Springfield Atoms Relishes Their Underdog Role in Upset over Teddy's Team, Streak Climbs to Five

Week 5

  • Springfield Atoms
  • 5-0
  • Weekly Grade: B
  • 47
  • Teddy's Team
  • 2-3
  • Weekly Grade: C+
  • 44

Springfield Atoms got 17 points from Aaron Rodgers and 14 from the Atlanta Falcons Defense, taking down Teddy's Team 47 to 44. They came into the matchup as an 8-point underdog. Springfield Atoms is putting the rest of the league to shame with their undefeated record. Justin Forsett led Teddy's Team with 14 points while DeAndre Hopkins brought in 8. It could have gone the other way, Teddy's Team had a starter score zero points (the Houston Texans Defense). Teddy's Team (2-3, 223 points) sinks into ninth place and Springfield Atoms (5-0, 247 points) remains in first place.

Top Players

    • Aaron Rodgers
    • 17
    • Justin Forsett
    • 14
    • Atlanta Falcons Defense
    • 14
    • DeAndre Hopkins
    • 8

Smooth Moves by Springfield Atoms

  • Coaches always preach that projections go out the window when the ball is kicked off. The Atlanta Falcons Defense was a true testament to this, scoring 167.7% of their projected score, the highest percentage among the two teams.
  • The 17 points scored by Aaron Rodgers ranked 10th in the league in scoring this week and fourth for any player on Springfield Atoms this season.
  • The 5 points scored by Emmanuel Sanders was the eighth-highest score by a WR in the league this week.
  • Jimmy Graham had the second-highest TE score in the league this week with 1 point.
  • Springfield Atoms won despite having only 2 of their 7 starters exceed their scoring projection.

Toyota Roster Tune-up

  • Some people are born losers, others develop it over time. Fortunately, there's a cure: Winning
  • Calvin Johnson has now failed to reach his projection for three straight games. This week he scored 3 points versus a projected 7.79.
  • It was a beating at QB for Teddy's Team, as they were outscored 17 - 6 by Springfield Atoms.
  • It's times like these when it's important to support your players when they're down. So move the mouse pointer away from the DROP button. Matt Ryan scored a season-low 6 points, 37.4% of his projected 16.05, which is his lowest percentage of the year.
  • The 6 points scored by Justin Tucker was a season-low for both scoring and for his performance against projections. He reached only 74.2% of his 8.09 projected points this week.

What If

  • Springfield Atoms would be 4-1 if they played Teddy's Team every week.
  • Besides Teddy's Team, Springfield Atoms would have beaten only two other teams this week.
  • Were they resting their players for this week? Springfield Atoms would have defeated Teddy's Team 46 - 39 had they played each other last week.
  • Springfield Atoms would be 2-2 if they played the same schedule as Teddy's Team.
  • If Springfield Atoms had played every team in the league each week, they would be 21-23-1.
  • Teddy's Team would have lost to six other teams besides Springfield Atoms this week.
  • Teddy's Team would be 3-1 if they played the same schedule as Springfield Atoms.
  • If they played every team every week, Teddy's Team would be 17-27-1.

Game Notes

  • "They ain't nothing but paper champions. That's all they are, and that's all they're ever going to be." Did Lee Flowers say that or everybody in this league? Teddy's Team scored 44 points against a projected 57.45 and has underachieved every week this season.
  • Hey, I'm sure Springfield Atoms appreciates the tough competition. In the loss, Teddy's Team had the ninth-highest losing score in the league this season with 44 points.
  • Speed, strength, agility, vision, and intelligence. It was all on display this week when the RBs on Teddy's Team collectively had their best week of the season with 21 points.
  • Emmanuel Sanders did little to help Springfield Atoms, underperforming versus projections for the third straight game with 5 points against a projected 6.95.
  • Remember when they needed to remind Forrest Gump to STOP? Well, they may need to remind this group of runnings backs to GO. With 4 points, Springfield Atoms got the lowest combined scoring output from the RB position for any team this week.
  • Springfield Atoms won despite failing to reach their projected point total, improving to 3-0 when doing so. Teddy's Team also failed to reach their point expectation and falls to 2-3 in such games.
  • The 44 points put up by Teddy's Team ranked eighth in the league this week.
  • This is the second week this season that Springfield Atoms has been in first place.
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