Streak continues, Horsemen tie worst run in team history
The Horsemen have twice faced 4 game losing streaks; the 2012 team would end up in 7th place and 6-7, the 2021 team would make a recovery and wind up 8-6 and in third place with a legitimate shot at a championship run. Which team will this Horseman squad emulate in 2022? In 2021 the streak was ended with a 92.3-58.44 victory over the Drunken Aces and, as fate would have it, they face the Drunken Aces in their quest to put an end to the streak before a favorable end of season schedule gives them an opportunity to become playoff eligible one more. Luck has not been on their side thus far, facing two of the high point scorers in the last 4 weeks and leading the league in points against – with nearly 100 more points against than the Aces.
These Aces aren’t the awful Aces we’ve seen in the last several years. And when I say last several years, I mean they haven’t made it past the first round of the playoffs since 2014 when they won the league championship against the Horsemen. This year they boast their best record through 7 games at 6-1, have the 3rd most points in the league, and appear to be a lock to make the playoffs coming out of a very top heavy Dumpy division. They have avoided any injury concerns and the lineup looks to be at it’s strongest with the return of DeAndre Hopkins after a 6 game PED suspension. They also somehow have no byes this week.
The Horsemen are facing a dire situation at wide receiver. Russell Wilson isn’t the second coming as they hoped he would be, and this has thwarted Courtland Sutton’s efforts at becoming a strong WR1. JuJu seemed to be coming into his own the past couple weeks, but the bye hits at an unfortunate time as Drake London and the Falcons seem to have hit rock bottom in the passing game. But options are few. Do they take a risk on potential breakouts from Parris Campbell and Marquise Goodwin? Can Doubs recover from a goose egg last week? For all their strength at running back (D’Andre Swift returns in week 8), this underperforming wide receiver room has been the key to the losing streak.
The Horsemen are 50/50 to win on ESPN as 1.6 point favorites, FantasyPros gives them a 46.9% chance to take the win.
Elsewhere in the league…
- Nosebleeds v Pork Shanks – The Nosebleeds are pretty much dead in the water. They’ve made no moves to help their team and have continued to start Aaron Rodgers the entire season. Despite having a 3-4 record they may be destined for last place.
- Legs With Holes v The Blackouts – If The Blackouts realize they have an inactive player at running back, they may have a shot. But that depends on whether or not Legs With Holes realizes they don’t have an active quarterback.
- Bumpy’s Berries v Dangerous Angels – The Angels seem to have given up on the season and traded away Godwin and Lamar for a 1st. The Berries probably should have done it first, but they declined trades involving players that are pretty much worthless now. I guess the Berries maybe pull off another win this season?
- Straight Laced v 3rd and Unpredictable – The Farm Team vs it’s big league counterpart. Not a chance.
- Strictly Southern v Heavy Pistols – The Pistols have a fairly large head right now, but with the least points scored against they’re due for some regression. Southern just upgraded at QB and wide receiver and should have no issue handing them their first loss of the season.