We're not quite to the point where we post the weekly "If the playoffs were held today..." chart, but we're definitely seeing a few trends pop up, and we're getting a feel as to which players are looking like strong playoff contenders and which ones seriously need to turn things around right now if they don't want to see their season go up in flames.
We'll start our weekly look at the divisional matchups off in the AFC West where the entire group is seeing divisional action this week. This is far and away the tightest division in the league, with a mere half-win separating first place from last place. And as it happens, first and last place are facing off this week. A loss last week sent Secretly Victorious from first to last just like that, while a nice win (and then a bye) sent Mary L from last place into the top spot. Now these two go head-to-head in a match that that will see the loser go into an 0-2 divisional hole, setting the scene for a lot of problems down the road.
In the middle of the division are Lyle Alzado and Why Not Zoidberg?, each trying to break the divisional logjam and make a move for the top. So far, Lyle Alzado's only wins have come against divisional opponents -- Why Not Zoidberg? will have to decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing heading into this meeting, the first of two they'll have in the next three weeks. Fun fact: All four AFC West players have already been atop the division at some point in this young season.
It's getting to be desperation time in the AFC South for both Mother Cluckers and Horns, who have combined for a 1-9 record so far this season. These two play each other just as close if not closer than any other pair in the league. They're a perfect 10-10 against one other in the pool's history, and they've split their season series the past five years. No matter what happens here, both players will have to be rooting hard against Yellow Jackets -- if she picks up a win this week, then the loser of this match will find themselves in a very, very deep hole.
Speaking of deep holes, down in the NFC South Alabama Slammers is trying very hard to avoid one of his own. He bounced back from an 0-3 start to get his first win of the season last week, and now he faces a huge test in the red-hot Boardwalkers. After a Week 1 loss, Boardwalkers has been rolling and has now won four-straight, including two divisional matches. If he wants to keep a step ahead of the also-hot Beep Bops, he's going to need a win here.
We'll wrap up in the exceptionally strong NFC East, a division where all four players are above .500. While Turf Toe and Jeff B are each having good seasons so far, they're both looking up at the league-leading Hyena. And although Jeff B may in second place in the division, he's also in second place overall in the league -- so he's definitely doing something right here. Turf Toe isn't doing badly at all either with a third-place record could lead half the other divisions in the league. Bottom line, this division currently has a very good chance of giving the NFC one, if not two, of its Wild Card players. This is going to be a tough division to win, and these divisional matches are going to be key down the stretch.
All right, the pick submission page is all set. We're not going to be around for very long after the Thursday Night Football deadline of noon on Thursday, so don't be late with your pick. Have a good one all!
And that'll do it for this week's preview -- take a look at the fully updated pick chart and check back after the 1:00 games to see how things are coming along. Good luck everyone!
Several matches can/will be decided by the 4:00 games, so check the pick chart and take a look later today to see how things are coming together.
Two of the three remaining matches will be decided by the late game tonight, so check back afterward to see how things shake out.
One more match coming down to tomorrow night's final score -- check back then to see how the week finishes up.
Congratulations go out to I Will Win It All who absolutely broke Deesato's heart en route to winning the Week 6 Player of the Week award. After winning back-to-back PotW the past two weeks, Deesato went a very impressive 12-of-15 this week. A terrific score for sure, and better than everyone else in the league -- except for his opponent. Thaaaaaaat's right, I Will Win It All put in 13 correct picks to snatch the award up for himself and send Deesato home with a very bad beat.
All right, see how things came together in the completed pick chart, check out how you're looking in the Standings, and get your Week 7 picks submitted early (don't let what would have been a win turn into a default loss just because you missed the deadline!). Enjoy your week everyone!