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EFL Season 13 Week 2 Team Storylines

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EFL Season 13 Week 2 Team Storylines

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PigSnout | @PigSnout

05.30.19

 

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After struggling last season, the Neptune may be poised to return to championship contention this season after a strong start.

 

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:mamba:

Will the Defense Hold Up?

 

After a playoff run last season, the Mambas entered this season with championship aspirations. Last season, they had the highest scoring offense in the league but were held back by a defense that ranked in the bottom half of the league. So far this season, they appear to be in the same situation as they lead the league in points scored but rank sixth in terms of points allowed. They have more defensive talent than they did last season as their offseason moves largely focused on upgrading the defense, but the increased talent hasn't translated to their results so far in the first two weeks. It may take a few weeks for the new pieces to gel together and for the defense to reach its full potential.The Mambas have a championship caliber offense, but their ceiling will be determined by whether they can put things together on defense. 

 

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:MIA:

Ready to Contend Again?

 

The Neptune looked poised for a potential rebuild after their Season 11 Championship run as they finished 4-10 in Season 12. However, it looks like they may be ready to cut the rebuild short and become contenders again this season. They're off to an impressive start with a 2-0 record and the best point differential in the league so far. They made some big investments in their defense over the offseason as they spent three picks in the first two rounds of the draft on defensive players and it has payed off so far as their defense has allowed the lowest amount of points through the first two games of the season after finishing seventh in points allowed last season. If their early play continues, the Neptune may be ready to make another championship this season. 

 

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:NY:

Tough Competition

 

The Herd have gotten off to a pretty good start so far with a 1-1 record and a +17 point differential. However, in a tough Eastern Conference, this currently has them in fourth place. This will bring back memories of the Herd missing the playoffs last season despite a 9-5 record due to tough competition within the conference. They look like they will be a strong team again this season, but they aren't going to have much margin for error as all four Eastern Conference teams are looking like potential contenders at this point in the season. The Herd have three road games against conference rivals coming up in their next four games, which will present them with a chance to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference early on if they can get a couple of wins in that stretch. It will be a tough race to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference this season, but the Herd look like they will be ready for the challenge. 

 

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:brigade:

Ready to Repeat?

 

The Brigade came in to the season hoping for a big year to follow up last season's championship win and they are off to a great start so far. They are one of three undefeated teams remaining after a 2-0 start. Their offense is one of the best in the league just like last season as they have scored the second most points so far and quarterback Trent Taggert is currently on a historic pace with a 141.6 passer rating. This season's Brigade team may even be better than last season's as they won the championship last season in spite of their sixth ranked defense but currently rank in the upper half defensively this season as they are third in points allowed so far. The Brigade could be on track to repeat as champions as they look like the league's most complete team at this point in the season. 

 

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:LA:

No Running Game, No Problem

 

The Reign have the least balanced offense in the league so far this season as they have only attempted 5 rushes in comparison to 103 passing attempts. However, this has not caused any issues for them so far. Their offense is rolling as they rank third in the league with 69 points scored. The Reign are off to a great start as they are 2-0 while every other Western Conference team sits at 0-2. The all out passing attack has been getting great results for the Reign so far and it will be interesting to see if they keep it up over the course of the season or if they try to get a running game going later on. If this strategy continues to work for the Reign, other teams around the league may even try to replicate it later in the season. 

 

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:kraken:

When Will the First Win Come?

 

Two games into the season, the Kraken are in the midst of a 20 game losing streak dating back to Season 11. They are a much more talented team than they were last season after a strong draft class and their biggest question is when that new talent will translate into a win to break their losing streak. Both of their games so far have been blowout losses, but they will have the chance to turn around their fortune soon as four of their next five games are at home. They will have the chance to benefit from home field advantage several times in their next few games, which means they may be able to break out of their losing streak sooner rather than later. The Kraken are still struggling to find their identity right now, but could catch a few teams off guard this season if their young talent gets up to speed quickly. 

 

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:SA:

Can the Wolfpack Get Back on Track?

 

The Wolfpack have had a good run of success in recent years, but it looks like age may be starting to catch up to them as they missed the playoffs with a 6-8 record last season and are off to an 0-2 star this year. They've lost some of their key contributors due to old age and have seen others start to lose a step due to regression. They've also been adding some young talent in attempt to counteract those losses, but the question is whether that will be enough for them this season. Though the Wolfpack haven't gotten off to a great start so far, they currently hold a playoff spot as three Western Conference teams are currently tied with 0-2 records. Of those teams, the Wolfpack currently have the best point differential which could mean they have looked the best so far out of those three teams. If their young talent can find its groove this season, the Wolfpack may still be able to compete for a playoff spot even if they aren't as strong as they were in previous years. 

 

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:SEA:

Passing Game Woes

 

The Predators were hoping to return to the championship game this season but are off to a rough start as they have lost both of their first two games by double digits. One of their most obvious issues right now is the fact that they haven't been able to get their passing game going. Drew McPewPewPew has struggled so far as he has just a 62.4 passer rating so far. However, the issue doesn't seem to be McPewPewPew himself but rather the lack of weapons around him as the Predators only have one wide receiver with greater than 200 TPE. McPewPewPew is talented enough to improve his play in the coming weeks, but the Predators' passing attack is going to have a limited ceiling this season without more weapons. If the Predators hope to make a playoff run this season, they will need to be able to rely on their rushing attack and they will need their defense to return to the higher level it played at last season. 

 

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Now with my Week 5 analysis:

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:mamba:

Will the Defense Hold Up?

 

 

No

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

:MIA:

Ready to Contend Again?

 

Outlook cloudy

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:NY:

Tough Competition

 

 

This isn't a question.

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:brigade:

Ready to Repeat?

 

 

They lost to New Orleans at home lmao.

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:LA:

No Running Game, No Problem

 

Also not a question but seems to be true.

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

 

:kraken:

When Will the First Win Come?

 

 

Week 5

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:SA:

Can the Wolfpack Get Back on Track?

 

 

No.

 

On 5/30/2019 at 3:18 AM, PigSnout said:

 

:SEA:

Passing Game Woes

 

 

5/8 on questions, see me after class.

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