Weekend: Luck shines, Charles returns 

August, 13, 2012
While new Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was one of the main attractions when the NFL preseason opened Thursday night -- and Manning didn't disappoint -- the enduring quarterback performance of the weekend likely came in the lone game Sunday.

That's when Manning's replacement with the Indianapolis Colts, top overall draft pick Andrew Luck, threw a touchdown pass on his first attempt and finished with 188 passing yards and two scores in a resounding 38-3 win over the St. Louis Rams.

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AP Photo/Michael ConroyAndrew Luck was all smiles after his first preseason pass with the Colts went for a touchdown.
With this being the preseason, veteran fantasy owners should know better than to overrate any statistics. Those who didn't watch Luck's performance might not be aware that his first touchdown salvo, a 63-yarder to running back Donald Brown, came on a screen pass in which Brown did most of the work. Luck completed 10 of 16 passes, with another touchdown to wide receiver Austin Collie, who was targeted by Luck five times. Entering Monday, the only quarterbacks with more passing yards this preseason are backups Chase Daniel of the New Orleans Saints and Jarrett Lee of the San Diego Chargers. Their starters, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, need not be concerned.