Thursday, December 08, 2011

3FL Notes: Week 14 (Quarterfinals) Preview

It came down to the last game of the week during the last week of the regular season to decide which teams earned a spot in the postseason. Here come the playoffs!

Three wins in a row wins it all!

Remember that ROSTERS WILL LOCK AT 1pm THIS SUNDAY, December 11th. You will not be able to add/drop after this time. Make sure your team is ready for the playoffs before then.

And don't forget that all remaining weeks start with a Thursday Night NFL game.



Week 13 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Lightning - 90 points

Player MVPs:
Cam Newton (QB/Car) - 31 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB) - 30 points
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 24 points



Regular Season Final Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 40/78 - 51.28%
League Voting: 41/78 - 52.56%
Yahoo! Projections: 39/78 - 50%

Voting is up and running for the playoffs but the polls close just before the Browns/Steelers game on Thursday evening. Go vote!



Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Night: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night: St. Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks



The Comm-nosticator is finished for the year, but game previews are not...

#1 Predacons vs. #8 Stiletto Stompers
Well, now they've done it. The Preds finished the year with 11 wins, earning the best regular season record in the last five years. And they are riding a six game winning streak. That means they have virtually no chance of winning the championship this year, right? I know the curse was broken last season, but come on. A ten percent chance of something good happening is not good. Meanwhile the Stompers snuck into the playoffs with a loss last week and a sub .500 record, but don't count them out. Drew Brees has the ability to lead a team to a victory by himself. Sunday night will be fun, but Monday night will make all the difference in this one.

#2 Yuengling Brewers vs. #7 The Comfy Chair
The Brewers won the East - the only division in the league to send three teams to the playoffs. That's a pretty impressive feat. For their efforts the Beermen get to face the Chair, who forced their way into the postseason by winning their final three games. Thank goodness for that tie all the way back in week one. There seem to be a few keys to this matchup. First, which Matthew Stafford shows up? The 32 point QB or the 4 point QB? Second, which two of the Chair's three legit RBs will get the start? That decision will loom large. And finally, is Michael Vick back? And will he take a seat in this one or take the seat to victory?

#3 Marauders vs. #6 Spiked Vipers
These two come to the battlefield looking quite similar. Both are 7-6 and they were the top two scoring teams in the league this season. However, at present time, the Marauders look as though they have been plundered. Matt Moore and Colt McCoy are fighting for the starting QB spot thanks to Matt Schaub ending up on IR. Number one draft pick Adrian Peterson has been sidelined by injury for the past two weeks and maybe this week as well. The Vipers have Aaron Rodgers, so there's that. He's been on the weekly player MVPs list more times than he has not this year. Unless he throws all 13 of his TD passes to Greg Jennings, this one could be out of hand before SpiVi's kicker comes in to mop things up late.

#4 Misfits, Inc. vs. #5 ray ray haw
The outcome of this one looks fairly obvious. FitzCorp is 5-8 (!) but somehow made the playoffs by being in the North Division. The haw was in first place in the league for a majority of the season. FitzCorp has never held aloft the trophy. The haw have their name etched upon it a record three times, including once from last year when these two teams met in the SuperBowl. Coach haw is projected to win by almost ten points and many of the matchups favor the defending 3FL champions. But not so fast. Things don't have to make sense here, and they usually don't. All those Ps and Qs in the haw's lineup may be an indicator of what's to come. Perhaps a Sunday night comeback by the corporation? Don't rule them out. This should be the best matchup of the week.

Good luck in the playoffs! The trophy awaits!

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