And since we wrote that, we've found the time to get a more thorough preview written. Here's what we have in store for this week's divisional matches:
We'll start things off in the AFC East where all four players are seeing divisional action this week. At the moment, father-and-son combo Mike C and Ethan C are taking up the bottom and top spots in the division, respectively. Ethan C couldn't have asked for much of a better start to his season, being the only AFC East player to open the season with a win. That puts him in the divisional driver's seat for as long as he can keep on winning. Mike C has certainly he proven himself capable of derailing that plan however, maintaining a lifetime 7-6-1 advantage over Ethan C.
In the middle of the AFC East are Vlad M and Deesato, who are both looking to avoid starting off the season in a very troublesome 0-2 hole. The loser of this one could be taking over the bottom of the division, while the winner will be rooting for Mike C, since a Mike C win would put the winner here into the divisional lead. Overall, Deesato is holding the advantage here, with a regular-season lifetime 9-7 record over Vlad M.
The AFC North has another pair trying to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start. Brenda's Bulldogs had a frustrating start to the season -- even though she lost her opener, she put up a better performance than nine players who came out on top. After winning the divisional last season, I Will Win It All stumbled hard out of the gate and now finds himself ranked 32nd in the league. A loss here would be a huge blow for either of these two players who split their season series each of the last two years -- will this be the year we see a season sweep from one of them?
In the NFC East we have Bad Mice not only trying to avoid an 0-2 start, but trying to avoid an 0-2 divisional start as well. Still, like Brenda's Bulldogs, Bad Mice put up a great performance last week -- just not as good a one as his opponent. In fact, if last week's match has been against his opponent this week, Jeff B, then Bad Mice would have come out on top. But, that's the nature of the pool, so now defending NFC East Champion Jeff B finds himself in a position to take over the top spot of the division with a win here.
The NFC North sees the the division's only 0-1 player, Pigskin Palookas, looking to rebound from a disappointing opener and move up from his last-place finish in 2015. To do so, he needs to snap a five-match losing streak by beating Bassturds. He'll have his work cut out for him here, however -- Bassturds has taking the W in their last three head-to-head matches.
Finally, we go to the NFC West where the defending 1-On-1 Super Bowl champion, Fighting Sporks, starts his quest to make it two-in-a-row and three-out-of-the-last four. To do so, it'll be helpful to put up a win here over the defending divisional champion, Evil Squad of Evil. These two have a long, storied history now -- five out of their seven seasons have ended with one player sweeping the other, with Evil Squad of Evil holding an 8-6 advantage (although Fighting Sporks has a nice 2-0 record over him when it matters the most -- postseason play). Evil Squad of Evil is currently on a two-match winning streak over Fighting Sporks, and he'll need to continue that streak if he wants to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.
In the meantime, make sure you have your Thursday Night Football pick submitted by noon on Thursday. Have a great week all!
A big performance took Mike C from the AFC East basement up to the Week 2 Player of the Week award. He didn't jump to the top of the division this week, but it sure took him close, and sets him up to try and take over next week.
Ok, that'll about wrap things up for this week. Take a look at the finalized pick chart, see how you look in the updated Standings, and get a jump on your Week 3 pick submission. Have a great week everyone!