Thursday, December 22, 2011

3FL Notes: S11: Week 16 (SuperBowl) Preview

A new name will adorn the championship trophy! Both the Predacons and Yuengling Brewers pulled convincing upsets to set up a great SuperBowl matchup. Remember that a majority of the games are on Saturday this week, with only a late game on Christmas and the MNF game after a full slate on Christmas Eve.

Who will be receiving an etched trophy plate as a late Christmas present? We'll have to watch and see.

Week 15 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 88 points

Player MVPs:
Drew Brees (QB/NO) - 36 points (2nd place all time)
Matthew Stafford (QB/Det) - 29 points
Tony Romo (QB/Dal) - 26 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

League Voting: 7/8 - 87.50%
Yahoo! Projections: 6/8 - 75%

Go vote! Your final chance to vote on this year's games ends when the Texans/Colts game starts at 8:20pm on Thursday.

Week 16 Information

Thursday Night: Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
Christmas Night: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

Here we's SuperBowl week in the 3FL!

For 7th Place:
#3 Marauders vs. #8 Stiletto Stompers
The Stompers snuck into the playoffs and can't be too upset with this opportunity to raise their final standing by one level. The Marauders also can't be too upset after realizing that the players who got them the 3 seed are on IR and unhelpful in these playoffs. The only question here is which of the two managers will replace their injured WRs before gametime.

For 5th Place:
#4 Misfits, Inc. vs. #7 The Comfy Chair
Both of these teams lost heartbreakers in the quarterfinals and then took care of business last week. And both score a lot of points on their respective benches. That might be the case again this week, although FitzCorp is down to 12 healthy players with one IR and one O since the playoffs began. They won't be able to start a TE this week. The Chair has almost as many red Ps and Qs as healthy guys as they fight for the top spot in the consolation bracket. Maybe Michael Vick will lead the tCC over the Misfits for their final defeat of the year. Another heartbreaker.

For 3rd Place:
#5 ray ray haw vs. #6 Spiked Vipers
The haw was a 10 point favorite last week, ready to advance to their fourth SuperBowl and defend last year's title. The Vipers were the team of destiny - a lower than expected seed with the top point total and a 15 point favorite to play in their second championship game. So what happened? The 3FL again proved its unpredictability, sending both of these teams to stunning losses and into a battle for 3rd place. It will probably be the best matchup of our final weekend, with these two projected to score more than 155 combined points. High flying action for family bragging rights.

3FL SuperBowl XI
#1 Predacons vs. #2 Yuengling Brewers
How in the world did we end up here? This has to be the most unlikely #1 vs. #2 matchup of all time. And, actually, it is the first time that the first and second seed have ever met in the SuperBowl. Both teams have been to the big game before (the Predacons in '01 and the Brewers in '03 and '05), but neither has yet etched their name on the championship trophy. That all changes on Monday night.

The Predacons have been relying on the underachievement of others all year, and their two wins in these playoffs came by posting the largest margin of victory in both games. Meanwhile the Brewers have outscored everyone else in the league in each of the past two weeks. That's one surefire way to get into the SuperBowl game. It should be a great matchup for Christmas weekend, with both teams starting eight on Saturday and then holding one player each for prime time.

The NFL matchups favor the Brewers but the raw projections put the Preds ahead by a few. The game to watch is Eagles/Cowboys on Christmas Eve afternoon. Romo and Maclin will go for Coach Sinkerbeam while Bryant and the Philadelphia defense will counter for Coach Brew. That game could go along way to decide who will hold aloft the trophy. Here we go!

Happy Festivus, Merry Christmas and good luck this week.

Thanks to all for another fun season!

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