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October 4, 2013

NFL: QBs Luck, Wilson headliners on Sunday

Pair of 2012 rookies get to lock horns on field for first time

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson left college together, were drafted in the same class, made the playoffs as rookies and wound up going to the Pro Bowl together.

On Sunday, for the first time, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year runners-up to Robert Griffin III will finally get their first chance to match wits on the football field.

“It’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be a great opportunity, obviously,” Wilson said.

“He (Luck) shows so much leadership and so much poise out there. So that’s the great thing about him. For me, at the end of the day, we’re playing the Indianapolis Colts.”

Everyone else, of course, will be watching to see how these young stars handle the big stage. So far, they’ve done everything right.

Last season, Luck and Wilson were unmitigated success stories, and this season, they’ve debunked the myth of the sophomore slump.

Luck has a better completion percentage, fewer interceptions and has seen his quarterback rating improve from 76.5 to 91.9. Of course, he’d be content to keep the Colts (3-1) atop the AFC South.

And though Wilson is on pace to throw for a few more interceptions, a few less touchdowns and a slightly lower completion percentage this season, Seattle is off to its first 4-0 start and is now the early front-runner to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Luck is impressed.

“I think he’s very underrated as a dropback passer,” the Colts quarterback said. “He can make all of the throws, you see it when you watch games, and I think he’s as impressive just dropping back and going through his reads as he is rolling out and making plays happen.”

Luck is 2-1 against his second-year colleagues, beating Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden as a rookie before losing to Tannehill in Week 2.

Wilson is 1-1 against the 2012 rookie quarterbacks, losing to Tannehill on the road last season before beating RG3 in the playoffs.

Who’s better? That depends on the fan base — and who has the postgame celebration at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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