Wednesday Morning QB (Week 11)

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The undefeateds remained the same this week as New England and Carolina kept their great pace heading into the home stretch of the season.

Both have been great so far this year and judging by their future schedules they may both end the season undefeated.

They will hope not to fall into a trap and take a loss to a team that shouldn’t beat them and most importantly avoid what has happened to all of the former undefeated teams.

Through the first five weeks of the season there were six undefeated teams in the NFL but in Week 6 the first one of them fell in the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints but ended up taking their next game in a tight battle with Tennessee.

After that win they dropped three straight including this week against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Falcons started the year so promising but since losing their undefeated status have lost four of the last five games.

That is not unique to the teams that have fallen from the ranks of the undefeated as teams have struggled to get back to winning after losing their first games.

In Week 8 the Green Bay Packers lost their undefeated status to the Denver Broncos in a pretty convincing win for the Broncos.

After that loss the Packers struggled in a big way losing their next two games and bringing doubt to what was a promising year.

The Packers began the season so well that many though that nobody was going to beat them.

Aaron Rodgers was playing at an MVP pace and it seemed like there was going to be few teams that were going to stop him and the defence.

Then teams seemed to figure out how to stop him and losses to Denver, Carolina, and Detroit left people wondering if they have what it takes to even make the playoffs.

The Packers picked up their first win in four weeks this week when they beat the Minnesota Vikings to take over first place in the North.football-sidebar

The team that beat the Packers to start their slide has also seen some issues as the Broncos took their first loss the week after they beat the Packers.

The lost two straight games against Indianapolis and Kansas City as their undefeated status was gone quickly.

The start of their season was an interesting one as the defence was spectacular while their offence struggled with Peyton Manning not having a great season.

He seemed to figure things out against the Packers but two weeks later he was benched in the middle of a 4-interception game.

This week he was sat with an apparent injury while Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to their first win in three weeks.

The final team to lose their undefeated status was the Cincinnati Bengals who in Week 10 took a very surprising loss to the Houston Texans.

This week they followed the pattern of former undefeated teams and took their second loss in as many weeks.

Many thought that the Bengals were headed to a great year where they might finally win a playoff game.

The last two weeks have people doubting that though as some are now saying it is just an indication of how they can’t win when it matters.

It is a strange pattern among former undefeated teams as they all seem to lose faith when they lose their first game.

They all looked great during their winning streaks and yet after taking one loss they couldn’t find their winning ways again.

It could very well be that they lose confidence in their team and can’t get that confidence back.

It could also be that the teams they are facing have figured out the ways to beat them and after losing one game they have a blueprint for how to beat a good team and they follow that blueprint.

One way or another former undefeated teams are having a hard time and they will need to run things around before the playoff push officially begins and they are on the outside looking in wasting their great season start.

Fifth Quarter:
(Thoughts on Week 11 in the NFL)

Hardy Losing Support
After all of the issues that Greg Hardy has had this year the Cowboys have stood by him claiming that he is a leader on the team but he is beginning to lose their support after missing multiple meetings, because that is apparently what it takes to lose support

Manziel’s Issues Continue
Johnny Manziel has been better than expected on the field but his off-field issues are beginning to effect him once again as a video surfaced of him partying after a stint in rehab this off-season that put him back to third string

Rams Under Investigation
The NFL established their concussion protocol in order to help prevent head injuries but that battle needs the teams and players to follow which is why the St. Louis Rams are under investigation after Case Keenum was never tested for a possible concussion

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Key Scores:
Jacksonville Jaguars 19 – 13 Tennessee Titans
– It was a battle of two young quarterbacks in brightly coloured uniforms and although neither team is expected to make the playoffs the win by the Jaguars gave the fans and the team some hope for a brighter future

Denver Broncos 17 – 15 Chicago Bears
– The Broncos were without their starting quarterback in Peyton Manning who was sidelined with an injury but it turned out to be a good thing as Brock Osweiler took control and broke a two-game losing streak by the Broncos

Dallas Cowboys 24 – 14 Miami Dolphins
– The Cowboys were falling fast but back to save the day was Tony Romo who returned from injury and broke a seven-game losing streak by the Cowboys giving them some renewed hope in their fight for the division title

Green Bay Packers 30 – 13 Minnesota Vikings
– The Packers dropped three in a row letting the Vikings take their great season to the top of the division but Green Bay came through against their divisional rivals thanks to a great defensive effort that put them back to the top of the north

Next Week:
Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys (Thursday November 26th; 4:30 pm ET)
– The undefeated Panthers are riding high and looking at the records of both of these teams heading into Thanksgiving it seems like an easy win for Newton and Carolina but Tony Romo is back and could make the day tough for the Panthers

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (Thursday November 26th; 8:30 pm ET)
– The Packers are out of their slump and just in time to welcome back Brett Favre who will have his number officially retired on Thanksgiving night in the first time that he will return to Lambeau Field on game day to a chorus of cheers

Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans (Sunday November 29th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The raiders and the Titans still have a shot at making the playoffs this year but they are mainly getting excited about the future of these teams as Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota lead them into another week hoping to show that they have plenty to look forward to

New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday November 29th; 8:30 pm ET)
– This is generally a great matchup because of the two quarterbacks involved but this year is different as Peyton Manning will be sitting on the sidelines while Brock Osweiler looks to stay perfect in his NFL career and end the winning streak of the Patriots at10

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