NFC: Cliburn's Week Four Preview
Only two teams in OIL history have begun the season 0-3 and gone on to make the playoffs:
I told my wife I'd welcome 0-3 . . . because, when I ended up making the playoffs and winning the OIL Bowl, "they'll write books about our comeback." Her response? "Well, we know you'll write a book about it." But fret no more: the Arrogant Americans beat Dead Again to avoid an 0-3 start. Similarly, the Hard Targets got their first win of the season as well. But the same can't be said for Morgan, who now hopes he can be the third team to start 0-3 and still make the tournament.
Conversely, only twice has a team that started out 3-0 missed the playoffs:
Arrogant Americans vs. SoonerJack
My 'Mericans are 1-2, but we may get Arian Foster back. Bruesch is number two in the league, and he might get DeSean Jackson and Andre Ellington back from injury as well. This is a toss-up that I can't afford to lose.
AMMODOGS vs. DARC NARCS
The ALL-CAPS BOWL is your game of the week. We have the preseason favorite to win the league (the AMMODOGS) facing the current favorite in the DARC NARCS. As much as I like the AMMODOGS roster, I've got to pick Henderson here. I think Rogers's top WRs have tough matchups this week and Henderson is on a roll.
Lucky Enuf vs. Hard Targets
This is an interesting matchup. You have the all-time cry-baby of the OIL going on the road to face the front-runner for his cry-baby crown. While Pyle complains about his bad luck each year, at least he has a point. Finch meanwhile overslept on draft day and missed the bus. He then proceeded to blame that and, presumably, everything else in life on Cliburn. Pyle wins this one because Finch is too busy crying to set his lineup (although Finch would say it's because Cliburn drafted him a bad team after he got frustrated and quit drafting on ClickyDraft).
DominationStation vs. Roughnecks
Talk about bad luck . . . these two teams have had plenty of it this season. Jessen's top two picks (C.J. Anderson and Andrew Luck) have been massive disappointments while Baldwin's first-round pick (Dez Bryant) is injured for a significant stretch of the season. Amid talk that Anderson may be droppable at this point (and since Baldwin has Ronnie Hillman if Anderson indeed falls down the depth chart), I'm going to pick the Roughnecks here.
Whackers vs. Dead Again
Go ahead and pencil in win number one for the Whackers here. Dead Again will be without QB Ben Roethlisberger (but he has Carson Palmer to fill in) and TE Rob Gronkowski. There is no replacing Gronk. At least Schmidt is dealing with the bye week early though. Congrats, Morgan.
Hangovers vs. Norman Nobodies
Let me just say that this is one of my favorite uniform matchups. It has green, yellow, navy, orange, and white all in perfect proportion. There's a strange symmetry to how these two match up that I wish I could see in real life. "On the field," these two even it up at 2-2 apiece. Leal's Nobodies are dealing with Tom Brady's bye week and Blake Bortles could melt down at any moment. Chalk one up for the Hangovers.
Dirty Hippies vs. Dogs of War
Here come the Hippies! The defending champs weathered the storm without Le'Veon Bell for the first two games (due to suspension for, of course, marijuana) and came into week three at 1-1. Then they put up over 180 points on the Whackers with a HUGE MNF performance from Aaron Rodgers. They're without Davante Adams, but they're starting Bills rookie RB Karlos Williams . . . who might start in place of LeSean McCoy this week. I see another big week from the Hippies while the 2013 Dogs of War continue to limp through the early portion of their schedule.
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