Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone. Here are your games of the week. Click the title to view the matchups on Yahoo!.
I thought Brake's status as a contender was shot when star QB Deshaun Watson tore his ACL. After all, the Brawlers' other QB was Ben Roethlisberger, who had not lived up to expectations to that point in the season. But he's since turned it on, and Brake is still contending for a first-round bye. He has the most points in the PFC and, at 7-4, is one game back from the Vandals and Dirty Dogs. As long as he finishes with the same record as one of those two, he should receive that first-round bye.
Similarly, Gray seemed doomed when QB Aaron Rodgers was lost for the season, but the Drifters have rolled on. At 7-4, but with the seventh-most points in the PFC, Gray doesn't appear to have a legit chance at a first-round bye.
Since Brake already has 44.10 points from WR Jamison Crowder and RB Samaje Perine, I'm picking him to get a little closer to that first-round bye.
2013 champion Cobb is still contending at 7-4, but he needs at least one more win to guarantee a playoff spot. Unfortunately, he faces #3 Lucky Enuf this week and #2 SoonerJack during Rivalry Week. Meanwhile, Lucky Enuf is one game back from a first-round bye. Above him are 9-2 Cliburn and Bruesch, but Pyle has many more points than Bruesch. The hope of a first-round bye is still alive for Pyle, but he absolutely has to win out. I think that will happen, starting this week.
This is a must-win for the Cocks as Peacock needs to win a seventh game to have a chance at the playoffs (and needs to win out to guarantee a playoff spot). And that's what I think happens this week against Nye. Granted, Peacock already has a big lead thanks to Jamison Crowder and Samaje Perine, but I'm also banking on Jared Goff performing well against a New Orleans defense missing Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Marshon Lattimore. Look for the Cocks pull out the victory and make a playoff run.