Hi all, and welcome to Week 11, where a computer crash has wiped out the long, meticulous preview I'd written. So, with perhaps just a hint of bitterness, here's a more condensed version. First up, a loot at this week's "If..." chart:

Over in the AFC, the top seven remain completely unchanged, and the 8-11 spots have the same players, just shuffled around a bit. In the NFC, Evil Squad Of Evil has taken over the division lead in the West, and with it the #4 spot that previously belonged to Fighting Sporks. We've also seen the #7 spot taken over by LV-426 Xenomorphs, knocking Rabid Ferrets out of a postseason berth.

With that in place, let's take a look at the divisional matches we have in store for this week:

It's a seriously tight race in the AFC South, where the third-place player here would in first place in most other divisions. That third-place player, StuB, can't take the lead from Louisville Islands this week, but a win here would make it a whole lot easier to take over the top spot in the next week or two. Louisville Islands is still in complete control of her own destiny here, and a divisional win in such a tight race would go a long way as we head towards the final stretch.

It's hard times in the AFC East right now, with the bottom three players in the Power Rankings all coming from this division -- although it's not a hopeless situation for any of them. Here we have a first-vs-last match going, with the top-ranked Vlad M looking to stay perfect in the division by snapping a two-match losing streak and handing Buttfumbler his fourth-straight loss. Someone will be turning around their fortunes here, and if Buttfumbler wants to have any realistic shot at a playoff berth, then this might be his last chance.

We have a battle for supremacy in the NFC North this week, with first-place Delta Dawgs going at it against second-ranked Pigskin Palookas in a match that will have the winner atop the division at the end of the week. Neither player has lost a divisional match this season -- a streak that will be ending here.

Fighting Sporks lost his spot atop the NFC West last week, and is hoping to regain it here with a win over Green Bowl Tokers. And while Green Bowl Tokers finds himself near the bottom of the Power Rankings, the fact is that he's only two wins out of first place. He's hampered by his winless divisional record, but if he can start stringing the victories together, anything is possible here.

All right, that's it for this part of the preview. Make sure you have your Thursday night pick submission in before noon on Thursday -- enjoy everyone!

The Thursday picks are in, and we have two matches with a difference tonight. Nearly everyone picked New England, which, as we've learned over the past two weeks, means exactly Jack around here. Underdog teams are definitely proving that majority rule doesn't apply to this. Will we see a little return to Thursday Night Normalcy? Check back tonight and see what happens -- in the meantime, here's your Thursday night pick chart.

All right, all the picks are in and we have another week with quite a bit of agreement on the board. Both the Ravens and the Titans were unanimous picks, which recent history tells us means that both these teams could be in a lot of trouble.

We have a matching pair of One-Hit Wonder Matches of the Week on tap -- the Jets/Dolphins game will be the determining factor for the matches between Ignats and Mean Machine as well as Heisendad and Black And Blues Brothers. If Miami wins, then it'll be good times for Ignats and Heisendad, while Mean Machine and Black And Blues Brothers are both all-in on the Jets. Gotta say, not a pair of teams that I'd want to have my entire week riding on!

Ok, that's it for the preview this week. Tomorrow is bartending day for me, so the next update likely won't be until late Sunday night. Check the full pick chart, enjoy the games, and good luck everyone!


Thursday and Sunday: Another week with a lot of big upsets, but even a low pick count can still get you a win as long as you do slightly better than your opponent. Getting the job done here were Beep Bops, JPP's Missing Fingers, Ignats, StuB, Buttfumbler, Hoodie's Hoodlums, Turf Toe, Jeff B, Fighting Sporks, and Brenda's Bulldogs.

Four matches coming down to MNF, so check back after that one to see how the week wraps up.

Monday Night Football: A low-scoring Tampa Bay victory gives the final victories of the week to Pigskin Palookas, Secretly Victorious, Indiana Jems, and Ragesters -- nicely done all!

Some fine picking by Beep Bops this week -- his 12-of-15 performance earned him this week's Player of the Week, as well as his NFC-best winning streak making him the #2 player in the conference (although he still has to contend with sharing a division with the conference's #1 player).

A look at the Standings shows how crazy-tight a lot of the divisions are right now, with several of them containing the possibility of a 4th-place player making the leap to first with only one or two wins.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This upcoming week is Thanksgiving, with a full day of football on Thursday. As always, we have an extra-early deadline this week, with your picks for the three Thanksgiving Day games due in by 8:00 pm on Wednesday. You don't want to default on something like this, so make sure you take a moment to at least get your Thursday picks submitted.

Ok, that's about it for this week -- the pick chart is all set for your approval, so go check that out and have a great week everyone!

North South
Brenda's Bulldogs
I Will Win It All
Louisville Islands
JPP's Missing Fingers
Mean Machine
Hoodie's Hoodlums
Black And Blues Brothers
Mike C
Why Not Zoidberg?
Indiana Jems
Vlad M
Lyle Alzado
Secretly Victorious
North South
Delta Dawgs
Pigskin Palookas
Alabama Slammers
Rabid Ferrets
Beep Bops
LV-426 Xenomorphs
East West
Bad Mice
Evil Squad of Evil
Jeff B
Turf Toe
Fighting Sporks
Green Bowl Tokers

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