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

5 Reasons to Not Give Up on the NFL

Yesterday I wrote an article on why the NFL is losing popularity.  I decided to provide 5 reasons why now is a great time to actually be watching the NFL. The reasons are:

1). We Actually Have Quarterbacks of the Future!

Unlike past years, this year we are actually seeing some new quarterback talent that may actually turn into elite quarterback status one day. Derek Carr. Marcus Mariota. Dak Prescott. Carson Wentz. Now there is no guarantee these quarterbacks will end up being elite, but they are at least giving us more hope than recent quarterbacks we have seen. When they play, you can see them growing into something outstanding.  On top of those four I just mentioned, there are still others that might end up great. Jimmy Garoppolo, Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Cody Kessler. The last two names might be shocking to see, but they do have potential.  We all need to stop being so judgmental in a quarterback’s first season as a starter.  These players may not have been as explosive this year as some others, but there IS promise.  This is a great time to watch and get to know the future faces of the league.

P.S. Sorry Jared Goff. Maybe next year we get to actually see why you went number one in the draft.

2). Explosive Offensives

There are three types of fans: those who love offenses, those who love defenses, and those who love both.  To please two out of the three, we have some very high scoring offenses this year and that can be fun to watch. Even if the team ends up losing since their defense is below average, fans love shootouts. The New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers know how to make games exciting and that makes fans want to watch.

3). Dominate Defenses

Yes this is the exact opposite of number 2, but I like said earlier, some fans love great defenses and we have that this year, too.  The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have outstanding defenses.  Even with struggling offenses this year, their defenses can make sure they stay in the game.  Their defenses let the age old debate about if offense or defense win championships stay around.  The last few years, defense does win the championship.

4). The Return of the Run Game

The passing game has been so focused on the last few years, but the run game is finally coming back. Now I am a bigger fan of the passing game, but a good run game is needed if you want a balanced offense.  Ezekiel Elliott and Jay Ajayi are some of the new run faces in the game and could be superstars.  As they get more and more popular, more and more teams will try to build their run game.  This will be great for the game.

5). The Dallas Cowboys are Good Again

Let’s be honest.  I don’t like the Cowboys. I don’t like Jerry Jones. I don’t like Tony Romo. HOWEVER, the Cowboys are America’s team and them winning is bringing new life back to the game. People either root for or against the Cowboys so them being relevant again brings back the love/hate relationship again and gets people talking.  This is good for the NFL.

Overall, while the NFL has some problems, people should not abandon ship. There is a lot to be hopeful about and you don’t want to miss out.

-tvandmusicfan