Thursday, December 21, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 16 (Semifinals) Preview

A very dramatic week gave us two Monday night nailbiters and saw our top three seeds lose in the quarterfinals. Anything can happen in the 3FL playoffs!

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2023 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold. Through 1,830 regular season games we have scored a combined 252,849 points,.

Don't forget, the four teams still in the championship bracket will have only one player add available this week. There are NINE scheduled game times this week, including matchups on Thursday, Saturday, Christmas Eve and three games on Christmas Day.

Week 15 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Marauders - 122 points

Player MVPs:
Christian McCaffrey (RB/SF/M) - 36 points
James Cook (RB/Buf/PEP) - 33 points
Miami Dolphins Defense (B) - 22 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 3/4 - 75%

Week 16 Information

Thursday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams
Saturday Late: Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Saturday Night: Buffalo Bills @ Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday Night: New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
Christmas Early: Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
Christmas Late: New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Christmas Night: Baltimore Ravens @ San Francisco 49ers

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

#4 Marauders vs. #8 Phys. Ed. Phenoms
The Marauders put on a show last week, outscoring everyone and posting 25 more points than the closest other team. Can they (and the Dolphins) keep it up as the now highest remaining seed? Possibly, but they'll have to get through the Phenoms who just knocked off our #1 seed and ended a W9 streak. Nobody is scheduled to play tonight, but Christmas afternoon and evening are going to be exciting!

#6 Baltimorons vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
For the second time in the past three weeks the 'Morons used an incredible MNF comeback to keep their season alive. This time it was Jalen Hurts who brought them back from a 17 point deficit to win by one. The matchup here is even across the lineups. Could we see another tie? Or can SpiVi put up enough points to counter the tush push? There is a player in every single one of the NFL time slots, so strap in for this one.

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

#1 Yuengling Brewers vs. #5 Renegades
The curse is back. After ending the regular season with the best record and most points scored, the Brew Crew was poised for a championship repeat. But instead they got only two points each from Dak, Kelce and their Defense. They are projected to win this one, but the Renegades could have some surprises in store starting tonight.

#2 the HAW vs. #3 Predacons
Wouldn't it be more exciting if the second and third seeded teams were playing for a SuperBowl berth? Unfortunately the CAPS had the lowest score of the quarterfinals and were the only team to never reach triple digits all season. But perhaps they can surpass 100 here? The Preds were snakebit again, seeing a -1 from their FLEX player and losing by a mere point. That makes zero championships in 23 seasons. In case anyone is counting.

Merry Christmas and good luck this week! The SuperBowl awaits!!

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