Pinstripe Bowl waited until the last week of the season to snap a three-game losing streak and secure a spot in the playoffs. Their 141.04 – 120.22 point victory over Chod’s Team landed the Bowl in the third spot in next week’s opening round of the championship bracket, against defending league champion Lamar the Merrier!
In just their second season in the Ladies and Edelman league, the 8-6 Pinstripe Bowl will make their first playoff appearance. This year’s winning record is the franchise’s first since 2017, the last time the team made a playoff appearance, losing in the quarterfinals as Dawn of the Patriots.
Pinstripe Bowl jumped out to an early lead on Sunday morning and never looked back. The Bowl was projected to score just 132.25 points, and by the end of Sunday Night Football, they had scored all their 141.04 points. Chod’s Team only managed to put up 87.20 points on Sunday, creating a 53.84 gap to overcome on Monday night. Despite their players’ best efforts in the final contest of the week, Chod’s Team only scored 33.02 points, coming up 20.82 points short in defeat.
In preparation for the season and a possible playoff matchup, the Bowl made various roster moves, and a handful of those players had a major impact in the score column.
Fresh off a bye week, Tom Brady (Tampa Bay) took over the starting quarterback job and failed to meet his projections by 5.86 points. He started in place of superstar Kyler Murray (Arizona), who also failed to live up to his numbers by 5.87 points. Our third-string quarterback Kirk Cousins (Minnesota) scored the least amount of the three; however, he was much better at closing the gap with his projections, coming up 1.96 points short.
Derrick Henry (Tennessee) rebounded in convincing fashion scoring a team-high 36.20 points, some 16.60 points ahead of expectations. Stefon Diggs (Buffalo) continues to be one of the best wide receivers in the league thanks to scoring his second-best total of the season, 29.10 points, in his contest.
Diontae Johnson (Pittsburgh) and DJ Clark Jr (Jacksonville) both finished in the single digits, joining our kicker Ryan Succop (Tampa Bay) as the only players to not reach double digits.
Even though we won our matchup by 20 points, the score could have been much higher if we had started the newly acquired TY Hilton (Indianapolis), who scored a season-high 25.60 points. That was the second week in a row the wide-out scored at least 25 points.
In the final week of the regular season, all 10 teams managed to score at least 100 points in their matchups, while the winners all put up at least 130 points.
Cleveland Steamerz scored a league-high 149.12 points while EarlThomas’Brother scored a low 102.42 points. Steamerz also secured the largest margin of victory by 46.70 points, while Nukl Busters snuck by Trump Towers with a 5.08 point win.
KerryMy Johnson took over the top spot in the league in week five. They held that position for eight of the final nine weeks, only losing the spot in week 10 to Pinstripe Bowl. Their 10-4 record was two wins ahead of the three teams who finished between second and fourth.
Three teams finished two games over 0.500 with 8-6 records and secured the three other playoff spots. Lamar the Merrier! scored more points than Pinstripe Bowl and Nukl Busters to take second place.
Nukl will draw the top dog KerryMy in the opening round while the Bowl and Lamar will battler for the second time in three weeks.
Pleasantly Plump and Trump Towers (5-9) had their season come to an end since neither team qualified for the consolation bracket.
Cleveland Steamerz and WATCH WHAT U SAQUON (7-7) will take on EarlThomas’Brother and Chod’s Team (6-8) to see who can have bragging rights as the highest seed of non-playoff teams.
Pinstripe Bowl closed out the regular season with the best player in the league, Derrick Henry (Tennessee). It is the fourth time and Henry’s second, securing the best player award. The other two were Kyler Murray and Tom Brady. Henry’s other win came in week six when he scored 40.40 points.
DJ Clark Jr (Jacksonville) hasn’t found himself in the starting lineup that often this season, and in one of his most important starts, he failed to deliver with just 3.60 points.
Just like in week 13, Pinstripe Bowl had the future on their minds and made a fury of moves in the final week of the season.
After this terrible performance in the previous matchup, it was one and done for the Frank Gore (New York) experience. In his place, we signed TY Hilton out of Indianapolis, and he did not disappoint in his first week.
We signed Chase McLaughlin to fill in as a kicker and then turned around to cut him for his fellow Jets teammate Ty Johnson. After Gore went down with an injury, Johnson moved up to the number one running back spot.
After placing a few players on the IR due to injures and COVID, we had room to sign New York Giants Sterling Shepard. He remains as one of the only bright spots in the Giants’ offence, and you never know when you may need another wide receiver.
Weekly Move Total: 3/4
Season Move Total: 21/50
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of Pinstripe Bowl’s 2020 Fantasy Football season.