The Clyde Fliers enter the second week of the playoffs against the Shelby Whippets in a game they're projected to win by a score of 37-20. It's do or die for each team as always in the postseason. Regardless of the outcome, each team can take comfort in the fact that they had a successful enough season to get here, but only one team will be satisfied with the result as the other's season will end on a loss. The Whippets, one of the top teams in Division 4, come into the game ranked 20th. The Fliers come in ranked 11th. The teams did not appear on each other's schedules last season, which presents a degree of unpredictability. Strategically, this might lead to complications that could throw off the gameplan of either team.
Looking to build upon their 3-game winning streak, Shelby comes into the week at 8-3. After their 31-21 win against the Edison Chargers, they are confident in their ability to finish strong. The Whippets offense is the 12th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 35.2 points per game over the course of the season. In their last 5 games, however, they've cooled off, averaging 27.2 points per game. On defense, they rank 39th in their division, giving up an average of 20.3 points per game.
Clyde will look to continue the momentum of their 2-game winning streak, the most recent addition to which was a 28-20 win against the Keystone Wildcats last week, bringing their record to 7-4. The Fliers offense is the 13th-ranked offense in Division 4, scoring an average of 34.8 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 28 points per game. Their defense gives up an average of 22.5 points per game, ranking 48th in their division.
Prediction: Clyde to win (92.21% chance of victory)