Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 21/38 for 228 yard performance on Sunday as the Colts edged the Broncos 39-33.
In one of the more playoff-like regular season games at the Luke in recent memory, Luck threw touchdowns of 11 yards to DHB, 20 yards to Stanley Havili, and 8 yards to Fleener in the first half and ran one in himself from 10 yards out in the third quarter (he had 4 carries for 29 yards, 7.3 per carry).
Luck did all this on a night when his running backs averaged 2.4 yards on 26 carries and finished the contest with a 99.5 QB rating and a score of 65.4 (out of 100) in ESPN’s QBR.
As always, after the win, Andrew Luck was the epitome of class and humility:
Of course, it could also be argued that Robert Mathis (5 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 4 QB hits) deserved the Defensive Player of the Week honors just as much as winner Mario Williams, and that Punter Pat McAfee (9 punts, 48 yd average, 6 inside the 20, 4 kickoff touchbacks, and one monster hit) had a legitimate shot at Special Teams Player of the Week.
The NFL’s Around the League story even jokingly apologized for the Colts punter not winning the weekly award:
Shaun Suisham's four field goals, including the game-winner, helped give the Pittsburgh Steelers a much-needed win over the Baltimore Ravens and earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. (Sorry, Pat McAfee fans.)
Just for fun, here’s McAfee breaking down the broken play on which he lit up Holliday at midfield on his live show at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in Broadripple:
“I’m outta here, bud.” Love it. There’s nothing like an NFL player who goes off the script a little.
Congratulations to Andrew Luck, and even though they didn’t win their respective honors, congrats to Robert Mathis and Pat McAfee on their stellar performances as well.