Wednesday Morning QB (NFL Week 12)

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This week NFL would see what used to be a rarity in the league but is quickly becoming a common sight in the league. The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings would play to a tie this week in what seemed to be a fitting chapter to their seasons. The Minnesota Vikings had been struggling all year and have rotated QBs regularly to try to find a winning formula. The Packers had been plagued by injuries throughout the year including a major injury to Aaron Rodgers that would see a 4 week losing streak leading into their game against the Vikings. The game was an important one for both teams as it was a chance for either team to get out of their losing ways and put one in the win column. They would both need the win to keep pace in the NFC North which has become one of the most competitive and hard to predict divisions in the NFL. The Packers would go into the game with Scott Tolzien under centre while the Vikings would go with Christian Ponder. After an early struggle by Tolzien the Vikings would get ahead early and force the Packers to replace Tolzien with Matt Flynn. Flynn would lead a comeback that would force the game into overtime which is where the updated overtime rules and the TV based league would show their impact. Both teams would kick a field goal and nothing else as the time ran out on the overtime period and the game would end with a 26-26 tie. The tie is becoming a new common place as it seems like every year two more teams end a game in a tie. It wasn’t long ago that the tie was a rarity and would almost never be seen but a lot has changed since then and two big factors are making ties much more common. First is the new rules for overtime that were introduced in 2012 that have given the tie a more likely chance of happening. In the old system the NFL would see the first team who scored win the game in overtime. It would be a quick overtime many times as a simple field goal would win the game. The NFL would look to end this as they introduced a new system that would not allow a team to win with their first field goal. The new system introduced in 2012 would see the two teams get an equal chance to win the game. The first two possessions could end the game if the team scored a touchdown but if the first team kicked a field goal the opponent would get a chance to tie or better them. This gives plenty of opportunity for ties as teams get an equal shot before sudden death begins which wastes time and gives teams about two more possessions before the game has to end. If no team can get another point after the first mini-game and the time runs out on the overtime period the teams will end in a tie. The main reason that there is a time limit on games is simply for television. The NFL does not want games to run into each other and when games go into overtime this becomes a reality. So the NFL limits the amount of time that a game will run into another. This way networks can get what they paid for and see audiences move from one game to another. The NFL is driven by TV and so the time limit on the overtime makes good business sense but in terms of the league it doesn’t make a lot of sense. A tie is not satisfying for anyone involved. The players, the fans, and the coaches all find out almost nothing from a tie. There is no determining of a better team as not team would truly be better and in the tiebreaker for standings it comes down to a lot more than the better team. Ties are just in general no fun because, in the immortal words of Vince Lombardi, “If it doesn’t matter who wins why do they keep score?” they will continue to come though as new rules and TV time make a perfect match for a potential tie as it may be safe to expect at least one unsolved matchup every year at the rate it is going right now.

 

Fifth Quarter:
(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 12)

Pats solidify Brady’s Legend
In one of the premier games of the week the Denver Broncos would take on the New England Patriots and in true Patriot fashion Tom Brady would be forced to mount a comeback that would become the biggest comeback in Pats history

Team to the North
Rumours surfaced this week that John Bon Jovi Toronto sports and entertainment company Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment may be prepared to purchase the Buffalo Bills and move the team north of the border to Toronto

The Fall
The Kansas City Chiefs would lose their first game in week 11 and the questions about whether they would be able to keep their run going would arise and would be answered in week 12 when they lost their second game

Rodgers Missed
Aaron Rodgers was holding the Green Bay Packers together with so many injuries and his own injury has sent a team that looked to be favorites for the NFC North into a three game losing streak as Rodgers will spend his fourth week on the sidelines

 

NFL Standings 

American Football Conference
AFC East:
1. New England Patriots (.727)
2. New York Jets (.455)
3. Miami Dolphins (.455)
4. Buffalo Bills (.364)
AFC North:
1. Cincinnati Bengals (.636)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (.455)
3. Baltimore Ravens (.455)
4. Cleveland Browns (.364)
AFC South:
1. Indianapolis Colts (.636)
2. Tennessee Titans (.455)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (.182)
4. Houston Texans (.182)
AFC West:
1. Denver Broncos (.818)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (.818)
3. San Diego Chargers (.455)
4. Oakland Raiders (.364)

National Football Conference:
NFC East:
1. Dallas Cowboys (.545)
2. Philadelphia Eagles (.545)
3. New York Giants (.364)
4. Washington Redskins (.273)
NFC North:
1. Detroit Lions (.545)
2. Chicago Bears (.545)
3. Green Bay Packers (.500)
4. Minnesota Vikings (.227)
NFC South:
1. New Orleans Saints (.818)
2. Carolina Panthers (.727)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.273)
4. Atlanta Falcons (.182)
NFC West:
1. Seattle Seahawks (.909)
2. San Francisco 49ers (.636)
3. Arizona Cardinals (.636)
4. St. Louis Rams (.455)

 

Key Scores:
Minnesota Vikings 26 – 26 Green Bay Packers
– The Vikings and Packers would face off again this year with both teams on a bad slide and QB problems plaguing both teams but as both looked to get a win and keep up in the division they would not find any answers ending in a tie

San Diego Chargers 41 – 38 Kansas City Chiefs
– The Kansas City Chiefs were on a great roll to start the season as the longest lasting undefeated team in the NFL but they would fall for the second time this year to the Chargers this week and have some doubt surrounding them while the Chargers made a statement

Dallas Cowboys 24 – 21 New York Giants
– The Cowboys and Giants continue to fight for the ever-changing NFC East and the Cowboys would come out on top but barely as they would have to stave off a great comeback by the Giants in an important game

New England Patriots 34 – 31 Denver Broncos (OT)
– The Denver Broncos would get out ahead early in the Sunday night game as the Denver defence would help the Broncos to 24 points in the first half but couldn’t stop the biggest comeback in the Pats’ history

 

Next Week:
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions (Thursday November 28th; 12:30 pm ET)
– The Thanksgiving festivities will kick off with the early game as the Packers once again travel to Detroit but will not be their fighting selves with plenty of injuries including Aaron Rodgers who will sit out once again this year

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens (Thursday November 28th; 8:30 pm ET)
– The New thanksgiving tradition continues as the Thursday late game gets underway with two division rivals that have recovered from a slow start to make a real push at the playoffs making this game an important one

Atlanta Falcons vs. Buffalo Bills (Sunday December 1st; 4:05 pm ET)
– The Buffalo Bills travel to Toronto amid rumours of a move to the city but will look to get the win for now and keep their playoff hopes alive against a team that has struggled to get anything going this year in the Falcons

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday December 1st; 4:25 pm ET)
– The Chiefs would end their winning streak two weeks ago against the one team that was challenging them for the division and now they get the chance for revenge and a chance to take over the top spot in the division against the Denver Broncos

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