The Marlington Dukes and the Miami Trace Panthers head into a week 4 matchup on Friday looking for what will likely be a hardfought victory. While the Dukes come in as 8-point favorites, the Panthers will look to prove that they are the truly superior team. Miami Trace hopes to mount an effort on Friday that will prove that they are, indeed, the better of the two. A new game on the schedule for both teams, it should shape out as an unpredictable affair. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Miami Trace is towards the bottom of the pack in terms of playoff probability. However, with a win this week, they hope to turn the tables and prove themselves capable of surpassing their projected record for the season of 6-4. They're a high-powered offense, scoring an average of 35 points per game, ranking 18th in Division 3. Their defense gives up an average of 26 points per game, which ranks 67th in the division.
After a playoff season in 2018, early indications are that their projected record of 8-2 may not be enough for Marlington to make the postseason in 2019. They come off of a 49-22 loss against the New Philadelphia Quakers, which brings their current record to 1-2. Coming into the week, they are projected to finish 15th in the regional playoff standings. Neither side of the ball has been particularly strong for the Dukes. Their offense scores an average of 26.3 points per game and their defense allows an average of 27.7 points per game, ranking 41st and 72nd in Division 3 respectively.
Prediction: Marlington to win (96.65% chance of victory)