Better late than never, right?
Scoring was oddly compressed this week as we had the lowest high score of the year (154.04) and one of the highest low scores of the year (99.28) for a range of less than 55 points. (Yet we still managed to have a 50 point blowout). Overall scoring was down a little bit, but that’s not unexpected with the bye weeks kicking in.
We’re starting to see some separation between the top five and bottom five teams in the standings. The top five teams by record are also the top 5 by total points, and perhaps more telling, the gap in total points between 5th and 6th place is over 65 points – the biggest gap between any two positions. After opening up a nearly 100 point lead over 2nd place in weeks 1-2, Matt’s continually falling scores are allowing the pack to whittle away at that lead to where it’s now only 34 points.
It’s probably not a coincidence that several of the biggest injuries have befallen the teams struggling to keep pace, because top level production is hard to replace.
For the 3rd week in a row we had a new winner of the weekly top score (Adam). We still have one unbeaten team and we’re down to two winless teams. (Hmmm… Maybe I’ll add a poll about that!) It’s still possible that any team could make a move, get on a run, and sneak into the playoffs. My expectation from the beginning was that a 7-6 team will likely get in. But time is quickly running out for several squads.
Oh, and Zeke just got re-suspended, so I’m probably gonna be heading towards that bottom 5 real soon, opening the door for someone to move up
Llamageddon 150.82, Plan XV11 99.28
A late surge by TE Cameron Brate gave the 17ers a healthy cushion after the Thursday game, but it was pretty much downhill from there. The biggest culprit was Big Ben Roethlisberger, who surrendered five interceptions on his way to a sub-3 point clunker but several other big name players fell short of expectations. Melvin Gordon and AJ Green had big games for the Alpacalypse, overcoming a 1 point game from Davante Parker who left the game early with an injury to post the biggest blowout of the week.
Let’s relive that Steeler meltdown again…
Fournettecation 147.36, McCownasty 116.22
Led yet again by their namesake Fournettecation slowly and steadily pulled away from McCownasty to record their 4th win of the year. Jameis Winston and Chris Hogan also had good games, but this was more about the Nasty performances from some big-name players on the other side. With only one player topping 15 points, it was going to be tough to beat anyone. It didn’t help that McCownasty benched Carson Wentz, who scored more than double the top starter with over 35 points. It would have even been better to start team namesake Josh McCown (17+pts) instead of Tom Brady
Vince Lombardi, when he hears that the Jets’ Josh McCown outscored Tom Brady:
Make the Redskins Great Again 154.04, Fly Eagles Fly 133.80
Finally, MTRGA were not involved in the closest game of the week. This week it was like a sports talk radio show where “Aaron from Wisconsin” steals the show. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones put on a dominating performance against Dallas to pace the Redskins along with TY Hilton. Cam Newton led the Eagles with over 30 points, but there just wasn’t enough solid scoring behind him to keep pace as MTRGA scored the most points in the league this week.
Magic Mike Evans 131.62, pUSHing chains 120.62
Philip Rivers and Davante Adams shined as Magic Mike Evans notched their first victory of the season against pUSHing chains. Despite getting less than two points from both Tarik Cohen and Amari Cooper, Mike and Co. managed to pull a rabbit out of their hat. The pUSHers were led by Odell Beckham Jr. but lost him for the season to a late-game ankle mangling. The Seattle Defense had a nice game with 17 points, but it came at an even bigger expense to QB Jared Goff who could not muster even 8 points against that defense. With each team starting Bears RBs, there was an outside chance that of some drama on Monday night, but neither pUSHing chains’ Jordan Howard nor Magic Mike’s Tarik Cohen did enough to even make it mildly interesting.
McCaffeinated 118.94, Breaking Wind 110.06
Breaking Bad has become Breaking Wind, but it seems things are only breaking worse, as the team remains winless on the season. McCaffeinated continues its’ stunning week to week drop in scoring, yet somehow faces an opponent scoring at or near the bottom of the league to remain atop the standings at 5-0. McCafe was led by a huge game from Dak Prescott and a nice showing from Antonio Brown, one of the few non-Jaguars to catch passes from Ben Roethlisberger. But a zero at TE from Evan Engram and several players in single digits left them with one of the lowest scores of the week. But they had the good fortune to be playing the second lowest scoring team. Breaking Wind put up a stinker this week with no player able to hit 20 points. At 0-5 they’ll need to step on the gas if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. Their best non-quarterback was Buck Allen who was silent but deadly on the bench. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby whiffed on two separate point-after attempts. It might be time to cut the cheese-head and pick up a new kicker
Breaking out the Breaking Wind Cheer: