Thursday, November 01, 2007

3FL Notes: Week 9 Preview

Things evened out a bit last week, and only four games now separate first place from last place. Tom Brady and the Lightning continued their dominance and turned in the highest point total for the third time in four weeks. Are they peaking too early or starting a serious SuperBowl run? We'll find out soon enough.



Week 8 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Lightning - 91 points

Player MVPs:

Tom Brady (QB/NE) - 34 points
San Diego Chargers Defense - 27 points
Joseph Addai (RB/Ind) - 23 points



Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 29/48 - 60.42%
League Voting: 27/48 - 56.25%
Yahoo! Projections: 28/48 - 58.33%



Week 9 Information

Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Bye Week: Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, NY Giants



The Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 9:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Although the Preds have scored 40 more points than the Renegades this year, they have acquired four less wins in the process. That should change this week if Coach Sinkerbeam's RB situation gets figured out. But then again, there is a reason one team is 2-6 and the other is 6-2.

Lightning (-1) vs. Rough Riders
It's tough to pick the Riders to win this game - even after the huge upset they pulled last week and the fact that they will only be missing one player due to not paying attention. But the Lightning are looking to keep up their momentum and Tom Brady is showing no signs of slowing down. Even if the score is 45-0.

ray ray haw (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Baby William has just arrived home from his six week stay in the NICU, so the Brewers will have their hands full this weekend (and for the next 18 years or so). We're all very happy for the entire Brew crew and wish them the best. But unless Rob wanders over to the computer at 4am, his lineup isn't going to change itself. Nor is baby William for that matter.

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Honestly - are the Vipers players each scheduled for two bye weeks this year? It seems like they are constantly without three or four players for every game. Even Peyton Manning is having trouble carrying this team on his shoulders.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Dumbbums
Last year's SuperBowl rematch finds both teams hovering around the .500 mark. But Tony Romo is back for the 'Morons this week and the outcome should be the same as it was last December. Maybe Coach Drew will even hold aloft the trophy after the Sunday night game for old times' sake.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Our top two teams clash in what should turn out to be a great matchup. This one could honestly go either way, and both coaches will be watching the night games and rooting for their favorite NFL teams to see who ends up the victor. There will be much yelling at the television by all.

Good luck this week.

1 comment:

  1. Lightning press conference11:34 AM, November 02, 2007

    Q: Are you thinking about a championship run?
    A: Of course we are. It is impossible to keep that possibility out of your mind when you’re having such a great season.

    Q: Are you peaking too early?
    A: I don't believe we are peaking; what we're doing is playing great fantasy football. While it may look like we’re peaking, our high point totals each week have been the result of different individuals stepping up each week while others are struggling. In fact, I believe we have yet to see the full potential of this team.

    Q: Are you worried about the Rough Riders pulling off a second upset in as many weeks?
    A: Let’s be serious here: last week’s upset was not the result of a good week for the Riders, but a poor week for the ‘Fitz. If we lose this week it will be for the same reason; but I have no reason to think we won’t continue to perform well and get the job done.

    Q: Is Tom Brady your entire team?
    A: Clearly, Tom Brady is having a fantastic season and is an important part of this organization; but he is still only one member of the team. The rest of the players are having a tremendous year as well. For example, even if our recently backup QB, Brett Favre, was in the starting role last week, the Lightning would still have racked up the most points - and that was with three starters on a bye.

    Q: What is your opinion on the accusations of New England “running up the score” last week?
    A: We weren’t directly involved in that decision, but as far as we’re concerned New England can run up the score every week. Maybe someone will figure out a way to stop them, but no team should blame the Patriots for being too good.

    Q: What about next week against the Marauders; do you think you’ll struggle without Brady in the lineup?
    A: The Marauders are a challenging opponent. They could even be in first place going into week 10. We’ll be without Brady, yes, but remember that the New England bye will also keep Randy Moss off of the Marauders starting lineup. He would likely have stolen some of Brady’s points anyway; so week 10 would be a challenge even with Brady available.

    All we can control is our own performance and we’ve been preparing our week 10 strategy for some time. We picked up Greg Jennings off the waivers during Green Bay’s bye week and recently acquired Brett Favre from the Misfits. With Green Bay as the only Defense on our roster, we’ll be putting a lot of stock in the GB vs. Min game next week. At their previous meeting in week 4, all three performed well on the road against Minnesota. This time they’ll be playing in front of the home team crowd; so I think we’ll be just fine. With some luck we may even hook up on a Favre-Jennings combo and return an Adrian Peterson fumble for a TD.

    That’s all for today; thank you.

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