This week's Friday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- will start at 11:30 a.m. and cover a host of topics.
One of them could be Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. As Farmer wrote earlier this week:
If the Colts were looking for a carbon copy of Manning, they made the right call.
"He's not Peyton Manning, but I swear he has a lot of the mannerisms," said Hall of Fame coach John Madden, who lives in Pleasanton in Northern California and saw a lot of Luck's games at Stanford. "You watch all the games and you just watch him. He does things understanding the game and playing, you just get the feeling that he's a young Peyton Manning there. He has different skills. He can run, and he runs pretty fast, but just the command."
"In a bizarre coincidence, Luck and Denver's Manning had identical passing totals through eight games, 2,404 yards, and both have their new teams at 6-3 and on track for the playoffs.
"Through nine games, Luck is ranked eighth in yards passing with 2,631, and has thrown for 10 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Those numbers have been eclipsed by Manning's — 2,705, 21 touchdowns with six interceptions — yet Luck has been an unmitigated bonanza for the Colts. With Manning sidelined because of neck problems last season, Indianapolis finished 2-14.