Divisional Playoffs Preview - 2022

Divisional Playoffs Preview - 2022

Saturday July 9, 2022 - 4:30PM
(4) Toronto Terror at (1) Boston Bobcats
Line: BOS -2
O/U: 47
Win Pct: BOS 54.6%
The Terror showed up in a big way at home last week, with an excellent performance in either side of the ball. This is what we thought this team could be all year, and with players getting healthy, they may just be coming together. It will be a tough test this weekend though, as they face off against the league's best team by record. Boston has by far the best scoring offense in the league, and they have one of the better defenses in the playoff field. This is a good team that has been hard to stop. Toronto will have to keep up on offense to have a chance, as will any team playing Boston.

Saturday July 9, 2022 - 8:15PM
(7) Los Angeles Express at (1) St. Louis Brewers
Line: STL -2.5
O/U: 45.5
Win Pct: STL 56.7%
The Express had been taking some steps back in the final weeks of the season, finishing their year 3-6 after their bye week, but maybe they have started turning things around after getting a road playoff win against the division rivals, the Outlaws. That solid win sends them to St. Louis to face perhaps the best team in the league. At the least, the Brewers have the best defense in the league, allowing just 260 points to opposing teams this season (or 14.4 points per game). The Express are going to have to find a way to score touchdowns in order to win this game, and, LA is one of just two teams to actually beat the Brewers this season, so they have the formula. St. Louis is going to have one of the better home field advantages in the league, with a packed dome of fans, it’s going to be a great playoff atmosphere Saturday night.

Sunday July 10, 2022 - 3:00PM
(3) Carolina Reapers at (2) Louisiana Royals
Line: LOU -4
O/U: 46.5
Win Pct: LOU 60.8%
Carolina is coming into this one having won 7 of their last 9, and with their offense running at full steam. It’s been no secret that the Reapers don’t have a defense (well, they do put 11 guys out there, but I’m not exactly sure what they’re doing). It’s the Reapers offense that claims victims each week. This week is going to be a challenge though, as they go up against one of the league’s underrated power houses, the Louisiana Royals. The Royals did well to close out their game last week against the division rival Knights, and this week's matchup will be much more favorable to the Royals. They not only have an offense that could keep up with Carolina, but they have probably the most underrated defense in the league. This game bodes well for the Royals and I expect them to get the win this weekend at home. Carolina will have to prove me and others wrong, by cutting through the Royals defense, and scoring a bunch of points the way they have been to opponents all season.

Sunday July 10, 2022 - 6:30PM
(4) Oakland Icons at (3) Arizona Eagles
Line: OAK -3
O/U: 39
Win Pct: OAK 59.9%
The Icons picked up their first playoff win in franchise history last week with a dominating third quarter, and a clutch game winning 53 yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter. It was a great win against a solid Breakers team, and a win that has sure built confidence in this team. Oakland will take their show on the road to a team that has plenty of big game experience, the Arizona Eagles. The Eagles find themselves in the divisional round of the playoffs for a second year in a row, again as the host, thanks to the Express beating the Outlaws. The Oakland defense will give them the advantage on the road in this one, and that is always a key to winning road playoff games; shutting the home team's offense, and keeping the crowd out of it. Arizona is not worried about being home underdogs, however. They know better than anyone what it takes to win a playoff game, and that experience is going to be their greatest ally coming into this game.

Austin Snelick
July 7, 2022