View From The Pit 2016 – week 5

Week 5 already, we are now a loooong way into the season, and its a bit of a struggle from here on if you are in debit with your wins/losses – especially those on 0-4. there’s still time though, and match ups are key – we can see that Jimmy on 4- 0 has the 4th lowest points score against him whilst Cozy on 0-4 has the highest against him – so its not all in your own hands by any means, and the season ain’t over. The streak is over for Pirates and Pickaxe, so they will be wanting to get back to winning ways.

With the Jags in the lead though – the other 10 teams in the league will have at least half an eye on whoever is playing Jimmy – this week its Euan and his 187’s – what can they do to stop the Jerman Juggernaut?


Week 4 saw the Falcons score big again, but We’ve had them so lets go with the Steeler’s who scored the second highest this week. There’s been a wee bit of talk on the chat today about Hip Hop legends, I raise your Kanye talk and give you: Le’Veon Bell

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Jaguars at 187s

4-0 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars, who hope to extend their 4 game winning streak, face off against the 3-1 Kelso 187’s at Compton Palace.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars were led in week 4 by a 25.88 point effort from Blake Bortles, With Bortles on bye in week 5, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week. Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars can expect a 17.80 point effort from Carson Wentz in week 5.

Kelso 187’s were led in week 4 by a 18.90 point effort from Melvin Gordon.In addition, Dan Bailey was not injured before the start of his week 4 game, and contributed 6.00points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 5 due to an injured back.

Euan, whether by luck or judgement, has managed to land playing Jimmy on a huge bye week problem for the Jags – Jimmy has to cope with 4 players unavailable this week – though as of Tuesday night he is still able to field a team. Expect some changes though as Jimmy just cant seem to leave well alone – streaming kickers and TEs. Its been working as so far the Jags have only left 25 pts on the bench over 4 weeks. That’s closer to 55 for Euan so there’s some work to do to pick the perfect line-up. 

For Euan, Melvin Gordon is the heart of the team – scoring consistently into the teens, this week looks good too where he’s ranked 6th overall of RBs. Odell Beckham and Kelvin Benjamin have not been nearly as consistent – including a zero point game for Benjamin in week 3 – however they are both ranked well into the top 10, and we should see 25 pts between them this week.

Jimmy’s Jordan Howard and Frank Gore are both coming off the back of decent games, and though their scoring is erratic, there should be at least 1 TD between them and 20 pts. AJ Green Season so far is bookended by two massive games in week 1 and 4, but not a lot in between at all – boom or bust seems to be the way for him, and at Dallas there are possibilities.

This game has every chance to be the first defeat for the Jags, but it is by no means guaranteed. The Pit is going with the odds and the will of the league though and a win for the 187s.

Game to watch – there’s not a lot of crossover action in this match up but the Bengals  Cowboys has to be the one to watch – as we all know a good defense can win the games, but in this case too many turnovers for Euan’s Bengals will give Jimmy’s Eifert and Green more chances to score – Euan will be hoping for a big early lead on the ground by the Bengals and then running down the clock after turnovers.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars hold a 0-2-0 all-time series record against Kelso 187’s.

Panthers at Earthquakes

1-3 Pilton Panthers play the 0-4 Earlston Earthquakes at The Cauldie.

Pilton Panthers were led in week 4 by a 18.84 point effort from Philip Rivers.

Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 4 by a 23.02 point effort from Joe Flacco.

The Quakes have yet to post over 100 pts, and have not had the luck with many TDs. There is definitely some home in this team though, with almost all players rated ion the top 20 this week ,and those that aren’t, Sterling Shepard and Matt Asiata, have decent chances of snatching a TD or 2. Cozy needs a kicker this week, but there’s plenty of options to stream someone there, pick wisely and that 8 pts in the bag. Joe Flacco is coming off a better week and this weeks match against Washington should give him a chance at 25 pts, but there may be a QB on the waivers who looks better, so don’t be surprised tomorrow morning if that happens.

For Rab’s Panthers its just not come good at the right time yet, in week 3 they had the chance of a massive 173 pts, but the other weeks have struggled to top 80-100. If the timing is with you a boom and bust team will take you all the way to the championship, but Rab needs to get his timing a bit better for that to happen. LeSean McCoy is the lone consistent in this team and there’s no reason to suspect him getting any less than 15 pts this week. Jordy Nelson and Jarvis Landry should also be looking to post 25 between them. 

The numbers say Panthers, but it is surely time for a bit of luck in the Earthquakes corner? I’m not sure I’d go as far as picking the Quakes, but it could be a nail-biter come Monday night

Games to watch – its another Vikings game for Cozy, he really has to hope for a win for the Vikings at home to the Texans, he needs them to be grinding out on the ground – so a lead but not too much of a lead! For Rab perhaps the Washington Baltimore Game where he has action on both sides – perhaps even hoping for a lead for the Ravens, to encourage some deep throws for DeSean Jackson?

Pilton Panthers hold a 2-1-0 all-time series record against Earlston Earthquakes.

Pirates at Pickaxe

3-1 Tweedbank Pirates challenge the 3-1 Nitten Pickaxe at New Victoria Park.

Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 4 by a 11.20 point effort from C.J. Anderson.

Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 4 by a 33.90 point effort from Ben Roethlisberger. In addition, Charles Simswas not injured before the start of his week 4 game, and contributed 2.50 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 5 due to an injured knee. Nitten Pickaxe can expect a 19.98 point effort from Ben Roethlisberger in week 5.

One of these teams will be 4 to the good come Tuesday morning, and could of course be overall leader if the so far unstoppable Jaguars get beat. Who will it be though.

Paul’s Pirates have done well so far, but have also faced the second lowest total score against – so perhaps have been riding their luck a little. On paper though this team looks fully capable – two top ten RBs and 3 top 30 WRs should usually be enough to get you past the winning post – consistency is important though and the big scores have mainly come from TDs not yards, which is always a worry. However, Anderson, Gurley and Hilton, as surely the three guaranteed starters for the Pirates this week can at least hope for 2 tds between them and a couple of hundred yards. The other 2 outfield players leave a bit bore of a dilemma and gamble, do you go for someone with a likely couple of red zone touches or an every down short yardage back – the choice is yours Paul.

For Gav, the dilemma may be deciding which of last weeks top 2 QBs to play – holding 2 on the books is always a pain, and calls for QB flex will be just about heard down their in Earlston. The Injury to Dez Bryant has put a big dent in the WR standing s for the Pickaxe, and though there is talk of him playing this week , that would be a massive Gamble for the Pickaxe. Fortunately Zeke Elliot seems to have got  a bit more into his rookie stride and Greg Olsen seems to have secured a key place in the Panthers Offence, even if he has to wait for the backup QB to prove it. another injury Dilemma is the expected début of Kenneth Dixon for the Ravens, will he be straight into the number one slot or is it more likely that he’ll get a few trial snaps first week in? Even then, if they are red zone touches it could be 10 pts in the bag – a tough decision but one that can wait till Sunday evening.

This one is going to be a mid scoring tussle, It may have to wait till Monday night with Charles Simms for the Buccs.

Game to watch – it may be that Buccs Panthers game on Monday night – but for the more family and work friendly audience it could be either of the defensive games – both the Vikings and the Patriots DSTs have the opportunity to win this for Paul or Gav.

Tweedbank Pirates hold a 
1-2-0 all-time series record against Nitten Pickaxe.

Fog at 69ers

2-2 Fog on the Tyne play the 2-2 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.

Fog on the Tyne were led in week 4 by a 23.76 point effort from Derek Carr. Fog on the Tyne can expect a 17.96 point effort from Derek Carr in week 5.

SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 4 by a 36.00 point effort from Julio Jones.

I the even Steven mid table tussle – one of these teams will be into the black and one in the red – neither would be a season defining result – but of course its still all to play for. 

Fog are the luckiest of these 2 teams, with a deficit of over 50 pts they’ve still been able to scrape to 2-2. On the other hand  69ers have put up the second highest total and have the same WLT record – life just isn’t fair eh lads? Coming off a huge 150 pt score though – Richie must be confident, his potential pts have not dipped below the magic 95 so far this season. Demarco Murray, Eddie Lacy, Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall have all got 2 TDs a game in them if the wind blow the right way and that’s just about what happened last week – surely that cant happen again, but really 4 TDs between them and Richie’s other 2 outfield players has got to be just about a certainty.

Stuart really has his work cut out, though they are no slouches on his team ,they consistently come out 2 or 3 pts under the equivalent players for the niners. The points are not coming for the Gronk either – over the last few seasons he’s been a shoe in for 10 pts a week – but so far he’s got just over 1 pt for the season – maybe his time is over? but it would be a brave coach to waiver the Gronk – as there’s not a lot else at TE on the wire. Devonta Freeman looks like he is coming in to a bit of a run of form though – if he can match his streak form last year Stuart is sitting pretty, but no guarantees of that at this stage.

All in all, the numbers say Richie all the way – and I’m not going to argue with that.

Game to watch, not a lot happening for both teams at the same time but maybe the Jets Steelers game is the one to watch

 Fog on the Tyne hold a 4-1-0 all-time series recordagainst SanFran-Gordon 69ers.

Tigers at Bohemians

2-2 Tranent Tigers play the 1-3 Earlstonian Bohemians at Bohemian Park.

Tranent Tigers were led in week 4 by a 20.20 point effort from Isaiah Crowell. Tranent Tigers can expect a 22.81 point effort from Tom Brady in week 5.

Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 4 by a 17.80 point effort from Le’Veon Bell.In addition,Eric Ebron was not injured before the start of his week 4 game, and contributed 4.20 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 5 due to an injured knee.


Tom Brady is back in – surely he’s a must start for the Tigers, but who knows, Jameis Winston has had 2 off and 2 on weekends so far – but he’s not been dropped as of Wednesday, so anything is still possible for Nicky. Nicky has a bit of a bye week problem elsewhere in the team with TJ Yeldon and Julius Thomas having a rest this week, and Jeremy Langford is still out with his ankle. There’s still a team to be had for the Tigers and they will be no pushover for Ally’s Bohos, Antonio Brown and Demaryius Thomas are still at the heart of the team, and anywhere form 25 to 40 points is possible form the pair of them. Expect at least a touchdown from the second string RBs and flex too and with a fit Brady we are looking at reaching the magic 95 pts on all but a very unlucky weekend.

Ally has some bye week woes as well, Russell Wilson being the biggest loss this week. Kirk Cousins steps up to the QB role, and he has been pushing close to 20 for the past 3 weeks so there’s hope there. Leveon Bell was back in action last week and showed why is still a round 1 pick, even suspended for 4 games, expect a good 15 -20 pots there. Alshon Jeffrey and Stefon Diggs, whist not stellar WR, could certainly hope for 15 points of yardage and maybe a TD between them – which again is going to put the Bohos looking straight at the 95 pt mark too. 

This one will come down to small yardage or extra TDs, and the stats say that’s only slightly more likely on the Tigers side.

Game to watch – Pats vs Browns is the Game to watch here – a very likely Pats win, but LeGarrette Blount could really benefit if Brady is a bit rusty or even if they take an early lead. Nicky has to hope that the Browns can take it to the Pats and force Brady to play big – I can’t see that happening myself, but maybe he’ll have a point to prove anyway?

Tranent Tigers hold a 0-2-0 all-time series recordagainst Earlstonian Bohemians.

Avengers at Fire

1-3 Kelsae Avengers play the 2-2 Fife Fire at Balbirnie Stadium.

Kelsae Avengers were led in week 4 by a 19.80 point effort from Matt Jones Cam Newton was not injured before the start of his week 4 game, and contributed 15.60 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 5 due to a concussion .

Fife Fire were led in week 4 by a 13.90 point effort from Carlos Hyde, Fife Fire can expect a 20.62 point effort from Aaron Rodgers in week 5.

Avengers have so far struggled with both a lack of TDs and a bit of poor line-up. choice, but that could all change this weekend. David Johnson and Mike Evans look to have RB 1 and WR1 sewn up, and rightly so they are both well in the top 5 at their respective positions this week. The major worry is Cam Newton, he has an extra day to recover before MNF, and Stuart may is able to wait for that decision as he’s picked up backup Derek Anderson, if its a game time decision though that will be a sleepless night for the Avenger’s coach.

On the Fire side Aaron Rogers will be locked in, he’s QB1 this week and should clock well over 20 pts. Coach Shaun has lost a good couple of WR in Doug Baldwin and Willie Snead to bye weeks, but again there’s still a team to be made here with 4 key skill payers all come in ranked under 25 and should put up 30o yards plus maybe 2 TDs between them. There’s been a lack of consistency all round the Fire team so far this season, but Carlos Hyde is surely the safest pair of hands on the Fire Roster and this week again could be the star of the show.


The numbers say Avengers, but they’ve said that most weeks – however it just can’t stay TD dry forever in the avengers camp and the Pit is going with them this week.


Game to watch- got to be Buccs Panthers – this could result in high scores for both teams, assuming Cam is fit – if not then Derek Anderson will have his work cut out which could also put the pressure on Shaun’s DST.



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