Before the season started, MockingTheDraft scientifically targeted a dozen NFL teams that could be in the running for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL Draft. The process involved Bunsen burners, flange valves, test tubes without babies and a large calculator mostly used to play Pong.
A third week of NFL football is in the books and there is a trio of teams that would probably be better off with Luck right now. There are others, like the Redskins, who simply can't stay away from the allure. Then there's glorious underdog Buffalo. Fear not wing capital fans with a love for losing, you're just a five-game losing streak away from being strong contenders.
After the jump, a quick dissection of the teams who could Suck for Luck.
On the right track at 0-3:
Kansas City Chiefs
The Colts, bless their oversized hearts, tried their best against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Still, they lost again. The same can be said for Kansas City, which has been besieged by injury and Matt Cassel. Chad Henne did his best for the Dolphins, but threw a critical interception late in the game against Cleveland. For the Chiefs and Dolphins the interceptions could be a widening signal that change is needed. Of these three, Miami probably has the toughest schedule.
1-2, they're kind of screwed:
Oh, Seattle, how could you? You seemed so poised for glorious destitution. Now you're currently lumped in the mire of being not quite bad enough. For teams in need of a franchise quarterback, you're in purgatory: An unspeakable floating hell hosted by Tarvaris Jackson. It looked like the play of rookie quarterback Andy Dalton would bounce Cincinnati out of the running, but he took a step back Sunday. Denver continues to dance the apathy tango with its fans. As far as Luck positioning go, at least the Broncos travel to Green Bay Sunday.
Strange times, teams at 2-1:
San Francisco 49ers
Welcome back to the pack, Washington. Just when the Redskins seemed ready to leave this group, Rex Grossman realized who he was and threw an interception right in the middle of the field. The Browns looked ready for a step toward Luckiness, but Colt McCoy administered a game-winning drive in the final minutes against Miami. As long as Tony Romo's insides remain in the part of his body where they should, Dallas could quickly fly off this list. San Francisco is consistently mind-boggling and Al Davis remains insane in Oakland.
Kiss your chances goodbye at 3-0:
Bearded genius Ryan Fitzpatrick is not only eliminating his team from Luck contention, but positioning himself for a big contract. This team obviously needs to forfeit all of its picks and rely solely on undrafted players.
Those are the official dozen teams, but now there has been discussion about the Minnesota Vikings. Since they can't hold a lead (or give Adrian Peterson enough touches), the Vikings are 0-3. Until rookie Christian Ponder gets a chance to show otherwise, though, they'll stay out of the Luck campaign.
Deep sleeper to enter the race late: Chicago Bears
A quarterback could be needed next season because Jay Cutler may die on the field behind that offensive line.