It's not very often that you find a match with this much importance this early in the season, but that's what we have brewing in the AFC North. This is second consecutive divisional match for both Mean Machine and JPP's Missing Fingers, and each of them posted a nice win last week. That means that the winner here is going to start off the season with a sweet 2-0 record in the division, giving them a solid advantage early on. JPP's Missing Fingers has to be feeling pretty good going into this one -- he's on a four-match winning streak going back into last year, and he got the season sweep over Mean Machine in 2016.
Another player looking to start off 2-0 in their division is Cutler's Revenge, who is looking to keep his rookie run going by taking on the veteran StuB. For his part, StuB needs a bounce-back after a league-low six-pick performance last week. Interesting fact: The last time StuB won a season-opening match was 2012 -- the year he went on to win the Super Bowl.
At the opposite end of the Week 1 performance spectrum is last week's Player of the Week, Heisendad, looking to defend his NFC West lead from Fighting Sporks. Now in his sophomore season, Heisendad is looking to rebound from a dismal rookie year where he finished dead last in the league. He certainly started this year off right, but now he's got to get past a two-time Super Bowl champ who swept him last year. In a rare event, Fighting Sporks missed the postseason in 2016 -- be sure that he's not looking to repeat that again this year.
Ok, that'll about do it for the early preview. Make sure you have your Thursday Night Football pick submitted by noon on Thursday. Enjoy, all!
(Tip for rookies: If you didn't see the final Week 1 write-up, you can find links to previous weeks at the very bottom of this page.)
Good luck tonight, all!
On the other end are Fishlady and Shucky Duckies, whose nine differences make for our Diverse Picks Match of the Week (NOTE: Yes, there is also a 10-difference match on the pick chart, but a DPMotW doesn't count no-shows).
Ok, that'll do it for this week's preview. Enjoy the games, and good luck everyone!
No matches settled here, so check back on Sunday to see who gets the early win.
Playing the favorites was the right call for this session -- at this point, we have fifteen players who have gone eight-of-nine on their picks so far. But, there's one player who has done one better. She hasn't won her match yet, but at this point, Brenda's Bulldogs is a perfect nine-for-nine. Nicely done!
The updated pick chart shows what we have going on so far.
One match left, coming down to MNF total score!
After dropping his season opener last week, Vlad M bounced back with a vengeance, going a league-best 14-of-16 en route to grabbing the Week 2 Player of the Week award -- nicely done!
All right, that'll wrap things up for this week. Check the finalized pick chart, see how you're looking at this early stage of the season in the Standings, and get a jump on posting your Week 3 picks. Have a great week everyone!