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:


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


Down on the Browns

I think we’ve reached a point where we wonder if the Cleveland Browns will ever have a quarterback of the future. Or at least a quarterback that can stay healthy a whole season so the constant rotation can stop.

The answer is obviously yes, it will eventually happen, but who knows how long it will be until then.

When the Browns signed Robert Griffin III to be their new starting quarterback, I knew they were in trouble. They passed on Carson Wentz for a guy that has the yips. Once he got injured in Washington, he never played the same again. In one way he seems worried about being injured and another way he acts so careless that he actually gets injured again. If the Browns were smart (which we all have our doubts about), they would not resign him for next season. Not even as a backup. It’ll just be a distraction.

Josh McCown has moments of being a decent quarterback, but he is a backup quarterback who throws too many interceptions. He should be the backup next year.

Cody Kessler might actually be a quarterback of the future, but it is too soon to tell. Also, the Browns are horrible at developing talent so he might be wasted anyway regardless if he has real talent. If they can’t find someone better, they should stick with Kessler as the starter next year to try to develop him.

One thing I know is that they need to focus on keeping their quarterbacks healthy. Once they can keep one healthy, maybe they will find out whether or not they can actually have a lasting quarterback for the Browns.

The Cavaliers won the NBA Championship and the Indians made it to the World Series. Anything can happen in Cleveland if you get the right people.


5 Reasons the NFL Is Losing It’s Popularity

Many people have discussed recently why the NFL has lost so many viewers this year so I sat down and racked my brain to figure out why does the game seem different this season compared to recent seasons.  Here are the top 5 reasons the NFL is losing it’s popularity:

1). The Officiating

More and more we are hearing about players and coaches unhappy with the officials.  Well, guess what?  Fans notice it, too, and it is sending them away.  No one wants to think their team lost a game because of a bogus call or a non-call.  Sometimes the call is so bad that it is amazing that not one official on the field notices it is wrong or will admit it is wrong.  We also notice that some crews call more penalities to others.  No one wants their chances to win lowered based on the official.  It makes me ask the question: are the officials really that bad at their job or are they are showing favoritism towards teams?  While no one wants to think the game is unfair or even possibly rigged, fans can’t help but have that doubt in the back of their mind after some games.  Until the league figures out how to fix their officiating problem (like actually hiring full time officials), fans are going to continue to get more and more annoyed about how the game is officiated.

2). Player Complaints

So number one was about officiating and I get players are frustrated with this and voice their opinion on this, however, everyday it seems like somebody new is complaining about something new, whether it is the officials, the league not being fun anymore, Roger Goodell, etc.  Now don’t get me wrong.  The majority of players have some very valid points, but all of the negativity is making watching the NFL also not fun for the fans.  Who wants to watch a game with constant complaining?  Fans want to watch football to get away from their day-to-day annoyances, not add another negative thing to their lives.  I am all for free speech, but when fans only hear negative things from the players, people are going to start looking for happier things to watch, such as the Cubs winning the World Series.  The NFL needs to create a better forum for players to express their suggestions and grievances without them having to express it through the media all of the time.

3). Roger Goodell

Like the players, fans cannot stand him.  He seems so arrogant and doesn’t appear to be a very good businessman at all.  Since he became commissioner of the league, the NFL had gotten worse.   There is no question about that.  There is only two ways to fix this problem: completely remove him as commissioner or take away him having so much power.  It is time the NFL became more of a democracy instead of basically having a dictator control the league.  Maybe it is time for Peyton Manning to move on from Nationwide and Papa John’s and add commissioner to his resume.  At least he seems like he would try to do what is actually good for the game and for the players and not just the NFL’s pocketbook.

4). Inconsistent Punishments

Ah, punishments.  How we seem to hear about your all of the time.  You are 100% necessary, but 100% unfair on how you are decided.  I am not here to decide how long a player should be punished for things they do, but I am here to say we need some consistency in the punishments handed out.  The NFL cannot have one person just fined and another person suspended for almost the exact same thing.  They need to make clearer cut disciplines and not be so willy nilly.  Sometimes it feels like punishments are basically based on the popularity of the player and what the NFL can get away with.  They also need to take their time deciding punishments.  While I do not agree with what Josh Brown has done in his past, the NFL gave him a one game suspension because they acted too quickly.  To punish him again is a form of double jeopardy.  It’s the NFL’s fault for acting so quickly.  If they had taken their time, they could have received all of the facts.  The NFL needs to create a new way to hand out punishments and do it quickly otherwise they are going to continue to receive more and more bad press.

5).  Boring Games

And by that I mean predictable games or ‘who cares?’ games.  The Patriots will probably win.  The Browns will probably lose.  We all know this.  Fans love seeing games that may actually be close and exciting.  When only two or three games sound interesting every week, there is a problem with the league.  Besides Jets or Dolphins fans, no one cares about a Jets vs. Dolphins game (except maybe people want to see if Ryan Fitzpatrick will implode).  Fans need to see more competition in games.  It’s sad knowing midway through the season that the Browns will probably have the number one draft pick next year and that the Patriots will probably win the Super Bowl.  This should not be so predicatiable with half of the games remaining.  The strength of schedules are really sad.  Some have ridiculously hard schedules while others can basically coast to the offseason.  Whoever handles scheduling, needs to get their act together and try to put together some tougher games.

These are the top 5 reasons why I personally think the NFL is losing popularity.  There are other contributing factors, but these reasons listed above are really having a huge impact on how fans view the game and will continue having an impact until changes are made.