NFL Vikings at Chiefs: Bigger Game Then You'd Think

Adam SimoneCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2011

Stanford QB Andrew Luck (Getty Images)
Stanford QB Andrew Luck (Getty Images)

This week’s game in Kansas City matches up two teams who are 0-3, but it’s more of an important game than most people would think. If there’s a lesson to be learned from the Indianapolis Colts starting 0-3 without Peyton Manning it’s that a franchise quarterback can make all of the difference in a team’s success.

 According to all NFL draft experts, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is a lock to be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft and could be a huge difference maker for both the Vikings and the Chiefs. The popular slogan for the teams in contention for the No. 1 draft pick is “Suck for Luck”. So this week’s game is interesting. Obviously fans of the two teams want their team to win but a loss gets them that much closer to No. 1 pick.

The Vikings are being led by veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb who has completed just 58 percent of his passes and has only thrown two touchdown passes through the first three weeks of the season. McNabb is 34 years old and is obviously past his prime. He struggled last year in Washington throwing 14 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions and had his lowest QB rating since 2000.  

The question is, would Minnesota take a quarterback in the first round two years in a row or do they believe rookie quarterback Christian Ponder is the answer. By the end of the season I expect Ponder to see more playing time because the Vikings don’t have a reason to stick with McNabb if he continues to lose.

The Chiefs currently have Matt Cassel as their quarterback and he did lead them to the playoffs last year but I wouldn’t consider him a franchise quarterback. He seems to lack arm strength and has already thrown five interceptions this season.

I’ve been a Cassel supporter over the last couple years and I think he’s a good quarterback but the Chiefs need to take Luck if they have the No. 1 pick. Cassel is not a difference maker.

Last year he was a good game manager and did a good job of limiting mistakes but he’s not like a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady who can single handily lead a team to a victory. The last time the Chiefs took a quarterback in the first round was in 1983 when they selected Todd Blackledge. That pick didn’t turn out so good but it’s time for the Chiefs to take that chance again.

I haven’t given up completely on the Chiefs but I have to be realistic. They have lost three Pro Bowl caliber players and are going to struggle to win many games the rest of the year. Going into the season I predicted 7-9 but now I think it’s pretty clear that going 5-11 is being very optimistic. So if they are going to suck they might as well “Suck for Luck”.