Hiya everyone -- welcome to Week 8, or as we like to call it around here: "Copy and paste the opening text from last season's Week 8 page" week:

First, it's that time of year again -- time to check out how things are looking for the league leaders, and how the playoff picture would look if our season were only seven weeks long. Time to launch the weekly "If The Playoffs Were Held Today..." chart! Of course, many of the rankings aren't 100% fair right now, as players haven't all faced an equal number of divisional and conference opponents. However, it still works as a good indicator for how a particular player's season is going.

Basically, if you're in the white part, keep up the good work. If you're in the gray area, you'd best step things up a bit. And if you're not on there at all, time to get your game in gear now! Here we go:

As is always the case this early in the season, every position here is pretty precarious. All it would take is a short losing streak to knock even a top seed out of the running. The #1's can take heart, however -- of the 24 players who have historically shown up as projected top seeds in Week 8, 22 of them have gone on to make the playoffs. Of course, even if you're name doesn't appear here anywhere, all is not lost -- there have been multiple 1-On-1 Super Bowl Champions who didn't show up on the radar at this point in the season.

Ok, that's that. Now, let's see what we have in store on the divisional match front this week:

We'll begin in the AFC South where StuB has completed a fantastic rebound. He's gone from a pretty lousy 0-3 start to now being the only one in the division with a winning record, which allowed him to jump past Yellow Jackets to take over the division lead last week. Now, Yellow Jackets has the opportunity to rebound from back-to-back losses and reclaim the top spot with a win here. In her favor is the fact that she's swept StuB in the past two seasons, winning their four most recent meetings.

It's a tight race in the AFC East, where the winner of this week's Deesato vs. Mike C matchup could find themselves just a half-match out from the division lead. This is our first in-season rematch for this year, with these two having met in Week 4. Will Mike C be able to even out their season series, or will Deesato show himself as seemingly the only divisional opponent that can beat Mike C?

In the AFC West we have a huge match for each player -- Lyle Alzado needs a win here in order to avoid being left behind, while Why Not Zoidberg? needs a win to maintain his place atop the division. In another rematch, these two met just two short weeks ago with Why Not Zoidberg? using his win there to jump up into the division lead.

Let's juts get this out of the way -- the NFC East is fricking ridiculous this year. Bad Mice is in last place in the division, even though his record is at least twice as good as every other division's last place player. In fact, that would be good enough to be the division leader of three other divisions! The competition is so tight here that all four players are ranked in the top ten of the Power Rankings. The bottom line is that if this keeps up, the two NFC Wild Cards will come from this division -- which means last place is not where you want to be here. Bad Mice needs to get a win to try and move out of that spot, but Turf Toe is on a mission of his own. Assuming things continue the way they have been, there's a huge difference (in both competition and prize payout) between the #1 seed and the #5 seed. So if Turf Toe wants to make a move on the top spot, he's going to need to keep up his own winning ways here.

We'll wrap things up in the NFC North where Rabid Ferrets has taken over the top stop after spending much of the season languishing at the bottom. His opponent this week, Bassturds, needs a win here for more than one reason. A divisional win is always nice and could be what puts him in the lead in a week or two, but this entire division is in serious need of conference wins. In an interesting quirk, no division is stronger in out-of-conference matches, going 7-1 as a group so far. Which makes it a shame that those matches are the ones that have no bearing when it comes to playoff positioning!

All right, that'll do it for this portion of the preview. Your pick for Thursday Night Football is due in by noon on Thursday, so please make sure you have your pick submitted by then. Have a good one all!

The picks for the Game Of The Year-caliber matchup between the 2-4 Jaguars and the 3-4 Titans are in. Two players going for what is obstensibly a longshot, but really could be a blowout win -- who knows? Take a look at the pick chart to see if you've got a reason to watch this one.

Ok, all the picks are in and we're ready for a wonderful 14-hours-on-the-couch Sunday.

We didn't have any the first six weeks of the season, but this makes two weeks in a row that we have a Diverse Picks Match of the Week -- the aforementioned Deesato/Mike C showdown sees the two players disagreeing on eight of this week's 13 games. Six of those differences are in the 1:00 games, so this one might be finished early.

All right, time to get this under way! The pick chart is filled out and ready for your approval -- good luck everyone!


Thursday Night Football through 1:00 Sunday Games: For the second week in a row, we had an NFL game end in a tie, which gets counted as a miss for everyone.

Shaking that off and putting up wins this week were Pigskin Palookas, Ethan C, Ragesters, Alabama Slammers, Why Not Zoidberg?, and Boardwalkers.

4:00 Games: Some big pool wins come from an afternoon in which where were two games played.

Our final winless team is finally on the board, as Horns put up a W. Joining him in victory were Jeff B, Mary L, Turf Toe, and Rabid Ferrets

There are only two matches left to be decided -- one of which will definitely be decided by the Cowboys/Eagles game, and the other which might be decided there, or might go to MNF score. So take a look at the updated pick chart, and then check back to see if Monday Night plays a part in this week.

8:30 Game: For the first time in memory, the pool is effectively wrapped up on before the NFL week is over! With a Cowboys win, Yellow Jackets and Mike C close out this week's final matches. That just leaves the awarding of Player of the Week coming down to tomorrow night, so take a look then to see which of the three players who have gone 10-of-12 up to this point will come closest to the final score.

Monday Night Football: The Bears defeat the Vikings in a...wait, hang on, that can't be right. Let me just double-check this.

Huh...Yup, Bears 20, Vikings 10. Go figure. Well, everyone gets one wrong on that result. But one person who came out looking good was Ragesters. Of the three players who got 10 correct, he picked the lowest total score, giving him the Week 8 Player of the Week award -- nicely done!

So that'll wrap up things for another week in the pool -- take a look at the final pick chart for the week, check how you're looking in the updated Standings, and get your Week 9 pick submission sent in. Have a great week everyone!

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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