Hi all and welcome to Week 3!

This is the time of year when we can start seeing trends and such emerge. One week of data doesn't tell us a lot, and even two weeks doesn't count for all that much. But once we have three weeks in the books, you can begin to see how things might come together down the road. A 3-0 player has an excellent chance of making the playoffs, while an 0-3 player is nearly dead in the water. As it happens, there are nine players trying to make it to that perfect record and another nine who are trying to avoid a disastrous start this week. Some of those players are competing in this week's divisional matches, all of which take place in the NFC:

We begin in the NFC North where Ignats is looking to keep his unbeaten streak going. And while he's been picking them very well lately, Ignats is going to have to bring his A-game here against Pigskin Palookas. These two have met twice each year since 2008, and it's been an overall one-sided contest. Pigskin Palookas has an over 11-4 record over Ignats, and Ignats hasn't picked up a win here since 2013.

It's early in the season, but this is already shaping up to be a huge contest in the NFC East (a brutally competitive division this season, containing three of the top-five players in the Power Rankings). We have the division-leading Hyena taking on Jeff B, who is ranked second about as closely as he could be. They're both coming into this at 2-0, so the winner here is going to undefeated, have a 2-0 divisional record, and be solidly positioned atop the division.

The NFC West-leading Fighting Sporks will be looking to keep a six-match winning streak going by coming out on top in his first meeting with rookie Eighteen. And while Fighting Sporks may be defending champ, he'll be well-served not to look past this week. Eighteen can keep an important fact in mind -- Fighting Sporks has only put up three wins in his ten matches against rookie players over the past five seasons (how's that for top-level stat generation??).

Finally, we have an NFC South contest where the 2-0 Beep Bops looks to keep things rolling by facing off against the 0-2 Alabama Slammers, who needs to be looking at this one as a "must-win". Both players are looking to make their first serious mark on the league, and Beep Bops is certainly looking like this could be the year he does it. One thing Alabama Slammers can look at as a positive going in to this one -- even though he's only 1-3 against Beep Bops, that victory was in their last matchup. Will he be able to make it two-in-a-row and possibly save his season?

All right, that'll do it for this week's early preview. Please make sure you have your Thursday Night Football pick submitted by noon on Thursday. Have a great week all!

As was mentioned in the e-mail sent to the group, we've got a situation going on this week -- my father-in-law (father to Secretly Victorious) is in the hospital and in pretty bad shape, so we had to make an emergency trip to Indiana. This delayed the TNF update, but the Thursday pick chart has now been posted.

If you haven't already done so, please make sure your picks for the rest of the week are in by Saturday evening. I can't guarantee when they'll be posted, but we'll make every effort to get everything updated before kickoff.

Thanks for everyone's patience and well-wishes during this time.

All right, Sunday morning and my FIL is in improving shape (thanks for the kind messages, folks!). So it's time to get on with what we're here for -- the picks are in and we have one specialty match on tap. We said in the above preview that Hyena and Jeff B were playing each other close, and now they're meeting in a really close one -- a One-Hit Wonder Match of the Week! They picked fifteen games the same, leaving just the Bucs/Rams game to decide their match. Jeff B is rooting for Tampa Bay, while Hyena needs a Los Angeles win if he hopes to stay atop the division. A lot on the line for this one!

That should about do it for this week's preview. Once again, I have no idea when updates will be made next, but we'll get things to you as soon as we can. So for now, check the pick chart, good luck to you, and enjoy the games everyone!


Thursday & Sunday Games: We didn't have time for any updates yesterday, so we'll have to list them all at once here. Getting wins on Sunday were Vlad M, I Will Win It All, Boardwalkers, Secretly Victorious, Hyena, Bad Mice, Brenda's Bulldogs, Mother Cluckers, and Beep Bops.

That still leaves seven matches left to be decided by Monday Night Football -- check back on Tuesday to see how everything shakes out.

Monday Night Football: Ok, after a long couple of days on our emergency road trip, we're back home. Since we're about to bump against the Week 4 Preview, we're going to finish this one off quickly.

High score was the way to go in this one, and when all was said and done, Deesato, Shucky Duckies, JPP's Missing Fingers, Pigskin Palookas, Evil Squad of Evil, Fighting Sporks, and Ethan C all came out on top.

Nice job by Vlad M -- he was one of three players to go 11-for-16, but he picked the highest MNF score giving him the Week 3 Player of the Week award.

Ok, time to wrap this up -- check the finalized pick chart, see how the Standings are shaping up, and get a jump on getting your Week 4 picks submitted. Thanks for your patience during this hectic week -- enjoy, all!

North South
Brenda's Bulldogs
I Will Win It All
Mother Cluckers
JPP's Missing Fingers
Mean Machine
Yellow Jackets
East West
Ethan C
Mike C
Why Not Zoidberg?
Mary L
Vlad M
Lyle Alzado
Secretly Victorious
North South
Pigskin Palookas
Alabama Slammers
Rabid Ferrets
Beep Bops
East West
Bad Mice
Evil Squad of Evil
Jeff B
Turf Toe
Fighting Sporks
Shucky Duckies

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