With just two days until the trade deadline, there has been a flurry of trading, with more negotiations ongoing. That's how teams get in and stay in the playoff hunt . . . and make the games of the week. Click on the title to view the matchup on Yahoo!.
Defending champion Buehre faces Straily's Enforcers in the biggest game in the OIL this week. Straily is ranked higher, with a considerably higher OPR, but I think Buehre has built a much deeper and more balanced roster. The Dirty Dogs win and begin to position themselves for a first-round bye.
Nye's Warm Bodies are perhaps the surprise of the AFC, boasting a 6-2 record and in line for a first-round bye. Green has built a great team, but he's got four starters on a bye this week. Look for Nye to get to 7-2, ensuring a winning season and moving closer to that coveted first-round bye.
This re-match of the 2015 OIL Bowl had a lot more intrigue before DARC NARCS RB Ezekiel Elliott was suspended (again). But it still remains a matchup between two of the top five teams in the NFC. I think SoonerJack will take advantage of Henderson missing Elliott (suspension) and RB Melvin Gordon (bye). That will move Bruesch to 8-1 and make him a favorite for a first-round bye in the NFC.
Man, what a week in the OIL. In both the NFC and PFC, the top four teams all lost. Winless DominationStation gave undefeated SoonerJack their first loss of the season, meaning each OIL team has at least one loss. And the Nightmares continued their nightmare of a season, falling to 0-7 . . . the OIL's only remaining winless squad. Here are your games of the week (click on title to be taken to the matchup page on Yahoo!).
This is a rematch of last year's Thunder Bowl, when Zerger and the Redlegs defeated Green's Doughboys to win their first championship. It's fitting then that Zerger comes in ranked higher than Green. The Redlegs are built for this league, boasting the top two WRs in the OIL, the top pass-catching RB in Chris Thompson, and steady RB Mark Ingram. The Doughboys are built more for a standard league with RBs dominating the early draft rounds. I'm picking Zerger to continue his resurgence and move closer to a playoff berth (and perhaps first-round bye).
On paper, this looks like an easy Vandals victory. Lutonsky is ranked first in the PFC, averages 14 more points per game than Tadlock, and has a greater OPR. But the Vandals are dealing with six byes this week, so I'm picking them to lose their second-straight game (and fall out of first place).
This matchup will greatly affect each team's chances at securing a playoff berth in Week 14. Each team is 4-3 and right on the playoff bubble. But Baldwin's Roughnecks have already lost Odell Beckham for the season, Martavis Bryant to stupidity, and Leonard Fournette to a bye week. Meanwhile, Henderson's DARC NARCS, after a couple suspension scares, still have RB Ezekiel Elliott to lean on, along with RB Melvin Gordon and breakout QB Carson Wentz. Look for Henderson to make a statement as we get closer and closer to the playoffs.
The top four teams in the NFC and PFC all lost this week, while the AFC remained relatively unchanged. And, with over half the regular season over, the playoff picture is finally taking shape.
Week Seven is the halfway point of the regular season, and the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. The following games have the biggest playoff ramifications moving forward. Click the team names to view each roster.
NFC: #5 Lucky Enuf vs. #2 Arrogant Americans
Cliburn is 5-1 but only has the third-most points in the NFC. Pyle is sitting at 3-3 but has the most points in the NFC. But neither team is at full strength. The 'Mericans are without rookie superstar QB Deshaun Watson while Lucky Enuf is without WR Emmanuel Sanders. Still, each team is projected to score roughly 160 points. That being said, I'm not sure I trust the projections for my 'Mericans. I'm begrudgingly picking Pyle to win this game.
PFC: #5 Great Plains Drifters vs. #2 Team Tadlock
Neither resumé here is indicative of a top-six team, as Gray and Tadlock both have failed to reach 130 average points per game. But Gray just lost QB Aaron Rodgers, so I'm picking Team Tadlock to move to 6-1 and prime position for a first-round bye.
Brosh started out 1-3 but has clawed back to .500. Meanwhile, Reed would be 5-1 had Jeremy Maclin played last week. But Reed has had very a weak schedule thus far. I'm picking Brosh to move closer towards a playoff spot.
After Hangovers manager Adam Duffy received a Cease and Desist letter from his beloved Packers, he asked Cliburn to review and edit a letter of apology he was to send to the Packers. Cliburn did not disappoint:
When reached for comment, Cliburn said, "When he unveiled that logo, I thought 'what if the Packers sued him over that?' And then I thought, 'what if he thought they were suing him over that." From there, the plan unfolded.
Two weeks ago, Hangovers manager Adam Duffy unveiled an alternate team logo. But Friday, he received a Cease and Desist letter from the Green Bay Packers. He sent photos of the letter to Cliburn, who immediately called him.
UPDATE: Duffy asked Commissioner Cliburn to review and edit his apology letter to the Packers:
NFC: #2 SoonerJack vs. #1 Whackers
The only two 5-0 teams in the OIL meet this week as Bruesch travels to face Morgan in a battle of the 2008 and 2007 champions, respectively. Neither team is at full strength, thanks to injuries and byes, but they both will field above-average lineups. I am picking Morgan to move to 6-0 and one game closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs.
AFC: #2 Hooligans vs. #1 Warm Bodies
We have two #1 vs. #2 matchups this week, as the AFC boasts 4-1 Neely vs. 4-1 Nye. The final score in this one may not be befitting of such a matchup, as both squads are fighting the injury bug and bye weeks. I think Nye will outlast Neely though and remain at number one.
PFC: #5 Dirty Dogs vs. #4 FDC Chiefs
While it's not #1 vs. #2, this matchup should have big playoff implications. The two are evenly-matched at 3-2, with 2017 OPRs of 159.73 and 160.64, respectively. With that being the case, it's too close to call. But look for the winner of this one to seriously contend for a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Undefeated Reed and his Sawtooths finally fell in Week Five, but Morgan (Whackers) and Bruesch (SoonerJack) moved to 5-0. It's a big week, and we'll have previews up shortly. Click the standings images to be taken to the league pages on Yahoo!.