It’s been a wild ride thus far in the Ourcade Madden 16 League. We’ve had coaches quit before the bye week to join the infamous “32 Team All Madden League”. We’ve witnessed player safety reach a new low under the regime of Garfield Goodell. We have 2 1000 yard rushers already…..on the same team. We have a coach who doesn’t even coach! His son takes the reins from time to time. With that said, let’s look at what we have going on. All stats and records are accurate as of Week 9.
- Cowboys (7-0)
- Jets (7-0)
- Vikings (7-0)
- Dolphins (6-1)
- Raiders (6-1)
- Falcons (6-2)
- Chiefs (6-2)
- Cardinals (6-2)
- Titans (5-2)
- Jaguars (5-2)
- 49ers (5-3)
- Bucs (4-3)
- Steelers (4-4)
- Bears (3-4)
- Bills (3-4)
- Bengals (3-4)
- Broncos (3-4)
NFC East – The NFC East looks to be squarely in the grip of the undefeated Cowboys. The second place Eagles pose a minimal threat at 3-4, and the Cowboys may want to keep this streak going so they can use the end of the season to get healthy.
NFC West – The Cards have the lead for now, but they are dealing with injuries while the 49ers are getting healthy. With Carson Palmer missing time just as Kaep returns from injury, the race for the division will be one worth watching. The Cardinals took the first meeting, and Kaep will look to avenge that loss in Week 12.
NFC North – This is another division that looks to be wrapped up already. Unless the Vikings fall off due to injury, look for them to chase a first round bye along with Dallas.
NFC South – This may be the most hotly contested division in the NFC. The Saints, Bucs, and Falcons are all right in the thick of things. We’ll have to let the division games sort this out, but it should be fun to watch. What wasn’t fun to watch was Jameis Winston suffer a ruptured disk.
AFC East – The Jets win over Miami in week 4 is the sole loss between the two division frontrunners. Miami will need to win the Week 12 rematch to keep pace with the undefeated Jets. The Bills are struggling to cope without Percy Harvin, who has a broken collarbone.
AFC West – The Raiders (WHO KNEW) sit atop the division for now. The Chiefs are in hot pursuit, while the Broncos are less of a threat than expected due to a myriad of injuries. This race may come down to Week 17 when the Chiefs and Raiders square off for the second time. The Chiefs will have to do it without Jamaal Charles, who was placed on IR.
AFC North – This division is much weaker than expected so far. Someone has to put a few wins together and separate themselves. The Bengals are the most likely to do so, but we’ll have to see what happens.
AFC South – The upstart Jags and Titans both look ahead of schedule at the top of the division. Andrew Luck and the 1-6 Colts have fallen from grace, and one has to wonder where they go from here. The Jags and Titans face each other twice in a 3 week span (weeks 11 and 13) so we’ll have a clearer picture after the second contest.
- Passing Yards – Matt Ryan (2,889 Yards)
- Passing TD – Matt Ryan (31 TDs)
- Rushing Yards – Tevin Coleman (1,323 Yards)
- Rushing TD – Jeff Demps (15 TDs)
- Receiving Yards – Julio Jones (1,619 Yards)
- Receiving TD – Julio Jones (16 TDs)
- Pancakes – Joe Staley (18 Pancakes)
Leading Offense (Total) – Falcons (4,305 Yards)
Leading Offense (Rushing) – Jets (2,488 Yards)
Leading Offense (Passing) – Cardinals (3,004 Yards)
Scoring Leader – Jets (54.8 PPG)
Pass TD – Falcons (31)
Rush TD – Jets (26)
1st Downs – Cardinals (149)
- Tackles – Stephen Tulloch (79 Tackles)
- Tackles For Loss – Vic Beasley Jr. (11 TFLs)
- Sacks – Aldon Smith (9 Sacks)
- Interceptions – Will Hill III (7 INTs)
- Pass Deflections – Alterraun Verner (9 Deflections)
- Forced Fumbles – 13 tied at 2
- Fumble Recoveries – 6 tied at 2
- Defensive TD – Aaron Lynch (2 TDs)
Leading Defense (Total) – Jags (1,537 Yards)
Leading Defense (Rushing) – Chiefs (425 Yards)
Leading Defense (Passing) – Jags (930 Yards)
Least Points Allowed – Jets (108 Points Allowed)
Sacks – Vikings (25)
Fumble Recoveries – Steelers (10)
Interceptions – Ravens (18)
At the end of the year I will toss out more in depth stats, such as red zone effeciency and 3rd down conversion percentage.
I’ll list the top 3 for each award left to right.
MVP – Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Geno Smith. Wait, Geno Smith? *double checks* GENO SMITH!
Coach of the Year – Jay Coach (Vikes), Lucious Lyon (Cowboys), Rich Eisen (Jets)
Offensive Player of the Year
- AFC – Latavius Murray, Jeff Demps, Chris Ivory
- NFC – Julio Jones, Tevon Coleman, Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year
- AFC – Lawrence Timmons, Wesley Woodyard, Will Hill III
- NFC – Tyrann Mathieu, Daryl Washington, Anthony Barr
Offensive Rookie of the Year
- AFC – Marcus Mariota, Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon
- NFC – Tevin Coleman, Breshad Perriman, Jeremy Langford
Defensive Rookie of the Year
- AFC – Shane Ray, Marcus Peters, Kevin Johnson
- NFC – Landon Collins, Arik Armstead, Vic Beasley Jr
- AFC – Philip Rivers, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning
- NFC – Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Drew Brees
- AFC – Jeff Demps, Latavius Murray, Chris Ivory
- NFC – Lance Dunbar, Tevon Coleman, Adrian Peterson
- AFC – Amari Cooper, AJ Green, Kendall Wright
- NFC – Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Breshad Perriman
- AFC – Nick Mangold, Marshal Yanda, Joe Thomas
- NFC – Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Joe Staley
- AFC – Aldon Smith, Darnell Dockett, Sen’Derrick Marks
- NFC – Everson Griffin, Arik Armstead, Vic Beasley Jr
- AFC – Wesley Woodyard, C.J. Mosley, Karlos Dansby
- NFC – Anthony Barr, Rolando McClain, Brandon Spikes
- AFC – Will Hill III, Marcus Peters, Devin McCourty
- NFC – Tyrann Mathieu, Jairus Byrd, Rashean Mathis
- AFC – Josh Scobee, Randy Bullock, Stephen Gostkowski
- NFC – Connor Barth, Cody Parkey, Matt Bryant
I find it hard to predict how the second half of the season will go. We will have a good amount of star players returning from injury, as well as the mounting pressure that comes with chasing a playoff spot. I’ll be back after week 17 to wrap up the regular season and give you all a playoff preview. See you then!