Week 12: Brown Delivers for the Holidays

Week 12:  Brown Delivers for the Holidays

Picture:  Antonio Brown delivered yet again for Fly Eagles Fly

Based on the standings, it seems there is clear separation of teams into 3 distinct levels – Two teams with 8 wins, two teams with 6 wins, and 2 teams with 4 wins.  Two game differences between each clump with 3 games to go, that seems to be some pretty solid separation.  And certainly the 2 teams with 8 wins are in a much better place than the teams in the other two groups.

But there’s a catch.

Through an interesting quirk in the schedule, the two teams in each of the three groups play each other.  So, barring the very unlikely event of a tie, every team will be separated by exactly one game from the team above and below them.  We will have teams with 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 wins after this week.  One of those top two teams is going to get a loss, while one of the teams in the middle will get a win to draw closer.  On the other hand, the loser of the teams in the middle is going to be only one game above the winner of the group at the bottom.  The question will be who moves up and who moves down from each group.

The winner of the 8-4 group will certainly be in the drivers’ seat and the loser of the 6-6 game will either be knocked out of playoff contention, or close to it.  But the loser of the top game and winner of the middle game will have only a game separating them with two more to play.

Because there are so many possible combinations still in play, I’m not even going to attempt to figure out what the tie-breaking scenarios might be until at least next week.

After holding the lead in total points since week 4, the Rabbits have not only relinquished that lead, but have fallen to 4th place.  Fitzchize and the Eagles, the top two teams based on win-loss record, also hold the top spots in total points

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It’s gonna be a close race coming down the homestretch.  Maybe someone should pick up Chad Johnson!

with the Fitzers holding a slim 18 point margin.  In fact the difference between first and 4th is less than 41 points so any of the four could easily pull out the points race over the next few weeks. It will likely be a close race all the way down the home stretch.

 

Also, note that the award for winning a week and the total points race go through the entire season, including week 16, so even if you don’t make the Super Bowl, there will still be something to play for that week!

Fitzchize 210.60, pUSHing Chains 170.66

With only 2 scores below 195 all season – by far the least of any team – Fitzchize just keeps plugging along with another solid finish to claim their 8th win of the year. Fitz was led by David Johnson’s 30 points, but it was the depth of good scoring across the board that got the win. The pUSHers got good performances from Davonta Freeman and Dak Prescott, but did not have enough top scorers to keep pace.  Fitzchize made a furious Monday Night run at the weekly win, but fell less than 1 point short.

Caerbannog Killer Rabbits 162.78, The Klinks 198.66

"I score over 40 points and the rest of you f**kers can only score 122?"
“I score over 40 points and the rest of you f**kers can only score 122?”

The Rabbits got another monster performance from Drew Brees, and good games from Philip Rivers and Zeke Elliot, the rest of the starting lineup stunk up the joint.  Leaving high scoring players like Mark Ingram on the

"Dude. Maybe if you'd thrown the ball to me more than, oh, zero times I could have scored more."
“Dude. Maybe if you’d thrown the ball to me more than, oh, zero times I could have scored more.”

bench certainly didn’t help matters.  The Klumsy Kommandants got big games from Michael Thomas and Jordan reed plus nice QB play from Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers.  That and a kicking clinic by Justin Tucker were enough to put away the reeling Rabbits.

Game of the Week
Fly Eagles Fly 211.54, Rabbit Killers 199.78

Antonio Brown and Mike Evans had the Eagles flying high as they claimed their 8th win of the season in a close match with the Rabbit Killers.  The Eagles also got a nice boost from their quarterbacks as Marcus Mariota continued his hot streak and Jamies Winston held his own against the Legion of Boom.  The Fuddsters were led by Odell Beckham, while QB Ben Roethlisberger got his share of points feeding the ball to Brown.  The Eagles went into Monday night with a razor thin lead and could have lost the game had real life Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a kick or two.  But Sturgis did just enough, including a 50 yard FG late in the third quarter to not only seal the win in this game, but win the week as well.

Week 10: Top Four Teams Tied In Knots

Week 10: Top Four Teams Tied In Knots

Pictured:  Whether it’s Seahawks 9 – Cardinals 9 or Bengals 27 – Washington 27, the standings in our league, or these hideous things, nothing is as ugly as football ties.

NOTE:  I just noticed that no trade deadline had been set for the league this year.  I just updated the settings to make the deadline as late as the system allows – November 25th.  Any trades must be completed by that date.  Sorry for the mixup.

Sorry, but a combination of family mini-crises, writers block, and laziness has kept me from writing the past few weeks.  I’m sure you guys are all suffering from the lack of Pulitzer-worthy prose and goofy photo editing, but we shall soldier on.

Now that we’ve completed the 2nd round-robin pass through the league, it seems as good a time as any to take stock of where things stand, and what it boils down to is a deadlocked 4 team race to the finish. The Eagles, Rabbit Killers, Fitzchize, and Rabbits are all tied at 6-4, and the difference in total points between to top team and the 4th team is less than 60 points.  Truly any of the 4 can make it to the championship or win the points race.

The Eagles currently hold the top spot by virtue of their advantage in combined head-to-head amongst the top 4 teams.  They are 4-2 against the other top teams. The Rabbit Killers and Fitzchise are 3-3 against the other top teams so the Rabbit Killers hold the 2nd spot by virtue of more total points.  Despite clinging to a slim lead in the overall points race, the Rabbits fall to fourth place after going 2-4 against the other three.

While it is possible, it is unlikely that all 4 teams remain tied at the end of the season. However it is likely that there will be some ties among the top 2 spots.  At that point, who ends up tied with whom may be the important factor in determining the participants in the Super Bowl.  Jason currently holds an insurmountable 2-0 edge over me, but is 1-1 against everyone else.  Terry is 0-2 against me, 2-0 against Anand and 1-1 against Jason. Anand is 2-0 against me, but 0-2 against Terry and 1-1 against Jason.  Of course some of those advantages may cancel each other if there are any 3-way ties so there’s a lot to be decided, but Jason is definitely in the best position at this point.

For what it’s worth, In the last 5 week round-robin, Terry went 4-1, Jason and I were 3-2, and Anand was 2-3.

Terry finally picked up his first overall weekly win of the season this week.  He joins Anand and Doug with one apiece.  Jason has 3 and I have 4.

 

Since we just got through an exercise in our version of democracy in the election, and we just observed Veterans Day, we should shake off the ugliness of those ties in the standings with some beautifully uplifting and patriotic images from the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign throughout this weeks’ writeups!

 

Rabbit Killers 258.94, Fly Eagles Fly 216.98

Tennessee Titans cheerleaders perform in camouflage for the NFL's Salute to Service during in the first half of an NFL football game between the Titans and the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Marcus Mariota’s performance for the Eagles was surely inspired by the Patriotism displayed by the Titans cheerleaders…

The second highest point total in the league was just enough to earn the Eagles the biggest blowout loss of the week.  The Rabbit Killers topped their previous high score of the year by nearly 30 points to run away with this contest  Russell Wilson led the way with over 35 points but Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell, and DeMarco Murry also topped 30 points, and Stephon Diggs and Odell Beckham were not far
behind that.  That sort of star power was

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…but DeMarco Murray got just as much inspriation for the Rabbit Killers

more than enough to make up for disappointing outings from Randall Cobb, Jay Ajayi, and Jimmy Graham.  The Eagles were led by Marcus Mariota and Antonio Brown, but there weren’t enough other big performances to make up for duds from Mohamed Sanu, Lamar Miller, Terrance West and DeAndre Hopkins.

 

 

Caerbannog Killer Rabbits 207.56, The Klinks 176.18

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Philip Rivers was clearly wanted to Make the Rabbits Great Again after he saw the display of patriotism on the Chargers sidelines

A monster game from rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot powered the Rabbits past the Hapless Kommandants.  Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Julio Jones had nice games a well, to overcome duds from JJ Nelson and Mark Ingram.  The Klinks were led by Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, and a too little, too late big game from Doug Baldwin, but that wasn’t enough to overcome a zero from Matt Jones and several other players who couldn’t get out of single digits.

 

Fitzchize 211.02, pUSHing Chains 191.66

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FItzchize stars David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald were clearly ready to fight for the stars and stripes on the Arizona sidelines this week.

After following up their highest scoring week of the year with their lowest scoring week of the year, Fitzchize bounced back to score enough points to pull off their sixth win of the year.  Jordy Nelson led the way for the Fitzers, while David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Dez Bryant contributed as wll.  The Chain gang was led by Tyrell Williams, Dak Prescott, Demaryius Thomas, and Blake Bortles, and had an outside chance to pull out the win on Monday night, but mediocre games from Jeremy Hill and Tyler Eifert left them well short.