may be talked about as being in the same category as Manning. But that day should not be today.
Go ahead, hand this figurative crown to Peyton Manning , and not just based on his superior numbers.
Manning has 2,404 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions for a 108.6 quarterback rating compared to rookie Andrew Luck's identical passing yards, 10 touchdowns, eight interceptions and 79.0 rating.
What Manning is doing is remarkable considering all of the trauma and surgical repair his neck has endured. He has energized a Broncos squad that needed an experienced hand.
None of that is to minimize Luck's achievements. The former Stanford star is having a superb rookie season.
For now, what Manning is doing at his age deserves a bigger nod of respect.
Luck doing more with less
Andrew Luck looks like the second coming of Peyton Manning. They have similar stats and have led their teams to similar records. The only significant difference is Manning has a 108.6 quarterback rating, which tops Luck's 79.0, and Manning is completing 69.5 percent of his passes to Luck's 56.5.
But Luck has the Colts, who got gutted last offseason, in position to make the playoffs. Manning has taken a playoff team and made them better.
That means Luck has done more with less, which indicates that he's having the better season. If he continues to play like he has, he could have the better career too. He's at least off to a better start than Manning, which hints at the possibilities.