If you have been following Pinstripe Bowl throughout 2021, you may know that the team spent most of the season near the bottom of the standings. The defending league champions have yet to have a winning record at any point, finally getting over the hump in week 13.
The boys used the schedule to their advantage, beating up on the league’s worse team What’s an ACL anyways?, en route to their fourth straight victory. The win allows the champs to get closer to the playoffs, something the franchise only achieved once before in 2020.
Neither team had players in Thursday night action, which means they both started the weekend tied with zero points. The Bowl came out strong to start Sunday morning, scoring 117.72 points for a slight 8.40 margin by the end of the day. ACL managed to put up 109.32 on the day, giving the bottom feeders a glimmer of hope with some players left on Monday.
On the final day of the matchup, the Bowl scored 9.10 points (Stefon Diggs) while ACL scored just 2.10 to come up short 126.82-111.42. The win was significant as the Bowl pushed towards a playoff spot, while ACL dropped another game after beating the league’s best team in week 12.
After several weeks off with a lower-body injury, Kyler Murray (Arizona) returned. He found his form quickly with a solid 32.82 points; however, this week’s victory was thanks to George Kittle (San Francisco), who outscored his quarterback with 39.60 points.
Overall the Bowl scored 4.84 points less than initially projected, with Adam Thielen (Minnesota) injured. Had he not departed early, there would have been just two players who came in under their projections.
The bench players had a disaster week, scoring just 11.16 points as a unit. Since most non-starters were New England Patriots, their opportunities were limited in some pretty nasty weather in their game against the Buffalo Bills. The boys on the bench came in 56.63 points under their projections which is a season-high for non-starters.
Pinstripe Bowl scored 126.82 points, the third-best total for a team that found the win column in week 13. The team was outscored by Chod’s Team and KerryMy Johnson, who both lost their matchups.
Nukl Busters and Garoppolyse Now continue to keep things interesting in the standings by winning their matchups and claiming a 9-4 record with just two weeks left on the schedule. The Bowl’s fourth straight win propelled them from ninth place to fifth place with an outside chance of making the playoffs. As the regular season comes to a close, half of the teams have a winning record while the other half will push to finish with respectable records. Kittle became just the second Bowl player to win the best player award both on his own team and across the league. His 39.60 points were the second-highest season’s total behind Taylor’s epic performance of 53.40 in week 11. Kittle became the first tight end in the league to be named the best player, securing less than 40 points in the process. He became just the fifth player to claim the honors with less than 40 points.
Boston Scott (Philadelphia) was named the worse starter when he suited up for his game but failed to register a point. He was brought in after returning from an injury and had no impact in his first game back.
On the bench, Chase Claypool (Pittsburgh) earned his third-best bench player award, scoring 7.40 points. His final numbers seem very low, but he was the runaway winner considering the bulk of his teammates failed to score three points. He still came in under his initial projections.
Nelson Agholor (New England) rejoined the team during the week 12 free agency period; however, a concussion ended his season. He became the first player cut during the waiver period, which opened up a spot for Scott to join the team.
Chris Boswell (Pittsburgh) was the next player cut in favor of Michael Badgley (Indianapolis), who had a favorable matchup in week 13. In a game where every point matters, the kicker position can make or break a matchup.
Weekly Move Total: 2/4
Season Move Total: 13/50