Pick any semi-competent quarterback (or even a semi-competent Tarvaris Jackson, which isn’t necessarily the same thing), and the Minnesota Vikings are 3-0. I’m not kidding: their defense is stifling, and Adrian Peterson is already running away with the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Alas, neither can compensate for the fact that the Vikings’ quarterbacks flat-out suck. Last week it was Jackson throwing four INT’s against Detroit; this week, former third-stringer Kelly Holcomb wilted in the face of Kansas City’s incessant pass rush. And while a second-quarter pass to Visanthe Shinacoe should’ve been ruled a touchdown (it was initially called incomplete, and there was insufficient visual evidence to overturn the ruling on the field), Holcomb had plenty of other opportunities to redeem himself. He didn’t, and now the Vikings are 1-2 on the year, facing a (gulp) resurgent Green Bay Packers team next week and staring another losing season in the face.
On the plus side, Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-0 today…and while it might’ve been a harsh decision against him, seeing John Obi Mikel red carded at Old Trafford was absolutely bloody marvelous.