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