Week 10 has been historical. All three matchups were incredibly close, and two of them even left Monday night completely open for comebacks. Neither of those comebacks came to fruition, however. Let’s take a look at what did happen.
Beatleteers – 203.40 [MVP: Detroits Passing Game(Stafford and Johnson) – 86.66 combined]
Stompers – 184.48 (L) [MVP: Raiders QB Carson Palmer – 38.22]
Spread – 18.92
This is the one game that didn’t come down to Monday Night: the game pitting the league’s bottom two teams against each other, fighting for that fourth playoff spot. Unfortunately for the Stompers, The Beatleteers managed to stuff a late Sunday comeback attempt by the Stompers, despite some pretty implosive coaching decisions against another perfect coaching by the Stompers. This leaves both teams in a pretty tough spot for overtaking at least one of the top 4 teams by the end of Week 14. Trending down, the Beatleteers took QB by 10.92 (despite Peyton Manning throwing his worst fantasy game since Week 2), WR by 26.90(THERE’S Calvin Johnson!), Flex by .70, Kicker by 1, and Defense by 3(Packers on a Bye, 49ers playing terribly); the Stompers took only RB, by 23.60 points(mostly thanks to Ahmad Bradshaw doing his best Eli Manning impersonation), and really just lost this one across the board. The Beatleteers and Stompers(and every other matchup this week) are now tied at the bottom, with 4-6. That keeps them each one win away from overtaking the Revenants or Spectres next week, but they both have to bring their A-Game in Week 11 against the Great Whites and the Revenants if they still want a playoff shot. MVP: Detroit Lions passing game. Matthew Stafford threw for 329 and 3 touchdowns Sunday, giving 207 of those yards(and a TD) to Megatron. The two were on fire, even as a Perciless Vikings Offense was able to do more.
Revenants – 199.86 [MVP: Falcons QB Matt Ryan – 55.14]
Spectres – 173.04 (L) [MVP: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson – 45.60]
Spread – 26.82
Going into Monday Night Football, the Spectres were down by 40.08 and had Big Ben Roethlisberger left to play. Ben had done it before(@ Oakland and vs. Washington), and the Chiefs secondary is worse than Oakland’s, but Ben went down early in the second half with a shoulder injury and didn’t return(in fact, he may not for a couple of weeks), thus sealing the game for the Revenants and tying up yet another two teams, this time in the middle two spots. The Revenants had the unfortunate spot of their two QB’s actually facing each other this week, but that worked out just fine. It was everywhere else that didn’t. And yet, they still went 4-1 on the week. Trending downward, they took QB by 45.32(huge games by Ryan and Brees, Big Ben injured), WR by 26(abysmal games by Eric Decker[3.50!] and Wes Welker [13.40!]),Flex by 4, and Defense by 6. The Spectres took RB by 48.50(thanks to Adrian Peterson having a great game and Michael Turner having an awful one), and Kicker by 6. The Patriots had the Bills this week, the Falcons had the Saints. This game looked to be a shootout because of that, but the Patriots just didn’t deliver(despite putting 37 on the board and winning), and as such the Revenants move back to 5-5 and right back into playoff contention, bringing the Spectres right back down to their level(also 5-5, but with less total points). MVP: Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 411 yds and 3 TD’s. Sure, it was against the Saints, but never discredit anyone’s best game of the season. At least he didn’t come out with a concussion.
Horsemen – 194.42 [MVP: Ravens QB Joe Flacco – 48.74]
Great Whites – 174.68 (L) [MVP: Chargers QB Philip Rivers – 45.48]
Spread – 19.74
Somebody else want to do this segment? I can’t find a way to write it without gloating. No? Nobody? Hmmmm. Ok. Let’s see… Well, the Great Whites have spent all season(save one week from the Revenants) at the top of the league, and the Horsemen needed this one to bring them down a notch. Eli Manning and the Giants’ sudden downward spiral led the Great Whites to another loss Monday night(and a 1-4 on the week that would’ve been an 0-5 if Spectres’ QB Ben Roethlisberger had thrown just ONE more pass), when they needed at least 32 points from the Steelers Defense(who haven’t broken 12 points all season) to comeback against the Horsemen. Unfortunately, huge games from Philip Rivers and Arian Foster were negated by Joe Flacco and Eli Manning switching roles Sunday afternoon, and the Great Whites’ reign at the top is finally ended in Week 10, with every opportunity to regain it next week, provided their QB’s come to work. Trending downward, the Horsemen took QB by 17.24 (mostly because Andrew Luck is suddenly better than Eli Manning), WR by 14.50(mostly because Josh Freeman is suddenly better than Eli Manning[Vincent Jackson 10.90, Victor Cruz 5.60]), and Defense by 18(the Broncos Defense is really making a name for themselves). The Great Whites took RB by 18.10(apparently Ray Rice and LeSean McCoy are only as good as Doug Martin, while Arian Foster is better than everybody), and Flex by 11.90(thanks for the 2.90, Reggie Bush!). The two teams tied at Kicker. The Great Whites finally fall from the top, despite having the same record as the new League King(6-4), because the Horsemen have a higher point total(by 32 points). MVP: Ravens QB Joe Flacco! I know I’m a bit biased, but it feels good to finally be able to say that. And even better to be able to say it when the Horsemen were forced to play him. Flacco threw for 341 and 3 TD’s in a 55-20 win over the Raiders, and didn’t even play in the 4th quarter. Think of the possibilities.
So the league is back to 2 on top, 2 in the middle, and 2 on bottom. Here’s something interesting: if the Spectres had beaten the Revenants, the league would be 3 on top, 3 on bottom. But alas, the league remains 2-2-2 and any team now has the possibility of moving into the next echelon of teams next week. That means all 6 of us are still playoff contenders! In Week 11! I know this is your first year playing, but that doesn’t happen. Good luck to everybody next week! Let’s get a preview of what’s going on.
This week’s 5-0 Beatleteers(5th) face this week’s 0-5 Great Whites(2nd) next week without Lynch and Bradshaw. The Great Whites, however, lose Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, and Percy Harvin. All players that didn’t help them this week anyway. This should be interesting to see play out.
The Stompers get their own chance to move into playoff contention by facing one of the two teams keeping them out in the Revenants. The Revenants just ended their four-game losing streak by going 4-1 on the week, and the Stompers just took a step back in the playoff race by playing this week’s 5-0 Beatleteers. This game pits the highest-scoring team of the league against the lowest-scoring team of the league, unless you’re going by the past three weeks, where the Stompers lead the league in total points, and the Revenants are in third. Sleeper matchup, this one. Should be good!
The Spectres four-game winning streak finally ends to stop them at 5-5, and they face the fresh-off-a-huge-win 6-4 Horsemen right when they get their full lineup back. The Spectres also hold their standings in their own hands here. If they win, they tie the Horsemen’s 6-5 record and stay in playoff contention. If they lose, they go 5-6 and risk the Beatleteers or Stompers passing them up with a win.
The playoffs race is STILL anybody’s, so don’t get down on yourself if you’re losing. Don’t get ahead of yourself if you’re winning. Every team in this league has had good weeks and bad weeks. Nobody has absolute dominance. The League Title and Trophy can still be yours. The second round of rematches is done, and you’ve now faced last week’s opponent for the last time. It will be that way every week from here on out. Each of the next four weeks is your last chance to face that opponent, so make it count!
Also, trade deadline is November 23 at 11:59pm CDT, so if you think a trade would benefit you and somebody else, get it in before next Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving.
Good luck next week, guys! The next 4 weeks are big, and we’ll all need every point we can get.
League of Shadows
PS Week 10 MVP is pending the full league stats and standings tomorrow. I’ll let you know. Obviously, it’s a winning team, which this week are the Horsemen, the Revenants, and the Beatleteers.