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#1184945 - Tue Dec 19 2017 02:03 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Originally Posted By: srini701
I read the whole damn report....hats off to your patience first...all 16 matches covered, and I am still clueless who the "poster boy" is or who plays at Foxborough smile smile...The Pats??


Tom Brady...and you are correct on the team.
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#1185583 - Mon Dec 25 2017 04:14 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Originally Posted By: Dizart
Go Seahawks! The road to the Superbowl ain't going anywhere near Dallas.


Not going through Seattle either, after they get eliminated next week...although, going for an arrogant punk like Carroll wouldn't surprise me, since you are a yankROID fan.


Edited by dg_dave (Mon Dec 25 2017 04:15 PM)
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#1185596 - Mon Dec 25 2017 05:05 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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#1185597 - Mon Dec 25 2017 05:36 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Just like I don't care who beats the yankROIDS...wish that team would go 0-162 every year...

Baseball needs a salary cap. Football has had one for over 30 years.
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#1185611 - Mon Dec 25 2017 11:00 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Week 16
Sat 23 Dec
16 of 19 players lodged tips:
16-23
16-00
19-22
03-20
17-26
13-29
16-37
13-23
14-07
27-23
11-27
33-44
00-23
21-12
34-06
10-19
16
14
16
13
4
15
16
13
16
15
14
1
10
3
15
14
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings
at Green Bay Packers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals
Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers
at New York Jets
Los Angeles Rams at Tennessee Titans
Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks
at Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans
Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles











wwe84



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Tipping Comp Standings

position points
----- ----- ----------
TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-19 N-Bomb b 154 14 169 4 1 5
2 3 1-9 gtho4 b 151 14 166 5 - 3
2 1 1-18 Mustang 154 12 166 4 - 4
4 5 1-6 Dizart b 150 13 164 2 - 4
5 3 1-11 Sypher 151 12 163 3 - 4
6 5 1-16 George95 150 11 161 1 - 2
7 8 1-12 paper_aero x 146 13 159 3 - 2
8 8 2-11 srini701 146 12 158 1 1 1
9 7 7-16 LeoDaVinci 147d10 157 4 2 3
10 10 1-10 illiniman14 142 12 154 1 1 1
10 10 9-18 toocool4u 142 12 154 1 2 3
10 13 5-14 ElfTwinkle b 139 14 154 1 2 2
10 10 8-17 dg_dave 142 12 154 - - 0
14 13 1-18 PaulE 141 12 153 2 1 2
15 15 6-18 Howie72 137 12 149 1 1 0
16 15 1-18 gillyharold 137d10 147 3 2 3
17 17 1-17 wwe84 s 129 10 140 1 6 5
18 18 8-18 themonarch 121d10 131 - 2 0
19 19 6-19 ozzz2002 120 10 130 - 5 5
late starters 130**
---195----
weekly winners 176 14 190
wooden spoons 89 10 99
default . 10 .
on the road 100 5 105
at home 124 11 135
perfect picks 224 16 240
favorites 150 12 162
upsets 48r 74 4 78 50r
bonus points 44 5 49

s - bonus pt for solo pick, or one of two/three
b - bonus for perfect picks, or near miss
tbp - total bonus points
* - point deducted for late tips
0r - number of upsets on the road
i - inactive tipper

.

Weekly Leader

1. + 1 Dizart gtho4 illiniman14 PaulE
.......paper_aero
2. + 1 gillyharold wwe84
3. + 2 wwe84
4. + 1 Dizart
5. + 1 George95
6. + 2 N-Bomb
7. + 2 N-Bomb
8. + 1 Sypher
9. + 4 N-Bomb Sypher
10 + 4 N-Bomb Sypher
11 + 3 N-Bomb
12 + 6 N-Bomb Sypher
13 + 1 Sypher
14 + 1 N-Bomb Sypher
15 + 3 N-Bomb Mustang
16 + 3 N-Bomb
17 +



We had another good week this week, as four games were picked by everyone, two others by all but one, and one other by all but two. We also all broke double digits, prompting the blue on the Wooden Spoon side.

In other news, I'm wondering what has happened with themonarch...haven't seen much of him in the last few weeks.

On to the games:

We'll start with the first of two Saturday tilts between the Colts and the Ravens. This one stayed fairly close all the way, but the Ravens escaped at home with the win, 23-16. It wasn't without bitten nails, though. Baltimore was up by the same score with 2:36 left, and forced to punt the ball away. Indianapolis blocked it and started just 27 yards away from tying the game. They got 17, before a third down sack and fourth down incompletion gave the Ravens the ball back to run out the clock. The last time the Colts lost six in a row was before Luck graced the door of the Colts in 2011. It was also the year after Manning went down after spinal surgery, and the Colts started that season 0-13. The Ravens blocked their 13th kick since 2014.

In the other Saturday matchup, while the Packers fans were cold, so were the Packers. They could not get on the board, yet they outgained the Vikings by three yards. The last time the Vikings shut out the Packers was more than 45 years ago, last doing so on November 14, 1971, and the last time they shut anyone out was against the Lions on December 5, 1993, or 24 years giving up at least one score of some sort in 16 games for 24 years.

In Charlotte, the Panthers have assured themselves playing into January with a 22-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The wildness of the final minute was the game...with just 35 seconds left and trailing 19-15, Cam Newton bobbled the snap at the Bucs 2, but the ball bounced back into his hands for the two yard score, and ironically, on Cam's son's 2nd birthday. The Buccaneers had a chance to get downfield enough to try for the tie, but a strip-sack sealed the deal.

In Chicago, illiniman14 breathed a huge sigh of relief, and will (more than likely) send the Browns into the 0-16 club with the 2008 Lions, as the Browns only scored a field goal, losing to the Bears 20-3. Had a player not been called offside, the Browns did get a pick-six that was overturned by that penalty. John Fox may not be back in Chicago, even if he wins next week, compiling what would be the equivalent of three 5-11 seasons...about like Dave Campo did for the Cowboys about ten to fifteen years ago...although, I don't know if Fox went 6-10 and 4-12, but Campo went 5-11, 5-11, and 5-11 in his three seasons as Cowboys coach.

In Cincinnati, the Lions came in knowing they could still make the playoffs, and especially against a Bengals team that has bungled more often than not this season. The Bengals had nothing to play for, so they put it all on the line, and came away with the 26-17 win. The game was probably blacked out in the greater Cincinnati area, as about 70% of the tickets sold (47,732 of 65,000 seats).

In Kansas City, the Chiefs did something for the first time in franchise history: won back-to-back division championships, defeating the hapless Dolphins, 29-13. The Dolphins never converted on third down, and their defense just got tired. Alex Smith continued to do well, throwing for 304 and only one score, but the offense did enough that he didn't have to throw touchdown passes. Harrison Butker pulled a Phil Dawson, hitting five field goals.

In Foxborough, the Bills and Patriots played close for the first three quarters, but a controversial call yet again went the Patriots' way, as Tyrod Taylor hit Kelvin Benjamin for a four yard score, only to get it reversed on review (due to being inside the 2:00 warning). Unlike with the Steelers last week, Buffalo did get three, to go to the break tied at 13. Mike Periera, former vice president of officiating, posted on Twitter that the office in New York "incorrectly reverses" calls. Buffalo and New England traded field goals, then New England took over and scored the next 21 points, defeating the Bills, 37-16. Tom Brady may be starting to show some age, as he has thrown six interceptions in his last five games...Brady turned 40 this past August.

In New Orleans, just like last week, a play regarding someone's posterior changed a play. Marshon Lattimore grabbed an interception off his own backside, and Ted Ginn Jr. took that turnover (a play or two later) 54 yards to the house. The Saints defeated the Falcons, 23-13, holding on to the division lead, but the Panthers can still take the NFC South with a win and Saints loss next week. Drew Brees joined Peyton Manning and Brett Favre in the 70,000 yard club, and if he plays next season, he will assuredly take both of them over, since he is only 1,740 yards behind Peyton Manning (Manning has 71,940, Favre has 71,838, and Brees is at 70,200).

In New Jersey (remember, the Giants and Jets do NOT play in New York), the Chargers continued to chip their way into the playoffs after starting 0-4, and did just enough to defeat the Jets, 14-7. They need a lot to happen next week: win, Tennessee loses to Jacksonville (which could possibly not happen - more on this shortly), and Baltimore beats Cincinnati. The first play was wild in this game, as the Jets deferred to the second half for the kickoff, yet got the ball first, thanks to a successful onside kick.

In Nashville, Todd Gurley was in beast mode again, amassing 276 yards from scrimmage (118 on the ground and 158 in the air - with a score on each). The Rams didn't breeze through though, needing a stop and getting it, defeating the Titans 27-23, and taking their first division crown in 14 years.

In Maryland (also, the Redskins do NOT play within DC), the Redskins went to town on what is touted as the NFL's best defense, to the tune of 386 yards (299 in the air by Kirk Cousins) and three scores, with the Redskins defeating the Broncos, 27-11. Cousins is the first ever Redskins quarterback to throw for 25 touchdowns in three seasons (the franchise dates to 1932), and should break 4,000 yards for the third year in a row (two under the "franchise" tag), needing just 65 next week. With only 1:18 left, the Redskins defense allowed a touchdown, not allowing one for over 118 minutes (as they held the Cardinals to five field goals last week)...almost going consecutive games without a touchdown allowed since the 1970 merger. Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks and became the first Redskins defenseman to record double digit sacks in consecutive seasons since 1985-86.

In San Francisco, our own LeoDaVinci is probably kicking himself for going default, but is ecstatic that Jimmy Garoppolo is now 4-0 in his last four starts, defeating the AFC North-winning Jacksonville Jaguars in a shootout, 44-33. Had the 49ers not started the season 0-8, they'd probably be fighting for a playoff spot. Jacksonville had held their opponents to the lowest point total in the NFL this season, but gave up 44 to the (then-) 4-10 49ers? The 49ers read Bortles like a book, picking him off three times, but the passes Bortles connected on went far, as Bortles outgained Garoppolo 382-242, but Garoppolo threw for two scores (as did Bortles), but also ran for one. With the score 10-0 and the Jags driving, San Francisco's defense picked off Bortles for six, yet got two on the PAT after it was blocked, making the score 16-2. Jacksonville tied it up by the break, but San Francisco took over from there. What made wwe84 pick San Francisco? He must have known something that the rest of us didn't.

In Glendale, the Cardinals did something they had not done since 1992...shut out an opponent, about like Minnesota above. Unlike with Minnesota, the Cardinals' last shutout was also against the Giants, but at 17-0 instead of Sunday's 23-0 blanking. Larry Fitzgerald had more with this game...having never been on the giving end of a shutout, nor throwing for a completion (usually as a receiver, you catch completions, not throw them). After the Giants had their only threat of the game, and missing the equivalent of a point after try, Fitzgerald completed his first NFL pass for 21 yards to Jaron Brown, making him 1-for-3 on throws.

In Arlington (as the Cowboys have NOT played within Dallas proper since 1971 - firstly in Irving, but then moved to Arlington in 2009), the Seahawks held onto their slim playoff hopes and snuffed out Dallas's, to the delight of Dizart, with the Seahawks winning, 21-12. And Dizart, the road to the Super Bowl will go through either Los Angeles or Minneapolis...Seattle will get snuffed out next week to your chagrin, and if the Eagles cannot blow away the Raiders (see below), they will not be going either. Back to the game itself now...Russell Wilson only threw for 93 yards, and Seattle only gained 136, but their defense won them this game, in the tune of a pick-six and a fumble from Dez Bryant, who was sparring with Miles Austin, a former teammate and now a staff member.

The first of the two Monday games pitted the Steelers against the Texans. While Bell was his usual self being a beast, TJ Yates wasn't doing well at all. With less than three minutes before the half, he was 2-for-8 with 1 pick for a total of seven yards and a fumble. Pittsburgh led at the half, 20-0, with Chris Boswell hitting his 28th and 29th field goal in December in his career (on 30 attempts). Early in the fourth quarter, just 2½ minutes in, down 27-0 at this point, DeAndre Hopkins catches a touchdown pass...or was it? A flag came down on the play. Watching the play live, the officials call an illegal hands to the face on the defense (defense being Pittsburgh), yet on the replay, Hopkins is pulling on the defender's jersey, which should be offensive pass interference. The touchdown call is confirmed, and as (again) the NFL coddles Brady, whose team is ½ game up coming in, they want to make Pittsburgh work. The Texans miss the point after try after an offside call forces them to try from 28 instead of 33, prompting another Pittsburgh personal foul and a 15 yard taunting penalty (I missed the taunt itself - and yes, I watched this game live). Pittsburgh took less than three minutes to answer that touchdown, extending their lead to 34-6 with 9½ to go. They won by that same score, so next week's showdown between the Jets and Patriots will have meaning for both the Patriots and Steelers. If the Steelers win and the Patriots lose (not holding my breath to the latter), then the Steelers are the #1 seed.

Monday night's game between the Raiders and Eagles was rather uneventful in the first half, as the teams traded touchdowns and point after tries, however, it was a chess match against two former staff mates, with the Raiders' offensive coordinator and the Eagles' defensive coordinator formerly were together with the Lions (the Eagles' defensive coordinator was the Lions head coach, and the Raiders' offensive coordinator was the assistant head coach). With just under five minutes left in the first half, Derek Carr throws a bomb to Amari Cooper in traffic, and Cooper catches it perfectly at the Eagles' five-yard line, however, the play was for naught, as the offensive line was called for holding. The Eagles went 0-for-5 on third down in the first half, not helping them defeat Oakland. The game went to the break tied at 7, but would have been 10-7 Eagles had it not been for a missed field goal with 11 seconds left. It was a good snap and hold, but the kick was wide left. Yes, I watched this game live as well. smilee The third quarter was uneventful, save for trading field goals. With 6:35 left in the 4th, the Eagles thought they got a fumble recovery, but the replay (in my non-NFL office view) showed the Raiders player's knee down by contact. The Eagles were given the ball. They went three and out, and so did the Raiders. With two minutes left, the Eagles got the ball back behind their own 10 after a muffed punt. The Eagles only had 190 yards at this point, 179 of those in the first half, and 30 in the third quarter. Nick Foles went 1-for-10 on third down and zero first downs, even though his lone completion went for ten yards. The Raiders were given 67 seconds to win before sending the game to overtime, and started on their own 46. Two plays in, Derek Carr throws a pick, giving the ball back to the Raiders, but on (again, in my non-NFL office eyes) a controversial call. Carr's pass was missed by Amari Cooper, but the Eagles defender did not have full control, and the ball touched the ground. The interception ruling stood. With 27 seconds left, Jake Elliott attempted a 48 yard field goal, drilling it right down the middle, giving the Eagles a three point lead. Oakland still had all their timeouts, though, and with 22 seconds after the kick, can get downfield enough to go for the tie and send it to overtime. Carr couldn't convert on any passes, and with three seconds left, they tried the lateral play...just to give the Eagles a touchdown and win by the final of 19-10. That gave the Eagles the #1 seed in the NFC, however, they have never won in the Super Bowl era, and are 1-2 in the NFC title game, and 0-1 in the Super Bowl. With them playing so poorly against the Raiders, who are now 6-9, they won't make it out of the divisional round, so again, Dizart, Minnesota and Los Angeles hold the keys to the Super Bowl.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 9-6 this year, as they gave away the ball too many times, however, a fumble by Dez Bryant makes this comp organizer happy (Dez is such a baby). He's 8-7 picking his new "home" team, as they pulled out the stops and got quite a bit of offense this week. LeoDaVinci is 7-7 picking his favorite team, as he failed to pick. Dizart is also 7-8 picking his loathed team...and if you want to know their record, just reverse these numbers...LOL! Don't understand what his frustrations are with one team because all of the teams spend about the same amount of money in football, unlike baseball, which desperately needs a salary cap. He's extremely happy that the Seahawks eliminated them from postseason contention, but I'd rather have Seattle eliminated, since Pete Carroll is an arrogant punk. At least Jason Garrett isn't a punk.

Here you go, srini, another long recap...lol!

Just a reminder: if you only pick one underdog, you are ineligible for bonus points, and I know exactly how many are picked...paper_aero, I'm looking at you. wink

Any inactive tippers who tip and are below 2nd last, their score will jump to 2nd last, however, if they are above 2nd last, they will not lose points to fall to 2nd last (or the lowest active tipper)

Until next week, everyone, score a touchdown! (...and kick a P.A.T. too!)


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Edited by dg_dave (Mon Dec 25 2017 11:26 PM)
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#1185621 - Tue Dec 26 2017 01:10 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Posts: 10159
Loc: Hyderabad India           
And I read it too! We both have a lot of time on hand, Dave smile
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#1185623 - Tue Dec 26 2017 02:00 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23943
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Originally Posted By: srini701
And I read it too! We both have a lot of time on hand, Dave smile


Not so sure about that...considering I had to have a day off to get NHL and NBA all caught up (falling four weeks behind in both).
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The way to get things done is NOT to mind who gets the credit for doing them. --Benjamin Jowett
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt
The day we lose our will to fight is the day we lose our freedom.

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#1186209 - Sun Dec 31 2017 07:37 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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As I've just gotten home and have not eaten dinner yet, I will have the final results posted in a bit.
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No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt
The day we lose our will to fight is the day we lose our freedom.

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#1186223 - Mon Jan 01 2018 12:44 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23943
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia




Week 17
Sun 31 Dec
16 of 19 players lodged tips:
10-22
31-27
11-35
13-22
22-16
10-23
06-26
10-18
06-00
24-28
24-31
10-15
27-24
10-30
34-13
26-24
11
2
15
12
10
15
16
shocked
7
14
1
7
9
13
6

1
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Cincinnati Bengals
at Baltimore Ravens
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts
Buffalo Bills
at Miami Dolphins
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Dallas Cowboys
at Philadelphia Eagles
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs
at Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers
San Francisco 49ers
at Los Angeles Rams
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

ozzz2002 toocool4u








ozzz2002




ozzz2002
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FINAL Tipping Comp Standings

position points
----- ----- ----------
TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-19 N-Bomb 169 11 180 4 1 5
2 2 1-18 Mustang 166 10 176 4 - 4
3 4 1-6 Dizart 164 9 173 2 - 4
4 2 1-9 gtho4 166 6 172 5 - 3
4 5 1-11 Sypher 163 9 172 3 - 4
6 6 1-16 George95 161 10 171 1 - 2
7 7 1-12 paper_aero 159 11 170 3 - 2
8 10 8-18 toocool4u s 154 12 167 2 2 4
8 8 2-11 srini701 158 9 167 1 1 1
10 9 7-16 LeoDaVinci 157 d6 163 4 2 3
10 10 1-10 illiniman14 154 9 163 1 1 1
10 10 5-14 ElfTwinkle 154 9 163 1 2 2
10 10 8-17 dg_dave 154 9 163 - - 0
14 14 1-18 PaulE 153 d6 159 2 1 2
15 15 6-18 Howie72 149 7 156 1 1 0
16 16 1-18 gillyharold 147 5 152 3 3 3
17 17 1-17 wwe84 140 7 147 1 6 5
18 19 6-19 ozzz2002 sss 130 6 139 - 5 8
19 18 8-18 themonarch 131 d6 137 - 2 0
late starters n/a**
---139----
weekly winners 190 12 202
wooden spoons 99 5 104
default . 6 .
on the road 105 6 111
at home 135 10 145
perfect picks 240 16 256
favorites 162 9 171
upsets 50r 78 7 85 54r
bonus points 49 4 53

s - bonus pt for solo pick, or one of two/three
b - bonus for perfect picks, or near miss
tbp - total bonus points
* - point deducted for late tips
0r - number of upsets on the road
i - inactive tipper

.

Weekly Leader

1. + 1 paper_aero illiniman14 gtho4 PaulE
.......Dizart
2. + 1 wwe84 gillyharold
3. + 2 wwe84
4. + 1 Dizart
5. + 1 George95
6. + 2 N-Bomb
7. + 2 N-Bomb
8. + 1 Sypher
9. + 4 N-Bomb Sypher
10 + 4 N-Bomb Sypher
11 + 3 N-Bomb
12 + 6 N-Bomb Sypher
13 + 1 Sypher
14 + 1 N-Bomb Sypher
15 + 3 N-Bomb Mustang
16 + 3 N-Bomb
17 + 3 N-Bomb



The final horn has sounded on the NFL season, and while the Redskins didn't make the playoffs, neither did the Seahawks.

Had there been no bonus points, gtho4 would have nipped Dizart for the bronze, and only one other place would have swapped.

Awards of the season: most wins by gtho4 with five, most Spoons went to wwe84 with six, and most bonus points went to ozzz2002 with eight, three of which came this week. A few players had zeros in columns, with dg_dave taking the zero trifecta. I guess I just wasn't bold enough. Howie72 and themonarch join me with zero bonuses, ozzz2002 and themonarch join me with zero wins, and the list of zero Spoons is longer: Mustang, gtho4, Sypher, George95, paper_aero, and Dizart all join me Spoonless.

In other news, I'm wondering what has happened with themonarch...haven't seen much of him in the last few weeks.

On to the games:

We'll start with the game in Atlanta. All the Panthers had to do to take the division crown was win and hope for a Saints loss, while Atlanta needed a win or Seattle loss to continue playing. This was one of the few "meaningful" games in this final week. While Matt Ryan may not have been as sharp as he normally was, although going 28 of 45 with 317 yards isn't exactly "not sharp", he didn't need to be with Matt Bryant locked in. Bryant scored 15 of the 22 points that the Falcons got, from five field goals. The Panthers offense only gained 248 yards, with Cam Newton being on 239 of those yards. No, the Panthers did not rush for only nine yards, Cam had 59 on the ground to go with his 180 in the air. Cam also had three passes picked off...the last one with only eight seconds left on the clock. Cam started 0 for 9, but then went 7 for 7 to end the first half. The Falcons won, 22-10.

In Baltimore, the Bengals had nothing to play for, other than the role of spoiler (as a Ravens win would have sent them to the postseason). Spoil they did...with the Bengals defeating the Ravens, 31-27, and to do it with less than one minute left. The Bengals were driving, and faced with a 4th and 12 from the Ravens 49 (they would have had to punt, and down three points, you have no choice but to go for it, since a field goal attempt from there is 67 yards - or 3 more than the NFL record). Andy Dalton found Tyler Boyd, who took that pass 49 yards, giving the Bengals a 30-27 lead. All the Bengals had to do was hit the point after, and take a four point lead with 44 seconds left. Granted, Baltimore still had all three of their timeouts, but it was all for naught. A Titans loss or a Bills loss would have put the Ravens in, but neither of those happened (more on each game momentarily). At the half, Baltimore was trailing 17-10, but the scoreboard didn't show the reality. Baltimore was outgained 268-61 at the break. Cincinnati had 16 first downs versus Baltimore's two at that point.

In Detroit, the Packers (sans Rodgers) coughed up the ball three times in the first half, allowing the Lions to take control of the game in the first half. After the teams traded field goals, it was all Detroit. The Lions led at the break, 20-3, and they didn't let up in the second half. The Packers kicked off to start the game, only to surprise the Lions by recovering an onside kick. It didn't bear fruit for the Pack though, and the Pack took their first losing season in almost ten years. Late in the game, Detroit decided to go for two after a touchdown, only for Matthew Stafford (Lions QB) to receive the pass, and they converted it. On the defensive side for the Lions, Ezekiel Ansah went back-to-back weeks with at least three sacks.

In Indianapolis, the Colts ended their losing streak by defeating the Texans, 22-13. For Houston, it wasn't pretty, as they do not have any draft picks until the third round, and while both teams were 4-12, the Colts have a little more on their side (outside of that long losing streak), since they have draft picks in those first two rounds. The Colts were trying to get Frank Gore to 1,000 yards on the ground, but he fell just short, only getting 100 of the 139 needed.

In Miami, the Bills came into this game needing a little help and a win to make the postseason for the first time in 17 years. They got all the help they needed, defeating the Dolphins, 22-16, combined with the Ravens loss to the Bengals (see above). The Dolphins didn't help themselves, with Jarvis Landry, Kenyan Drake, and Jake Brendel all getting pink slips from the game with only 6½ minutes remaining. Just before that fight, the Bills looked to take a fumble recovery 98 yards, only to have it overturned on review. Jay Cutler played the first three snaps, then Miami put their backup in, who had completed only two passes in his career. He bumped that total to 31 after this game.

In Minnesota, the Vikings made a case of possibly being the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home turf, defeating the Bears, 23-10. With the Eagles holding the tiebreaker, the best/worst the Vikings could do was the #2 seed. It was the second season with 13 wins in franchise history. The other was their 15-1 season nearly 20 years ago.

In Foxborough, the Jets had nothing to play for, and they showed it, by allowing the Patriots to walk all over them, 26-6. Brady tied Brett Favre with his 13th win playing at or above the age of 40, and Bill Belichick tied Tom Landry with his 250th win. Other than the milestones, there isn't much in this game to talk about.

In New Jersey (the Giants and Jets play there...NOT in New York), the Giants started out strong, going up 12-0 on two touchdowns, one of which was on the second play of the game. After Washington kicked off, the first play on the ground saw Orleans Darkwa go 75 yards to take a 6-0 lead (the point after was missed). For Kirk Cousins, while he may not be back in Maryland (the Redskins play in Landover) next season, he had a game to forget, throwing three interceptions. Cousins did get his third straight 4,000 yard passing season.

In Philadelphia, our own Dizart is an angry person, considering the only score came late in the game. Granted, as Philly gained the top seed last week, they rested a lot of their starters, but Dak Prescott would not be denied. He threw a touchdown pass to Brice Butler in the fourth quarter, breaking up a scoreless tie. Dan Bailey did something he doesn't do often...miss the point after try. This was the first game to go to the break scoreless since Week 14 some six years ago. Nick Foles played the first 15 minutes and threw a pick, while Nate Sudfeld (Philly's 3rd stringer) played the other 45 minutes, and threw far better than Foles. Maybe they ought to go with Sudfeld in the playoffs? Had it not been for a holding penalty on the Eagles on a third down incompletion, this game may have gone to overtime scoreless, as Bailey also missed a 23 yard chip shot field goal with under a minute left in the game.

In Tampa, the Saints needed a win to take their division's crown or a Carolina loss (which the latter happened - see above). The Saints and Buccaneers played close the whole way, with Tampa taking the final score with nine seconds left, defeating the Saints, 31-24. Alvin Kamara was hot in this game, taking a kickoff six yards deep in his own end zone and going coast to coast...106 yards later, getting six points on the board. While Jameis Winston had 363 yards in the air and a touchdown on the ground, he also got picked off three times. For the Saints, they were the first team in NFL history to have 1500 yards from scrimmage and ten total touchdowns on the ground, thanks to Kamara and Mark Ingram both being powerhouses in that regard.

In Nashville, the Titans had to win for get some loss help to get in, and they got both, as the Ravens lost, and they won, 15-10, over the Jaguars. The Jaguars were guaranteed the #3 seed with the win last week, so the game was really meaningless for them, but they did not want to go into the postseason on a losing streak (they had not lost back to back games until these final two weeks). Ryan Succop went three for three on field goals, but missed his only point after try.

In Denver, the Chiefs decided to start their backup instead of their starter, since they could do no worse or better than the #4 seed. After the Chiefs took a 24-10 lead, Andy Reid took him out, and put in his 3rd stringer. With the Broncos coming back, Reid went back to his backup, so the backup quarterback started his first career game, and also came into the game in relief. The Chiefs won on a last second field goal, 27-24.

In Los Angeles, the Chargers had a chance of making the postseason, even starting 0-4. Philip Rivers threw for 387 yards and three scores, but with Tennessee's win (above), they fell just short. He also became just the ninth quarterback to pass for 50,000 yards. On the Raiders' side, Jack Del Rio was the one to announce his own firing, as ownership felt that after 14 losing seasons in the last 15 years, it was time for a change. The Rams, however, were already in the postseason, win or lose, but they decided to make Garoppolo look good, with the 49ers defeating the Rams, 34-13. I know, as the Rams could not get a first round bye, they decided to rest their big guns. Garoppolo, though, ended San Francisco's season at 6-10 after they started 0-8, winning their final five games with Garoppolo under center. Will this be a sign for the Niners to keep him and build on that? Would love to hear LeoDaVinci's take on it.

Finally, in Seattle, the Seahawks were looking for a win and an Atlanta loss to "backdoor" into the playoffs. Phil Dawson had other ideas. Arizona may have had two scores on the ground, but Dawson's two point after kicks and four field goals denied Seattle a ticket to the postseason, with the Cardinals defeting the Seahawks, 26-24, however, Seattle made it interesting, as Blair Walsh came on with just over 30 seconds left to kick a go-ahead field goal. He missed wide from 48. Russell Wilson threw the most touchdown passes this season, with 34, and he was clutch, as 19 of those 34 were in the fourth quarter.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 10-6 this year, as they nearly played to a scoreless regulation. He's 8-8 picking his new "home" team, as they fell behind early and couldn't climb out of the hole. LeoDaVinci is 7-7 picking his favorite team, as he failed to pick. Dizart is also 7-9 picking his loathed team...and if you want to know their record, just reverse these numbers...LOL! He's not happy that the top NFC seed lost at home to them, but as his team has paid 73.78% of luxury taxes to MLB since 2003, and his baseball team's ownership will sue MLB if a salary cap is even thought about. NFL has had a hard salary cap for 24 years (as this post is in 2018), and are required to spend over 87% of the cap.

Just a reminder: if you only pick one underdog, you are ineligible for bonus points, and I know exactly how many are picked.

Any inactive tippers who tip and are below 2nd last, their score will jump to 2nd last, however, if they are above 2nd last, they will not lose points to fall to 2nd last (or the lowest active tipper)

Time to hand the baton to the postseason organizer on the road to the Super Bowl.

Until next season, everyone, score a touchdown! (...and kick a P.A.T. too!)
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If the spread is PK the favorite for the tipping comp will be the team on the left, on that page.


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Edited by gtho4 (Sat Mar 17 2018 09:51 AM)
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