Round 1 of the 2012 Playoffs is in the books and the Championship is on the doorstep. Now that the Championship match has finally been decided, these two teams get two weeks to go at each other, and they both have starting QB’s at great risk of being clinch-benched. It should get real interesting real fast.
Let’s have a look at Round 1 and see how these underdogs both slipped into the championship past the league’s two juggernauts.
Beatleteers – 194.70 [MVP: Texans WR Andre Johnson – 34.10]
Horsemen – 167.30 (L) [MVP: Dolphins RB Reggie Bush – 22.90]
Spread – 27.40
The Horsemen jumped out to an early lead in this one, but it was entirely deceiving. They had 10 players in the early games. The Beatleteers had 3, and weren’t really that far behind, given the circumstances. By the end of the late-afternoon games, the Beatleteers had already passed the Horsemen, and got to watch the 49ers game in peace, without worry. Neither team had a good day at QB, but the Horsemen QB’s were at least significantly better, beating the Beatleteers by 16.40(which is more than Matthew Stafford’s point total). The Horsemen also took Defense by 11. The Beatleteers owned the rest of it, with RB by 19(Ray Rice put up 38 yards and Trent Richardson put up 28), WR by 27.50(which is more than Megatron’s point total on the day, meaning the Beatleteers could’ve won this category with only Andre Johnson), Flex by 2.30(with DeMarco Murray showing up at the end of the game to overtake the Horsemen’s only player worthy of “MVP” for the week), and Kicker by 6(hard to score points at Kicker when your offense only sets you up twice all game[Jason Hanson]). The Beatleteers(highest point total on the season, most games at 200+ points) more or less manhandle the #1-ranked Horsemen without RG3, and catapult from the bottom of the league to the Championship in just three weeks(13-15), and the Horsemen fall to fighting for 3rd Place against the Great Whites for the next two weeks. MVP: Texans WR Andre Johnson had 151 receiving yards on the day and a TD, which is good, but it didn’t take much to sweep the Horsemen this week. However, he’s one of only two players(including Steven Jackson) to break the spread this week. What that means is that the Beatleteers could’ve won this game minus any one player on their roster, excluding Andre Johnson and Steven Jackson. Congratulations, Beatleteers. You bested me. And I’m only a little bitter.
Spectres – 182.98 [MVP: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson – 45.70]
Great Whites – 156.72 (L) [MVP: Rams QB Sam Bradford – 52.48]
Spread – 26.26
What a game for OU Alumni, eh? The Great Whites flatlined at 156.72 before Sunday night’s game, just as the Spectres were passing 100. Had it not been for Bradford’s huge game, they’d have barely broken 100. But the same could be said for Brady and Peterson saving the Spectres(accounting for 95.52 points of their total. I’m not sure if your math is good, but that’s more than half the points the Spectres scored). An inside source said before Sunday Night’s showdown that the Great Whites’ Head Coach Alice Frederick had “already given up”, so the Spectres got to watch the Patriots game in peace too(albeit not happily…). The Spectres were able to take QB by a mere 2.86 points(Josh Freeman’s 279 yds, FOUR INT’S, and one fumble was only marginally less disappointing than Eli’s 161 yds and 2 INT’s; Bradford’s 3 TD’s managed to surpass Brady’s 443 yards by a few points), RB by 10.60(thanks to Adrian Peterson’s 45.70 to Arian Foster’s 34.40, and Jamaal Charles’ 10.30 to Doug Martin’s mere 11 points[very nearly his worst on the season, since the Bucs abandoned the running game when the Saints pulled ahead]), Flex by 8.10(David Wilson did 20.20 to Matt Forte’s 28.30, which wasn’t the Great Whites expected when they picked him up last week), and Kicker by 8(11 to 3). The Great Whites managed only to take WR by 3.30(with new pickup Steve Smith very nearly outscoring Wes Welker and Colston COMBINED, and Victor Cruz dropping 4.50 points in a blowout to the Falcons). The Great Whites’ reliance on the Giants finally cost them a big game, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing the Great Whites’ Coach is as upset with Eli and Cruz as the Horsemen’s Head Coach is with RG3 and Ray Rice. The Spectres have to be happy with Brady and Peterson, as they’ve won them a shot at the Championship at a Beatleteers team that, despite being on a hot streak, they already managed to beat at the end of the regular season. They now get two weeks against them. MVP: Look, you can’t really make a fair decision between Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson here. Brady threw for 443 yds and a TD(with 2 INT’s, a season-high)in a loss to the NFL’s best defense. Peterson ran for 212 yards and a TD in a win over one of the NFL’s better run defenses. Brady led a 28-point comeback that fell just short. Peterson has carried an entire team through an awful passing game all season. These two men are among the leaders in MVP discussions for the 2012 season, so I’m not going to pick between them.
I’m also still not going to pick an MVP, as both of the teams that made it into the Championship overcame a lot of obstacles to get there, and they’re both very deserving of the chance. The Beatleteers are the highest-scoring team of the season, but the Spectres are the most consistent. It should be an incredibly interesting Championship. So keep your eyes open.
PS The Revenants went 5-0 on the week when it finally no longer mattered, and the Stompers went 4-1. Great news for the two losing teams, but too little too late. It’s just something they can keep their head up about heading into the 2013 Draft.
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