The NFC is dead-stagnant in the actual playoff positions, but there was a lot of activity among those fighting to make the postseason with three players moving in, knocking out three others. In the AFC, the division leaders remain the same, but Ethan C has replaced Yellow Jackets as a Wild Card.
Ok, there are no divisional matches this week, so we're taking this opportunity to take a look at how things are shaping up league-wide as we head down the stretch. In the AFC, JPP's Missing Fingers and his record of 9-1-1 is definitely no joke. He currently has the fifth-best record in league history at this point in the season (behind the four players who started out 10-1). Really, at this point it would take an utter collapse in order for him to miss the playoffs -- but he still has to be careful not to let the division title slip away. He's 2.5 wins ahead of Brenda's Bulldogs, who is looking good for a postseason berth herself. Even if she doesn't make up the ground needed to overtake JPP's Missing Fingers, she's still in the driver's seat for a Wild Card spot. As long as she keeps winning, she'll be seeing postseason action.
Why Not Zoidberg? is running a league-best six-match winning streak, which is why he's in control of his own destiny and sitting at the #2 spot in the conference. He has comfortable lead in the division, but Secretly Victorious is still a direct threat. If he loses just one match in the next month, then Secretly Victorious will have a chance to swoop in and take over the top spot in their Week 17 rematch.
StuB and Yellow Jackets have traded the AFC South lead back and forth a couple of times this season, and StuB and his four-match winning streak has built up a 1.5-match lead. He's only a half-match behind Why Not Zoidberg? so if he keeps it up, he has a great chance of earning himself a first-round bye. For her part, Yellow Jackets controls her own destiny when it comes to making the postseason -- if she keep winning, then she's guaranteed at least a Wild Card spot.
After starting out 1-4, Mike C could have called this season a wash. Instead, he's put together six-straight wins and taken over the top of the AFC East. No room for mistakes here though, as Ethan C's 6-3-2 record translates to an equivalent record as Mike C, and realistically both Vlad M and Deesato are thick in the running. The gap between 1st and 4th place in the division is only two wins, so this is open for anyone who can go on a season-closing run.
Ok, writing this took longer than expected, and we're run out of preview-writing time for this week, so it looks like the NFC is going to get screwed out of coverage here. Maybe we'll be able to put something together before the week is out if we have time. But in the meantime...
First up, Mary L and Beep Bops face off in a One-Hit Wonder Match of the Week. Mary L is looking to Tampa Bay to get her the win, while Beep Bops has it all on the line with San Diego.
And with one fewer different is Boardwalkers and Fighting Sporks, who picked all 15 games the same way, leading to a Monday Night Madness Match of the Week. This is coming down to Monday Night Football score -- if the total is 47, then these two will tie. If it's under, then Boardwalkers comes out on top, while Fighting Sporks is rooting for the offenses to push the total to 48 or higher.
All right, that'll do it for this week's preview. Take a look at the updated pick chart, and good luck everyone!
That will change after the afternoon games, so check back later to see who posts the first wins of the week.
Six matches left, but none of them will be settled tonight. Take a look at the updated pick chart and check back tomorrow night to see how this week finishes up.
A handful of players went 12-of-15 this week, but it was Mary L who picked the highest total score, giving her the Week 13 Player of the Week award -- nicely done!
As this week draws to a close, there are still no playoff spots solidified (although there are a couple players who have around a 1% chance of missing the postseason). Next week will likely be when we'll see a player or two punch their playoff ticket -- we'll take a closer look at those scenarios in next week's preview.
So that'll about do it for this week in the pool -- as always, take a look at the finalized pick chart, see how you're looking in the updated Standings, and get a jump on your Week 14 pick submission. Have a great week everyone!