Thursday, December 17, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 15 (Semifinals) Preview

For the first time in our history all of the odd numbered seeds advanced to the semifinals. Seems appropriate for 2020. It ended up as our second highest scoring playoff week ever and three of the four winning teams scored more than 100 points.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2020 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold. Through 1,578 regular season games we have scored a combined 210,101 points.

Fun fact: After 20 years of the 3FL, Coach Drew and Coach Nick have the exact same regular season W/L/T record (129/127/7), but Coach Drew has scored two (just 2!) more total points. That's a one point differential per decade. Crazy!

Don't forget, the four teams still in the championship bracket will have only one player add available this week. And there are two Saturday games in addition to Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Week 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 133 points (2nd, playoffs all-time)

Player MVPs:
Derrick Henry (RB/Ten/MI) - 33 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB/SV) - 30 points
Jonathan Taylor (RB/Ind/SV) - 28 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 1/4 - 25%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
Saturday Afternoon: Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos
Saturday Night: Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday Night: Cleveland Browns @ New York Giants
Monday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

Semifinal Games
(Winners play in 3FL SuperBowl XX, losers play for 3rd Place)

#1 Spiked Vipers vs. #5 Marauders
Another week, another record book addition for SpiVi. This time it's the second best playoff weekly score of all time. They've been putting up so many points that even the curse might be apprehensive to take them on. The Marauders have quietly found themselves in the semis, but this game would be a lot more competitive if they didn't have six players who are questionable for this weekend. The Vipers have only one Q. Look out (again), 3FL records.

#3 Predacons vs. #7 Phys. Ed. Phenoms
It wasn't looking great for PEP after a late RB scratch and a 20+ point deficit following the Sunday night Bills/Steelers game. But an amazing MNF comeback gave them an upset victory and a chance to face the Preds. Coach Sinkerbeam's team advanced with little drama, and this matchup means that one of our teams without their name on the trophy will get a shot at a championship next week. That team will be the one who makes the correct lineup decisions, starting with tonight's game.

Consolation Games
(Winners play for 5th Place, losers play for 7th)

#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #6 the HAW
It's a shame that this game is in the consolation bracket because it's looking like our best matchup of the week. Things are even across the board, but Derrick Henry may be the key to victory for FitzCorp. Can he put up 30+ points again? And will the CAPS' WRs return to form after a tough quarterfinals game? There are players in the first five time slots but we'll have a winner decided by 7:30pm on Sunday.

#4 Dumbbums vs. #8 Renegades
These two were our lowest scoring teams from last week, so it's fitting that they meet here. The 'Bums had every player except one perform lower than their projections – and that one player is now on the COVID list for this week. The Renegades ended up almost twenty points under their projected total. Not that it really mattered as they could have scored 65 more points and not won against the record setting Vipers. Still, this sets up to be an exciting game and it will all come down to the Steelers on MNF.

Good luck this week. The SuperBowl awaits!

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