1. Navy City Metal
Riding RB Xaiver Chambers and their O-Line, Navy City Metals has grinded out some wins against the better teams in the league. They have a solid mix of young athletes, good bigs up front and veteran savvy. They execute very well and with a solid D-Rush, are able to hold down opponents scoring. They are clearly in the drivers seat for the playoffs with only 3 games left on their schedule.
2. Lenys Crew
The team has struggled to get enough guys each week but manages to stay competitive with great athletes at almost all positions. Their lone loss came to number 3 Timeout playing the entire game down a player and only losing by 2. The wide open spread system they are running is proving hard to defend and if QB Bryan Pomper can continue to get the ball out quick, the athletes will make plays and stretch defenses. A true test will be this weekend, when Lenys Crew plays Navy City Metal. This game will definitely have playoff implications.
They played down players in week 1, got a forfeit win in week two, and started clicking in week 3. With QB Erik Simonson’s big arm, Timeout doesn’t struggle to score, putting up 55 pts the past two weeks. But their defense will need to improve down the stretch if they want to make a deep playoff run. They have a bye week this week, and with the two teams ahead of them playing, they may be able to move up in the standings next week.
4. The Chiefs
Its hard to judge the defending Comeback 8v8 League champs. The had to forfeit their first game and then lost to league leading Navy City Metals by 2. In the loss to Navy City, The Chiefs played without QB Adam Kruse, arguable one of the best QB’s in the area, and with only 7 players. Due to some bye weeks early on, the Chiefs will have a brutal stretch to finish up the season, with games still against Lenys Crew and Blue & Green on the horizon. We expect them to make some noise late and sneak into the playoffs by leap frogging one of the teams ahead of them.
5. Blue & Green
This team might have figured out their QB situation….by not actually making a decision at QB. They rode the two headed monster to a dominating victory last week and with great athletes at the skill positions and a tenacious O and D line, they are a challenge to deal with. But, ultimately two QB’s really means you have no QB and this will haunt them the later half of the season and they will be fighting for the last playoff spot.
6. Buzz Killers
As a new team to this style of flag, many of these players have taken a few weeks to get accumulated to pulling flags and getting into the right position on both O and D. They are starting to mesh well as teammates, figuring out their roles on the team. They knocked off Blackfish and hung with Timeout, they have the chance to win a couple games in the second half of the season, but it probably isn’t enough to make the playoffs.
7. Good Times
The team is struggling to find the rhythm and momentum they had during the winter 9v9 playoff run. Granted they have only played 3 games, one of which without much of their O-Line, but they will need a couple W’s the next few weeks to get a chance at the playoffs. QB Joe Coates continues to improve each week and the team has battled toe to toe with Navy City Metals, so they can definitely compete with all the teams in the league, they just need to find consistency and that killer instinct.
Blackfish is struggling to find identity at QB, but Justin Lopez, RB/WR, continues to impress with the ball in his hands. They have struggled to put teams away, playing a few of the top teams very competitively, but ultimately losing 3 of their 4 games by a score or less. While this team has been on the wrong end of some lackluster officiating, they will need to find a recipe to score more and get a consistent rhythm the second half of the season if they want to push for the last playoff spot.