Gametime forecast: 82°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Orlando won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Orlando leads, 13-12
Oracles 27, Mafia 26
Gametime forecast: 36°, Freezing Rain
Streak: Chciago has won the last 4 meetings
All-Time Series: Chicago leads, 29-26-1
Line: Missouri by 1½
Peregrines 29, Ravens 28
Gametime forecast: 46°, Mostly Cloudy
Streak: D.C. won the last meeting
All-Time Series: D.C. leads, 16-9
Line: D.C. by 1½
Dinosaurs 29, Spears 27
Gametime forecast: 52°, Mostly Cloudy
Streak: New York won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Canton leads, 23-17
Line: Canton by 1½
Lynx 25, Cougars 24
Gametime forecast: 35°, Freezing Rain
Streak: South Bend has won the last 2 meetings
All-Time Series: Ann Arbor leads, 28-21-2
Line: Ann Arbor by 2½
Aces 26, Scraps 21
Gametime forecast: 40°, Wintry Mix
Streak: Flint won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Arkdale leads, 15-14-2
Line: Arkdale by 2½
Aardvarks 24, Wheelers 21
Current 2021 MFL Statistics
D.C. finally shakes off frustration against New York
By way of their 22-10 win over New York, the D.C. Dinosaurs were able to exorcise a demon that followed them through the last few years: a 10-game losing streak to the Lynx. Not only did the Dinos finally conquer their division rival, but they were also able to stay alive in the playoff hunt with two weeks to go. Currently, the longest streak is held by two meetings: Arkdale has beaten D.C. on seven straight occasions, while Ann Arbor has done the same to Flint. Interestingly, D.C. is also involved in a strange oddity. The D.C.-Miami series has been won by the road team for 8 straight years, with the last home team to win being Miami in an 18-15 barnburner in 2013, the year before the Mafia moved to Gatlinburg for one season.
Flint becomes the first team eliminated
It's on to next year for Flint. The Wheelers, by means of their 8th loss of the season, are officially mathematically eliminated with three games to go. Although they have yet to claim the top spot in the draft, they are the odds-on favorite to score it. At press time, there was no clear top prospect to go after in 2022, but the Wheelers may be eyeballing Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III, Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson, or USC WR Drake London.
Miami loses 100th game
The Miami Mafia has had great success in it's history in the MFL, including winning 122 games, taking the Central Division crown last season, and claiming a championship ring after winning Super Bowl XV. However, the rough start to their 2021 campaign has led to franchise's 100th loss after being dropping by D.C., 29-22. Knowing Dave Wills, the Mafia will get the ship righted very soon.
The 2021 MFL season has been an interesting one to say the least. One lens to gaze through is that of home/road records. Thus far, MFL clubs are only 11-25 at home. Not only that, but only two teams are above .500 at home this year: Chicago (2-0) and Ann Arbor (2-1). Meanwhile, four teams are undefeated on the road, including Chicago (4-0). New York, Pittsburgh, and Arkdale are all at 3-0 through six weeks.
"The Missouri Draft Curse" continues with RB Etienne out for year
RB Travis Etienne was drafted by Missouri to be a cornerstone of the revamped Peregrine backfield on Sunday. On Monday, he got hurt only a few plays into a preseason game. On Tuesday, he was shelved for the year. Etienne suffered a lisfranc injury and will miss all of the 2021 season. Missouri did select RB Najee Harris as well, but their expected "1-2 Punch" will now be down to "1". Currently, the only other running back on their roster is Myles "Carole" Gaskin.
Before #1 pick, Flint trades the rest of their draft away
QB Trevor Lawrence is bound to make a big splash in Mid-Michigan this season, but while the high-fives were going down, trades to open the draft went down as well. The Wheelers sent picks #14 and #25 to the Pittsburgh Spears. In return, Flint will have Pitt's second rounder and fourth rounder in 2022 and their fourth rounder in 2023. In addition, the #38 and #50 picks went to Orlando for the Oracles' fourth rounder next season.
Dr. K's "Tweeners" for 2021
Tomorrow, Dr. K releases his preview of the first and second round of the MFL Draft. In between his late-round preview and tomorrow was the final release period before the draft. Therefore, there are always a few players who may be worth of second- or third-round selection that fit the mold as "'tweeners". The shortlist include RBs Darrel Williams and Phillip Lindsay as well as WRs Henry Ruggs III, Corey Davis, Michael Thomas, and Austin Hooper.
Phased out: RB Gordon dropped by Arkdale
Super Bowl runner-up Arkdale was the first team to get busy during the opening of Phase II of Player Releases by cutting RB Melvin Gordon. His salary was to be $8.7 million in 2021 without the move made. Gordon is still regarded as a more-than-capable running back and, according to Dr. K, Gordon will certainly be selected in the first round in a bidding war.
Record breaker! Arkdale sets per game record
By way of their 506 points scored this season, the Arkdale Aardvarks set the new per game scoring average record with 36.1 points per game. Overall, they fell 2 points shy of the 2003 Pittsburgh Spears, who scored 508 points in their undefeated campaign. However, that was with an extra game (15), giving Arkdale the per game record. The 9-5 Varks will travel to Miami next week in their playoff and are shooting to win a second straight Super Bowl.
Kuespert sends flowers to Bruney
Flint head coach Jon Bruney received a bouquet of flowers from Missouri head coach Drew Kuespert after the Wheelers pulled off a massive upset very late that knocked Chicago out of the playoffs and gifted the final spot to the Peregrines. Missouri lost to Arkdale and it appeared as though their season was over. However, stunning losses by both Chicago and South Bend gave the Wild Card to the St. Louis hopeful. Missouri meets historical foe Pittsburgh next week at Heinz Field.