What If There Were Only Three Quarters in a NFL Game?

Since Fantasy Football is now over, I got a little bored so I decided to review what the NFL standings for the 2016 season would look like if only three quarters were played.

Note: if there were any ties after the third quarter, I used the team that scored the most in the fourth quarter to declare the winner, acting as if the fourth quarter was overtime.

Here are the the results.  In parenthesis is what the actual 2016 result was for each team so you can see the difference.

AFC East

Patriots 14-2 (14-2)

Bills 9-7 (7-9)

Dolphins 8-8 (10-6)

Jets 4-12 (5-11)

AFC North

Bengals 9-7 (6-9-1)

Ravens 8-8 (8-8)

Steelers 8-8 (11-5)

Browns 4-12 (1-15)

AFC South

Colts 9-7 (8-8)

Titans 7-9 (9-7)

Texans 7-9 (9-7)

Jaguars 5-11 (3-13)

AFC West

Chiefs 11-5 (12-4)

Chargers 8-8 (5-11)

Broncos 7-9 (9-7)

Raiders 7-9 (12-4)

NFC East

Cowboys 11-5 (13-3)

Giants 10-6 (11-5)

Redskins 8-8 (8-7-1)

Eagles 8-8 (7-9)

NFC North

Packers 10-6 (10-6)

Lions 9-7 (9-7)

Vikings 7-9 (8-8)

Bears 5-11 (3-13)

NFC South

Falcons 13-3 (11-5)

Buccaneers 9-7 (9-7)

Panthers 9-7 (6-10)

Saints 7-9 (7-9)

NFC West

Seahawks 10-6 (10-5-1)

Cardinals 8-8 (7-8-1)

Rams 5-11 (4-12)

49ers 2-14 (2-14)

Overall Result:

-Of the 32 NFL teams, 7 teams (Patriots, Ravens, Packers, Lions, Buccaneers, Saints, 49ers) ended up with the exact same schedule that they ended up with in the 2016 season, which showed that regardless of win or loss, the fourth quarter did not play a huge impact on these teams 2016 season.

-Four teams (Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Panthers) ended up with 3 more wins when you take out the fourth quarter, which shows they struggled in the fourth quarters during the 2016 season when they had the lead.  Might explain why none of them made the playoffs.

-Taking out the fourth quarter, the Raiders had 5 more losses than their actual 2016 total.  This shows they played behind a lot, but the team was clutch in the fourth quarter.  They will really miss Derek Carr in the playoffs.

-The NFC ended up with the exact same teams in the playoffs while the AFC had 4 different teams that would have made it if the fourth quarter did not count.  This included two different division winners (Bengals and Colts) and two different wild card teams (Bills, Ravens).

Here is how the playoffs would have looked:

AFC:

1). Patriots
2). Chiefs
3). Colts
4). Bengals
5). Bills
6). Ravens

NFC:

1). Falcons
2). Cowboys
3). Seahawks
4). Packers
5). Giants
6). Lions

Just goes to show, all teams need to make sure they play the full four quarters.  Never give up because every game can impact where your team ends up.

-tvandmusicfan

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Remembering What ‘MV’ Stands for in MVP

MVP stands for Most Valuable Player.  When discussing the MVP race, I think people forget what the ‘MV’ stands for because people tend to want to pick someone from the best team in the league to win rather than choosing someone who is the most valuable player for their team.  The best team in the league might have numerous good players, but no one that clearly stands out about the rest.

Below are 5  people who are currently being most talked about in the news as being the main players considered to be the MVP for the 2016 season for the NFL.  I will provide the reasons why I think they should or should not be the MVP.

1). Tom Brady

Tom Brady is a exceptional football player and will go down in history as one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) quarterback of all-time, but that does not mean he is the MVP of THIS season. The New England Patriots were able to win three out of their first four games with him being suspended and showed they are capable of winning without him in the lineup. While Brady definitely gives them a better chance of being more successful and winning a Super Bowl, he is not showing himself as the most valuable player this year.

2). and 3). Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott

These two players kind of have to be mentioned together because both of them have had remarkable rookie seasons while leading the Dallas Cowboys to success, but it is hard to really call one of them more valuable than the other.  Would Elliott have been this successful with someone else behind center?  Would Prescott be as successful without a run game to open up the field for him?  If I had to choose between the two, I would choose Elliott to the be the MVP because I think he is making a bigger impact on the Cowboys than Prescott.

4). Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is being talked about because of the big numbers he has been putting up this year, but I do not agree that this automatically makes you a MVP.  If this is one of the qualifications, then isn’t Drew Brees being talked about more?  While Ryan is doing a better job this season than he did last season, that does mean he is the most valuable player in the league this year.

5). Derek Carr

Derek Carr is the person I think is the most valuable player in the league this year.  The Oakland Raiders would be nowhere without Carr.  It starts and ends with him.  Having one person so important to your team is the thing we should be looking for when doing MVP voting and Carr is the most important player in the Raiders’ locker room.

Final Thoughts

Yes, things may change before the year ends because we still have a lot of weeks to go, but as long as Derek Carr keeps helping find ways to lead the Raiders to success, he needs to be the 2016 NFL MVP because he is truly the most valuable player to his team.

-tvandmusicfan

It’s Time For Goff

After months and months of questioning why Jared Goff is not the starter for the Los Angeles Rams, he will finally get his chance this Sunday.

I am not sure if Goff is actually ready to lead the team, but I do believe that they need to give him a shot. Case Keenum hasn’t been doing anything to help his team win and Goff needs to have some time to grow by playing in actual games if they want him to be the starter next year.

He is going to be in for some rough times, though. First time starting quarterbacks have done a pretty good job this year and he gets his chance way afterwards so higher expectations will be expected from him. Being the number one draft pick they will also cause people to judge him even harder and I don’t know if he can handle this pressure.

Hopefully he will be able to show what he can do, but I worry about the Rams not thinking he was ready until now. He might be a slow learner. There had to be a reason they kept Keenum as the starter. Goff may end up being another number one draft pick bust if the Rams are not careful. If he does become a bust, the Rams will look like idiots for not choosing Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott. Time for Goff to show what he can do and hopefully prove there is a reason he was the number 1 overall draft pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

-tvandmusicfan

Blair Walsh Kicks Himself Off the Team

When the Minnesota Vikings had kicker tryouts last week, I knew it was coming for Blair Walsh. He was on a very short leash.

It’s unfortunate that Walsh lost his job, but the team gave him many opportunities to fix the problem. The Vikings needed to try to find a kicker that will help them win games and not one they have to worry about using. They had lost faith in Walsh so they had to move on.

Hopefully, Kai Forbath will be able to give them some faith again in kickers. Making the change was the best for the team because this right now needs all the help they can get.

For Walsh, he is going to have to improve his mechanics if he wants to get another chance with a different team because right now, it looks like his NFL days are done.

-tvandmusicfan

Prescott Overcomes Romo

Prescott is officially the new starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys over healthy Tony Romo.

This is the best move for the Cowboys since Prescott has brought such a new energy to the team and has been able to lead them to wins. Romo will still be available if needed if for any reason Prescott cannot start.

I do feel bad for Tony Romo since he has led the team for so many years, but this is part of the game. The new guys come in and the teams must move on to help the team. With the team succeeding this year, Jerry Jones would have been stupid to change up a winning team.

The next question will be if the Cowboys move on from Romo next year. He might get another chance to start with a different team, but being injury prone hurts those chances and most teams will not want to take the risk on an aging quarterback who has missed a lot of games the past few seasons.

All I know is that he better not sign with the Cleveland Browns.  He may not make it out of there alive.

-tvandmusicfan 

Quarterbacks of the Future

Am I the only one who loves all the new quarterbacks in the league? Dak Prescott has been outstanding as the Dallas Cowboys starter this year. The Cowboys might actually have a quarterback who they want to replace Tony Romo. He is doing an outstanding job and he could potentially be an elite player in the future. The Cowboys just have to be smart and keep him as the starter.

Carson Wentz also has a lot of potential. He has some mechanical issues that he must correct, but with some time he might be able to really lead the Philadelphia Eagles to success. While he has declined a little in past weeks, we must remember he is still a rookie.

Trevor Siemian is doing okay, but people don’t really talk that he isn’t doing that great this year for the Denver Broncos. Their defense is fantastic which helps keep the target off him, but he needs to show improvement if he wants to be a franchise quarterback.

Brock Osweiler has not been doing a good job for the Houston Texans, but I don’t know if he would have done a good job with the Broncos either. I think people need to give him time to improve. They are so judgemental but the need to give the guy a chance. Him switching to the Texans from the Broncos really put a target for criticism on his back.

Derek Carr has the potential to be one of the MVPs of the future. He could be the person we talk about when Tom Brady and Drew Brees retire. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on and the Oakland Raiders need to make sure they keep him in Oakland. He is better every year.

Marcus Mariota is showing a lot of promise. He just needs to learn to cut down on the mistakes. Turnovers really can cost you the game. At least he is actually leading the Tennessee Titans to some wins.

Jameis Winston was more impressive last year, but he is still new to the league. I haven’t lost faith in him yet.

Blake Bortles I really, really liked a couple years ago, but I’m starting to lose hope in him. It could be that he is on a bad Jacksonville Jaguars team, but I’m just not impressed with him. I think he needs to switch teams. That might give him a chance to make it.

For a Cleveland Browns quarterback, Cody Kessler is doing good. I don’t know if he will be an elite quarterback in the future, but I do think the Browns should give him a chance. They have nothing else to lose.

Jared Goff is keeping the Los Angeles Rams bench nice and warm. Hopefully he will get a chance to at least show what he can do sometime soon.

-tvandmusicfan

Is Hue Jackson to Blame for the Winless Browns?

I know the Browns aren’t the best team despite the coach, but I do think that Hue Jackson as the coach is definitely not the answer to their problems. Tonight’s game really showed that. Jackson should have never pulled Cody Kessler from the game just try to win one game. He should be more focused on developing Kessler into a better starter. A coach’s job is to help win games AND develop players. Jackson is not doing either. Josh McCown is an interception machine and should have never been brought into the game. That makes Kessler lose faith in himself.

It really shows how desperate this team is becoming to make this switch. Only time will tell whether or not the team can somehow get a win this season, but right now it seems like they will not.

Especially if Jackson keeps making calls like this.

-tvandmusicfan