We had a mixed bag this weekend in South Florida for football. The idea of the Canes winning an ACC title came to a smashing halt, while the Dolphins playoff chances advanced.
The Canes were whipped by the Wolfpack of NC State. The game looked more than competitive early in the second quarter when Baby James scored a TD to put Miami up 14-7, and still looked good in the 3rd quarter when James did it again to put Miami up 21-20. It was over when Miami fell behind 38-21 late in the 4th. We added a meaningless TD with less than a minute to play. That leaves VT with the division championship by virtue of their head-to-head win vs Ga Tech. Tech would have probably been the coastal champ had we won due to their strong win over UGA and superior overall rank and record. You are welcome, VT.
In the NFL, the Dolphins did what they needed to do even though it wasn’t very pretty. Pennington was effective, Ronnie and Ricky did their thing, but it was the defense that deserves the accolades. The Dolphin D held the potent St. Louis attack in check in scoring position. With numerous scoring opportunities, the Rams could only muster 4 fieldgoals, no TDs, and Miami won the turnover battle 3-1. It was also interesting that Miami just could not generate the same pressure on the QB that they normally do. That meant zero sacks yesterday. Miami was the only AFC East team to win yesterday. We gained a full game on everyone in the division. Miami’s record stands at 7-5 with a game remaining against the Jets. We are 1 game back of the division lead, and one game back of the wildcard. It is not exactly likely that we will make the playoffs, but it is not out of the question.
Two teams will clinch playoff spots this week in our LPC FFL. I will beat Paul unless Owen Daniels gets negative 4, and the Dead Skins will clinch by beating Ritz like a rented mule. The big news is that Bachrach is going to beat Jesse’s Fuserheads. That leaves Jesse and Ritz vulnerable. If Bachrach wins next week, and either of those two lose, they will miss the playoffs due to points. Bachrach has the league’s highest point total.
In the second chance, I gained points on first place. I am only 4 total points back even though I had a bad week. That is what happens when only 2 teams win at home. It makes for bad results in pickem.