Luck shines brightest for ex-Stanford players in Week 7


Andrew Luck kept the Indianapolis Colts rolling with their AFC-best fifth straight win by picking apart the Cincinnati Bengals for 344 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 blanking on Sunday.

The quarterback shined the brightest of former Cardinal stars now in the NFL, a group that also featured Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) go for 123 receiving yards and one touchdown, Stepfan Taylor (Arizona Cardinals) find the end zone twice in Oakland and Coby Fleener (Indianapolis Colts) gain 64 yards on four receptions from Luck.

Fourteen ex-Stanford players saw the field in Week 7, with David DeCastro making it 15 as he started at right guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football against Houston.

Luck completed 27 of 42 passes and ran four times for five yards in the Colts' victory. Fleener had four receptions for 64 yards. And former Cardinal wide receiver Griff Whalen returned two punts for 13 yards and one kickoff for 27 yards for Indianapolis while ex-Cardinal Ryan Hewitt played for the Bengals as the H-back.

Meanwhile, Taylor set a career-high with two touchdowns -- one rushing and one receiving. He carried 12 times for 40 yards and had two receptions for 19 yards for Arizona.

Baldwin produced his second-best receiving output during his NFL career in a 28-26 loss at the St. Louis Rams. Teammate Richard Sherman had four tackles from his cornerback position.

Elsewhere in Week 7:

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi and tight end Jim Dray both played in Cleveland's 24-6 loss at Jacksonville. Toby Gerhart, meanwhile, was sidelined again for the Jaguars with an injured foot.

Jonathan Martin saw action at offensive tackle for the 49ers in their 42-17 loss at Denver, linebacker Trent Murphy had three tackles in Washington's 19-17 win against Tennessee, safety Michael Thomas had one tackle for Miami in a 27-14 win at Chicago, and tight end Levine Toilolo had two catches for 20 yards in Atlanta's 29-7 loss at Baltimore.

In other games not involving ex-Stanford players, Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay's 38-17 victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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