Andrew Luck has now won his first regular season NFL game! Luck and the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-20 and are now 1-1 on the season.
This game was a much better representation of what I and many Colts' fans expected from the team this season. The defense played well and limited Minnesota from making any big plays, and Luck looked like the quarterback we expected him to be this year. Indianapolis played turnover free football and saw good play from many players in their home opener. The defense forced four sacks of Christian Ponder and forced one fumble that gave Luck and the offense a short field.
What was most impressive was the way Luck performed in the two minute drill at the end of both halves. A drive before half ended in a Reggie Wayne touchdown that gave the team a nice halftime lead. With 31 seconds remaining, Luck started the final drive at his own 20 yard line and drove the team into field goal position very quickly. It was an extremely impressive drive to position the team for an Adam Vinatieri winning field goal.
Fans should still be concerned by the play of the offensive line. The good news though is that three starters are injured and have not been playing. Joe Reitz, Winston Justice, and Samson Satele will likely all return and hopefully elevate the play of the group. The team and fans all have to hope that Satele's injury is not serious. The team needs to develop some continuity and improved play on the offensive line as the season progresses.
Fans have to be excited about the victory. I'm relieved that it comes much sooner in the season than the first victory last year. If Indianapolis can continue playing like this, they're going to win several more games this year. The future certainly looks bright and Colt fans everywhere have a reason to be excited this week. This is the first win of the Andrew Luck era and I have a feeling many, many more will follow.
Kyle Rapoza is a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network and has been a lifelong fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He attended Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and follows the team closely. He runs a blog about the team at www.coltsfansonline.com.
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