SUPER 16 – In a special Halloween edition of the Super 16 Game of the Week, the #9 Northern ‘Fins (4-3-0) take on the #10 Steel Curtain (3-4-0) with both teams taking the field at BYE Week strength with just skeleton squads to compete. Control of the East Division could hang in the balance – #5 The Eagle (4-3-0), second in the Division is facing Indy. The Fins and Curtains will be competing with the most stripped down of rosters in this very rare Bye Week vs Bye Week match that will be the ultimate test of the teams’ bench strength.
The Northern ‘Fins currently hold the lead in the East Division and are averaging 177 points per game, but their hometeam Dolphin players have contributed 92 points a game toward that average. Steel Curtain is third in division, but only a win away from taking control. A loss, however would almost eliminate them from the running as they already have head-to-head losses against the ‘Fins and the Eagles on their record. They are averaging 191 points per game (6th in the league), but with a whopping 114 points per game being contributed by hometeam Steelers.
The Northern ‘Fins will face division rival The Eagle three times down the stretch in matches that are sure to decide the Division Champion unless Steel Curtain has something to say about it beginning this week
The line from Vegas had the Miami franchise listed as a slight, 1 point favorite on Wednesday, but they are now installed as an overwhelming 28 point favorite after pulling ahead 29-0 on Thursday Night Football. Can the Steel Curtain overcome underdog status to pull off a victory in this must-win game for them? If not, and the ‘Fins are victorious, it will set up an interesting battle for the East Division title as they are still scheduled to play The Eagle has landed three times in the final leg of the season, including a back-to-back season finale in Weeks 12 and 13.
Other notable games in the S16 this week include what could be a high scoring Divisional shootout between #4 Who Dat Saints (5-2-0) and #10 Houston WTF (3-4-0), as well as another likely high scoring affair between #3 Motor City kitties (5-2-0) and #15 Tweety Birds of Prey (1-6-0). In prior years this might have been one of the most pivotal matches of the year, but now, although the Birds remain the second highest scoring team in the league, the schedule monster has rendered them irrelevant in the playoff hunt with 6 straight losses.
The #16 Arizona Firebirds (1-6-0) vs #11 1 Eye Til I Die (3-4-0) is another match that should have had much bigger playoff implications, but both teams are riding in the back seat of the West Division so far this season. The week’s only SimulPlay match has the league #1 The Dawg Pound (5-2-0) trying to extend their lead against the hapless #14 Geno’s Jaw Breakers (2-5-0). This game features the first and last place teams in the S16 by total points scored, although Vegas has the Jaw Breakers as just 4 point underdogs – can they pull of an upset?