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 second-round pick WR Tyreek Hill. 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!.
It's been a weird year. Scoring is down 14 points per game across the OIL. Injuries have been rampant. And Fynch, a man I didn't know had feelings, had his feelings hurt and pitched a fit. I've been busy working on the ever-evolving league history spreadsheet (now with updated OPR!) and I've neglected the weekly preview posts as a result (note that Cordes and Zerger haven't exactly been blowing up my phone asking how they can knock out the PFC and AFC previews). So here's something new: a weekly post previewing the game of the week in each conference, beginning with the best matchup of the week.
PFC: #2 Orangebloods at #1 Vandals
This matchup features an unlikely top two: McKay, who hasn't made the playoffs in his two OIL seasons; and newcomer Lutonsky, who, prior to last year, had never played fantasy before. But each of them are 3-1 and sit atop the standings. However, McKay made it here thanks to stellar rookie RB Dalvin Cook . . . who tore his ACL last week. I'm picking Lutonsky to remain at number one.
AFC: #6 Redlegs vs. #1 Sawtooths
Defending AFC champion Zerger's Redlegs began the season 2-0 before dropping two in a row. If they're to seriously contend for a second championship, they'll need to avoid a third loss. But they'll have to do it against 4-0 Reed, whose Sawtooths are in first place even after losing Danny Woodhead (again) in Week One. And it's a close matchup.
Zerger had the number-one pick and went against the grain, choosing Antonio Brown over consensus top pick David Johnson . . . who is now sitting on IR. Pairing Brown with Tyreek Hill has worked well for Zerger, leading to the third-most points in the league through four weeks. Unfortunately, he's also faced the third-toughest strength of schedule.
Meanwhile, Reed only has the eighth-most points in the league . . . but he's faced the easiest schedule. That'll get you to 4-0. I'm picking the Redlegs here.
NFC: #5 Lucky Enuf vs. #2 SoonerJack
Well, this just makes perfect sense, as Pyle and Bruesch famously played to a tie in the 2008 OIL Bowl. Now, nine years later, the two are title contenders again. Lucky Enuf has the second-most points in the league, while SoonerJack undefeated. But the matchup doesn't appear to be close. Bruesch just lost Dalvin Cook to Injured Reserve, and CJ Anderson is on a bye. Look for Pyle to make a statement with this victory.
And then there were three . . . undefeated teams, that is. In the AFC, Reed (Sawtooths) stands at 4-0. Morgan (Whackers) and Bruesch (SoonerJack) are the lone remaining undefeated teams in the NFC after Cliburn's Arrogant Americans were defeated by 0.10 by SoonerJack. The final 3-0 team in the PFC (Gray) was beaten handily by Buehre.
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Only one team remains undefeated in the AFC and, perhaps not coincidentally, it's the team with the easiest strength of schedule thus far: Reed's Sawtooths. But, with Reed's poor luck last year, it's about time he caught a break. Previous number-one Zerger fell to second after his Redlegs lost to the last place Vultures.
Three (!) teams are undefeated in the NFC, but two of them play each other in Week Four (Arrogant Americans and SoonerJack) while number-two Morgan's Whackers play fourth-ranked Lucky Enuf. It'll be a college football-style "Separation Sunday" next week for sure.
The PFC, like the AFC, boasts just one undefeated team . . . and it's the team with, by far, the easiest schedule of the entire OIL. Meanwhile, Mitchell continues to have a Nightmare of a season, falling to 0-3. In between the two extremes lies a very balanced conference with no clear favorite at this point.
EAU CLAIRE — Hangovers manager Adam Duffy unveiled a new team logo Sunday, seven years after first unveiling the Packers-inspired logo created at 48hoursdesign.com. The new logo does not replace the traditional Hangovers logo, but it adds to the ever-growing library of OIL logos. The biggest difference between the primary and new alternate logo is that, rather than using the stylized 'H' that has come to be known as distinctly Hangover, the new mark incorporates the 'G' made famous by Duffy's beloved Green Bay Packers. Both Hangovers logos incorporate the shadow of Vince Lombardi.