IT'S HATE WEEK!
Welcome to week 13: Rivalry Week. This is the week where playoff hopes don't matter. Your season isn't over, no matter how poor your record. This week you get a chance at bragging rights for the next year. Time to beat your rivals, gentlemen. My 'Mericans are 4-8. The Hangovers are 2-10. Neither one of us are making the playoffs, but I can't express enough how much a Rivalry Week victory will salvage our seasons to some degree.
Of course, there are playoff implications this week (just not in my matchup). Finch and Leal are one win away from guaranteeing a first-round bye. Finch can probably guarantee a first-round bye even with a loss, but a win here would break the OIL record for most consecutive victories (putting Finch at 11-straight). His Hard Targets are averaging 178.82 points over their last seven games (and when you take out the outliers on the high end and low end, he's averaging 183.64 points over that stretch). So this 10-game winning streak is no fluke. They're the favorite heading into the playoffs.
If Leal falters, Bruesch could snag a bye with a win over the godless Dogs of War. Jessen could play spoiler against a Rogers team that needs a win to ensure a playoff spot. Pyle can do the same with a win against Schmidt (who he has struggled against historically), and Schmidt could sneak into the playoffs with a win against Pyle (and a little help). Pyle hasn't made the playoffs since 2010, so this is a HUGE matchup. It would be just like Schmidt to keep Pyle from making the tournament for a fifth-straight season.
Lots going on this week. We'll be sure to discuss it all on the podcast Wednesday at 1900 CST. Here are last week's matchup results; Rivalry Week analysis after the jump.
We had a record broken in the OIL in week 11, but it's not a record Jessen should be proud of. His DominationStation now hold the OIL record for longest losing streak (nine games). His loss means four managers who held the record together can now have a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, Finch won his ninth straight game. That puts him one victory away from tying the all-time OIL record for most wins in a row (10). Who holds that record? Cliburn (me). And who do the Hard Targets play this week? Cliburn's Arrogant Americans. My season is all but over. There will be no playoffs. There will be no third OIL Bowl championship. But we can pull out all the stops to protect our record (set in 2010). If Finch wants a piece of our record, he's going to have to take it from our cold, dead hands.
Forgive Finch if he doesn't actually care too much about this week though. He clinched a playoff spot last week (the first team to do it) and may not have time to think about silly trivialities like league records. Still, this game is important to Cliburn, so the Targets better bring it.
On a league-wide note, it wasn't record-breaking, but there were a lot of low scores this week. So many fantasy players disappointed, and it's reflected in the totals this week. But things will be better next week. Week 11 was the last of the bye weeks so every team will be at full strength from here on out (aside from injuries, of course). Here's last week's matchups. Week 12 analysis after the jump.
Tick, tick, tick . . . the playoff clock is ticking close to zero. No one has yet clinched a playoff spot, but it certainly looks like we have an idea of who will make it to the "second season." The Enforcers, Xtreme, and Drifters look like playoff locks. Meanwhile, the Vandals have been winning on pure luck all season . . . until now. Their squad dropped 186 points on McKay last week. The Vandals just may be a playoff contender after all. Week 11 analysis after the jump.
Two of week 10's matchups were separated by just one point. The Brewmasters squeaked by War Pony, and Steel Reign avoided the upset beating the Negligent Discharge by less than a point. The next three weeks will be vital as the playoff picture is starting to take shape. There are a few mus- win games this week, and the number two team takes on the number three. This should be an exciting week.
Here are your week 10 standings and playoff odds going into week 11. Analysis after the jump.
The first playoff odds have been calculated, and it looks like the playoff picture is all but resolved. The only thing left is to see who gets Rivalry Week bragging rights and who secures the first-round byes. Week 11 analysis after the jump.
Last weeks matchup between the top two teams was and might be the defining game in the league yet. Enforcers smashed The Xtreme by +69.85 point and was awarded the "Biggest Blowout " for week 9. Is there another team in the PFC League that can stop the Enforcers commanding lead? Stay tuned and find out.... Let's take a look at week 10 matchups.
We have a new number one team in the NFC. Finch's Hard Targets walloped the Hangovers to take the top spot. Previous number one Lucky Enuf lost big to the NARCS while the Nobodies moved up to third with a win over Dead Again. There are now three 7-2 teams vying for the top two playoff spots (and first-round byes). Things are getting interesting as we head into the home stretch. Week 10 analysis after the jump.
Week nine has come and gone like any other week. But now the playoff picture is going to be really muddy in the up and coming weeks. War Pony had a majority of their players on bye this week but came through with a huge game to lead the league this week in scoring. Great job by Jimmy Venable on filling the gaps in his lineup (getting DeAngelo Williams off waivers didn't hurt). The close game between the Doughboys and Rebel Alliance was also fun to keep an eye on. This ends the Rebel Alliance's five-game winning streak. Congratulations are in order for the Cocks, who finally got their first win of the season. During their celebration this week, their manager said, "We're going to win out; we will not lose a game the rest of the season."
Below are the standings heading into week 10. Analysis after the jump.