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    America's Team Throat-Punches ~*Socks#13*~, Moves Up to Fourth Place

    Week 8

    • America's Team
    • 5-3
    • Weekly Grade: A+
    • 187.4
    • ~*Socks#13*~
    • 4-4
    • Weekly Grade: D+
    • 90.55

    America's Team recorded the highest point total this season and demolished ~*Socks#13*~ 187.40 to 90.55. There is the good, the bad, the ugly, and then there is this. The 96.85-point margin of victory is the highest in the league this season. For ~*Socks#13*~, Peyton Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw played the roles of Maverick and Goose, scoring 21.53 and 19.97 points, respectively. America's Team (5-3, 961.91 points) climbs into fourth place while ~*Socks#13*~ (4-4, 890.61 points) drops to sixth place.

    Top Players

      • Rob Gronkowski
      • 39.93
      • Miami Dolphins Defense
      • 33.00
      • Golden Tate
      • 27.07
      • Drew Brees
      • 25.97

    Smooth Moves by America's Team

    • The Miami Dolphins Defense proved a true diamond in the rough, scoring the ninth-most points in the league.
    • The 17.00 points by Justin Tucker was the league-high for a K this week.
    • Rob Gronkowski ranked fourth in the league in scoring and had the highest output of any player on America's Team this season with 39.93 points.
    • Took Jay Cutler out of the starting lineup, who scored 20.17 points on the bench, fewer than the starting QB.
    • Put WR Julian Edelman on the bench, where he scored 3.61 points, fewer than any WR in the starting lineup.

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    • ~*Socks#13*~ may have missed the opportunity for a win, but they gained an opportunity to be mercilessly taunted by America's Team. 
    • Left Percy Harvin on the bench, where he scored 15.03 points and surpassed his scoring projection by 27.5%, the highest percentage of any player on the team.
    • ~*Socks#13*~ had 7 of their 9 starters score less than their projected points.
    • ~*Socks#13*~ could have used more points from the TE position, where America's Team beat them 39.93 - 3.53.
    • At the DEF position, ~*Socks#13*~ got outscored by America's Team 33.00 - 6.00.

    What If

    • If America's Team played ~*Socks#13*~ every week, they would be 5-3 this season.
    • America's Team would have been undefeated if they played every team in the league this week.
    • If they played the same schedule as ~*Socks#13*~, America's Team would be 4-3.
    • America's Team would be 42-30 if they played every team every week.
    • ~*Socks#13*~ would have lost to six other teams besides America's Team this week.
    • And they say procrastination doesn't pay off! Had they played each other last week, America's Team would have lost to ~*Socks#13*~ 120.31 - 98.45.
    • If they played the same schedule as America's Team, ~*Socks#13*~ would be 5-2.
    • If they played every team every week, ~*Socks#13*~ would be 37-35.

    Game Notes

    • Three of the four losses for ~*Socks#13*~ this season have come when their opponent had their highest-scoring week of the season.
    • The top players for America's Team were elite in the matchup, as four of their starters outperformed the leading scorer for ~*Socks#13*~.
    • The margin of victory of 96.85 points set the record as the biggest in the league this season.
    • What does high score mean? Is that bad? What's that mean. did I break it? With 187.40 points, America's Team had the highest score of any team in the league this season.
    • This was the third time this season that ~*Socks#13*~ lost by the week's biggest margin.
    • ~*Socks#13*~ got a combined 19.39 points from their WRs, their lowest combined scoring output from the WR position this season.
    • With the big loss, ~*Socks#13*~ falls to 1-3 in blowout games this season.
    • America's Team outdid their projection in the win, while ~*Socks#13*~ came in under their point expectation. America's Team is now 4-0 when overachieving, while ~*Socks#13*~ falls to 1-2 when failing to reach their projection.
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