Welcome back to the FFL Blog, and after a couple of weeks rest, I’m ready to get stuck in again. Thanks to everyone who has taken the stats the last few weeks and for all of your patience while I was on holiday. But for now, let’s go to work.
West Flanders Tribes 47, Puurs Titans 14
Tribes QB Vermaut (13/33, 194 yards and 3 td, 10 rush for 95 yards and 2 td) made a successful return to his team against the Titans, who finish their season a disappointing 0-5-1. TE Brutyn had a big game too with 84 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns as well.
The Tribes opened strong and had built a 20-0 half time lead with strong defense, forcing a total of 8 turnovers against the Titans. The third quarter was much more even thanks to a 72-yard rush from Titans RB Lagae (16 rush for 103 yards on the day), but the Tribes still had time to score two touchdowns and a safety thanks to DT Buyse to put them up 35-14 and it was cruise mode from there.
League leading tackler Titans LB K Meersmans racked up 8.5 more tackles and made a pick-six, and his teammate LB Van Moorleghem could leave the field for the final time with his head held high after 6.5 tackles too.
The Tribes outgained the Titans 356-209, and if they get a couple more players back, they’re going to be a real handful come playoff time (providing, of course, that they qualify).
Brussels Bulls 31, Gent Gators 7
The Bulls defense were all over the Gators offense, registering 5 sacks and 3 interceptions on their way to the first Flemish Championship in team history.
Bulls QB Torrini was efficient as usual, on his way to a 9-16, 109 yards, 1 td day, and RB Acheson did what he does – 22 rushes, 98 yards, 2 td. The Bulls just had everything nicely under control after scoring three times in the second quarter, heading into half time up 28-7, the Gators lone score coming from WR Van Overschelde.
The Bulls outgained the Gators 276-126, which led to a busy day for Gators S Jolie. LB Nicolajeff registered 1.5 sacks for the Bulls and their LB McGinn had a sack and an interception.
Quote of the week
Sometimes when other people write the stats for me, they leave some comments. Here’s one from last week:
– “Referees gave two third downs”, Lesley Moreels, midway through the third quarter
C’Mon man of the week
I’ve said before that I hate giving the C’Mon man award to nice people. However sometimes people just deserve it a little too much! This comes courtesy of Tribes RB Frederik George :
– (Tribes G) Willem Demuynck goes to an official and says “Hey official, how much time do we have left?”. The official looks at him strangely and answers “The game is over!”
What the official could have said was “Hey Willem, C’Mon man!”
Stat of the week
Titans LB Ken Meersmans has finished his season with 56.5 tackles. Some other teams haven’t played their full schedule yet. The best chances to catch him are Gators S Jolie, who would need 23 tackles in his last game, or Tribes LB Vanmarcke, who would need a total of 34 tackles in his last two games.
Players of the week
Offensive – Tribes QB Vermaut. He threw for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and 2 more scores on the ground. He now leads the league in points accounted for, even though he missed one game with an injury and still has two to play.
Defensive – Bulls DT Kitoko. Exactly how a defensive tackle makes 2 interceptions I’m not quite sure as I wasn’t there, but it’s a hell of an effort.
Iron man – Bulls WR/K/P Stalmans. Had a big game with the gloves and his boots against the Gators. Caught 5 balls for 44 yards and 1 td, kicked 4/4 extra points and 1/1 field goals.
The playoff picture
Things have become clearer with the Bulls already having clinched the top spot, but there are still three teams with a chance to make the playoffs, and somebody is going to miss out. There are 8 possible ways that the last three games can go (and yes, I’m ignoring draws for this discussion), so let’s break it down.
One other thing – it’s quite possible that the Tribes and Diamonds will end up with the same record. They tied against each other earlier in the season, and so (as I understand it), the next tie-breaker is point differential over the whole season, and the Tribes are far ahead in that, so I will assume that the Tribes hold the tie breaker over the Diamonds.
Brussels Black Angels
Finish second : 27.2%
Finish third : 56.9%
Miss playoffs : 15.9%
West Flanders Tribes
Finish second : 63.7%
Finish third : 24.3%
Miss playoffs : 12.0%
Finish second : 9.1%
Finish third : 18.8%
Miss playoffs : 72.1%
So I think it’s fairly clear to see that the most likely scenario has the Tribes ending up second, the Angels third and the Diamonds fourth. However, as we all know, no game has ever been won before it started, so let’s see just what happens over the next two weeks and find out who will represent the FFL in the playoffs.
Berendrecht, 29 April, 2pm : Antwerp Diamonds vs Brussels Bulls
Leuven, 29 April, 2pm : Leuven Lions vs West Flanders Tribes
What to watch for
Now that the Bulls are already guaranteed the number one spot, the question is do they rest some players in their final FFL game? The Diamonds still definitely need this game, meanwhile the Black Angels will be supporting for the Bulls.
It’s a home game for Antwerp so everything is set up for them to give their all. I just don’t quite see the Diamonds being able to score enough points to pull the upset and prevent the Bulls from going undefeated, but I think it’ll be a close one.
Prediction : Bulls 17, Diamonds 10
The Tribes very much need this game againt the Lions, who will be playing at home, and are surprisingly still looking for their first win. What better time to win than to ruin the Tribes’ season?
Leuven’s pass defense is bound to be stretched by the Tribes, whose 140 pass yards per game leads the league. Leuven’s offense lead the league in third down conversions, and in order to win this one they’ll have to keep the chains moving as much as possible. But I think the Tribes will just be too much for the Lions.
Prediction : Tribes 34, Lions 13
After Sunday there’s just one more game in the regular season! Time flies when you’re having fun. I have been working hard on the All-FFL team as well, so keep on hustling out there on the field! Until next time