Well, maybe not “loose ends”, but there’s definitely a sudden shortage of Tight Ends. The injury bug chose a new target this week, taking out three of the top TEs with injuries that range from day-to-day (Eifert) to week-to-week(Gronkowski) to season ending and possibly career threatening (Graham). And that’s on top of ongoing injuries to Martellus Bennett, Zach Ertz, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins and others.
After establishing some separation between the top-3 and bottom-3 teams in the league last week, the separation became about as stark as possible this week. All three top teams check in at 8-4, while all three botttom teams are at 4-8. I’m pretty sure we’ve never seen such a distinct split.
With the 3 top teams all tied, there are a couple “HUUUUUGE” games coming up this week and next which could go a long way to determining who gets in and who gets left out of the playoffs. This week the Yukon Gold and Mashed Potatoes face off in Spud-Bowl III. The rubber game of the match will give the winner a game and half advantage due to the head-to-head tiebreaker and make a Super Bowl spot very much in reach with a “magic number” of one. The following week, the Mashed Potatoes have to turn around and face the first place Eagles.
Yukon Gold 212.84, Don’t Stop Believin’ 187.02
The Gold snapped out of a 3 game funk to notch the high score of the week for the 6th time this season. Jarvis Landry led the Gold with over 35 points while Derek Carr bounced back from a poor week 11 to put up nearly 30 as well. Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota were the top scorers for the Believers. And in the “water is wet” category, the Gold lost yet another RB to IR, making it 4 in the past 5 weeks.
Mashed Potatoes 191.98, The Edgars 178.88
The final score was fairly close, and had the potential to be a dogfight on monday night, but in the end this game really lacked drama as Gary Barnidge helped the Taters maintain a comfortable lead throughout the game and only a late bomb to Travis Benjamin in the final 2 minutes brought the score as close as it was.
Geno’s Jawbreakers 198.94, Fly Eagles Fly 182.54
The score of this game wasn’t as close as the Taters-Edgars tilt, but it felt like it had more potential to be a close game. With only the inactive Danny Amendola left, the Jawbreakers were done scoring heading in to Sunday Night. The Eagles still had star WR Demaryius Thomas and top kicker Steven Gostkowski to make up a 27 point deficit, so they seemed poised to steal the game at the last minute. Thomas certainly had the opportunity to go nuts as he was targetted a healthy 13 times in the game. But in a stunning display of ineptitude, he could only made only one catch, late in the game.