Did Carolina draft the wrong college quarterback?

While a number of factors could explain the disappointing record for the Carolina Panthers (2-6) in the 2012 NFL football wagering season, some of YouWager’s dedicated football bettors blame Luck. As in Andrew Luck, the star rookie quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.

Before the 2011 NFL Draft, the Panthers were expected to chose Andrew Luck if he declared early enough for the draft. But Luck decided to stay at Stanford. Carolina then drafted Cam Newton with their first pick, and a year later, the Colts got Luck.

As a top NFL expert at YouWager sums it up, Luck’s decision to remain in school changed the future for both Carolina and Indianapolis.

So far, that future looks a lot better for Indianapolis than Carolina. In his first rookie season in the NFL, Luck has demonstrated to YouWager bettors that he can lead the Colts to major victories. As any serious online sportsbook bettor knows, Newton’s Panthers have not fared so well over the last two years.

With victories against tough teams like the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, the Colts are 5-3 this year. Under Newton’s leadership, the Panthers are 8-16.

Luck played a major part in the wins for Indianapolis. He set up a late field goal to beat the Vikings, and threw touchdowns that made the difference against the Packers and the Titans. In their 23-20 win over Miami, Luck threw for a rookie record of 433 yards to break the record Cam Newton set last year. “It may be easy to say it now,” YouWager’s NFL analyst says, “But I think most of our bettors would agree, if Andrew Luck had been drafted in 2011 NFL Draft and gone to the Panthers, Carolina would probably be doing better than 2-6 in Luck’s second year.

Forget Newton, some avid fans in the online betting community are saying, compare Luck to Peyton Manning’s rookie stats. They say that Luck already has a handle on the no-huddle defense. It took Manning another season to do that. While Newton is beginning to look more like a question than an answer, Luck is beginning to look like the next Manning. YouWager’s NFL specialist points out that at this point in the 2012 NFL football betting season, Luck has thrown for 2,404 yards. This is almost the same figure for Manning, when he was new to the Denver Broncos.

In his first eight NFL games, Luck has thrown for 2,404 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. On the ground, he also claimed 148 rushing yards and three more scores. In Manning’s first eight, he threw for 1,873 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He made 33 rushing yards, and no rushing touchdowns.

Comparing the statistics of these two quarterbacks is not particularly useful, according to YouWager’s NFL expert. Times are different, he says. Before any bettors swallow the hype, it may be helpful to remember that in spite of their disastrous season last year, Luck inherited a team that Manning once led to great success. “That alone, may be the more important factor for bettors to consider,” he says. Eleven of the previous seasons ended with double-digit win totals. They made it to the playoffs eleven times, to the Super Bowl twice, and won one NFL Championship.

Perhaps comparisons between Andrew Luck and Tom Brady are more relevant right now.

When the Indianapolis Colts face the New England Patriots next Sunday, they will be 9-point underdogs at YouWager. The total is 53.5. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.