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  1. Note: Due to length, I'm using this as both my weekly article and rankings article. I have posted in both spots. Last year we put out an article that looked at the first 13 EFL championship game offensive MVP performances and came up with what we considered the top 5 - the best of the best. This year we here at Sports Illustrated have shifted our sights to the defensive side of the ball. They say defense wins championships and looking through our previous 14 EFL Championship Defensive MVPs, there are definitely some performances that support that line of thinking. The offensive MVP usually is the player and/or performance that everyone remembers, but sometimes it's the play of a defensive star that can turn the game. Yesterday's defensive MVP performance from Issac Martin that included 2 Interceptions wasn't considered, but shows the quality of players/performances that make up the now 15 deep list of MVPS. That list includes some all time greats including a hall of famer and some guys that should be elected in in future years. Before the suspense ends and we give you our top 5, we'd like to hit on some interesting notes from our analysis of the list. We noted last year that many of the top offensive performances statistically were from recent EFL Championship games due to the development of offense in the EFL. Well on the defensive side of the ball there really isn't any trend. You have great performance sprinkled throughout EFL Championship history. We discovered that whereas with ranking the offensive performances can be more objective because the statistical performances are a little easier to put on top or below one another, the defensive rankings have to be a little more subjective and in game context is a little more important. A losing player took home defensive MVP in 4/14 years which is a slight decrease from the offensive side from last year (5/13). The last defensive player from a losing team to take home the MVP honors was Big Huge McLarge in Los Angeles' loss to Miami in the S11 championship game. The Season 2 championship game is the only one to see both the offensive MVP and defensive MVP come from the losing team when Seattle's Apollo Ali and Rick-Julian Bubbles won the respective awards in a 31-23 Linebackers have dominated this award with 11 out of 14 MVPS being awarded to players at the position. 2 safeties have won the award and only one cornerback has taken home the honor (that number increased to 2 yesterday with Issac Martin's MVP performance. There are only two players to ever bring home the defensive MVP trophy multiple times in their careers (this never happened on the offensive side ball). Seattle LB Rick-Julian Bubbles did it consecutively in the EFL's first two championship games. Then Miami LB King Death amazingly did it seven years apart in S6 and S13. Without further ado, lets get to our top 5 EFL Championship Defensive MVP Performances starting with number 5. 5. S2 - New York 31 vs Seattle 23: Seattle LB Rick-Julian Bubbles @Turner - 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown: The number 5 spot was a hard one to chose on our list but we eventually decided on Bubbles S2 performance. We aren't going to lie, the fact that he also won the award the season prior helped catapult this performance to make our top 5. It is the only one to make the top 5 that is from a losing player. This game was a crazy one with a total of 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns in the game. Bubbles was the most important as it cut New York's lead to 8 early in the 4th quarter giving Seattle hope. Unfortunately, Seattle wouldn't score again and the final count would hold at 31-23. 4. S13 - Los Angeles 51 vs Miami 21: Los Angeles FS John Patrick Levine @Anthony Ouellet - 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended: Levine is our only Defensive MVP with multiple interceptions (until yesterday when Martin did it). People may not agree with this one as the Reign probably would have one this one with president Trump playing quarterback. Their offense was unstoppable led by QB John Smith who's performance is the best in EFL Championship history. However, we thought that Levine's multiple interception performance earned him a spot on the list. His 1st interception game in the 2nd quarter of Harlon Connecticut with Los Angeles already up 21-7 and led to a TD. His 2nd one came on a 3rd quarter pass from Connecticut over the middle of the field with the game well in tact at 38-7. The rest was obviously history. 3. S6 - Miami 31 vs Los Angeles 29: Miami LB King Death @DeathOnReddit - 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown: Death is one of the most under appreciated linebackers in EFL history and was an integral part of Miami's dominant defense for years. This performance came early in Death's career and he was all over the field in this one recording 10 tackles. However, his biggest play - maybe the biggest play of the whole game - came with the Neptune down 7-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter. The Reign were starting a drive from their own side of the field and Death intercepted a Trey Master pass to the sideline and took it to the house to make it a tie game. Miami would eventually win on a late Bryce Larkin field goal and Death would take home MVP honors. Amazingly he would win MVP honors again in S13, his last in the EFL. 2. S8 - Los Angeles 26 vs Miami 20: Los Angeles FS Ray Ray Foster @Alecbama - 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass defended: Would you look at that, a third straight performance on our list from a Miami vs Los Angeles Championship Game. Public service announcement, there's been a lot of them. In this one Los Angeles safety Ray Ray Foster had a complete game, making plays both in the backfield and out in coverage. His first sack of Miami QB Arbin Asipi was a big one as it forced a 2nd quarter punt with the Reign trailing 7-0. Then in the fourth, he had a huge interception with L.A. down 17-10 at the beginning of the 4th quarter with Miami driving. He picked off an Asipi pass around midfield and took it back 12 yard to give L.A. good field position. The Reign would convert the turnover into a field goal and would later tie the game up to force overtime where they won on a Charlie Hudson TD run. 1. S5 - Los Angeles 41 vs Miami 24: Los Angeles LB Lamar Williams @Beerfridge - 7 tackles, tackle for loss, 4 sacks: Out top spot goes to another Los Angeles player in another matchup against Miami. This one was a record breaker for linebacker Lamar Williams. The Los Angeles pass rusher was an absolute nightmare for Miami QB Brian Wheat. He got his first sack in the first quarter on the first play of a 3 and out after L.A. had taken a 7-0 lead. His 2nd won was a big one in the 2nd quarter on 2nd down of another 3 and out with L.A. up 21-7. Then on the very next drive he set the championship record with sack number 3. Finally for good measure he put Wheat on his back for a fourth time with the game in hand in the fourth quarter. There is a very good chance that Williams four sacks in a championship game will never be surpassed and that this will be the best performance by a pass rusher on the biggest stage in EFL history.
  2. Note: Due to length, I'm using this as both my weekly article and rankings article. I have posted in both spots. Last year we put out an article that looked at the first 13 EFL championship game offensive MVP performances and came up with what we considered the top 5 - the best of the best. This year we here at Sports Illustrated have shifted our sights to the defensive side of the ball. They say defense wins championships and looking through our previous 14 EFL Championship Defensive MVPs, there are definitely some performances that support that line of thinking. The offensive MVP usually is the player and/or performance that everyone remembers, but sometimes it's the play of a defensive star that can turn the game. Yesterday's defensive MVP performance from Issac Martin that included 2 Interceptions wasn't considered, but shows the quality of players/performances that make up the now 15 deep list of MVPS. That list includes some all time greats including a hall of famer and some guys that should be elected in in future years. Before the suspense ends and we give you our top 5, we'd like to hit on some interesting notes from our analysis of the list. We noted last year that many of the top offensive performances statistically were from recent EFL Championship games due to the development of offense in the EFL. Well on the defensive side of the ball there really isn't any trend. You have great performance sprinkled throughout EFL Championship history. We discovered that whereas with ranking the offensive performances can be more objective because the statistical performances are a little easier to put on top or below one another, the defensive rankings have to be a little more subjective and in game context is a little more important. A losing player took home defensive MVP in 4/14 years which is a slight decrease from the offensive side from last year (5/13). The last defensive player from a losing team to take home the MVP honors was Big Huge McLarge in Los Angeles' loss to Miami in the S11 championship game. The Season 2 championship game is the only one to see both the offensive MVP and defensive MVP come from the losing team when Seattle's Apollo Ali and Rick-Julian Bubbles won the respective awards in a 31-23 Linebackers have dominated this award with 11 out of 14 MVPS being awarded to players at the position. 2 safeties have won the award and only one cornerback has taken home the honor (that number increased to 2 yesterday with Issac Martin's MVP performance. There are only two players to ever bring home the defensive MVP trophy multiple times in their careers (this never happened on the offensive side ball). Seattle LB Rick-Julian Bubbles did it consecutively in the EFL's first two championship games. Then Miami LB King Death amazingly did it seven years apart in S6 and S13. Without further ado, lets get to our top 5 EFL Championship Defensive MVP Performances starting with number 5. 5. S2 - New York 31 vs Seattle 23: Seattle LB Rick-Julian Bubbles @Turner - 9 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown: The number 5 spot was a hard one to chose on our list but we eventually decided on Bubbles S2 performance. We aren't going to lie, the fact that he also won the award the season prior helped catapult this performance to make our top 5. It is the only one to make the top 5 that is from a losing player. This game was a crazy one with a total of 3 interceptions returned for touchdowns in the game. Bubbles was the most important as it cut New York's lead to 8 early in the 4th quarter giving Seattle hope. Unfortunately, Seattle wouldn't score again and the final count would hold at 31-23. 4. S13 - Los Angeles 51 vs Miami 21: Los Angeles FS John Patrick Levine @Anthony Ouellet - 5 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 passes defended: Levine is our only Defensive MVP with multiple interceptions (until yesterday when Martin did it). People may not agree with this one as the Reign probably would have one this one with president Trump playing quarterback. Their offense was unstoppable led by QB John Smith who's performance is the best in EFL Championship history. However, we thought that Levine's multiple interception performance earned him a spot on the list. His 1st interception game in the 2nd quarter of Harlon Connecticut with Los Angeles already up 21-7 and led to a TD. His 2nd one came on a 3rd quarter pass from Connecticut over the middle of the field with the game well in tact at 38-7. The rest was obviously history. 3. S6 - Miami 31 vs Los Angeles 29: Miami LB King Death @DeathOnReddit - 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 touchdown: Death is one of the most under appreciated linebackers in EFL history and was an integral part of Miami's dominant defense for years. This performance came early in Death's career and he was all over the field in this one recording 10 tackles. However, his biggest play - maybe the biggest play of the whole game - came with the Neptune down 7-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter. The Reign were starting a drive from their own side of the field and Death intercepted a Trey Master pass to the sideline and took it to the house to make it a tie game. Miami would eventually win on a late Bryce Larkin field goal and Death would take home MVP honors. Amazingly he would win MVP honors again in S13, his last in the EFL. 2. S8 - Los Angeles 26 vs Miami 20: Los Angeles FS Ray Ray Foster @Alecbama - 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass defended: Would you look at that, a third straight performance on our list from a Miami vs Los Angeles Championship Game. Public service announcement, there's been a lot of them. In this one Los Angeles safety Ray Ray Foster had a complete game, making plays both in the backfield and out in coverage. His first sack of Miami QB Arbin Asipi was a big one as it forced a 2nd quarter punt with the Reign trailing 7-0. Then in the fourth, he had a huge interception with L.A. down 17-10 at the beginning of the 4th quarter with Miami driving. He picked off an Asipi pass around midfield and took it back 12 yard to give L.A. good field position. The Reign would convert the turnover into a field goal and would later tie the game up to force overtime where they won on a Charlie Hudson TD run. 1. S5 - Los Angeles 41 vs Miami 24: Los Angeles LB Lamar Williams @Beerfridge - 7 tackles, tackle for loss, 4 sacks: Out top spot goes to another Los Angeles player in another matchup against Miami. This one was a record breaker for linebacker Lamar Williams. The Los Angeles pass rusher was an absolute nightmare for Miami QB Brian Wheat. He got his first sack in the first quarter on the first play of a 3 and out after L.A. had taken a 7-0 lead. His 2nd won was a big one in the 2nd quarter on 2nd down of another 3 and out with L.A. up 21-7. Then on the very next drive he set the championship record with sack number 3. Finally for good measure he put Wheat on his back for a fourth time with the game in hand in the fourth quarter. There is a very good chance that Williams four sacks in a championship game will never be surpassed and that this will be the best performance by a pass rusher on the biggest stage in EFL history.
  3. Great news. We got 20 plus people playing this week! Good job guys and gals. NCAA East Championship - Combined Yards from LSU and Miami: Actual: 641, Closest: 646 @Wally NCAA West Championship - Jimmy Numbers Rushing Attempts plus Vince Carswell Passing Attempts: 33 Actual: 65, Closest: 65 @Renomitsu @HuddleHussy @PigSnout EFL East Championship - Combined Passing Yards from Memphis and New York: Actual: 639, Closest: 658 @Sharkstrong EFL West Championship - Combined Passing Attempts from Seattle and Los Angeles: Actual: 48, Closest: 60 @Molholt @Turner NCAA & EFL Conference Championship Round - Total Points Scored: Actual: 168, Closest: 167 @TheNano74
  4. Nice win. Great gameplan @ANTISIMPLE
  5. NCAA East Championship - Combined Yards from LSU and Miami: 614 NCAA West Championship - Jimmy Numbers Rushing Attempts plus Vince Carswell Passing Attempts: 57 EFL East Championship - Combined Passing Yards from Memphis and New York: 700 EFL West Championship - Combined Passing Attempts from Seattle and Los Angeles: 65 NCAA & EFL Conference Championship Round - Total Points Scored: 188
  6. Another top 5 finish. I’ll take it
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