A 4-1 week pushes us up to 53-22 on the year. Its a full six game slate as we enter the final round before the Trade and Signing Deadline.
Bye(s): NOLA Gold
New England Free Jacks v. Old Glory DC
New England keeps pushing the winning streak. A bye week to further develop Nate Osborne’s system could make DC a tougher test than the standings indicate. The home side wins, but the margin may be closer than you think.
Winner: Free Jacks
Utah Warriors v. Rugby ATL
A good team coming off a bad week travels to a team that’s just bad. Utah’s tank continues to prosper.
Toronto Arrows v. Rugby New York
Both teams need this one. Desperately. A Toronto win pulls them within striking distance of New York for a playoff spot. A New York win likely seals all three playoff berths in the East. The Roosters plan to drop Sam Windsor to 15 as a twin playmaker. Unless his defense is better than it was when Houston tried the same thing last year, he’ll be on the bench before the final whistle. Sometimes, it really is just about who’s more desperate.
LA Giltinis v. Austin Gilgronis
This is likely the penultimate Gil-game-i. LA seems content to move form scrumhalf Harrison Goddard to 10. The ‘preferred child’ at home may not have the better roster on paper, but they are the pinnacle of ‘next man up’.
San Diego Legion v. Houston SaberCats
Similar to Toronto/New York, this could eliminate one side. The Cats have a game in hand, so they might be able to recover from a loss. San Diego can’t quite find their potential, but Houston keeps alternating between hot and cold. This is the type of game where Joe Pietersen, Will Hooley, and Ma’a Nonu step up and remind the league they’re premier players.
Seattle Seawolves v. Dallas Jackals
Seattle is hunting for a playoff spot. Dallas is a buyer at the deadline simply to help them fulfill fixtures. Even the inconsistent Seawolves can’t drop this one.