The final three weeks of the regular season and we have some playoff scenarios in play:

CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT – PLAYOFF SEEDING AT STAKE
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PLAYOFF CLINCHING SCENARIOS
1. Starrfavrerodg – Clinches a playoff berth with a win OR losses by three of these four teams (Rapids Plungers, PackerFANatic7, HHH, 16hrs Ahead of You!)
2. Bossman – Clinches a playoff berth with a win AND losses by three of these four teams (Rapids Plungers, PackerFANatic7, HHH, 16hrs Ahead of You!)
3. U Don’t Know – Clinches a playoff berth with a win AND losses by three of these four teams (Rapids Plungers, PackerFANatic7, HHH, 16hrs Ahead of You!)

ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION
1. Pack Attack
2. Sportsfreak

Now that you know the playoff scenarios let’s get to the previews!

Rapids Plungers (5-5) vs Pack Attack (2-8)

Rapids Plungers is coming into this week needing a win as they have lost two of their last three games and those losses were against teams fighting with them for that final playoff spot. Thankfully for Rapids Plungers they get to go up against the last place team in Pack Attack! So this should be a easy win for them and allow them to get back on track and hang on to at a minimum the final playoff spot.

Prediction:
Check out the Yahoo predictions for this one!

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 11
  • Record: Advantage Rapids Plungers at 8-3
  • PPG Avg: Advantage Rapids Plungers 130.63 vs 122.43

teamAlaska (6-4) vs 16hrs Ahead of You!! (5-5)

This is a HUGE game for both of these teams. teamAlaska is coming into this week really struggling as they have lost their last three games but it was last weeks loss to DaUnderdog who only scored 80 points! For a team that looked like possibly the best in the league three weeks ago that can’t happen! 16hrs on the other hand is coming off one of their biggest wins of the season and if they can find a way to get the W here things would get really, really interesting in the playoff race! This will be one of the top games I am keeping an eye on this week!

Prediction:
This 16hrs team looks so much better with N. Chubb in their lineup and I like C. Kirk against Seattle’s historically bad D but the rest of the matchups are tough. I think 16hrs keeps this thing close but I think teamAlaska can’t wait to get back on the field after last week’s embarrassing showing and I expect them to have a really good game. I am going with teamAlaska to get win #7 and put a huge damper on 16hrs playoff hopes.

Historical Look at this Match-Up:

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 15
  • Record: Advantage teamAlaska at 9-6
  • PPG Avg: Advantage teamAlaska 115.62 to 105.89  

Big Papa (6-4) vs DaUnderdog (4-6)

Big Papa despite lossing two of their last three games have everything out there in front of them with three weeks remaining. It is rare that an 8 win team doesn’t make the playoffs so that would mean realistically they just need to win two of their next three games. They will be the favorites in two of those last three starting with this one here. DaUnderdog found a way to win last week by playing great defense! The offense failed to show up but it didn’t matter and they will be hoping to do the same this week against Big Papa. This is another playoff game for DaUnderdog as if they lose this one you can pretty much count them out!

Prediction:
If there is one thing I can count on each week it is that I have to mentally put in starters for DaUnderdog before I pick there game because they like to keep their opponent guessing on what their starting roster might be! From what I see now, I don’t expect this to be a high scoring game at all. I am thinking Big Papa wins this one by a score of 97 to 89.

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 19
  • Record: Advantage DaUnderdog at 12-7
  • PPG Avg: Advantage DaUnderdog 110.15 to 99.58


U Don’t Know (7-3) vs BIGBOY! (4-6)

Some of these teams that looked like they were head and shoulders above the rest have really struggled the past few weeks. U Don’t Know is one of them as they have lost two straight and three of their last four games. However, they still find themselves at the top of the league with three weeks to play but they need to get back to their winning ways and start building momentum for the playoffs now. BIGBOY! is coming off that terrible loss to Pack Attack and their playoffs begin this week as they can’t afford another loss or they can say goodbye to the playoffs and hello to the consolation round!

Prediction:
I think is going to be a tough one for BIGBOY! to win. They will most likely be without C. Carson again this week and even though they may get Lazard back I am not sure how much work he will get in his first game back. U Don’t Know will be looking for a big game tonight from DK Metcalf although the last time they played Arizona DK only had 4 points and it was T. Lockett who exploded for a huge game. The other advantage I see here for U Don’t Know is they have M. Evans and BIGBOY! has T. Brady. In most cases the QB, WR matchups like this would favor the person who has the WR as if the QB has a big game the WR usually will as well especially if it is one of the primary pass catchers on the team! All that to say I think U Don’t Know finds a way to get back in the win column and end BIGBOY’s playoff chances.

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 10
  • Record: Tied at 5-5
  • PPG Avg: Advantage BIGBOY! 127.10 to 121.25


Bossman (7-3) vs pack slayer (4-6)

Bossman is on a roll as we have mentioned and that means that this becomes a big game for them. Even though, they are virtually a lock to get into the playoffs this one has everything to do with playoff positioning. For those of you that have been in this league for awhile you know how important getting one of those two first round byes are and I know that Bossman has their eyes set on not only that but also that #1 overall spot. pack slayer like a few other teams is entering the playoffs this week (well actually they started last week). They are in must win mode if they want to have a chance at a playoff berth. They did what they had to do last week and now they get a tough match up against one of the better teams in the league. A win here though would not only keep their playoff hopes alive but it also would build some big time momentum with two weeks remaining!

Prediction:
J. Winston vs A. Smith! In a game that means a lot for both teams who would have thought that J. Winston and A. Smith would be the two quarterbacks leading the teams. Now, I know that the reason Winston is starting for Bossman is because J. Allen is on his bye but for pack slayer they are all in on A. Smith as they don’t have another QB on their roster. I think Bossman finds a way to win this one. D. Cook might have another 50 point game this week as he goes up against the Cowboys and they should be getting C. Ridley back. The one thing that will be interesting to watch is the decision to start Winston over Burrow. Burrow has been solid and Winston hasn’t started a game all year. These are the type of decisions that Bossman notoriously gets right BUT if he doesn’t will that be enough to cost them the win? Either way, I got Bossman with the win and again another team sending their opponent to the consolation round!

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 9
  • Record: Advantage Bossman at 5-4
  • PPG Avg: Advantage Bossman 130.86 to 125.54  

PackerFANatic7 (5-5) vs HHH (5-5)

I LOVE this game and all the storylines. For starters you have a Father-Son matchup which always makes for fun games but what makes this even more fun is the fact that there is a lot at stake! I looked at both teams schedules and they will be favored to win in one of the remaining two games after this one. The loser of this game won’t be out of the playoff race however they will need to win their remaining two games and get help or win tiebreakers. While the winner here likely controls their own destiny and if they win their following two games they should get in! I am wondering what is being said in that household this week? Maybe something like “Dad, can I use your phone for a bit”.
Transaction wire: HHH drops D. Hopkins and A. Jones
PackerFANatic7 wouldn’t do something like this.. would they!? 🙂

Prediction:
I expect this to be a really good game and it will start off with some expected fireworks as D. Hopkins for HHH and T. Lockett for PackerFANatic7 will go head to head in tonight’s Thursday night game. The last time these two teams played Lockett had 63 points however since then they have yet to score in double figures. If one of these WR’s is able to put their team out to a 15 to 20 point lead that would be huge and might go a long way towards victory. Like HHH’s game last week that came down to Monday night I fully expect that to happen again only this time I don’t think they pull it out. Look for PackerFANatic7 to hang on and get the HUGE win in this one!

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: 3
  • Record: Advantage HHH at 2-1
  • PPG Avg: Advantage HHH 137.76 to 129.32

Starrfavrerodg (8-2) vs Sportsfreak (2-8)

I mentioned this before but Starrfavrerodg has checked every box in their rookie season and in doing so they have passed everyone and now sit as the #1 overall seed after 10 weeks. Now there is this new checkbox I am sending their way this week and that is they have a target on their back! When you have your team at the top you know that you will get everyone’s best shot and that’s what is about to happen. Not to mention how do they handle being on top and now coming into a game against record wise one of the worst in the league. You are expected to take care of business. Can they? Or will Sportsfreak go out and prove to everyone their current two win season is simply a season filled with bad luck?

Prediction:
For both of these teams you start with the QB’s. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Murray has 40 points tonight on Thursday night football. It also wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Mahomes matched that on Sunday night football. If that happens where Mahomes matches Murray’s output then I think Starrfavrerodg. If not, I could see this being a huge upset. So what I am saying is I expect that Starrfavrerodg will be losing heading into Sunday nights game and I could see them as being down somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 30 points. Mahomes will have a big game and Jacobs will likely hit projections because of a early TD and some receiving yards. Starrfavrerodg will be down by 7 going into Monday nights game and will be losing all the way until C. Godwin gets a 20 yard catch in the 4th quarter to seal the win! What an exciting game for a 8-2 vs 2-8 matchup!

Historical Look at this Match-Up: 

  • Regular Season Match-ups: N/A
  • Record: N/A
  • PPG Avg: N/A