Week 8 Results
(Dookie) 24-28 (BengalTilIDie)
It didn't take long for BTID to make his mark on the XPress. Having permission to use Josh Freeman certainly helped but after 6 losses from Kurt, our new coach took just one game to record a needed Browns W. Bengal is a great player on D, and was able to pick Merchant 3 times after the rookie was near perfect against Perrin. The HB duo of McGriff and Bell were also kept under 100 yards so all in all the Browns defense had a good day. Freeman was excellent for the Browns with 4 touchdowns and over 300 yards along with Trent pounding 119 yards from his 10 carries. Dookie still holds a fairly firm lead in the AFC North but all four teams are still in the hunt, the Browns may well be a bogey team for some this year.
(McManus) 10-31 (Evo)
Evo was not going to be knocked off his perch for long. It took just a week for him to regain AFC South bragging rights with this fairly convincing win over Indy. The key this time was that Locker was only picked once this time, as oppose to the three he threw in the reverse fixture. Also CJ2K was held under 100 yards and Andrew Luck was picked twice as Tennessee got the W. This division race is certainly not over but the Titans will be very hard to stop now the bad game is out of the way. McManus will certainly be looking to continue what has been an excellent season for him, as he looks to secure at least a playoff berth.
(Shatners) 35-38 (Cherries)
A belter of a game between two sides in the AFC who both have playoff aspirations. Shatners came very close to pulling off what would have been a sensational come-from-behind victory against double AFC West champion Cherries. Andy Dalton has had a reformed career since season one and was nigh on perfect here, going for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns with no picks. This was ultimately not enough, but it did better Brock Osweiler and his 260 yards with three touchdowns however throwing one pick could easily have cost Denver this game. No running back went very well at all in this game, although Eric Decker proved to be a sparse but painful thorn for the Bengals, as he had just one reception but 56 yards and a touchdown, to go with a 23 yard carry from his only other touch. Terrance Williams also made some plays for Denver who have lost star WR Aguilar, with 4 catches for 103 yards and 2 TDs. It would be unfair not to mention Eifert or Gresham for the Bengals, as the two TEs shared chessing duties going for 179 yards and 3 TDs between them. Both players now head into games against their divisional leaders, week 9 is crucial for both.
- The Chiefs D kept Oakland to just 3 points in their game this week with 4 picks proving key. Numerous Raider pick drops and Jamaal Charles having success meant the Chiefs offense looked far greater than it really was, but again proved efficient.
- Trimmer came up trumps in a big NFC East showdown, keeping the 'McAttack' to under 250 yards was almost an achievement, along with forcing 2 Shady fumbles. Doug Martin had over 200 yards and Korie Tucker proved he is still the best young QB going, with 2 TDs and 0 picks.- The Giants outlasted the Falcons running out 27-24 winners in a close game as the Giants make a last minute dash to the playoff spots. But the big news out of this game was Julio Jones suffering broken ribs which will rule him out for the next 5 games.
- Mister Rourke and his Redskins took a great divisional win against Dallas, injuring Manning in the process. Four picks were shared between the two Cowboys QBs and over 150 yards between Morris and RGIII got the job done here for the Skins who remain in the playoff hunt.
- Shmarky got his first win of the season against the Patriots, Tim Tebow having a grand day with 373 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two rushing touchdowns each from Darren Sproles and Sheldon Blake helped put 51 points on the board for an impressive Dolphins team.
- Many sim and CPU games this week, but HubbleWiffle did manage to record a good win against Joe's CPU Panthers, Wilson having a nice 320 yards and 3 touchdowns. It is worth noting here that Percy Harvin has exploded in the receiving charts this year, and he had 163 yards here. This is part of his 880 on the year!
- MVP voting opens in Week 9, the question is who will be the early favourite? It is hard to look beyond LeSean McCoy as he is already close to the 1400 yard mark, although many other strong candidates are there.
Players Of The Week
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Cam Netwon QB, Panthers, 22/26 283 YDS 2 TD and 3 CAR 109 YDS 2 TD
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Xavier Rhodes CB, Vikings, 7 TKL 1 INT 1 TD
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Andy Dalton QB, Bengals, 21/28 351 YDS 4 TD
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Donald Butler MLB, Chargers, 14 TKL 2 SACKS
1. Bills 7-0 (-)
2. Cardinals 7-0 (-)
3. Saints 7-0 (+1)
4. Titans 7-1 (+2)
5. Lions 7-1 (+2)
6. Steelers 6-1 (-3)
7. Chiefs 6-1 (+2)
8. Colts 5-2 (-3)
9. Eagles 5-2 (-1)
10. Rams 5-2 (-)
3 games to watch this week
(Cherries, 5-3) @ (Matt, 6-1)
The first meeting of the year between the guys battling out the AFC West for the second year running. While the Chiefs record would have you believe they are the stronger unit this year, the facts are Denver have probably been the better playing side. As a team, it could be said Kansas City have never played better football in the XPress this year and Jamaal Charles is just heating up so they have as good a chance as they ever have had here. Injuries and a tough schedule mean Denver's production on the stat lines has regressed slightly, but the facts are that in matchups between these two, Denver are 3-1 and only lost with the second string in when playing for nothing. Denver are favourites but this should be close.
(RamsDan, 5-2) @ (Trimmer, 4-3)
Another big NFC showdown for us this week, Trimmer rediscovered form in Week 8 after a tricky start, beating Riverman's Eagles in style. Here they go up against perhaps the NFC's biggest outifit in the XPress, as the Rams have been to the Superbowl once and the Championship game the other time but find themselves with two nagging losses at this stage. It remains to be seen whether the Muscle Hamster can continue his fine form or whether a strong Rams D will be able to force Korie Tucker into making the plays himself and getting some turnovers. Turnovers usually bring wins and I back the Rams to prevail in both categories here.
(Almoev, 1-6 ) @ (Bos, 2-5)
I feel this game deserves a mention as we have two very underrated coaches here who I feel deserve more of a mention. Bos joined the Xpress in season 3 and has recorded some good wins and has been competitive in every fixture (mostly shootouts)! On the other hand we have a coach in Almoev who is still searching for his first played win since season 1 but coming off a sim win may well give his team momentum. He also finally has the good roster he needs to challenge with adding Colin Kaepernick, and in my opinion this game will be a shootout in which yards through the air will be key for both teams if they are to get the W. Can Almoev finally get the elusive win? We shall see here next week.