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.



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.


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.