Wednesday Morning QB (Week 5)

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Well the referees were at it again this week, ok not so much, for once in the last three weeks WMQB will not dive into the Referee conversation that could basically never end. The referees were judged and measured and of course they screwed up but everything is back to normal. As teams move on and players get back to their regular way of doing things it is finally time to look at one of the biggest trends in the NFL. Football is a defensive game and it always will be as teams with the best defences usually find themselves at the top of the league at the end of the year. Lately though the NFL has seen more of a focus turn to the offensive side of the ball with records falling almost every week. Teams are still trying to create better defences but they can no longer float by with a mediocre offence. The league has now become more about who can stop the top offence rather than who can break through the best defences. As a result of this the teams continue to try to find an edge that will put them ahead of the rest of the teams in the NFL. For some teams this means looking for that one piece of the offence that can give them an advantage. Teams sign or draft these players as they hope to find the next gamebreaker that can help them get to the next level. This is a good strategy but it is very unreliable as a new player in a new setting can either thrive or fail but there is no guarantee he will do either. Sometimes this strategy pays off in a big way but it does not always lead to success over the long-term. Not all teams can get this gamebreaker though and so they result to another form of getting that edge. This is the creation and execution of a successful offensive game plan. It is something that puts the defence on their toes and something that nobody else expects. Coaches continue to create game plans and build offences around a certain system that will give them a leg up on the competition. As these new systems are created the rest of the NFL follows suit to try to grab a bit of the advantage that the other team is getting. This is what creates trends in the NFL as teams begin to gravitate towards a system that works. Right now that system is the No Huddle offence. It has quickly become the most popular system in the NFL as every week sees a number of teams use the no huddle. The no huddle is a system that looks to keep the defence off-balance for a long period of time. With defences becoming more complicated and requiring more specialized packages they are inherently exposed to a fast paced offence. Defensive packages are at the point where new players are subbed in and out on a regular basis. This helps to get players that are better than others at stopping the run or the pass. The no huddle takes advantage of this as offences hurry to the line without huddling and force the defence to play with the 11 men they have on the field. This can create matchup problems and confusion for the defence. As the offence gets to the line they are hoping that defences cannot prepare in time and they can surprise them with a big play. Teams are using this no huddle more and more as the season moves on and it has become one of the most effective offensive strategies in the league. As more teams use this strategy defences begin to adjust and eventually the no huddle will not be as effective as it once was. Until this point though offences will continue to hurry to the line and defences will try to stop it. It is the constant battle between offence and defence and right now the offence is winning with the no huddle taking hold of the NFL.

 

Four Quarters
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 5)

 

And Then There Were Two
The NFL season continues to be extremely unpredictable but among all of the hectic games there are two teams that have stood out among the rest as the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans are the only two undefeated teams left

 

Emotions Trump All
The Indianapolis Colts are a team that is truly in the rebuilding phase and they were never supposed to beat the Packers but with their head coach in the hospital they would not give up getting the comeback win for their coach

 

The West is the Best
The NFC West has been the joke of the NFL for years as they have regularly had the worst teams in the league but this year it is a different story as the NFC West could be the best division in the NFL and could be the most competitive division this year.

 

Players Standing Up
Matt Cassel is not the most popular player in Kansas City but that was no excuse for the Chiefs fans to cheer as he left the game with what seemed to be a concussion and his offensive lineman Eric Winston made sure the fans knew that after the game.

 

NFL Players of the Week

 

AFC Players of the Week

AFC Offensive POW:
Reggie Wayne, WR (Indianapolis Colts)
13 rec
212 yds
16.3 avg
1 TD

 

AFC Defensive POW:
Randy Starks, DT (Miami Dolphins)
3 tkl
0.5 sck
1 INT
0FF

 

AFC Special Teams POW:
Shaun Suisham, K (Pittsburgh Steelers)
3/3 FG
34 lng
1/1 XP
10 pts

 

NFC Players of the Week

NFC Offensive POW:
Drew Brees, QB (New Orleans Saints)
29/45
370 yds
4 TD
1 INT

 

NFC Defensive POW:
Charles Tillman, CB (Chicago Bears)
4 tkl
0.0 sck
1 INT
0 FF
1 TD

 

NFC Special Teams POW:
Johnny Hekker, P (St. Louis Rams)
7 P
46.0 avg
3 I20
68 lng

 

NFL Standings 

American Football Conference
AFC East:
1. New England Patriots (.600)
2. New York Jets (.400)
3. Miami Dolphins (.400)
4. Buffalo Bills (.400)
AFC North:
1. Baltimore Ravens (.800)
2. Cincinnati Bengals (.600)
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (.500)
4. Cleveland Browns (.000)
AFC South:
1. Houston Texans (1.00)
2. Indianapolis Colts (.500)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (.200)
4. Tennessee Titans (.200)
AFC West:
1. San Diego Chargers (.600)
2. Denver Broncos (.400)
3. Oakland Raiders (.250)
4. Kansas City Chiefs (.200)

 

National Football Conference:
NFC East:
1. Philadelphia Eagles (.600)
2. New York Giants (.600)
3. Dallas Cowboys (.500)
4. Washington Redskins (.400)
NFC North:
1. Minnesota Vikings (.800)
2. Chicago Bears (.800)
3. Green Bay Packers (.400)
4. Detroit Lions (.250)
NFC South:
1. Atlanta Falcons (1.00)
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.250)
3. Carolina Panthers (.200)
4. New Orleans Saints (.200)
NFC West:
1. Arizona Cardinals (.800)
2. San Francisco 49ers (.800)
3. St. Louis Rams (.600)
4. Seattle Seahawks (.600)

 

Key Scores:
Pittsburgh Steelers 16 – 14 Philadelphia Eagles
– The battle of the keystone state was back as both Pennsylvania teams faced off once again and it was the Steelers who came out on top after a week rest got them back most of their team although they still could not win convincingly

 

Indianapolis Colts 30 – 27 Green Bay Packers
– The Packers were in complete control of the game going ahead 21-3 at halftime but then the emotion came through as the Colts battled back for their head coach who was in the hospital for treatment of Leukemia of which he was diagnosed last week

 

New England Patriots 31 – 21 Denver Broncos
– The matchup between two of the best QBs in the NFL yielded plenty of offence as Tom Brady came out on top with the Broncos were good but just not good enough under Peyton Manning in the classic matchup

 

New Orleans Saints 31 – 24 San Diego Chargers
– The Saints have been struggling all season without their head coach to guide them but they finally broke through for their first win while Drew Brees broke a record for most consecutive games with a TD pass

 

Next Week:
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns (October 14th; 1:00 pm EDT)
– The battle of Ohio is not what it used to be but the Browns are hoping that they can finally finish a game after they looked great for small periods of time in all of their games so far while the Bengals are looking to keep up with the Ravens

 

Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons (October 14th; 1:00 pm EDT)
– The Falcons are still undefeated despite a few games where they were right on the edge of their first loss and they hope they can get an easy one against the Raiders while the Black Hole is hoping for a major upset

 

New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers (October 14th; 4:25 pm EDT)
– In a rematch of the NFC Conference finals from last year the Niners are looking to show everyone that they are the team to beat this year and that last year’s loss was nothing but a fluke while the Giants are looking to show they are the better team

 

Green Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans (October 14th; 8:20 pm EDT)
– The Packers have struggled all year while the Texans are one of the only teams still undefeated but can this be the game that the Packers are on the winning end of an upset or will their offence continue to struggle against the tough defence of the Texans

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