This Sunday the Colts welcome Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns to Lucas Oil Stadium for week seven of the NFL. This will be the second consecutive matchup in Indy for the two teams, but the first match up of the season for two of the five QBs from the rookie class of 2012. Last year the Browns went home with a 27-19 victory over the Colts. Back then we had back up QB Kerry Collins filling in for that one guy (I can’t say his name) who sat out the season due to a serious neck injury. This year the playing field will be level with two of the youngest rosters in the league going head-to-head in the battle of the rookie quarterbacks: Andrew Luck vs. Brandon Weeden.
This game may be like déjà vu for Luck and Weeden who faced each other last year in college at the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In an epic overtime showdown, Luck’s Stanford Cardinals were defeated by Weeden’s Oklahoma State Cowboys 41-38. Hopefully for the Colts, the result will not be déjà vu. I’ve heard some greats in sports say that you must develop amnesia when it comes to your failures so they don’t haunt you. I wonder if Andrew Luck has forgotten this loss? Let’s put the history of these two players behind us and just look at this season’s numbers for each quarterback:
Brandon Weeden (Age 29)
Andrew Luck (Age 23)
Both rookies’ stats are almost identical up until this point. Luck is averaging 297.6 yards per game, while Weeden is not too far behind with 253.2 yards per game. Luck has been America’s sweetheart of the league coming in as the No. 1 pick, but Weeden (drafted 22nd overall by Cleveland) has proven that he can hang with the likes of Andrew Luck and RGIII in passing yards. Each team has had a subpar season so far. The Browns won their first game last week making them 1-5 and the Colts are just 2-3 with a bye week behind them. This will be an exciting matchup to watch. If you are a Stanford fan, hopefully you will get some retribution.