There are only five weeks until the playoffs, and the contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pack. The AFC and PFC have 7-1 teams in first place, while the NFC's pace-setter is 6-2. Only one team remains winless: the AFC's Warm Bodies.
Not only are the top two teams in OPR from the AFC, the two will meet this week in the OIL game of the week. The PFC's Team Tadlock is in third place while the highest NFC team is the Whackers in sixth place. The AFC three of the top five teams in the OIL, but, of the worst 14 teams in the OIL, half of them also hail from the AFC.
After a brief hiatus, the commissioner has returned and so have the standings. As always, click on the image to view the leagues on Yahoo directly.
NORMAN, Okla. — SoonerJack manager Jack Bruesch became the third OIL manager to win 100 games Sunday, following Arrogant Americans manager Justin Cliburn and Lucky Enuf manager Kevin Pyle in the feat. Bruesch did not join the OIL until its second season but has won three championships in addition to 100 games. Congratulations, Jackie.
After four weeks, enough games have been played for our OPR to give an accurate representation of team strength. Leading the way are Green, Schmidt, and Peacock, with Cliburn, Schuster, and Musselman bringing up the rear.
The middle of the season is where you start to separate the wheat from the chaff, and that's what's going to happen here. Lynn's Brewmasters are 4-0 and ranked number one. Lynn deserves credit for that, but does his team have enough depth to survive the bye week blues? I think not. The second-ranked Cocks also have multiple players on a bye this week, but Peacock stacked depth from day one. His squad doesn't look like it will miss a beat this week, even with backups taking on starting roles.
Number one vs. number two. Alpha vs. Bravo. First Platoon vs. HQ. Morgan vs. Schmidt. Two original OklahomIraqis competing in their 14th season. In that time, Morgan has one championship under his belt, while Schmidt has not made the playoffs since 2009. That is about to change, as Schmidt's team is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.
The Whackers, meanwhile, are sitting pretty at 3-1 and led by Deshaun Watson, Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, and pair of top TEs: George Kittle and Austin Hooper. Unfortunately for Morgan, Dead Again has Patrick Mahomes, who I predict will win another one. Schmidt moves to 5-0, which would be the same as or more than his wins in six separate seasons.
While this may not have the caché of a number one vs. number two matchup, there's a lot to like here. The Orangebloods began the season 2-0 but have since limped to a 2-2 record. If they lose this game, their playoff chances drop to 35.1%. This is a caged animal game, and we'll see how McKay responds with his back against the wall.
Meanwhile, Team Tadlock is ranked number one at 3-1, but there are three other 3-1 teams nipping at his heels. If Tadlock wins, he raises his playoff chances to 83.8%. If he loses, he tumbles down the standings and sees his playoff chances drop to below 50%.
There is a lot to like on McKay's team, including promising rookie WR Diontae Johnson. But Tadlock's team is just too strong to pick against him. That's my pick.
Sadly, we are a quarter of the way through the 2019 season, and four teams (including the three-time champion Arrogant Americans) have yet to win a game. Meanwhile, three teams have yet to lose a game: the AFC's Brewmasters and Cocks (which are separated by less than one point at the top of the standings) and the NFC's Dead Again (who lead the league in points scored). Click on the standings to view each conference on Yahoo.