Last Week: 2-0
Vanduhlay industries (8-6) at St. A's Crusaders (8-5)
Temperature at kickoff Thursday night will be around 15 degrees, and if Brees can rack up that many points, it'll be a nice little upset. Not sure if you've heard, but dome teams with pass-heavy offenses don't usually travel to the Northeast and Midwest in December all that well. The Crusader passing game won't be completed iced up, though, because Moss will take Asomugha away from Welker, and even though Washington is averaging something like 3 points a game in their last 6, Cincinnati is a good way for Santana Moss to get healthy.
Yahoo! has pencilled in Thomas Jones for 20 points, but that seems incredibly ambitious, even factoring in his recent hot streak, and Ryan Grant probably won't pick up the slack.
On the other hand, I don't like any of the VI matchups. I even think he'll be on the short end of this game's tight end battle, Gonzalez vs. Gates. The magical, barely paying attention ride for Vanduhlay comes to an end this week.
The Pick: St. A's Crusaders 86 - Vanduhlay industries 71
Purple Swirls (9-5) at Lowcountry All Stars (9-4)
The best backfield in the WVFL won't be facing much opposition this week. You could combine Houston and Cleveland's defenses and they would still be less rigid than a Jenga tower with all of the middle pieces pushed out. Steve Smith going against Denver is equally ridiculous and those three guys make it possible to ignore the problems Matt Ryan will have with Tampa Bay and the problems Maurice Morris will have with sucking.
Though, in a weird way, Ryan's struggles against Tampa could actually help the Swirls because Roddy White will struggle for the All Stars by default. It's too cold for Reggie Bush to do anything, Marshawn Lynch has been shaky all year and Lee Evans is back to sucking.
It's appropriate that the All Stars are relying on Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark for points, because the All Stars are about to be just like the early '00s Colts - a great regular season wasted with a playoff loss.
The Pick: Purple Swirls 96 - Lowcounty All Stars 81
Deathfromabove (8-6) at Crafton Tough Kids (8-6)
(Previews not available for consolation games)
The Pick: Who Cares 1 - No Thanks 0