1. Andrew Luck
These here young quarterbacks seem to know how to play some football. Last week it was Robert Griffin III being athletic, fast, and strong, and generally doing the awesome things we expected he’d do while wearing really bad socks as he finished with 320 passing yards on 12.3 yards per attempt with two TDs, the first of which was an 88 yarder.
Rather ridiculously, those who have chronically jerky knees asked if the Colts made the right move by taking Andrew Luck over RG3 with their first overall pick last spring. Because, you know, numbers in the first games of their respective careers should be projected over the next decade or so.
Now Luck has come back with 146 passing yards and two touchdowns in just the first half today, and he’s also shown his own versatility with 20 rushing yards. The youthful enthusiasm is spreading to Reggie Wayne, who had 135 receiving yards last week, and has 44 yards and a touchdown so far today.
2. Vincent Jackson
This was a difficult choice between Jackson and his quarterback Josh Freeman in what’s becoming a potential upset in New York, with the defending champion Giants in danger of starting 0-2. But we’ll lean to Jackson, who has 87 yards overall on 29 yards per catch with a touchdown. For the score he was on the other end of an impressive throw when Freeman was on his back foot. There are early signs of chemistry here, and of Jackson becoming the deep option to immediately help Freeman’s development.
3. C.J. Spiller
Trent Richardson would have received the nod here with his 83 yards on 13 carries which includes a 32-yard scamper that showcased his breakaway speed in the open field. But Spiller continues to be something that isn’t human. He has 92 first-half yards and two TDs, while adding 47 receiving yards. Our abacus indicates that he then has 139 all-purpose yards on just 14 touches. Yep, 9.9 yards per touch, and 8.3 yards per carry. HE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD.
- Eli Manning threw three picks. He did that only twice last year through an entire game.
- Oh hello there, old crappy Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars’ sophomore QB had only four completions on 11 attempts for 13 first-half yards, and only one of those completions went to a wide receiver. Justin Blackmon owners are readying their voodoo dolls.
- LeSean McCoy had just one fumble throughout the entire 2011 season. After his late and crucial fumble in the second quarter, he now has two already, setting a steady pace of one fumble per game.