(1-1) vs. (2-0)
4pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 71°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Pittsburgh won the last meetingsbr> All-Time Series: Pittsburgh leads, 16-6
Line: Arkdale by 4½
Skinny: My, oh, my! Patrick Mahomes in his (first) prime. Tom Brady in his (second) prime. Hill vs. Evans. Fant vs. Kelce. Kamara vs. Carson. It doesn't get any better than this. When the dust settles at the end of this late-afternoon affair, we'll have a much clearer picture as to which team is locked and loaded for the long season run toward playoff and Super Bowl XXIV glory.
Dr. K sez:
Aardvarks 33, Spears 28
(0-2) vs. (0-2)
8pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 86°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Missouri won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Miami leads, 11-4
Line: Even
Skinny: You know how Monday Night Football typically has a mid- to late-season game among NFC East foes, seemingly just to show off how bad the division is on a national stage? That's this game. Neither team is tremedously bad, but the loser of this one will likely end up in a downward spiral that may be hard to pull themselves from. Otherwise, Allen vs. Rodgers should be entertaining.
Dr. K sez:
Mafia 26, Peregrines 25
(1-1) vs. (2-0)
1pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 72°, Dome
Streak: Ann Arbor won the last meeting
All-Time Series: New York leads, 24-15-3
Line: New York by 1½
Skinny: The New York Lynx are getting that 2018 feeling all over again. The club looks good. The feel primed to make a solid run in the always-tough East Division. They are at home in one of the loudest venues in the game with a stellar young gunslinger and an accomplished backfield trio. So, why is there nervousness? Because that last part could describe the Ann Arbor Aces as well.
Dr. K sez:
Aces 27, Lynx 26
(2-0) vs. (1-1)
1pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 72°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Canton has won the last 2 meetings
All-Time Series: Chicago leads, 13-8-1
Line: Chicago by 1½
Skinny: Chicago is very proud of their 2-0 start, as they should be. But, they also play among the weakest schedules through the first four weeks of any team in the league. Canton is the biggest test of those four and a win on the road for the Ravens would buy them some more respect. Meanwhile, the Cougars are going to scrape & scratch their way to 2-1 if it kills them. Go with the Cougs.
Dr. K sez:
Cougars 28, Ravens 27
(1-1) vs. (1-1)
1pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 72°, Sunny
Streak: South Bend has won the last 2 meetings
All-Time Series: Series tied, 6-6
Line: South Bend by 3½
Skinny: On paper, South Bend looks good. Really good. The ground game should absolutely dominate and overcome any threat by D.C either on the ground of through the air. The belief is that Joe Burrow & Co. may be too many pieces short of the complete puzzle. Plus, some of the matchups that the Dinos squad have to face are not favorable. The Scraps will silence the crowd pretty quickly.
Dr. K sez:
Scraps 29, Dinosaurs 24
(0-2) vs. (1-1)
4pm ESPN8
Gametime forecast: 89°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Orlando has won the last 3 meetings
All-Time Series: Orlando leads, 9-2
Line: Orlando by 2½
Skinny: Which Dak is going to show up? You gotta give it to the guy: to perform at such a high level after coming back from a brutal injury is miraculous. However, it takes even more to be consistent and maintain that for a fourteen-game season. Orlando, on the other hand, has Kyler Murray, who is just beginning to come into his own. Take Murray over Prescott and the rest is a wash.
Dr. K sez:
Oracles 28, Wheelers 24

New York

2- 0
1- 1
1- 1
1- 1
Ann Arbor
South Bend

1- 1
1- 1
1- 1
0- 2

2- 0
2- 0
0- 2
0- 2

Final 2020 MFL Statistics

2021 MFL Primer - Most Recent Edition

"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.

Aces, Peregrines swap first-round picks
Ann Arbor and Missouri made a swap of picks that allows the Peregrines to score the No. 3 choices while the Aces drop two spots to No. 5. Both clubs benefit significantly from the deal; cash-strapped Ann Arbor gets another first rounder in 2022, while defending champs Missouri will have two of the top 3 selections in this month's draft. Later, Missouri dealt their #22, #36, and #48 picks to Miami in exchange for the Mafia's first rounder in 2022.

Watson sent to Pittsburgh
Just one week removed from a second Super Bowl ring, QB Deshaun Watson has been traded to Pittsburgh. The Spears, looking for the heir-apparent to Tom Brady, scored their man by sending Jared Goff, Odell Beckham Jr., and two draft picks to land him. Watson fell to the end of the second round in 2017 because of worries about injuries, but he proved the doubters wrong by securing the starting spot late that season and leading Missouri to the Super Bowl title. This year, however, early struggles led to his benching in favor of Josh Allen, who pulled a Watson and won a Super Bowl title in his own right.

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.

It's been a minute...
Two franchise scoring records were tied in Week Eight. First, Arkdale's Dalvin Cook ran for three touchdowns in their rout of Orlando. The last time an Aardvark rusher scored that many on the ground was just over four years ago, when teammate David Johnson did it in Week Six of 2016. Not to be outdone, Canton receiver Davante Adams caught three touchdowns against South Bend. Amazingly, he was the first Cougars receiver to catch that many in nearly 10 years; Dwayne Bowe caught 3 in Week Ten of 2010. Calvin Johnson also caught three TDs for Canton in 2010. It was in Week Eight, exactly 10 years ago this week.

Scraps break franchise scoring mark
With their 58-point annihilation of D.C. on Sunday, the South Bend Scraps scored more than they had in any game in the history of their franchise. Russell Wilson and Nick Chubb scored in double digits for their club, while the defense got in on the action as well, scoring 2 touchdowns and a safety. It was a day that all Scraps fans will remember for years to come. Only one other time in their history did they score over 50. In 2005, South Bend won in another rout at home against Missouri, 53-18.

Record setter: Arkdale earns back-to-back rewrites
For the second straight season, the Arkdale Aardvarks have rewritten the record books. The Varks dropped 49 points in their season opener a year ago, an MFL record, and motored their way to a 12-win season and their first Super Bowl title. Could it happen again? Arkdale wasted Missouri in Week One with a 56-point shredding of the Peregrines, breaking the record two years in a row. Does this mean a repeat for the Aardvarks?

Week 1
September 9-12
Canton 18, New York 28
Orlando 38, Miami 6
Arkdale 42, Missouri 27
D.C. 22, Pittsburgh 18
Ann Arbor 12, South Bend 48
Chicago 34, Flint 24
Week 8
October 28-November 1
New York at Flint
Canton at South Bend
D.C. at Miami
Pittsburgh at Chicago
Arkdale at Orlando
Ann Arbor at Missouri
Byes: Baltimore,
Las Vegas
Week 2
September 16-20
Flint 19, Canton 36
New York 35, D.C. 18
Pittsburgh 30, Missouri 23
Miami 26, Ann Arbor 44
Arkdale 29, South Bend 24
Orlando 26, Chicago 29
Week 9
November 4-8
Flint at Arkdale
Missouri at New York
Chicago at D.C.
Canton at Miami
Pittsburgh at Ann Arbor
South Bend at Orlando
Byes: Detroit, Seattle,
Tampa Bay, Washington
Week 3
September 23-27
South Bend at D.C.
Ann Arbor at New York
Chicago at Canton
Missouri at Miami
Flint at Orlando
Pittsburgh at Arkdale
Week 10
November 11-15
South Bend at Pittsburgh
D.C. at Missouri
Arkdale at New York
Orlando at Canton
Miami at Flint
Ann Arbor at Chicago
Byes: Chicago, Cincinnati,
Houston, N.Y. Giants
Week 4
September 30-October 4
New York at Orlando
Missouri at Chicago
South Bend at Miami
Canton at Ann Arbor
Flint at Pittsburgh
D.C. at Arkdale
Week 11
November 18-22
South Bend at Missouri
New York at Chicago
Orlando at D.C.
Flint at Ann Arbor
Miami at Pittsburgh
Canton at Arkdale
Byes: Denver,
L.A. Rams
Week 5
October 7-11
Pittsburgh at Canton
Chicago at Arkdale
Miami at New York
Ann Arbor at D.C.
Missouri at Orlando
South Bend at Flint
Week 12
November 25-29
Arkdale at Chicago
Ann Arbor at Miami
D.C. at New York
Missouri at Flint
Orlando at South Bend
Canton at Pittsburgh
Byes: Arizona,
Kansas City
Week 6
October 14-18
Chicago at Miami
Flint at Missouri
Arkdale at Ann Arbor
Orlando at Pittsburgh
D.C. at Canton
New York at South Bend
Byes: N.Y. Jets, New Orleans,
Atlanta, San Francisco
Week 13
December 2-6
Miami at Orlando
South Bend at Ann Arbor
Chicago at Missouri
Arkdale at Flint
New York at Canton
Pittburgh at D.C.
Byes: Carolina, Cleveland,
Green Bay, Tennessee
Week 7
October 21-25
Ann Arbor at Orlando
Pittsburgh at New York
Miami at Arkdale
Missouri at Canton
Chicago at South Bend
D.C. at Flint
Byes: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville,
L.A. Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
Week 14
December 9-13
Flint at Chicago
Miami at South Bend
Canton at D.C.
Missouri at Arkdale
Orlando at Ann Arbor
New York at Pittsburgh
Byes: Indianapolis, Miami,
New England, Philadelphia
Week 15
December 16-20
MFL Play-In Game
Second-best team not a division champion at
Best team not a division champion

Week 16
December 23-27
MFL Divisional Playoffs
#3 seed* at second-best Division Champion
#4 seed* at best Division Champion
*The team with the better regular-season record between the Play-In Winner
and the worst Division Champ earns the #3 Seed.
Week 17
December 30-January 3, 2022
at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Divisional Winner vs. Divisional Winner


Phase II of Player Releases
Owners may release players to make more cap room or to make roster spots, including players who retired.

2021 MFL Draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, Angola, Indiana.
Start Time: 2:00pm

Salary & Roster Deadline (Cut Day)
Teams must keep payroll at or under $20 million and roster size at 19 players or under. Players cut after the deadline will still count against the cap.
Deadline: 9:59pm.

Regular and Post-Season

MFL Kickoff Weekend
Weekly starters must submitted via the MFL on ESPN before each respective player's kickoff time.

MFL Trade Deadline
No trades allowed after 9:59pm until the end of the season.

MFL Free Agent and Waiving Deadline
No further player movement after 9:59pm until the end of the season.
(Injury replacement signings not included)


Week Fourteen, the final week of the regular season.

At Miami Gardens, FL.


Phase I of Player Releases begins immediately following conclusion of the Super Bowl.
Player salaries increase by 20% (30% for Super Bowl Champs) requiring clubs to commence player cuts during Phase I in order to keep team salaries under $20 million.
Deadline for all cuts is 9:59pm ET.