2014 Denver Broncos Opponents: Quarterback Rankings

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#6. Andrew Luck

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) looks to pass during the second quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2012 –     Indianapolis Colts (R)       Wins: (11)        Passer Rating: 76.5        Y/PA: 7.0

2013 –     Indianapolis Colts              Wins: (11)        Passer Rating: 87.0        Y/PA: 6.7

2 Year Average-                                 Wins: (11)        Passer Rating: 81.8         Y/PA: 6.85

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts (9/7/14, 6:30 pm MDT)

Andrew Luck may be the Peyton Manning of the future, but despite the thrilling victories he has led Indianapolis to over the past two seasons (including handing the Broncos’ their first loss in 2013), his numbers don’t warrant him being higher on this list. He very well could be in the top three of all NFL quarterbacks at this time next year, but he’s not there yet. If it weren’t for his (22) wins over the past two seasons it would be impossible to justify even placing him this high. Luck makes spectacular plays and already has eight career 4th quarter comebacks to his credit, but that is partially due to the hole he digs the Colts into with mistakes in the first three quarters.

Luck will have some new weapons to work with when the Colts come to town for the season opener, with Reggie Wayne returning from the knee injury he suffered against Denver last season as well as the addition of Hakeem Nicks and rookie Donte Moncrief. The meeting between Luck and Manning will take place in Denver this time around and the emotions of the homecoming that Peyton dealt with last season won’t be a factor. The student is not ready to become the teacher just yet.

Advantage: Manning/Broncos