The middle of the season is where you start to separate the wheat from the chaff, and that's what's going to happen here. Lynn's Brewmasters are 4-0 and ranked number one. Lynn deserves credit for that, but does his team have enough depth to survive the bye week blues? I think not. The second-ranked Cocks also have multiple players on a bye this week, but Peacock stacked depth from day one. His squad doesn't look like it will miss a beat this week, even with backups taking on starting roles.
Number one vs. number two. Alpha vs. Bravo. First Platoon vs. HQ. Morgan vs. Schmidt. Two original OklahomIraqis competing in their 14th season. In that time, Morgan has one championship under his belt, while Schmidt has not made the playoffs since 2009. That is about to change, as Schmidt's team is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.
The Whackers, meanwhile, are sitting pretty at 3-1 and led by Deshaun Watson, Alvin Kamara, Cooper Kupp, and pair of top TEs: George Kittle and Austin Hooper. Unfortunately for Morgan, Dead Again has Patrick Mahomes, who I predict will win another one. Schmidt moves to 5-0, which would be the same as or more than his wins in six separate seasons.
While this may not have the caché of a number one vs. number two matchup, there's a lot to like here. The Orangebloods began the season 2-0 but have since limped to a 2-2 record. If they lose this game, their playoff chances drop to 35.1%. This is a caged animal game, and we'll see how McKay responds with his back against the wall.
Meanwhile, Team Tadlock is ranked number one at 3-1, but there are three other 3-1 teams nipping at his heels. If Tadlock wins, he raises his playoff chances to 83.8%. If he loses, he tumbles down the standings and sees his playoff chances drop to below 50%.
There is a lot to like on McKay's team, including promising rookie WR Diontae Johnson. But Tadlock's team is just too strong to pick against him. That's my pick.