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If Manning is the bar, good luck.

Fellow rookie QB Robert Griffin III, taken by the Redskins one slot behind Luck with the No. 2 overall pick, got off to a flying start. He went 19 of 26 for 320 yards and two TDs in a 40-32 win over the Saints.

On the flip side, Brandon Weeden, the Oklahoma State product drafted 20 places after Griffin by Cleveland, provided a textbook example of why teams were reluctant to throw rookie QBs into the cauldron. He completed 12 of 35 for 118 yards, zero TDs, four interceptions and a passer rating of 5.1. He almost single-handedly turned what would have been a well-deserved upset of the Eagles into a 17-16 Browns’ loss.

After his performance, Luck wasn’t interested in comparisons of any kind. All he wanted at the moment was another chance.

“Obviously, still disappointed off what happened,” he said, “but we’ll get over it and come back to work as hungry as ever.”


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and follow him at