Luck steps up again and makes NFL history in Week 4


It was a quiet Sunday for former Stanford football players in the NFL during Week 4. Seven former Cardinal players had byes, Trent Murphy played Thursday and Cameron Fleming's New England Patriots enjoyed the Monday night spotlight.

The bye came at an opportune time for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, as Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin served as honorary captains for Stanford's game at Washington. The two met with current Cardinal at the team hotel, delivered a pregame speech and supported the team from the sideline during Stanford's 20-13 win at Husky Stadium.

Andrew Luck, once again, highlighted the Stanford players' NFL performances. The Indianapolis quarterback, who threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns last week against Jacksonville, became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 370 yards, four touchdowns, own a 70 percentage or better completion percentage and have one or fewer interceptions in back-to-back games.

Luck was 29 of 41 passing (70.7 percent) for 393 yards, four touchdowns and one interception to lead the Colts to a blowout 41-17 win over Tennessee.

One of Luck's touchdown passes, a two-yard strike to Coby Fleener, was a Cardinal-to-Cardinal connection. Fleener drew a flag for defensive holding on the play, but still broke free as Luck rolled out and found the tight end. Fleener finished with two catches for 26 yards.


David DeCastro started at right offensive guard in Pittsburgh's 27-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

Zach Ertz played tight end and had four receptions for 43 yards in Philadelphia's 26-21 loss at San Francisco.

Cameron Fleming started at right offensive guard in New England's 41-14 loss at Kansas City

Toby Gerhart had 10 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown and one reception for eight yards in Jacksonville's 33-14 loss at San Diego.

Jonathan Martin played at offensive tackle for the Niners in their win over the Eagles.

Trent Murphy had four tackles from his linebacker position in Washington's 45-14 loss to the New York Giants.

Safety Michael Thomas had one defensive tackle and two special teams tackles in Miami's 38-14 win over Oakland at Wembley Stadium in London.

Tight end Levine Toilolo had one receptions for 12 yards in Atlanta's 41-28 loss at Minnesota.

Griff Whalen returned four punts for 14 yards in Indianapolis' win.

— Stanford Athletics

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