Now that we’re one-third of the way through the season (and I have a little more time to work on these recap pieces), it’s a good chance to take a look at where the league sits through the first five weeks of the year.
The biggest surprise, without question, comes in the South Division, where Smokin Red Devils have gone a perfect 5-0 through the first five weeks of the year, and have racked up the sixth-most points in the league so far. A team that finished with one of the worst records in the league a year ago, and was projected to finish 11th in points before the season began, the Red Devils’ hot start have put them in strong position to make the playoffs and potentially even grab a bye – especially since they play in what is easily the league’s weakest division.
Perhaps the other biggest surprise so far is in that same South Division, as in Murrells Inlet Maya’s 4-1 record. Despite having the second-fewest points in the league (only ahead of the hapless Carnivorous Pigs), the Maya are 4-1 thanks to having the fewest points scored against them in the league. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to know that the team that resides in second in that category is Smokin Red Devils.
As usual, the West Division is an absolute bloodbath, with Bizarro Al Davis, The Sean Taylor Memorial Franchise and That’s My-Danek! all being tied at 3-2, and having scored within 55 total points of each other so far this season. It seems exceedingly likely that these three teams will go right down to the final week of the regular season again, just like they did last year, and further proves that the biggest and most difficult rebuilding job in the entire league is going to be for Ground ‘N’ Pound, as despite having the ninth most points scored in the league through nine weeks have a very slim chance of making the playoffs.
The most impressive team in the league so far has probably been RG3 for President, which has posted a 4-1 record that includes losing by less than a half-point to The Replacements in Week 2 and knocking off both Bizarro Al Davis and The Sean Taylor Memorial Franchise the past two weeks. And while RG3 for President holds a two-game lead in the North over the other three teams, Kobra Kai also holds a two-game lead in the East, and with a perfect 3-0 record in division play is going to be very difficult to beat.
Finally, the battle for the two wild card spots should be entertaining for most of the season. Through the first five games of the season, Murrells Inlet Maya holds one spot, while The Sean Taylor Memorial Franchise and That’s My-Danek! are tied for the other with their matching 3-2 records. But with six more teams currently holding 2-3 records, there is a good portion of the league with a shot at making it into the playoffs by the time they roll around in December.