Wednesday Morning QB (NFL Week 11)

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There are six games left in the NFL season and that means the playoff race is heating up with few chances to get into the postseason. The races are on and teams are either trying to climb into the race or hold on to their lead. As the next six weeks advance there is sure to be plenty of surprises with some already showing their way. There are already plenty of surprises setting up for the playoff push. In the AFC the fight for the playoffs may just come down to the best worst team in the conference. There are some very good teams in the conference but the division between the top teams and the bottom teams if pretty big. The Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and Cincinnati Bengals are all at the top of their divisions with almost no great races for the divisions. The only race for the division is in the West where the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs are now tied for the lead. The Chiefs would lose their first game all season to the Broncos this week giving the one loss Broncos the tiebreaker for the division. It could be the best division race all year as two teams that are looking great fight it out for the division spot. The loser of this race will likely find themselves in the top Wild Card spot far separated from the final playoff spot. The top 5 teams in the division are all above .600 while the last place in the Wild Card is currently held by the New York Jets who are .500. In the wild card race there are only two teams with an even record and the rest with a losing record. There are still six weeks left for these teams to put together a winning record but the division between the best and the rest in the conference is clear and may make the playoff race a quick one. The NFC could be a different story though as there are a number teams sitting at the top of their divisions but will have to overcome the rising teams to earn a playoff spot. As of right now the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles are all leading their divisions but these leads are shaky at best. In the East there are really no good teams as the Eagles have the lead with a 6-5 record. Meanwhile the New York Giants are climbing back into the race while the Dallas Cowboys only sit one win behind the Eagles. It could be a great battle with bad teams as no one team has dominated enough to prove that they deserve the division meaning that they will fight to the end for the title. The NFC North is very cloudy as the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are tied for the lead in the division and trying to get further ahead before Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers and potentially leads them back to the top of the division. The North race is a two team race for now but it could turn into a three team race very soon making another unpredictable playoff race. In the NFC South the New Orleans Saints are sitting in the top spot but before they get too comfortable the Carolina Panthers are rising fast. A big win this Monday would give the Panthers legitimacy in the division race and has left the Saints with a true challenger with plenty of time left for the Panthers to challenge for the division title. The West is also shaping up to be a good race with the Seattle Seahawks holding the title for now while the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are on their tails. These division races will be great as the season winds down with no division titles decided in the NFC and the wild card left to the teams that don’t win the divisions. The AFC playoff race is a story that is almost at an end while the NFC race is just beginning as the last weeks of the season approach and nothing is figured out yet. The playoff race is here for the NFL but there is still plenty of time for most teams to try to push themselves into the playoffs to earn at least a shot at the Super Bowl.

 

Fifth Quarter:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 11)

This Year’s Missed Call
The Replacement refs were done away with in 2012 after a blown call in the Seattle-Green Bay game but no such result will come from the call on Monday Night this year when the Patriots went for a last second TD that ended in an interception while a holding/pass interference call was missed in the endzone

Undefeated No More
The Kansas City Chiefs would go into week 11 as the only undefeated team in the NFL but that streak would come to an end against the Denver Broncos leaving many to wonder how the Chiefs will react to their only loss of the year

Referee Misconduct
The Washington Redskins have not had the best season so far but they are still making headlines particularly when starting tackle Trent Williams would accuse NFL referee Roy Ellison of swearing at him during their week 11 game leading to an investigation on the referee

 

NFL Standings 

American Football Conference
AFC East:
1. New England Patriots (.700)
2. New York Jets (.500)
3. Miami Dolphins (.500)
4. Buffalo Bills (.364)
AFC North:
1. Cincinnati Bengals (.636)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (.400)
3. Baltimore Ravens (.400)
4. Cleveland Browns (.400)
AFC South:
1. Indianapolis Colts (.700)
2. Tennessee Titans (.400)
3. Houston Texans (.200)
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (.100)
AFC West:
1. Denver Broncos (.900)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (.900)
3. Oakland Raiders (.400)
4. San Diego Chargers (.400)

National Football Conference:
NFC East:
1. Philadelphia Eagles (.545)
2. Dallas Cowboys (.500)
3. New York Giants (.400)
4. Washington Redskins (.300)
NFC North:
1. Detroit Lions (.600)
2. Chicago Bears (.600)
3. Green Bay Packers (.500)
4. Minnesota Vikings (.200)
NFC South:
1. New Orleans Saints (.800)
2. Carolina Panthers (.700)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.200)
4. Atlanta Falcons (.200)
NFC West:
1. Seattle Seahawks (.909)
2. San Francisco 49ers (.600)
3. Arizona Cardinals (.600)
4. St. Louis Rams (.400)

 

Key Scores:
Buffalo Bills 37 – 14 New York Jets
– The Jets looked like they were separating themselves from the pack in the division and then the Bills would breathe new life into their playoff hopes by beating the second place Jets and once again changing the East division outlook

Chicago Bears 23 – 20 Baltimore Ravens (OT)
– Soldier Field would be the scene for one of the strangest games of the season as the Bears and Ravens would sit through a delay with tornadoes bringing plenty of rain and wind and delaying a game that would eventually be decided on an overtime field goal

Denver Broncos 27 – 17 Kansas City Chiefs
– The Chiefs would get their first true test of the season against the Broncos and they would fail the test losing their first game and leaving many to wonder if the Chiefs are for real or if they will fall out of the top of the league

Carolina Panthers 24 – 20 New England Patriots
– The Panthers were much like the Chiefs this week as they would get their chance to prove that their winning streak is no fluke and they would do just that as they would beat the Patriots even if they got a bit of a break on a last second TD attempt

 

Next Week:
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons (Thursday November 21st; 8:25 pm ET)
– The Falcons-Saints rivalry has been one of the best in the league over the last few years as they continued to battle for the NFC South but this year the Saints are simply looking to continue their lead while the Falcons seem like they can’t win a game

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday November 24th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Chiefs lost their first game of the season in week 11 and now they will try to do something that they haven’t done all year and recover from a loss to try to continue their winning ways and remain in the hunt for the division

Indianapolis Colts vs. Arizona Cardinals (Sunday November 24th; 4:05 pm ET)
– Last year Bruce Arians would take over the Colts for Chuck Pagano who would go through cancer treatment and for that effort he would earn a head coaching position in Arizona where he will welcome his former team for the first time and look to keep winning

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots (Sunday November 24th; 8:30 pm ET)
– The matchup is simply stated with Brady-Manning as the two QBs have faced off time and time again to try to determine the best QB of the era and they will do so again in another classic matchup of the two greatest QBs in the game today

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