The Office Football League championship bracket here at the Statesman is down to the semifinals. Here’s a quick look at the matchups.
In the first semifinal the projections look to be a little bit off in my estimation, but I still give the team quarterbacked by Eli Manning the nod. The team quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers has some nice parts, Rodgers being the centerpiece of course, but the floor isn’t too high for some of its role players. Their success comes down to whether or not Jamison Crowder and Isaiah Crowell can exceed expectations. They do have a nice advantage in their defense, which takes on a Jets team that’s really struggled.
The team quarterbacked by Manning has a stout lineup with a lot of players with high minimum expectations. Not just that, there is definite potential for spectacular performances. Hell, if Le’Veon Bell can do half of what he did last week, that would be a great week in itself. You’ve got to like Larry Fitzgerald’s matchup with the Saints, especially now that Michael Floyd is playing in a new zip code.
In the second semi you’ve got a much closer looking matchup.
You can definitely see the potential for explosive scores on the team quarterbacked by Kirk Cousins. Thomas Rawls and Devonta Freeman should both have good weeks facing the Rams and 49ers respectively. Odell Beckham can strike in a flash, as exhibited last week, and Jordy Nelson is falling into form.
The team led by Derek Carr has hope in a bounce-back game from the quarterback and a solid performance from Jay Ajayi against a Jets defense that has seemingly quit. Davante Adams has been trending positively as well, though he’s been too hit-and-miss to be comfortable. If Carr has a good outing and involves Amari Cooper enough, then they’ve got a shot.
So which quarterback do you think will lead his team to the OFL final?