Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/5/12
ST. LOUIS - There are lessons in a split. Peyton Mannings strong start with the Denver Broncos and Andrew Lucks rise in his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts have proven this: A breakup can produce benefits for all involved sooner than expected. Week 9 offered further signs that Manning and Luck have evolved in their new roles. Manning, dumped in Indianapolis after 14 seasons, led the Denver Broncos to their third consecutive victory by throwing for three touchdowns in beating the Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, Luck, the Colts heartthrob of their post-Manning world, led Indianapolis to a third consecutive victory of its own by throwing for a rookie-record 433 yards in topping the Miami Dolphins. This seems too eerie to be true. Consider how similar Manning and Luck are midway through the season: Both teams are 5-3 with postseason potential. Both quarterbacks have passed for 2,404 yards. Both leave others searching for ways to capture their impact in words, as if those wh...
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