Sorry I missed Week 9’s Recap! A few of you seem to have missed having my take on things, so I’ll just lump the two together! First, the Week 9 games and MVP, then Week 10.
Spectres – 212.88 [MVP: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson – 44.80]
Beatleteers – 157.04 (L) [MVP: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch – 38.00]
Spread – 55.84 points
The Beatleteers had a chance to tie up their record with the third place Spectres in this one. If they’d won, both teams would be 4-5. With the Spectres Bench full of Patriots on a Bye Week, that looked like a legitimate possibility. Apparently, however, it wasn’t in the cards. This was one of those games where the winning team got ahead early and just kept increasing that lead. For the Beatleteers, Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch ended the game just shy of 40 points each, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson nearly tied each other around 22, and the other 3 players in the starting lineup didn’t show up in the slightest. For the Spectres, Adrian Peterson broke 40, and everybody else but Hakeem Nicks (2 points) got extremely close to(or broke) 30. Trending downward, the Beatleteers actually managed to take QB by 1.36 points because of Peyton,the Spectres took WR by 6(each team had a great WR and an awful WR on the week), the Beatleteers took Flex by 7.20, and the Spectres took Defense by 11 after picking up the Texans for the Patriots Bye Week, while the Beatleteers were left with no defense and no add/drops on the season.
Perhaps you noticed that I left out RB in that bit there. Well, I believe in saving the best(depending on which team you are) for last. With 44.80 points from A.D. and 33.10 from T-Rich, the Spectres took somewhat of an advantage here. C.J. Spiller earned 18.20. Ahmad Bradshaw? 12.30. That leaves the RB lead squarely to the Spectres at 47.40 points. It’d be fair to say that this game was won on both RB and the addition of a defense. Here’s something interesting I did a bit of math on, just in case the Beatleteers are feeling the sting of lineup regret. The Beatleteers left Michael Vick’s 30.68 points and Andre Johnson’s 21.80 on the bench. If the Beatleteers had played both of those players AND the Spectres had decided on Jamaal Charles(their only other bench option) over Adrian Peterson(their best RB on the week)… The Spectres still would have won this game by .86 points. It wasn’t coaching that won this one. It was running backs.
The Spectres use this game to maintain their newfound third place position in the league at 5-4, dropping the Beatleteers into some dire playoff straits at 3-6. MVP: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had 182 Rush Yds, 2 TD’s, and a few yds in the passing game to come out with 44.80 points, which is, surprisingly, his best game of the season(until Week 10, but we’ll get to that).
Horsemen – 232.82 [MVP: Bears WR Brandon Marshall – 41.20]
Revenants – 178.04 (L) [MVP: Bears Defense – 26.00]
Spread – 54.78
Both teams were 4-4 coming into this game. Somebody had to lose. Thing is, somebody also had to win. In one of the most pivotal games of each team’s season, leading the league in every other stat ended up not being good enough for the Revenants to continue their path to the top to dethrone the Great Whites. The Revenants have the best All-Play record and the highest point total in the league. They also have the highest Points Against total in the league by a 150-point margin, but this league is head-to-head. And as such, your win in each week boils down to luck of the draw. To give the Revenants a bit of defense for anybody starting to get the idea that they’re falling from grace, the Revenants have been less than .500 on the week twice. Week 6 and Week 9. In weeks 7 and 8, both of which were a part of this tragic 4-game losing streak, the Revenants were 4-1 on the week, and happened to get matched up with the 5-0 team each time.
Here’s another stat about the Revenants: Of all the teams in the league, if we had all played each other every week, the Revenants are the only team in the league who has a winning record against all 5 other teams. The Revenants are 7-2 against the Stompers and Spectres, 6-3 against the Beatleteers, and 5-4 against the Horsemen and Great Whites. The Great Whites have 4 winning records, the Horsemen have 3, the Beatleteers 2, the Spectres 1, and the Stompers 0. (I didn’t realize it would work that way. That’s cool.) Anyway, enough raving about the Revenants, let’s see why they lost this week! The Horsemen took 4 of the 6 categories(QB by 23.78, RB by 24.10, WR by 18.10, and Kicker by 2), leaving the Revenants with Flex by 1.20 and Defense by 12.00(that Defense is GOOD). Three of the QB’s averaged right around 27, with Andrew Luck hitting 48.82; Rice and McCoy were able to near 30, with McGahee and Morris nearing 20; Colston outscored Thomas by .90, leaving Brandon Marshall to crush A.J. Green by 17.20; and the rest were close.
The Horsemen won this one nearly across the board, but the significant lead came from Andrew Luck and new addition Brandon Marshall. The Horsemen take this pivotal game on their way to 5-4, leaving the Revenants at 4-5, and both teams still having every shot at the playoffs. MVP: New addition(in a trade with the Beatleteers)Bears WR Brandon Marshall had his best game of the season by a mile(122 Yds, 3 TD’s), and the Horsemen barely even notice Lynch is gone.
Stompers – 237.88 [MVP: Raiders QB Carson Palmer – 60.86]
Great Whites – 201.60 (L) [MVP: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin – 76.20]
Spread – 36.28
The smallest point margin of the week actually had the largest point margins, at each position, of the entire season! Saved this game for last because of how exciting it was. When reached for comment before the game, Stompers Head Coach Keith Frederick said “[Great Whites Head Coach Alice Frederick] ain’t nothing. I beat her before.” Strong words from the 3-5 coach(who were just off a big win over the 4-3 Horsemen). Going into the second of three matchups against a 6-2 juggernaut like the Great Whites can be intimidating, but the Stompers didn’t seem to be letting it get to them. The Great Whites Head Coach Alice Frederick could not be reached for comment. And the Stompers were right. They had their second(by 4 points) biggest game of the season this week, and went 5-0 on the week for their second time. Don’t count the Stompers out. Here’s where this gets really good. Rookie Bucs’ RB Doug Martin had the biggest game of the season this week. That sentence had no qualifiers. He had THE BIGGEST GAME out of ANY PLAYER for ANY TEAM in ANY WEEK this season. 71.20 points. Seventy… one… point… two. That’s 5 points better than Aaron Rodgers’ best game. It’s better than any player you’ve been proud of all season, and it’s only 50 points less than the worst Team Total so far this season(the Horsemen’s 124.12 in Week 5). And they lost. I just spent roughly seven sentences trying to get the point across about how big Doug Martin’s game was, and the Great Whites still lost this game. They lost this game for two reasons. Eli Manning. And Carson Palmer.
I’m going to break down each position by player in this one. Carson Palmer showed up with 60.86 points to beat Philip Rivers by 28.10. Aaron Rodgers earned 45.52, and Eli Manning earned 6.00. SIX. Doug Martin’s 76.20 beat Felix Jones by 55.80. Arian Foster’s 31.10 beat Ryan Matthews by 15.40. So the Great Whites took RB by an astronomical 71.20 points. That Carson Palmer-to-Eli Manning spread? 72.28. The Stompers take the QB-RB combination by 1.08 points. How insane is that? From there the Stompers just piled it on. The Great Whites took Defense by 4. The Stompers then took WR by 16.90(thanks to Randall Cobb’s 36.70) and Flex by 22.30(Percy got injured early). The two teams tied at Kicker. A 36.28 point spread should’ve been covered by Eli and Percy, but it wasn’t. And such is life.
The Stompers add a third loss to the Great Whites record, being one of only two teams to have beaten them this year(the other being the Spectres) and moving to 4-5, dropping the Great Whites to (still in 1st place) 6-3. MVP: Since the MVP traditionally goes to the winning team, it’s going to Carson Palmer’s 60.86 points. That’s 414 Passing Yds, 4 TD’s, and 3 INT’s in a LOSS to the Buccaneers. Sure, he was playing catch-up to Doug Martin, but he was doing it very efficiently. That said, Doug Martin absolutely deserves an honorable mention for his record game. Best game of the season by any player, and doing it in your rookie year on one of the longest-distance away games in the NFL? That’s impressive.
Since I seem to have put myself in a position where I have to pick an MVP every week, I think I’m going to give it to the Stompers this week. The Horsemen and the Spectres seem just as deserving in their big wins, but a closer look reveals that the Stompers were able to hold fast against Doug Martin with a bit of good coaching, going 5-0 on the week. They were also the only winning team this week whose opponent broke 200 with them. I’m not sure many other leagues had a team capable of stopping Mr. Martin this week. It’s worth a mention.
For a week in which I skipped the recap, there was actually a lot to write about! Sorry if you don’t have the time or the attention span. If it’s too long and you skipped down here, the Great Whites stay on top, the Spectres stay in third, and the other 4 teams switch standings spots with their opponent of the week. If the season ended last week, the playoffs would pit the Great Whites against the Revenants and the Horsemen against the Spectres, both games which could go either way. And all that could change with Week 10!
Speaking of Week 10, this week is a double recap! And Week 10 was intense too. That recap should be up Tuesday before noon, so keep your eyes peeled!
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