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Eight and Counting

Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Refugees sit alone atop the AFC East

Ryan Fitzpatrick

This Refugees team doesn't seem content to side with tradition.

The Cuban Refugees won their 8th game of the season, breaking a seven-year run of 6 or 7 win totals to move into sole possession of first place in a hotly contested AFC East. The Refugees won like they have all season: grinding out just enough points to overcome their opponent. In this case, it was a gritty performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick that led the way, as the banged up quarterback tossed 2 TDs and Terrance Williams chipped in a TD to put away the Llamas, who came out flat after several weeks of fireworks.

Slipping into second place was Bear Poop, who dropped their third game in a row, this time to the Orangutangs, and are in jeopardy of falling out of the playoff picture after headlining the AFC East for most of the season. They'll look to rebound against the Llamas this week while the Refugees and Orangutangs meet in a showdown that will attempt to untangle a muddled division.

Elsewhere around the league, the Merry Men's season may have been saved by a late Sunday lineup change as they swapped in Thomas Rawls for James Starks and rode Rawls' 22 points to a pivotal victory over the Buddies to retain control in the AFC West, the Dragons outlasted the White Guys to remain on top of the NFC East, but the Big Boys are nipping at their heels, and the Beans rebounded from a recent skid with a gutty 33-29 win over the Chickens to stave off the Brothers. The Beans and Brothers will meet this week in what is shaping up to be the most important week of YFFL action all season.