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Indianapolis needs more than Luck to be a winner in Week 7

 

Even the Indianapolis Colts need more than just Luck sometimes after former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck completed 23 or 44 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns last weekend.

Despite that effort, which included a pair of interceptions, the Colts dropped a 27-21 decision to New Orleans in Week 7 of the National Football League season.

Luck connected with T.Y. Hilton on 87 and 47-yard scores and also finished with three carries for 27 yards. Former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener was targeted five times by Luck and came up with three catches for 47 yards, including a 27-yard strike in the fourth quarter to set up a Donte Moncrief touchdown.

The game also featured three other ex-Stanford players, all playing for the Colts.

Defensive end Henry Anderson, the rookie third-rounder, started once again and added a tackle and two more QB hits to his already stellar rookie resume. Entering Week 7, the only rookie rated higher by Pro Football Focus was Buffalo cornerback Ronald Darby.

Rookie defensive tackle David Parry had two tackles and was on the field for 70 percent of the Colts' defensive snaps. Wide receiver Griff Whalen continues to serve as the Colts' first-choice return man. Against the Saints, he finished with five punt returns for 38 yards and four kickoff returns for 91 yards.

New Orleans rookie offensive tackle Andrus Peat did not play again after injuring his left knee in a Thursday Night game against the Falcons in Week 6. He is likely set to return within the next three weeks.

Elsewhere in Week 7 for former Stanford players:.

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi led Cleveland with 23 snaps played on special teams. He finished with a special teams tackle as the Browns fell, 24-6, at St. Louis. Tight end Jim Dray started and played 47 percent of offensive snaps ior the Browns. He was targeted twice in the passing game, finishing with two catches for 10 yards.

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks was targeted three times and finished with two catches for 19 yards in a 20-3 win over the host San Francisco 49ers. Seattle only threw the ball on 37 percent of its offensive plays. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman lined up opposite Torrey Smith for each of the Niner receiver's 40 offensive snaps. Smith was targeted once, finishing the evening with no catches. Niners' rookie linebacker Shayne Skov was on the field for 24 special teams snaps, all but one of San Francisco's special teams plays.

Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro played all 57 offensive snaps while helping the team rush for 147 yards on 24 carries during a 23-13 loss to Kansas City. The Steelers played without Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Tight end Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles started in a 27-16 loss at Carolina. He was the Eagles' second-most targeted receiver (8), leading the team in catches (5) and receiving yards (63) on a tough assignment against Panthers linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.

Offensive guard Cameron Fleming, who a little over a week after being signed from the practice squad, played every one of New England's offensive snaps against an excellent New York Jets defense. The Patriots defeated their division rivals, 30-23. New England rookie DB Jordan Richards contributed on defense and special teams as he had a defensive tackle and a special teams tackle, bringing down former Cardinal teammate Chris Owusu on a kickoff in the second quarter. Owusu was targeted four times and finished the afternoon with two catches for 25 yards and two kickoff returns for 58 yards.

Running back Toby Gerhart appeared on offense and special teams in Jacksonville's 34-31 win against Buffalo at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday. He finished with six carries for eight yards and a special teams tackle. Rookie linebacker A.J. Tarpley of the Buffalo Bills appeared on defense and special teams in the loss to Jacksonville.

Defensive end Josh Mauro of the Arizona Cardinals appeared on special teams and defense in a 26-18 win against Baltimore on Monday night. He had one QB hurry, forcing Joe Flacco into a poor throw in the second quarter. Running back Stepfan Taylor appeared on special teams for the Cardinals.

Linebacker Trent Murphy of the Washington Redskins helped his team rally from a 24-0 deficit to Tampa Bay in the second quarter as the Redskins stormed back to win the game, 31-30. Murphy started and had one tackle before leaving in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.

Safety Michael Thomas was everywhere in Miami's 44-26 win against Houston on Sunday. He finished the afternoon with five defensive tackles, a special teams stop and a recovered onside kick. Thomas also intercepted Brian Hoyer, running it back 36 yards, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on the Dolphins.

Tight end Levine Toilolo started in Atlanta's 10-7 win at Tennessee. He did not catch a pass but helped the Falcons rush for 127 yards.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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