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- Updated: June 3, 2016
As the Omaha Beef (7-4) enter the final week of regular season they know what is at stake. With an away game at division leader Wichita Force (9-2) looming the players aren’t anxious though, they seem loose and excited. With so much at stake no one would blame them for being tense, but these players know exactly what they are capable of. Last time Omaha played Wichita they handed them a 58-55 loss at the Slaughterhouse, one of only two losses the Force incurred all year; the only other coming from the Texas Revolutions (10-1).
The Force have looked strong in their five game winning streak; giving up a staggering 33.8 points per game the Force managed to shut down team after team including Sioux City (7-4), who currently sit second in the Northern Division. Their offense has been suspect at times though, their leading rusher Julian Hayes has 215 yards and 5 touchdowns, and quarterback Steve Panasuk has accounted for 1179 yards and 32 touchdowns. For comparison the Beefs runningback, Jeff Mack, has 424 yards and 9 touchdowns, and quarterback Joshua Floyd Jr. has accounted for 1863 and 37 touchdowns.
The strength of the Force is clearly their defense, the same can be said about the Beef. Omaha is averaging a stifling 29.6 points per game on defense during their 3 game win streak. Led by linebacker Jesse Robertson, and defensive linemen Devon Bridges, Kewan Alfred and Sony Theodate, the Beef defense has picked up their effort and helped take the team from 2-3 to 7-4.
There is more to the season than just this matchup with Wichita. There are four possible scenarios for the Beef this season. It is a little confusing, but here is the breakdown of the possible outcomes from this weekend’s game.
In scenario one, Omaha wins their matchup with the division leading Wichita Force, and the Sioux City Bandits lose on the road to the Bloomington Edge. In this scenario Sioux City will drop out of the playoffs in favor of Bloomington, Omaha will jump up to number two spot and host their first playoff game since 2013 against the Bloomington Edge.
In scenario two, the Beef beat Wichita, Sioux City has to beat Bloomington, and Sioux City will host Omaha in the first round of the playoffs. In this situation no one moves in the standings. In scenario three, Omaha loses to Wichita, and Bloomington loses to Sioux City. This scenario would also see no change in the standings.
Lastly there is scenario four, which is Omaha’s nightmare scenario. In this hypothetical, Omaha would have to lose to Wichita and Bloomington would have to beat Sioux City. This situation would leave a three-way tie for second place, meaning one 7-5 team’s season will be over, and in this scenario Omaha would be the odd man out.
This last regular season game is an away game, but you can still support your Beef by watching us on our livestream at the Omaha Beef Football website, following us on twitter as we live tweet the game, or join us at our viewing party at Regency Lodge, located at 909 S 107th Ave.