The postseason has arrived and the Patrick Henry Patriots enter their first round matchup against the Arlington Red Devils projected to win by a score of 29-16. The playoffs are the best time of the year but also come with a great deal of drama as many powerhouses will even see their seasons cut short. Each week, it's do or die and, after this week is complete, half of the current playoff teams will be eliminated. The Red Devils rank 15th in the division while the Patriots rank 8th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Usually, matchups from the previous year are used in developing a strategy for upcoming games. For these two, no such opportunity will be afforded.
Arlington comes off of a 30-7 loss against the Leipsic Vikings and will look to rebound this week as they hope to finish out the season strong. The Red Devils rank 16th in Division 7 on offense, scoring an average of 31.8. However, over the last 2 weeks, their average is down to 20 points per game. On defense, they've been just as strong. Allowing just 13.5 points per game over the course of the season, their defense ranks 10th in their division. Over the last 6 weeks, they've been even more proficient, giving up just 9.5 points per game.
After a 34-14 win against the Delta Panthers brought their record to 7-3, Patrick Henry will be looking to carry that momentum over and earn another victory. The Patriots offense is the 14th-ranked offense in Division 7, scoring an average of 32.8 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 2 games, however, they haven't been quite as explosive as they've averaged 23.5 points per game. Their defense allows an average of 21.6 points per game, which ranks 35th in their division.
Prediction: Patrick Henry to win (95.48% chance of victory)