Words With Football League (WWFL) – Season 32017-08-08T22:27:12-04:00

Words With Football League – Season 3

Held from September 2016 to February 2017
WWFL 3 Champion:
New York Giants (Swampman681)

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WWFL CHAMPIONSHIP

WWFL PLAYOFFS: CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

WWFL PLAYOFFS: DIVISIONAL ROUND

WWFL PLAYOFF PREVIEW

Season 3 of the Words With Football League certainly lived up to all the hype. 32 players slugged it out over the last 17 weeks to secure 1 of only 12 playoff spots. The playoffs begin this weekend with 4 games.

Before the season started, several strong WWF players entered the league through the offseason tryouts. They took over franchises that had performed poorly in previous seasons. The Steelers, Packers, Panthers and 49ers had never been to the playoffs, but new team management turned these franchises around and gave them a shot at playoff glory.

The competition of the league had increased from Season 1 to Season 2…and it went even higher for Season 3. There were virtually no “easy wins” for anyone. Everyone’s schedule was full of veteran opponents who know how to take a lead and close out a game. Players who dominated in previous seasons suddenly didn’t look so dominant.

Let’s take a look at our playoff teams in Season 3, starting with the highest-seeded teams.

San Francisco 49ers – NFC #1 – Thomas Anthony / SherlockJr.

The regular season was thorougly dominated from beginning to end by Thomas Anthony (SherlockJr.) and the San Francisco 49ers. Ranked #1 on defense and #4 on offense, the 49ers completed the regular season with 12-straight wins. Were it not for a 15-point loss in Week 4 to the Cowboys, the 49ers would be perfect. After a season in which no other player won 12 games, Thomas’ 15-win season is quite an achievement. As the #1 seed in the NFC, the 49ers have a first round bye and will play the lower-seeded NFC team to survive the first round. Congrats to Thomas on an absolutely excellent season.

Cleveland Browns – AFC #1 – Renee Pavey / renpav64 – The Browns reached the AFC Championship game last season.

There’s a familiar face at the top of the AFC this season. Renee “Petal-to-the-Metal” Pavey and the Cleveland Browns did what they do best; score lots and lots of points. For the second-straight season, the Browns have the #1-ranked offense with 461 points per game. But that’s not their only impressive accomplishment. The Browns started this season at the bottom of the division with a 0-3 record. They followed that rough start by winning 11 of their next 12 games. As the #1 seed in the AFC, the Browns have a first round bye and will play the lower-seeded AFC team to survive the first round. Congrats to Renee for a great season.

Oakland Raiders – AFC #1 – Larry Borges / lwb2012 – The Raiders were the AFC Champions in Season 2

The men black are back! Larry Borges (lwb2012) and Oakland Raiders picked up right where they left off last season. After a close loss in last season’s WWFL Championship game, the Raiders started Season 3 with a dominant 8-win stretch in which they averaged 487 points. The 2nd half of the season was a bumpy ride for the Raiders during which they won only 3 of their last 8, but there was never any real doubt as to who would win the AFC West division. They finished the season with the #5 offense and the #7 defense. As the #2 seed in the AFC, the Raiders have a first round bye and will play the higher-seeded AFC team to survive the first round. Congrats to Larry for a great season.

New York Giants – NFC #2 – Mike Marsh / Swampman681 – The Giants are the defending WWFL Champions from Season 2

After a lackluster 3-3 start to the season, the defending WWFL Champions got back into championship form and finished the regular season (again) with an 11-5 record. The offensive and defensive numbers for Mike Marsh (Swampman681) and the New York Giants were not very impressive. But then again, they weren’t very impressive last season either…and they went on to win the championship. Let’s see what the G-men can do in this postseason. Will they defend their title? Mike Marsh is certainly not lacking confidence. As the #2 seed in the NFC, the Giants have a first round bye and will play the higher-seeded NFC team to survive the first round. Congrats to Mike for a great season.

Green Bay Packers – NFC #3 – Marilyn Lalonde / justmarilyn

The Green Bay Packers are on their way to the playoffs for the first time, thanks to the tenacious gameplay of Marilyn Lalonde (justmarilyn). The Packers finished 11-5, #2 on offense and #5 on defense. The NFC North was easily the most competitive division and there was never any doubt that it would produce two playoff teams. The Vikings also finished 11-5, but the Packers won the division due to having scored 13 points more than the Vikings throughout the season. As the #3 seed in the NFC, the Packers will play the #6 seeded Arizona Cardinals (JLuv0102) in the first round. Congrats to Marilyn for a hard-fought, well-played season.

Buffalo Bills – AFC #3 – Sí Sí Bee / perennial_p

In her second season in the Words With Football League, Si Si Bee (perennial_p) has led the Buffalo Bills to their first ever division championship. The Bills and Jets both finished the season at 9-7, but the Bills’ 2-0 record against the Jets in the regular season is what puts them ahead and gives them their first ever crown of the AFC East division. The Bills started the season with a 4-0 record but then sputtered through a 4-7 stretch. But they won when they had to…and the two wins against the division-rival Jets were crucial. But as fate would have it, the Bills must face the Jets again in round 1 of the playoffs. Congrats to Si Si for a great season.

Carolina Panthers – NFC #4 – Jennifer Dashiell Reed / AKALady71

The most drastic turnaround in the league came out of Carolina. The Panthers held a 3-28 franchise record in their first two seasons, the absolute bottom of the barrel. Jennifer Dashiell Reed took over the team in the offseason and started out 1-4 in her first 5 games. It looked like the Panthers were staying right at the bottom of the league where they had always been. But Reed’s Panthers turned it around, winning 8 of their next 9 games to win the division where they had always been last. Carolina is your new NFC South Champion. As the #4 seed, the Panthers will play the #5-seeded Vikings in the first round. Congrats Jennifer on a great season and an excellent turnaround of the Panthers’ franchise.

Indianapolis Colts – AFC #4 – Tim Strimenopoulos / Tim_Strim

The AFC South has a new champion! While the Houston Texans languished in a dud season at 6-10, Tim Strimenopoulos and the Colts capitalized and won the division for the first time. It was a tight race at the end between the Colts and the Titans, another division rival that was rivitalized by new coaching. But the Colts squeaked by at the end. The Colts are the #4-seeded team and will face the Steelers for the second time this season. Congrats Tim on your first division championship and a great season.

Minnesota Vikings – NFC #5 – Fiona-Brennan Scott / sainter4ever – The Vikings won the NFC North division in Season 2

The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North division in Season 2 with an 8-8 record. This season, Fiona Brennan-Scott’s Vikings improved to 11-5, but it wasn’t enough to win the division. Nonetheless, the Vikings enter the playoffs with the #3 offense in the league and will face the Panthers in Charlotte. The Vikings defeated the Panthers in the regular season by more than 200 points, but that was way back in Week 3. This one should be interesting. Congrats to Fiona on a great season and another run in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers – AFC #5 – Kenneth Ch’ng / Skool13

The Pittsburgh Steelers are another franchise that was stumbling along before a new coach brought the the team back to life. The hard-nosed defense of Kenneth Ch’ng (Skool13) has led the Steelers to their first-ever appearance in the playoffs. The Steelers are the #5 seed and will be facing the Colts in the first round. The Steelers handily beat the Colts in their regular season matchup in Week 12. Congrats to Kenneth on making the playoffs in your first season.

Arizona Cardinals – NFC #6 – Joanne Loveall / JLuv0102

This will be the third straight trip to the playoffs for Joanne Loveall and the Arizona Cardinals. This season has been a mirror reflection of last season; 11-5 record in the 5th seed of the playoffs as a Wild Card. Joanne has led the Cardinals to a steller 39-13 franchise record. They also have the #6-ranked defense and the #6-ranked offense. The Cardinals won their first-round playoff game last season before losing to the Giants in round 2. Let’s see how far they go this season. Congrats to Joanne for another great season in Arizona.

New York Jets – AFC #6 – Stephanie Gabel / Xiraxa – Stephanie’s Jets are two-time AFC East Champions.

Last but not least, Stephanie Gabel and the New York Jets enter the playoffs as the 6th seed Wild Card in the AFC. The Jets will face the same Bills team they have already played twice this season. Last season, they lost by only 12 points to the Ravens in the first round. The 9-7 record by the Jets is not as impressive as the records of past seasons. But no one should be foolish enough to think these Jets can’t go all the way to the championship. Congrats to Stephanie for another playoff appearance and a great season. Good luck.

The Browns (renpav64) have won the scoring title for the second straight season. The top defense award goes to the 49ers (SherlockJr.), the only team to keep opponents under 400 point per game this season. Congrats to you both on your great seasons.

Well, this is it! This is your time to shine, WWF players. Winners go forward and losers go home. The playoffs are upon us and every point matters. Make it count. Congratuations to the 12 who made it to the playoffs. Thanks to all of you who made this season so fun and interesting. Thanks for being on top of your games and making things easy for me. A special shout out goes to Laura Dix Gabel, who patiently supported my efforts during the long season. Also, thanks to Judy Meirelles-Smith and Justice Akuchie for filling in on some games when we needed backups. I appreciate it.

Joseph –

SEASON 3 HEADLINES

The 427-344 win by the Steelers (Skool13) over the Giants (Swampman681) sent ripples throughout the league with major playoff implications. The win put the Steelers back in 1st place where they’ve been most of this season. The loss puts the Giants a game behind the Cowboys, the team they face this weekend. We’ll keep you posted if the Giants have anymore playoff predications.
The San Francisco 49ers became the first WWFL team to clinch their division last weekend after a close victory over the Bears. It’s the first time in the playoffs for Thomas Anthony, and also for the 49ers’ franchise which was managed last season by our late friend Raul Bernal. Congrats Thomas!
To be the champ, you have to beat the champ.” – Reigning WWFL Champion Mike Marsh of the New York Giants

Following the Giants’ impressive 12-point win over the red-hot Browns, reporters asked head coach Mike Marsh (Swampman681) if he expected his Giants to return to the WWFL championship game at season’s end. Marsh responded: “Yeah you better believe it, buddy. We’ll be there…I guarantee it.”

If anyone else were saying it, it would sound like just another audacious prediction by a contender. But Marsh’s Giants have “been there and done that.” The Giants have done nothing but win since Marsh took over the team before the 2nd season. They beat the Raiders in a defensive battle in last season’s championship. They’re currently in 2nd place in the NFC East, looking up at the pesky Cowboys who have the tiebreaker advantage. But all that may change in Week 14 when the two teams play each other again.

As we enter the second to last week of the regular season, let’s take a look at what’s happening in each division:

NFC NORTH: The Packers (justmarilyn / 10-4) will win this division by winning 1 of their last 2 games. At 9-5, the Vikings (sainter4ever) are currently projected to be a Wild Card team. The Lions (dmtm123 / 8-6) still have a shot, but several unlikely things must happen. The Bears have been eliminated from playoff contention.

NFC SOUTH: The “Worst to First” Panthers (AKALady71 / 9-5) have completed  a drastic turnaround of the franchise and have won this division. The Bucs, Falcons and Saints have been eliminated.

NFC EAST: The Giants (Swampman681 / 9-5) have a 1-game lead over the Cowboys (Justplainlou / 8-6). If these two end the season with the same record, the Cowboys will take the division with the 2nd tiebreaker. The Eagles and Redskins have been eliminated.

NFC WEST: The high-flyin’ 49ers (SherlockJr. / 13-1) are the NFC West champs and the #1 seed in the playoffs. At 9-5, the Cardinals (JLuv0102) are making a credible push for a Wild Card spot. The Seahawks and Rams have been eliminated.

AFC NORTH: The Browns (renpav64) win this division with another win or with a Steelers (Skool13) loss, which is impressive considering Renee Pavey’s 0-3 start to the season. However, if the Steelers win 1 of their last 2, they will also secure a playoff spot as a Wild Card.

AFC SOUTH: The Colts (Tim_Strim / 8-6) have a 1-game lead over the Titans (muteone / 7-7). If these two end the season with the same record, the Titans will take the division with the 2nd tiebreaker. The Jags and Texans have been eliminated from playoff contention.

AFC EAST: I’m still waiting for the Week 14 score from the Jets (Xiraxa). If they have won that game, they will be 8-6 and tied with the Bills (perennial_p) for 1st place. These two will face each other next week in a climactic winner-takes-all game. The Dolphins and Patriots have been eliminated.

AFC WEST: The Raiders (lwb2012 / 10-4) handily won this division and are currently slated to be the #2 seed in the playoffs with a 1st-round bye. The Chiefs and Chargers have been eliminated.

WHO’S THE MYSTERY 9-7 TEAM? – There are currently 4 AFC teams with a 7-7 record (Ravens, Bengals, Titans, Broncos). It’s very possible that one of these 4 teams can sneak their way into the playoffs if certain things go their way. In addition to winning their last two games, they basically need every other contending team to lose. We’ll see what happens.

The 427-344 win by the Steelers (Skool13) over the Giants (Swampman681) sent ripples throughout the league with major playoff implications. The win put the Steelers back in 1st place where they’ve been most of this season. The loss puts the Giants a game behind the Cowboys, the team they face this weekend. We’ll keep you posted if the Giants have anymore playoff predications.
The San Francisco 49ers became the first WWFL team to clinch their division last weekend after a close victory over the Bears. It’s the first time in the playoffs for Thomas Anthony, and also for the 49ers’ franchise which was managed last season by our late friend Raul Bernal. Congrats Thomas!
To be the champ, you have to beat the champ.” – Reigning WWFL Champion Mike Marsh of the New York Giants

Following the Giants’ impressive 12-point win over the red-hot Browns, reporters asked head coach Mike Marsh (Swampman681) if he expected his Giants to return to the WWFL championship game at season’s end. Marsh responded: “Yeah you better believe it, buddy. We’ll be there…I guarantee it.”

If anyone else were saying it, it would sound like just another audacious prediction by a contender. But Marsh’s Giants have “been there and done that.” The Giants have done nothing but win since Marsh took over the team before the 2nd season. They beat the Raiders in a defensive battle in last season’s championship. They’re currently in 2nd place in the NFC East, looking up at the pesky Cowboys who have the tiebreaker advantage. But all that may change in Week 14 when the two teams play each other again.

It’s been a long road for the Carolina Panthers. Entering Week 6 of this season, the Panthers had a 4-32 franchise record, the worst in the league. And it appeared that leadership changes in the offseason had made no difference in fixing the Panthers’ problems. Under new coach Jennifer Dashiell Reed (AKALady71), the Panthers lost 4 of their first 5 games.

But Week 6 is when all that changed. The Panthers beat the Saints, a division rival, for the first time. It was the beginning of a 5-1 stretch for the team which continued through Week 12. The Panthers destroyed one of the best teams in the league, the Raiders, by 176 points. It was a signature win for a franchise that had known nothing but last place for 3 seasons. And now they’re in 1st place due to a tiebreaker advantage with the Falcons. It took some time for Reed to implement her system, but the Panthers have clearly bought into her winning ways…and they’re now officially a team to be reckoned with. 

Ok maybe I sang the praises of the NFC North players just a little too much (sainter4ever, bjraney, justmarilyn, dmtm123). Last week, I mentioned their dominance against opponents of other divisions. And then of course all 4 teams proceeded to lose in Week 11 to opponents of other divisions. Oops…sorry about that. But they’re all still in great position to win the division.
7 of the 14 games in Week 11 were decided by 24 points or less, which is unusual. The Browns (renpav64) won their 8th straight and took the lead in the AFC North. Tim_Strim and the Colts (6-4) created some separation in the AFC South by beating the 2nd place Titans (5-6). And the cities by the bay continue to flex their muscle: the Raiders (lwb2012) and 49ers (SherlockJr.) both improved to 9-1, the best records in the league. Could this be the championship matchup that awaits us?
The regular season ends on January 6th. Only 12 of 32 WWFL teams will advance to the playoffs. so I’d say it’s time to review the guidelines for advancing to the postseason. Click here to read all about it.
BALTIMORE MARYLAND – It took 3 games for the the Cleveland Browns to get their act together. But after the 0-3 start, the Browns (renpav64) rattled off 7 straight wins and are now in 2nd place in the AFC North behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (Skool13). Renee Pavey’s Browns thrashed the Ravens by a score of 576-415. The Browns face the Steelers in Week 11, their first of two matches this season. The winner takes sole possession of 1st place.

The Browns have the #2 offense in the league, averaging 471 points per game.

It’s always fun to take a look ahead and see who is currently in position to make the playoffs. So let’s take a look:

In the AFC, the clear #1 seed would be the Raiders (lwb2012), the league’s only undefeated team. They and the #2 seed Bills (perennial_p) would have a 1st round bye in the playoffs. The Steelers (Skool13) would be #3 and the Colts (Tim_Strim) would be #4. They would play in the first round against the current Wild Cards: the Ravens (Stadesmith) at #5 and the Jets (Xiraxa) at #6

In the NFC, the #1 seed is the 49ers (SherlockJr.) at 6-1. They and the #2 seed Vikings (sainter4ever) would have the first round bye in the playoffs. #3 is the Cowboys (Justplainlou) and #4 would be the Buccaneers (Donnadwyer111). They would play in the 1st round against the Wild Cards: the #5 Bears (bjraney) and the #6 Lions (dmtm123).

However, a lot can happen between now and then. We’re almost halfway finished with the regular season. The playoff bracket will most certainly be changing.

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