With six weeks behind us, the playoff picture is beginning to take shape. As much as I hate to say it, it doesn't look like it includes my 'Mericans or Duffy's Hangovers (Cliburn-Duffy playoff games are the best). Conversely, it would take a catastrophic turn of events for Leal to miss the playoffs. His Nobodies are 5-1 and in first place. That alone should give them a playoff spot even if they go 3-4 down the stretch. Note, however, that Leal has the easiest strength of schedule so far. He may get the first or second seed but not have the look of a team poised to win it all. Let's see how they perform over the rest of the regular season. More analysis and uniform matchups after the jump.
AMMODOGS vs. Dead Again
The AMMODOGS are the number one team in the league if we're going by points. Dead Again seems lucky to be 3-3. The 'DOGS get to 4-2 and maybe jump Leal for first place if the Nobodies falter this week.
Lucky Enuf vs. DominationStation
These are two teams moving in opposite directions. Lucky Enuf has the look of a champion while DominationStation is still reeling from first and second round busts in C.J. Anderson and Andrew Luck. Even with key players on a bye, I see Pyle being just lucky enough to win this matchup and get to 5-2.
Whackers vs. SoonerJack
Yikes. This could get ugly. It's clear that Morgan has given up on the season. He's twice tried to sneak collusive trades past the league while accepting his fate as last place. Bruesch is in the thick of it for a first-round bye and wins this one easily.
Hangovers vs. DARC NARCS
Before I get to the NARCS I want to acknowledge that the Hangovers have, by far, the most difficult strength of schedule this season. This is not a 1-5 team. Yet, here we are, wondering how Duffy will pull himself out of this 1-5 hole. Although they'll be without newly-acquired Emmanuel Sanders, I think the Hangovers get off the schneid and beat Henderson, who is without recent-star Marvin Jones this week.
Dirty Hippies vs. Norman Nobodies
This is a big-time matchup this week as the number-one Nobodies face the 2014 champion Hippies. It's also my uniform matchup of the week (it's not a good week for uni matchups). These two traded with one another just two weeks ago, too. Trovillo's Hippies are 3-3 and need a win here. But I don't think they'll get it. Leal may have had an easy schedule, but he's still got a good team. In this case, it's at least better than the Hippies.
Dogs of War vs. Hard Targets
The 2-4 Dogs of War face off against a Hard Targets team that has won four straight. Although the Dogs upset the Hangovers last week, I don't see them pulling off a victory here. Interestingly, these two traded last week (Cobb's Alshon Jeffery for Finch's Peyton Manning) but neither team will have its new toy in this matchup. Both pieces to that trade are on a bye week.
Arrogant Americans vs. Roughnecks
My Arrogant Americans ran into a buzzsaw last week in the AMMODOGS. Now we're facing an underrated Roughnecks team at 3-3. I'm 2-4 and really need this victory, but Yancy has too much firepower. Todd Gurley going against an atrocious Browns rushing defense might be the determining factor here. I'm facing down the barrel of 2-5 and I don't like it.