Gametime forecast: 71°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Pittsburgh won the last meetingsbr> All-Time Series: Pittsburgh leads, 16-6
Line: Arkdale by 4½
Aardvarks 33, Spears 28
Gametime forecast: 86°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Missouri won the last meeting
All-Time Series: Miami leads, 11-4
Mafia 26, Peregrines 25
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
Aces 27, Lynx 26
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
Cougars 28, Ravens 27
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
Scraps 29, Dinosaurs 24
Gametime forecast: 89°, Mostly Sunny
Streak: Orlando has won the last 3 meetings
All-Time Series: Orlando leads, 9-2
Line: Orlando by 2½
Oracles 28, Wheelers 24
Final 2020 MFL Statistics
"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?