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posted: 2022-04-04 20:36:06 (ID: 100166515) Report Abuse
This thread is going to be just what I predict for the divisional races and contenders for the crown. I'll start a new thread for the weekly preview and review of games. I'll u p d a t e this post at the halfway point and the 3/4 point.

Now on to it.....

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AC East

Guns&Roses

Last Season Results: Guns & Roses finished 6-10 in elite and only 2 games back from staying in elite.

This team started 6-4. Out of the 4 losses, 3 were a single score or less in difference. Those were also good teams who all had 11 or more wins each.
It didn't help losing the final 6 games in a row either.

Guns and roses is still one of the highest if not the highest rated team in D1 this season and with an average age of 25 will stay good for a while. I would peg them as the favorite in the division and would not be surprised to see a return to Elite next season.


Lonestar Armadillos

Last Season: Division winner at 13-3 but lost to Polar Bears (Eventual Champion) in the divisional round. Last season Lonestar relied on its high powered balance offense and ok to good defense.

The stumbling block for Lonestar right now is the new addition of Guns and Roses. You would think with the league champion leaving the division it would be easier but if anything I think it just got that much harder to repeat as division winner but rest assured still a playoff contender.

Paladins

Last Season: Finished 9-7 and a game out of the playoffs. This was a very difficult team for me to predict last year (not that I am very good at predicting lol). There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to who they beat or lost to. Paladins lost to a team that direct relegated this last season by a score of 9-24 only to beat the same team late in the year 54-0. Consistency seemed to be the foe of this team.

This season should be better for them overall with more consistency. Their ratings have consistently been good with this good roster they have built. They are in a tough division with returning division winner and Guns n Roses coming back, and not even mentioning returning Pizti. Four good teams in one division and not enough playoff spots to divvy out. For Paladins to reach the playoffs (in my opinion) will require the "help" of other divisions not being deep enough to send more than division winners.

Pizti Beltzak

Last Season: Pizti took a vacation and went to D2 for some rest while building a 16-0 record, probably the strongest offense, and a really good defense. They lost in the conference championship game to France who had top 10 rated offense and defense in all categories.

I feel Pizti would be competitive in most other divisions but this is a tough one. I don't think they are going to relegation again but I can't see them making the playoffs this season.


I'll post 2 divisions a day until we get to the start of the season. I'll post the AC north later tonight. Each division will be its own post with the final post being the playoff predictions.
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posted: 2022-04-04 23:35:12 (ID: 100166521) Report Abuse
AC North

This is the only AC division returning all 4 teams.

Jackalopes

Panthers

Quack Attack

Westlake Marines

A breakdown of each team in this division is pointless. The reason it is pointless is all 4 teams are good teams who had only one blowout game between them all last season. 11 out of 12 games were very competitive and close. There were several that were within 1, 2, or 3 points. A couple bounces one way or the other and the order of the division standings could have been different. This is difficult division for sure. Even though Jackalopes were the only playoff representative from the AC North last season doesn't mean the same holds true this season. I can see 2 teams from this division making the playoffs.
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posted: 2022-04-04 23:49:16 (ID: 100166522) Report Abuse
A few teams in danger of going bot or said they are going bot....


Moors haven't logged in since March 24th
RedBull hasn't logged in since March 26th
Torpedos announced they are going bot.


Moors go 14-2 last season and would be a shame if they go bot.

Redbull has been a perennial top performer in D2 and finally got up here, also a shame.

Torpedos, good luck with life! Thank you for doing this at the beginning of the season instead of letting it happen in the middle. Makes it the most fair.
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posted: 2022-04-05 07:15:41 (ID: 100166524) Report Abuse
sfniner08 wrote: I don't think they are going to relegation again but I can't see them making the playoffs this season


I don't see myself in the playoffs either and think it will be very difficult to avoid relegation.
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posted: 2022-04-05 19:05:23 (ID: 100166536) Report Abuse
I just set my draft order so at least I will start S47 the right way
Consider that when previewing my division
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posted: 2022-04-05 19:11:24 (ID: 100166539) Report Abuse
AC South

Deventer Devils

Last Season: Went 11-5 and division winner. Lost in wild card round to the eventual champs. Devils started hot winning its first 6 games of the year. Hit rough middle and finished winning the last 3 games.

This is a team that passed a lot compared to the rush the last 3 seasons. I think at this point we can say that it is a trend lol. Top 10 passing every year while being bottom 10 rushing each year. Defense has been the same, great against the pass not so much against the run.

I find this interesting as another team in the division is the opposite and the Devils owned them last year. I would say the Devils are probably who I'd favor to repeat as a division winner.

LA Chargers

Last Season: The Chargers seem to be playing a game of ping pong lol. Season 44 they finished 15-1 and won their division in D2 and got to the conference championship game. Season 45 went 1-15 in D1 and relegated back to D2. Season 46 went 15-1 winning their division in D2 and losing a 3 point game in the playoffs. In season 47 they are back up to D1 and the same division they were in last time. Will the ping pong match continue or are they here to stay? I think they will stay but I don't see the playoffs for them this year.

Red Bull Attackers

I wish they were still going to play as I think it would have been a good matchup for Devils since Redbulls have Historically a strong balanced team. Each season they were top 5 or 10 in all categories. Red Bull hasn't logged in since March 26th and lost nearly the entire roster at rollover as they had no contracts. There are only 27 players on the roster. Even if they did come back it stands to reason they would end up being relegated back.

Turigtians

Last Season: Turigtians went 4-12 and ironically beat the above mentioned Redbulls by 3 points to avoid relegation. Turigtians struggled to consistently score points last season as most games were under 20 points in 6 games and broke 30 a handful of times. More concerning is the 531 allowed points on defense. I found this weird because when playing them in D2 their strength was defense , a strong running game, and the ability to throw when needed.

If this season Turigtians can figure out what happened this last season they will be in a better position than last season. I feel they should be able to stave off relegation but the playoffs seem to be a reach.


This division winner is most likely the only representative to make the playoffs. That is likely to be the Deventer Devils yet again!
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posted: 2022-04-05 20:08:59 (ID: 100166544) Report Abuse
AC West

Mulheim Seahawks

Last Season: Finished 11-5 and won the division. Lost to Jackalopes in the divisional round of the playoffs. In fact since season 41 the Seahawks won their division every year outside of the season in Elite. They also have used the same formula each time. An opportunistic defense, strong rushing game, and reliable passing game. They have finished in about the same offense and defense rankings each season. The model of consistency. I would still have them as the favorite this season but it isn't a slam dunk.

Baltic Stars

Last Season: Finished 8-8 just outside the playoff picture. The last 3 seasons Baltic has had its own formula. While the Seahawks relied on a strong rushing attack the Baltic Stars rely on the #1 passing attack. They have had the #1 passing attack every season no matter if it was D1 or D2. The last 2 seasons they have been 30th or 31st in rushing. Their defense is solid but not top end. It can be an opportunistic defense.

Rio Atoms

Last Season: A roller coaster ride that saw them lose the first 4, win 6 of the next 7, and lose the last 5. The previous season they finished 12-4 and division winners, the season before that 10-6. The question is if this a rebuilding time or last season was a blip? I feel it more a blip as they faced 9 playoff teams and lost 4 of those games by single digits. Tough tough schedule. The previous 2 seasons they had a balanced team offensively and defensively. Last season not as much. Could be a little roster rebuilding but also just the bounces didn't fall their way. This season is a change of scenery as they swapped divisions with SF.

France 2018

Last Season: France lost in the championship game of D2 after finishing 14-2 and a wild card team. Interesting that the #5 seed in the NC beat the #6 seed in the AC. France went 14-2 in D1 winning its division in season 43. Did a roster overhaul and relegated season 44. Continued to work on the roster in season 45 which paid off this last season with their success. Regardless of the season or the league France has had a top 6 passing offense and a strong overall defense.



I am picking Seahawks to repeat as division winners (I mean they do that all the time, right? lol). I do think Rio and maybe Baltic have a good chance to compete for a playoff chance. France is still probably a season away from competing for the playoffs. I don't think there will be any relegation teams in this division.
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posted: 2022-04-05 20:35:54 (ID: 100166545) Report Abuse
My last season was pretty chaotic. The schedule this time is a little bit better (just a bit). I have almost the same roster from last season and have optimized it (by reposition of some players). I hope to fight for a spot on playoffs.
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posted: 2022-04-05 23:35:45 (ID: 100166550) Report Abuse
NC East

One of the 3 divisions that is staying intact....technically anyways.

Nottingham Outlaws

Last Season: Finished 11-5 won the division. Destroyed the Moors in the playoffs then in return was taken down by the Pikes. Started the season 1-4 then only lost one more game the rest of the way. Outlaws have a very strong defense with a good passing game. I expect them to win the division, especially with their main competition bowing out.

Torpedos

Last Season: Torpedos finished the season 8-8. They were actually tied with Outlaws in week 14 at 8-5 each. After that they lost the last 3 while Outlaws won their last 3. Torpedos have announced they are hanging them up and have most of the team on the TM. This will be a bot team later in the season. Good luck out there in the world!

Budapest Wolves

Last Season: Finished 6-10 and were able to run the ball effectively. The most telling stat is they were 0-7 vs playoff teams by an average score of 37-15. I don't really understand the production when they have a solid roster. Honestly, if they can figure out their defense they will be ok. They also benefit from a few more wins with Torpedos going bot later. It won't help with the division but it might help with either wild card or avoiding relegation games. I have them around 8 wins this coming season.

St. Pauli Packers

Last Season: Also finished 6-10 but it felt a little different than the Budapest 6-10. The Packers were competitive with playoff teams losing by 5 to Devils, by 4 to Outlaws, and by 7 to OTR. The Packers defense also was pretty good against the pass but no so much vs the run. Fixing the run defense could boost them into the playoff picture. I have them around 9 or even 10 possible wins.


It feels like the division is the Outlaws to lose (not trying to jinx you or rile up your divisional opponents lol). The division will have a bot and 2 teams who combined for 12 wins last season.

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posted: 2022-04-05 23:53:29 (ID: 100166552) Report Abuse
NC North

What did I get myself into? lol.

Gardians

Last Season: Finished 12-4 and won the division. Lost to the Pikes 0-23 in the playoffs. What can I say, there aren't any singular weaknesses on this team. Top to bottom a strong roster and I expect them to be in the playoffs with their strong rushing attack and solid defense.

OTR

Last Season: Finished 12-4 and then had to face their nemesis Gardians team in the first round only to be bludgeoned 20-52. OTR has solid rushing offense and defense but is figuring out the pass defense. Started off the season 7-0! A solid roster and competitive in games vs playoff teams. The split 2 close games with Gardians in regular season. I would expect playoffs for them as well.

SF

Last Season: Finished 10-6 and barely made the playoffs. Like OTR, SF split with the division winner in the regular season only to get whacked in the first round by the division winner. 10-6 wasn't good enough to get a team into the NC playoffs so SF has to step up their game to get a shot. SF uses a balanced offense that has the ability to be effective. Solid defense, lead the league in sacks and tackles for loss. Predict 10 wins but not sure it is enough for the playoffs.

American Eagles

Last Season: Finished 14-2 as the only human team in the division. They made it to the conference championship game losing to the Outlaws. I just realized, we now have two teams named the Outlaws in the NC. Along with two Budapest. Sigh....lol. In any case the Eagles started in season 45 in the middle of the year so they were able to build a competitive team without draft picks the first year. Still a very new team with a low player salary (although the coach wages are ). Playoffs are probably not in the cards. Fighting off relegation is most likely the way the season will go, but who knows? Obviously not me as half my predictions are off lol.



This is going to be another season of OTR and Gardians duking it out.
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