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#1213659 - Tue Dec 04 2018 09:52 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
Champion Poster

Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia




Week 13
Thu 29th Nov
17 of 18 players lodged tips:
10-13
26-16
24-10
30-16
20-17
13-29
00-06
17-21
27-30
33-30
17-24
40-33
22-26
10-24
16-43
13-28
2
8
13
17
shocked
16
2
15
1
4
2
15
17
17
15
14
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
Baltimore Ravens
at Atlanta Falcons
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Chicago Bears at New York Giants (in OT)
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kansas City Chiefs
at Oakland Raiders
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
wwe84 ozzz2002





wwe84 ElfTwinkle

Sypher

gtho4 Howie72





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Tipping Comp Standings

position points
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TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-4 srini701 121 9 130 5 - 3
1 2 1-17 gtho4 s 119 10 130 2 1 4
3 2 1-4 toocool4u 119 9 128 3 1 3
3 5 2-9 PaulE 117 11 128 2 - 1
5 2 1-10 Mustang 119 8 127 2 - 2
6 6 1-6 Daaanieeel 115 10 125 1 - 1
6 8 6-14 Howie72 s 113 11 125 1 1 2
8 6 1-13 Dizart 115 9 124 2 - 1
9 8 1-9 Sypher s 113 9 123 2 - 1
9 8 7-15 paper_aero 113 10 123 - - 0
11 12 11-18 dg_dave 109 9 118 1 - 1
11 15 7-17 ElfTwinkle s 106 11 118 1 1 3
11 11 7-16 gillyharold 111 d7 118 - - 1
14 13 8-17 N-Bomb 108 9 117 1 2 3
14 13 7-16 George95 108 9 117 - - 0
16 15 1-18 LeoDaVinci 106 9 115 3 1 1
17 18 1-18 wwe84 ss 104 8 114 2 2 3
18 17 3-18 ozzz2002 s 105 7 113 2 5 7
late starters 113**
---158----
weekly winners 136 11 147
wooden spoons 72 7 79
default . 7 .
on the road 68 6 74
at home 108 10 118
perfect picks 176 16 192
favorites 119 9 128
upsets 37r 56 7 63 40r
bonus points 30 7 37

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

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Weekly Leader

1. +1 Daaanieeel LeoDaVinci wwe84
srini701 toocool4u Dizart
2. +1 srini701
3. +1 srini701 Sypher
4. +2 srini701
5. +1 toocool4u
6. +1 srini701
7. +1 Mustang
8. +2 Mustang
9. +3 Mustang
10 +2 Mustang
11 +2 Mustang
12 +2 srini701
13 +2 srini701 gtho4
14 +
15 +
16 +
17 +



We were all over the spectrum this week...with several bonuses going out, two of those to the dismay of one of ours, but had three where we all hit paydirt, and a fourth that we all tipped to win, but lost (more on that game in a bit).

Some games were all defense, while others primarily were offensive, and another rewrote the NFL history books (as if we haven't done that a LOT this season!)...so...

On to the games:

In Arlington, Texas, the Zeke and Dak show got started early, but defense was the story of the day. Drew Brees and the Saints got nowhere in the first half, getting shut out for the entire 30 minutes, with Brees throwing for only 39 yards, his lowest as a Saint. The Saints came back in the third, but still trailed, 13-10. In the fourth, Dak decided to play keep away, which kept Brees and the Saints offense on the sidelines. His style of play worked, as he was able to scramble for an 11 yard gain, and later, get a pass to Cole Beasley on 3rd and 5 for those five yards. With just over two minutes to go though, Brees and the Saints had the ball again...with Dizart hoping and praying for a Saints touchdown, as they still trailed by three. Just after the two minute warning, Dizart got highly irate as Brees threw his third interception of the season, which allowed the Cowboys to run the clock out and defend home turf, 13-10. The Saints had a total of 176 yards on the day, and Brees only threw for 127.

In Atlanta, a defense was very strong, as they held the opponent to 131 yards on the day...the last time that happened for said team was literally last century, when they were held to 105 yards in December 1999. Starting again for the injured Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson had only 125 yards in the air himself, but he also gained 75 on the ground, as the Ravens ended up with 366 total yards, meaning the Falcons were the ones held to 131, however, Ryan passed for 131, so did that mean the Falcons had anything rushing? Yes, but the yards they had on the ground was also the number of yards Ryan was sacked in the three sacks he took...34. Baltimore held the ball for 39½ minutes, outgained the Falcons by over 200, yet the scoreline at the end looked closer than the game really went, due to the fact that Lamar Jackson lost a fumble and Atlanta's defense took that fumble for a touchdown. The Ravens won, 26-16, but the Falcons didn't look like a team that scored 16.

In Cincinnati, Philip Lindsay may be small (all of 5'8"), but he packs a punch, as he ran for a career-best 157 yards and a pair of scores, and while Case Keenum didn't do much otherwise, the Bengals are becoming more the Bungles, as they lost their sixth game in the last seven, falling to the Broncos this time, 24-10, and the Bengals' 4-1 start has seen them fall to 5-7 with just the four games to go.

In Detroit, Todd Gurley got back in form (if you recall in that shootout two weeks ago, he did not score at all), by running for 132 yards and two scores, allowing the Rams to retake the NFC lead after the Saints loss to the dismay of Dizart to the Cowboys. As for a defensive player, Ndamukong Suh was back in Detroit after a couple of years, but this time, was on the opposite end of the ball. For Brandin Cooks, he became the first player in NFL history to catch for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons for three different teams (2015/16 in New Orleans, 2017 in New England, and 2018 in Los Angeles). When all was said and done, the Rams came out as NFC West champions, and are almost assured of a first round bye (as are probably the Saints), defeating the Lions, 30-16.

In Green Bay, a coach lost his job after what happened in this one...but before I say who, let's get to the highlights. Larry Fitzgerald, who tied Jerry Rice this week for most catches with one team (Rice played for the 49ers, Seahawks, and Raiders), with his 1,281st catch. Aaron Rodgers set a new Packer record for most completions without an interception with his 295th completion, knocking off Bart Starr, who got 294 more than 50 years ago. While the game itself was actually back-and-forth, as the teams traded touchdowns, then traded field goals, then traded touchdowns again, and at the 5½ minute mark of the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 17. On Arizona's ensuing drive, they started at their 25 on a touchback, and thnigs looked bleak when Josh Rosen got sacked, then Mason Cole fumbled the ball (Arizona recovered). A penalty backed the Cardinals up to their own 12, and they were facing a 3rd and 23. The catch I mentioned earlier happened here, as Larry Fitzgerald took the Josh Rosen pass for a 32 yard gain, giving Arizona new life. Rosen was able to get the Cardinals downfield enough for Zane Gonzalez to boot one from 44 yards to give the Cardinals a 20-17 lead with 1:41 to play. Could Rodgers either get the win or force overtime? Rodgers did get downfield enough for Mason Crosby to attempt a tying field goal from 49, but Crosby's kick sailed wide, and the Cardinals escaped Lambeau Field with a 20-17 win, knocking the stuffing out of us tipping, but also cost Mike McCarthy his job, as he was sacked (yes, in this case, fired) about an hour after the game.

In Houston, Baker Mayfield probably wishes he'd played better in the first half, as the Texans (already on an eight game win streak - after starting 0-3) jumped out to a 23-0 lead and picked off Mayfield three times, one of which went for a score. Mayfield played better in the second half, and for the game, threw for 397 yards, but those picks were too much and the Texans extended their NFL record win streak after starting 0-3 to nine with the win over the Browns, who saw their two game win streak snapped, 29-13.

In Jacksonville, both teams were streaking, but in opposite directions (Indianapolis had won five in a row and Jacksonville had lost seven in a row)...so would Luck's luck continue both streaks, or would his luck run out? Turns out, Jacksonville's defense came out when they needed to most. While Luck did throw for 252, he couldn't get it into the end zone, and the Colts made three different attempts on fourth down to go for it instead of going for field goals, as they were within field goal range not once, not twice, but three times. Sunday was not their day to play the lottery, as they came up empty, not just there, but also on the scoreboard. Jacksonville won this one on two field goals of their own, culminating in a 6-0 win, and while it wasn't pretty, a win is a win. The last time the Jags shut anyone out at home...the Jets in 2006.

In Miami, things looked bleak for Miami when they only gained 175 yards all game long, meaning Buffalo has a decent defense, right? Only problem is that Buffalo made mistakes of their own...missing a punt catch, giving the Dolphins a very short field to work with, and then a taunting penalty, which gave Miami 15 more yards without doing a thing, so even though Buffalo gained 415 on the Miami defense, they came up short (in more ways than one, as they had a call go against them at the Miami 6 yard line also), losing to the Dolphins, 21-17.

In New Jersey, things looked well for the Giants in this one, as they took a 14-10 halftime deficit and turned it into a 27-14 lead after three on a pair of touchdown passes, one from Eli Manning and the other from Odell Beckham, but the Bears were not about to let their five game win streak get snapped that easily. Even only getting a field goal and cutting the deficit to seven, the Giants answered with a field goal of their own to take a 27-17 lead with less than two minutes to play. Would that stop Da Bears? Nope, as their field goal kicker nailed a 44 yard field goal to cut the lead back to seven with 1:13 left. The Bears tried for the onside kick and got it because Beckham wasn't paying attention. They then took it down the field and with :03 left, their halfback threw a touchdown pass to send the game to overtime. The Giants got the ball first and had to settle for a field goal, giving the Bears a chance (in the NFL, overtime formerly was sudden death, but changed a few years ago to if a field goal is kicked, the other team gets a chance...if a safety or touchdown is scored, the game ends). The Giants got them to fourth down and the Bears converted, giving them new life, but again, the Giants forced fourth down. The Bears were out to get the win (I'm guessing their kicker couldn't hit from 58), but Chase Daniel's pass was incomplete, giving the Giants a needed 30-27 win over the Bears, and still snapping the Bears' five game win streak. What did Sypher know here that the rest of us didn't???

In Pittsburgh, NFL history was rewritten here as well, but before we get to that, some other highlights: Big Ben started off well, but the story of the first half was James Conner, who scored two touchdowns early to give Pittsburgh a quick 13-0 lead (the second PAT was missed), but Rivers came back with a touchdown drive of his own, cutting the Steelers lead to 13-7. The Steelers decided that they'd had enough and scored the next ten to take a commanding 23-7 lead at the break. The Steelers thought they had it won, as they came in 174-0-1 when leading by 16 or more at home at halftime...but that didn't stop Rivers from trying. Even though the Steelers got the ball first in the second half, they couldn't get much going, so punted the ball away, then Rivers pulled a drive that took eight minutes off the clock and the ensuing two point conversion got the Chargers within one possession, trailing 23-15. Pittsburgh started again, but after getting Antonio Brown for two eight yard gains, the floor fell out from under them, as the Steelers got called for holding, setting them back 10 yards, then Big Ben got sacked for 10 more, putting the Steelers at 3rd and 29. Big Ben hit Vance McDonald, but McDonald could only get 5 yards, setting up 4th down. Pittsburgh punted, and then must have lost track of who had the ball, as Desmond King started at his own 27 and went to the house. With Rivers only having to come out for the two pointer, they caught the Steelers and tied the game at 23. The Steelers then went three-and-out, giving Rivers the ball once again, and he orchestrated a drive that took the Chargers to the end zone and a 30-23 lead. Pittsburgh finally got their act together and answered the Chargers's previous touchdown, knotting the game up at 30-all, but Pittsburgh would not get the ball again, as Rivers drove the Chargers down to the Steelers' 21 yard line with :03 left. This is where things got interesting...Michael Badgley came on to kick a game winning 39 yard field goal, but the Steelers were offside, so it didn't count, and the Chargers would attempt again. On the second chance, Pittsburgh blocked the kick, so overtime, right? Wrong...offside again! Third time's the charm then, right? Um...yes and no, as Badgley's kick from 29 went through, but Pittsburgh's #25 was offside for the third time, so what do the Chargers do? Decline that penalty, of course! The Chargers shocked the Steelers, 33-30, and Philip Rivers became the second quarterback in NFL history to win after trailing by 16 for the 7th time (Peyton Manning also did).

In Tampa, Jameis Winston regained the starting role after Fitzpatrick threw four interceptions a couple of weeks ago, and he showed the Tampa coaching staff why he should stay as such. Winston threw for two scores and 249 yards, but it was Cam Newton that was the difference maker this week...throwing four picks of his own, and three of them were caught by the same player. Those picks were too much for Cam and company to overcome, and the Panthers have now lost five in a row, losing this week to the Buccaneers, 24-17.

In Oakland, the Chiefs (9-2) and the Raiders (2-9) played a shootout, even though their records didn't reflect that...as both Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes threw for three or more scores each. Both teams also lost fumbles, and while Kansas City's offense may be great, their defense will be their downfall come playoff time. They allowed the Raiders 442 yards in this one, and gave up 28 first downs. The Chiefs did pull out the win, however, 40-33.

In Nashville, the Jets started off strong, and actually had a 16 point lead in the third quarter, and even after three, were leading 22-13, but it isn't always how you start, but how you finish. Marcus Mariota threw for only 62 yards in the first half, but came back with 220 in the second half. Mariota took the Titans down the field and took a 26-22 lead with :39 left, after trailing by 16 (the other game was above). The Jets had a chance to win, but Josh McCown threw a pick at the worst time...giving the Titans that 26-22 win.

In Foxborough, milestones and records were the story of this day, as Bill Belichick won his 250th game as the Patriots head coach, and Tom Brady threw his 579th touchdown pass (career all-time, including playoffs), and in December alone, Brady is 59-11, and Belichick 65-13, setting another NFL record for most wins by a coach and player. Kirk Cousins kept the Vikings in it for the majority of the first three quarters, as the Patriots only held a 17-10 advantage after three, but Cousins does what Cousins did in Landover, and fell flat in the fourth. The Patriots came away with a 24-10 win over the Vikings, improving to 9-3 overall (8-1 in their last nine), and guaranteeing a winning record for the 18th straight season. I'm sure Dizart wants them to do that three more years to knock off the NFL record of 20, set by Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys (pre-Jerry Jones days, when the Cowboys were actually a well run team with a good owner and a different general manager).

In Seattle, Russell Wilson made NFL history of his own, as he had three touchdown passes after four attempted passes (yes, you read that correctly - four passes and three touchdowns). They started tracking this statistic in 1991, and the previous low for attempts and touchdown passes was six. While Nick Mullins did throw for 414, his team couldn't get it into the end zone like the Seahawks did. The 49ers offense did slash the Seahawk defense for 452 total yards, so that means Seattle does have some work to do if they want to make a deep playoff run. What hurt the 49ers was three turnovers and also a kickoff return of 84 yards to give the Seahawks a very short field to punch in a score. Another drive of the 49ers got deep into Seahawk territory, but Mullins threw a pick at the Seahawk 2 and the Seahawks took that one 98 yards for a pick-six. The Seahawks destroyed the 49ers to the dismay of LeoDaVinci, 43-16.

And finally, in Philadelphia, it was almost déjà vu for the Redskins, as Colt McCoy started in the place of the injured Alex Smith, but his start wouldn't last long, as he took a sack early in the second quarter, and possibly broke his leg in a similar (albeit not as severe) fashion as Smith did, leaving third string quarterback Mark Sanchez as the Redskins's lone quarterback. His first drive under center, and Adrian Peterson took the play from his own 10 to the house, giving Washington their only lead of the game at 10-7. It was all Philly after that, but Wentz did throw an interception of his own late in the game, but by then, Philadelphia had a 28-13 lead, so it was a moot pick. Philadelphia went on to win by that same score.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 4-8 after their defense put the clamps on Brees. He's 7-5 picking his new "home" team, as they couldn't play catch-up. LeoDaVinci is also 6-4 on his favorite team, as he knew Wilson wouldn't lose. Dizart is 5-7 against his hated team...and all you have to do is look for the record of the team owned by Jerry Jones and reverse it to see how he has done!

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)

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

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Edited by dg_dave (Mon Dec 17 2018 04:31 PM)
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#1214195 - Sun Dec 09 2018 09:34 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Would have picked the Titans, but was busy with three sick kids. However, I think I made up for it when only Greg and I picked the Niners...
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#1214214 - Mon Dec 10 2018 09:59 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Posts: 22326
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As well give the Rentboys the Lombardi Trophy now, they get more luck than the other 31 teams put together

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#1214225 - Mon Dec 10 2018 11:15 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Originally Posted By: yankROID fan
As well give the Rentboys [sic] the Lombardi Trophy now, they get more luck than the other 31 teams put together


Sounds like Major League Baseball and the yankROIDs.

I saw the replay, and that last play in overtime was per NFL rules.


Edited by dg_dave (Thu Dec 13 2018 10:31 AM)
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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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#1214270 - Mon Dec 10 2018 10:24 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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How about that crazy play by the Dolphins?!
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#1214277 - Mon Dec 10 2018 10:45 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Originally Posted By: LeoDaVinci
How about that crazy play by the Dolphins?!


It's going to be in the wrap.
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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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#1214287 - Tue Dec 11 2018 12:45 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Another late night, and getting sleepy...so will finish in the morning.
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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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#1214327 - Tue Dec 11 2018 10:25 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia




Week 14
Thu 6th Dec
17 of 18 players lodged tips:
09-30
27-23
06-15
20-26
20-34
24-21
24-27
33-34
28-14
40-16
21-26
14-20
17-03
23-29
21-24
07-21
14
4
2
12
15
1
16
4
16
10
16
2
8
12
1
13
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
at Buffalo Bills
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts
at Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs (in OT)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
New Orleans Saints
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Chargers
Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions
at Arizona Cardinals
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
wwe84 ozzz2002

ozzz2002 N-Bomb


wwe84





ozzz2002 LeoDaVinci


ozzz2002
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Tipping Comp Standings

position points
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TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-4 srini701 130 10 140 5 - 3
2 1 1-17 gtho4 130 9 139 2 1 4
3 3 2-9 PaulE 128 9 137 2 - 1
4 3 1-4 toocool4u 128 8 136 3 1 3
4 6 1-6 Daaanieeel 125 11 136 2 - 1
6 5 1-10 Mustang 127 8 135 2 - 2
6 6 6-14 Howie72 125 9 134 1 1 2
8 9 1-9 Sypher 123 9 132 2 - 1
9 8 1-13 Dizart 124 7 131 2 - 1
9 9 7-15 paper_aero 123 8 131 - - 0
11 14 8-17 N-Bomb s 117 11 129 2 2 4
12 18 3-18 ozzz2002 sss 113 11 127 3 5 10
13 11 11-18 dg_dave 118 8 126 1 - 1
13 14 7-16 George95 117 9 126 - - 0
15 16 1-18 LeoDaVinci s 115 8 124 3 1 2
15 11 7-16 gillyharold 118 d6 124 - - 1
17 11 7-17 ElfTwinkle 118 5 123 1 2 3
18 17 1-18 wwe84 s 114 6 121 2 2 4
late starters 121**
---146----
weekly winners 147 11 158
wooden spoons 79 5 84
default . 6 .
on the road 74 5 79
at home 118 11 129
perfect picks 192 16 208
favorites 128 8 136
upsets 40r 63 8 71 43r
bonus points 37 6 43

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

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Weekly Leader

1. + 1 Daaanieeel Dizart LeoDaVinci
srini701 toocool4u wwe84
2. + 1 srini701
3. + 1 srini701 Sypher
4. + 2 srini701
5. + 1 toocool4u
6. + 1 srini701
7. + 1 Mustang
8. + 2 Mustang
9. + 3 Mustang
10 + 2 Mustang
11 + 2 Mustang
12 + 2 srini701
13 + 2 srini701 gtho4
14 + 1 srini701
15 +
16 +
17 +



We were all over the spectrum this week...with several bonuses going out again. One game made a tipper very angry, and he showed it in a post above.

Some games were all defense, while others primarily were offensive, and another rewrote the NFL history books (as if we haven't done that a LOT this season!).

We had a wild one this week and a few ho-hum games...so...

On to the games:

In Nashville on Thursday, another NFL record was tied, as the Titans were backed up on their own 1 yard line, meaning a loss of one yard would give the Jaguars two points for a safety, and prior to that play, the Jaguars had already had one, so the chances of a second in the same game (already slim) could have happened, but Derrick Henry had other ideas. Mariota took the snap, and while they called for a QB sneak, Henry took it instead and ran 99 yards for a score, tying Tony Dorsett of the Cowboys (who had his in January 1983), but Jacksonville's defense fell apart again, and the Titans beat up on the Jaguars, 30-9.

In Buffalo, Sam Darnold was back under center for the Jets, and the Jets needed it, even though Buffalo coughed up the ball three times. It was a battle of rookies, as both were drafted in the top ten last spring, but Darnold outplayed Josh Allen, as Allen threw two picks and lost a fumble. The second pick was the costly one, as the Jets were up 27-23 and Buffalo driving. The Jets had just taken the lead a mere 18 seconds earlier, with 1:17 to play. The Jets' Trumaine Johnson had his own idea, and caught Allen's pass at the Buffalo 45 yard line to allow Darnold to run the clock out, and the Jets beat the Bills, 27-23.

In Chicago, defense was the story of the day, as Jared Goff was off, throwing four interceptions, and Mitchell Trubisky didn't fare much better with three of his own, and the teams went to the break tied at 6 apiece. Early in the third, the Rams got the ball first, but were held back by a penalty, then Todd Gurley II was stopped for a loss, pushing the Rams back to their own 8 yard line. On the next play, Chicago took the lead with an 8 yard sack (it was closer to 12 yards, but only the 8 on the field count), and got the ball on a free kick, now leading 8-6. Later in the period, an offensive lineman checked in as an eligible receiver (how they can, I am not sure), and he caught the only touchdown pass of the game, being the first Bears lineman to catch a touchdown pass since 2007. The Bears defeated the Rams by the score of 15-6.

In Cleveland, who would have thought the Browns would win four games this season...especially after winning a grand total of one the past two combined? The Panthers came to town figuring their four game win streak was already over. Baker Mayfield and the Browns had other ideas. Who would reign supreme? That's coming up. Some of the numbers would say that Carolina had no issues, as they had more first downs (22-12), more yards (393-348), and fewer turnovers (2-1). Cam Newton also caught Peyton Manning as both passed for over 3,000 yards in their first eight seasons. When the dust settled, it was Baker Mayfield who got the last laugh, as the Browns won their fifth game this season, and for their interim coach, his third win (as many as Hue Jackson had in his tenure), as the Panthers lost to the Browns, 26-20.

In Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers hit the record books again, and Aaron Jones scored again to help the Packers try to turn their season around, but Matt Ryan and the Falcons were also on a long losing skid. Rodgers outdueled Ryan in the first half, as the Packers raced to a 20-7 lead. The Pack got two more scores in the third, but the Falcons soared back into the game with two scores of their own, however, it was too little too late, and the Packers defeated the Falcons, 34-20.

In Houston, T.Y. Hilton has always felt comfort playing in Houston, and this one was no different. Hilton was playing in Houston for the eighth time, and in four of those contests, he'd topped 100 yards, with three of those four topping not just 150, but 175. This one turned out the same, as Hilton went for 199 of Luck's 399 yards (~50%), so his status in Houston is never in doubt. Houston had a 7-0 lead before giving up 17 to the Colts, then had to play from behind. Each time Houston scored, Indianapolis answered, and the Colts snapped the Texans' winning streak at nine, ending that NFL record, 24-21.

In Kansas City, while Patrick Mahomes still is a rookie, he's not playing like one. He became only the third quarterback in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards and have 40 touchdown passes in his freshman or sophomore season (Dan Marino and Kurt Warner were the other two - nope, not even Tom Brady is on that list). The Ravens kept up with Mahomes and never let the Chiefs run away with it, as after three quarters, the game was tied at 17. The Ravens thought they had the game won with 4:04 left, but Mahomes and the Chiefs had other plans. With just under a minute to go, the Chiefs tied it back up at 24. A few plays later, Lamar Jackson had a costly fumble, and the Chiefs had a chance to win. As regulation expired, Harrison Butker's kick sailed wide, sending the game to overtime. Kansas City struck first, and only got three, so Baltimore had a chance to tie or go for the win. The Ravens were able to get into Chief territory, but a holding penalty set them back, and a sack put them further back. In comes RGIII, who hasn't played in awhile himself, and he threw two incomplete passes, giving the Chiefs the win in overtime, 27-24.

In Miami, it isn't how you start, but how you finish. The Patriots and Dolphins actually went back and forth in this one, as Miami held a 7-6 lead after one, the Patriots held a 27-21 lead at the break, and Miami had a 28-27 lead after three. New England just couldn't shake them...even in the fourth quarter, as Gostkowski hit two field goals to give the Patriots a 33-28 lead...the latter field goal with a mere :16 left. The Patriots figured they'd finally solved the Miami puzzle, even though both Brady and Tannehill threw for three scores each. At the 33-28 mark, Tannehill only had two...so where did this third one come in? It was a play compliments of the Boise State Broncos...from the Miami 31 yard line, Tannehill passed to a Kenny Stills, who took it to the 45, then lateraled to DeVante Parker up to the 48, who then lateraled to Kenyan Drake, who took it to the house. It was the longest touchdown pass with no time left on the clock in NFL history, and the Dolphins shocked the Patriots, 34-33.

In Tampa, this game was a game of halves. Tampa scored early and often, but fell flat in the second half. The Buccaneers held a 14-3 lead at the break, but it was all New Orleans after that, as Drew Brees pulled all the stops and the Saints scored 25 in the second half. Winston did well about not giving up the ball, until 59:59 had played in the game, when he threw a pick. The Saints avenged their Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, 28-14, winning the NFC South.

In Landover, Maryland, the third string quarterback got benched for a fourth stringer (remember, both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy have broken legs, so are out), and neither had played since 2015, but Josh Johnson made the most of his debut, by getting two scores, but by the time the Redskins scored, it was 40-0 to the Giants. Saquon Barkley, who had 38 yards in New Jersey, slashed the Redskins defense for 170 yards and a score. The Redskins lost their fourth in a row, 40-16.

In Los Angeles, Philip Rivers was almost thinking about next week, because of implications (they play Kansas City), and while Cincinnati may be without their main quarterback, their backup kept up pretty well. Had a play not been overturned, the score would have been closer than it really was. Both teams were close in first downs (19-17, Bengals) and yards (295-288, Cincinnati), but Michael Badgley's foot was the difference, as he had four field goals, one of which went for a Chargers record 59 yards, and the Chargers beat the Bengals, 26-21. The overturned play...a quarterback sneak that was stopped just short of the goal line.

In San Francisco, George Kittle almost made NFL history, and it showed, because San Francisco was up 20-0 at the half, on Kittle's 210 receiving yards, four short of the NFL record for any tight end. The only problem...he only had one target in the second half, as Denver clamped down on him, so he ended up missing that record by four yards. Case Keenum finally got the ball rolling in the second half, but it was too little too late, as the 49ers defeated the Broncos to the delight of LeoDaVinci, 20-14.

In Glendale, Arizona, rookies usually make rookie mistakes, and this game was no different. Josh Rosen threw a pass to one of his receivers, but a Lion defender read the play like a book, because he'd seen it too many times before. Larry Fitzgerald set a new NFL record for most catches with one team, and Detroit had not won in Arizona since 1993, but Arizona's mistakes proved to be too much, and the Lions beat the Cardinals, 17-3.

In Arlington, Texas, both quarterbacks threw for three scores, and both of them did it late in the game, as neither team did much on offense in the first half, as the Cowboys only led 6-0 at the break. Dak Prescott threw two picks and lost a fumble, but he made up for those, even after Carson Wentz tied the game with 1:39 remaining in regulation. Dallas couldn't convert with that amount of time left, so the game went to overtime tied at 23. Dallas got the ball first, and the only way a game ends in overtime is a touchdown or a safety before the other team has a chance. My guess is especially after the Cowboys took 8:55 in overtime to win the game, 29-23, on Amari Cooper's third touchdown reception, that Dizart looked at the highlights, and found a couple of controversial calls, explaining why his rant two posts above. Early in the game, a Cowboys fumble was challenged, and while the referee stated the Cowboys fumbled, he also stated there was no clear recovery by the Eagles, so the Eagles were down a timeout. The final play might be the other, where Amari Cooper had to pick up the ball after an Eagle defender tipped it, but Cooper ran in untouched.

In Oakland, Big Ben went down for a bit early in the second half with a rib injury, and while Oakland couldn't capitalize early, it was late heroics that helped. Chris Boswell came in to try to send the game to overtime, but he slipped and couldn't get the kick off, and the Steelers have not won in Oakland with Big Ben starting, as the Raiders won for the first time in several weeks, 24-21. Another thing that hurt the Steelers was their running game, as James Conner was out due to an ankle injury.

And finally, in Seattle, this game started off slow, as through three quarters, Seattle only held a 3-0 lead on a sole Janikowski field goal. Just under two minutes into the fourth, he hit another, to make it 6-0. Minnesota took the next possession to the Seattle 1, but could not punch it in, and turned it over on downs there. Seattle got one yard before punting, and Minnesota had a short field because of it. Enter Dan Bailey, who is pretty good at hitting field goals, because Minnesota couldn't get much done offensively. Bailey's 47 yarder was blocked, and unlike in Pittsburgh last week, no one was offside. The game was still 6-0 with 5½ to play. Would it be a bore the rest of the way? Nope, as Seattle came alive all of a sudden, or Minnesota's defense got tired. It took Seattle less than three minutes to score the game's first touchdown, and Seattle now led 14-0 on a converted 2pt try. Seattle kicked off, and Kirk Cousins's first pass fell incomplete. On the next play, Seattle's Jacob Martin strip sacked Cousins, and Justin Coleman picked up the ball, taking it back to the Minnesota house for another score. Minnesota would get on the board, though, as their next drive got them into the end zone. They tried for an onside kick, but Seattle recovered, and they defeated the Vikings, 21-7.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 4-9 after Cooper surprised. He's 7-6 picking his new "home" team, as they couldn't play catch-up. LeoDaVinci is also 7-4 on his favorite team, as he and ozzz2002 knew something the rest of us didn't. Dizart is 5-8 against his hated team...and all you have to do is look for the record of the team owned by Jerry Jones and reverse it to see how he has done! He hates them even more this week, as he feels the referees coddle them, but the umpires always coddle yankROIDs and no one else complains.

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)

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


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Edited by dg_dave (Mon Dec 17 2018 04:32 PM)
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#1214791 - Sun Dec 16 2018 06:24 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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I guarantee we have a shocked LeoDaVinci!
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Originally Posted By: fan of roided up players
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Edited by dg_dave (Mon Dec 17 2018 04:32 PM)
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Week 15
Thu 13th Dec
18 of 18 players lodged tips:
29-28
29-22
17-16
14-40
12-20
13-14
17-24
16-30
00-23
16-13
17-41
17-00
23-26
10-17
30-23
12-09
2
17
3
18
17
8
15
14
7
2
16
7
2
3
shocked
18
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
Houston Texans at New York Jets
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals
Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts
Washington Redskins
at Jacksonville Jaguars
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
Tennessee Titans
at New York Giants
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
Philadelphia Eagles
at Los Angeles Rams
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Mustang ElfTwinkle








PaulE Dizart


ozzz2002 wwe84



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Tipping Comp Standings

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1 1 1-4 srini701 140 9 149 5 - 3
2 3 2-9 PaulE s 137 10 148 2 - 2
3 2 1-17 gtho4 139 7 146 2 1 4
3 4 1-4 toocool4u 136 10 146 3 1 3
5 6 1-10 Mustang s 135 8 144 2 - 3
5 4 1-6 Daaanieeel 136 8 144 2 - 1
7 9 1-13 Dizart s 131 10 142 2 - 2
8 9 7-15 paper_aero 131 10 141 - - 0
9 11 8-17 N-Bomb 129 11 140 3 2 4
9 8 1-9 Sypher 132 8 140 2 - 1
9 6 6-14 Howie72 134 6 140 1 2 2
12 12 3-18 ozzz2002 s 127 7 135 3 5 11
13 13 11-18 dg_dave 126 8 134 1 - 1
14 17 7-17 ElfTwinkle s 123 9 133 1 2 4
14 13 7-16 George95 126 7 133 - - 0
16 15 1-18 LeoDaVinci 124 8 132 3 1 2
17 15 7-17 gillyharold 124 6 130 - 1 1
18 18 1-18 wwe84 s 121 7 128 2 2 5
late starters 128**
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weekly winners 158 11 169
wooden spoons 84 6 90
default . 6 .
on the road 79 7 86
at home 129 9 138
perfect picks 208 16 224
favorites 136 10 146
upsets 43r 71 6 77 49r
bonus points 43 6 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

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Weekly Leader

1. + 1 Daaanieeel Dizart LeoDaVinci
srini701 toocool4u wwe84
2. + 1 srini701
3. + 1 srini701 Sypher
4. + 2 srini701
5. + 1 toocool4u
6. + 1 srini701
7. + 1 Mustang
8. + 2 Mustang
9. + 3 Mustang
10 + 2 Mustang
11 + 2 Mustang
12 + 2 srini701
13 + 2 srini701 gtho4
14 + 1 srini701
15 + 1 srini701
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Scores were close in our comp, as from first to worst was only five points.

Six bonuses went out to the pairs who got games correct...and no one had multiples.

Thursday night's game was a surprise, as was Sunday night's, plus a big surprise Monday night...so...

On to the games:

In Kansas City on Thursday, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs were going against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Each team was already at 10 wins on the season...so would it be a shootout like the other Los Angeles team had? From an offensive standpoint, not as much, as neither team had 500 yards in offense (the teams combined for 701). After 15 minutes, the Chiefs were already ahead 14-0, so did that mean the Chargers would fall two games back in the division? Well...read on of you want to find out. wink The teams then traded touchdowns over the second, third, and first half of the fourth quarter, as Kansas City still had that 14 point lead with 8:15 to go. If you remember last week, Rivers was down 16 and won, so could he do it again? After taking 4½ minutes off the clock, the Chargers got to within 28-21 on Justin Jackson's touchdown run (the only touchdown to this point not scored by Mike Williams of the Chargers). After a KC three-and-out, Rivers had the ball again. Starting at his own 40, he had to take the Chargers 60 yards to get the game even. At the two minute warning, the Chargers had moved to the Chief 39 yard line (only 21 yards - all on one play of 31 yards, as the Chargers were called for holding), so still had their work cut out for them, and the Chiefs forced fourth down. With no alternative, Rivers went for it and hit Travis Benjamin for 26 yards, taking it to the 10. With :13 left, Kansas City made a huge mistake and got called for defensive pass interference in the end zone, giving the Chargers first down at the 1. With four seconds left, Rivers hit Mike Williams for his third score of the game, and now the Chargers had a decision to make, trailing 28-27. Go for one and force overtime or go for two? The Chargers went with the latter because they didn't want Mahomes having the ball again. Who does Rivers get it to? No one but Mike Williams. It's like last week with the Dolphins...not how you start, but how you finish. The Chargers held the lead for all of :04 of game clock, but it was the last :04, and the Chargers beat Kansas City, 29-28. The last time a team won on a 2 point conversion was in Week 15 some 16 years ago.

In New Jersey on Saturday, Houston was trying to return to the win column after their nine game win streak was snapped. Sam Darnold had a great game, going 24/38 for 253 and two scores, but DeShaun Watson went 22/28 for 294 and two scores also. What was the difference maker in this one, then, as both quarterbacks threw for two scores? It was actually the Texans' receiving corps, specifically DeAndre Hopkins, who caught both of Watson's scores, and the Jets kept it close all game long, but in the end, Houston came out on top, 29-22, behind those scores to Hopkins, with the second one being the game winner.

In Denver, Cleveland came into town having not won since before their "hiatus" time (which you can read about here), and they suspended after the 1995 season, so it had been quite awhile. The last time the Browns won multiple games on the road was four years ago, so the cards were stacked against Cleveland, plus having a rookie quarterback and running back does not help. This Browns team is different though, as they've compiled five wins this season, and came in with a 3-2 record under their interim coach. Nick Chubb started the game with a 40 yard run, so this "laughingstock" of a team might actually make some noise? At the break, the teams had traded touchdowns and field goals, so we were knotted up at 10 each. Denver then scored a field goal, but Cleveland responded with a touchdown, giving them a 17-13 lead. Denver got another field goal to get the score to within one at 17-16. Cleveland then had a chance to take the lead to eight, as they got the ball back. Just after the two minute warning, Cleveland decided to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking a field goal. They fell short, and Denver had a chance to win, with 1:49 remaining, but out of timeouts and starting at their own 12 yard line. They got to midfield with :43 still on the clock, but a fourth down play. Case Keenum took a sack, ending Denver's chance, and the Browns won in Denver for the first time in almost 30 years.

In Atlanta, the Falcons were mired in a five game losing skid, and were looking flat, but then along came Jones...not Julio in this case, but Deion Jones, although Julio did have something to do with the game also. By the half, both Deion Jones and Julio Jones had touchdown scores (Julio on a Matt Ryan pass, and Deion on a Josh Rosen pass), and the Falcons led 26-7 at the break. The Cardinals didn't fare much better in the second half, but they did get another score, but by then, it was too little too late, as Atlanta was already sitting on 40 points. The Falcons crushed the Cardinals in this one, 40-14.

In Baltimore, even though Joe Flacco was healthy again, Lamar Jackson was given the start, and he delivered, both with his arm and with his legs. Jackson threw for 131 and ran for 95, and Tampa had no answers for him, not even the rain that made the field a soggy mess, and the Ravens kept pace with the Steelers (below), beating the Buccaneers, 20-12.

In Buffalo, it was rookie versus veteran in this one. Matt Stafford had to get a new "go-to" guy, as his top two receivers were both out. He found that in Kenny Golladay, which had 146 yards, and after three quarters, Detroit had a 13-7 lead, but would have been more, had Matt Prater not missed a 48 yard field goal already trailing 14-13, and also missing a PAT due to a bad snap. With 10½ left, Detroit had plenty of chances, but failed to capitalize, and the Bills defeated the Lions, 14-13, although offensive numbers were almost even, with the Lions gaining 313 for the game and the Bills 312.

In Chicago, revenge was the story of the day, as Green Bay came to town after Chicago lost a heartbreaker in the first week at Lambeau Field. All Chicago had to do was win to take the division, and hope for a Minnesota win (below) for the Packers to be eliminated from the postseason, plus Green Bay was 9-1 in their last ten against Chicago. Before I say what happened, some highlights: Mitchell Trubisky threw two touchdown passes, and Jordan Howard ran for another. Aaron Rodgers was decent as well, throwing for 274 yards in the air and a 2 point conversion; he did not throw a touchdown pass, as Green Bay's Mason Crosby hit three field goals. With the score at 24-14 late in the fourth, Rodgers was riding a streak of completions without an interception, but with 3:14 left, Rodgers' pass went into the wrong hands, ending his streak at 402. Did that stop Rodgers? No, because he was able to get the ball back and take it down the field for Crosby's third field goal, albeit with only :11 left on the clock. On the ensuing kickoff, Chicago recovered, and the Packers lost a close one (in more ways than one) to the Bears, 24-17. Chicago outgained Green Bay by only six yards, Rodgers had 39 more yards than Trubisky, and the Bears only outran the Packers by nine, plus the time of possession was only :46 in favor of Chicago at 30:23-29:37), so the score could have been closer, or the game could have gone to overtime.

In Cincinnati, the Bengals had been on the bad end of several games, coming in with a five game losing skid of their own. Joe Mixon was not about to let his team get their sixth loss, especially with the lowly Raiders in town. Cincinnati got started early and had a 20-7 lead at the break. Oakland scored the only points in the third quarter, closing the gap to 20-13, but could get no closer, as the Bengals didn't bungle this one, defeating the Raiders, 30-16, however, some good came from Oakland, in the fact that Derek Carr now holds the franchise record for most completions without an interception.

In Indianapolis, Marlon Mack was the story of the day, as he set new career highs against a Dallas run defense that was ranked third in the league, much to the dismay of Dizart...he hates when the Cowboys do well in something (so that means he hates the Oklahoma State University as well as all of these teams and these people...what did they do to you? Guess he thinks they are the Oklahoma State Rentboys? Wyoming Rentboys?) Back to Mack...he gained 139 yards on the ground, and when all was said and done, the Colts had their first shutout in four years and the Cowboys posted their first shutout in 15, losing at the hands of the Colts, 23-0.

In Jacksonville, would the fourth time be the charm for the Redskins...as in the last four weeks, they've started four different quarterbacks (Alex Smith - broken leg, Colt McCoy - broken leg, Mark Sanchez - turnover king, and now Josh Johnson). Johnson was only starting his sixth game in his career (he came in 0-5). The teams traded field goals, and at the end of the first half, the Jaguars struck paydirt, taking a Washington punt from their own 26 to the house, and taking a 10-3 lead at the break. After trading field goals once again, Josh Johnson got the Redskins back in it with a touchdown pass (so far, the only one in the game) to tie the game at 13 with just under six minutes to go. About three minutes later, Cody Kessler made a mistake, and a Redskin defender caught his pass. Jacksonville burned all their timeouts to stop the clock to try to get the ball back, but Washington had ideas of their own. With 1:05 to go and Jacksonville unable to stop the clock, they ran a play on the ground to keep the clock running. With :22 left, the Redskins called for time, instead of spiking the ball, even though it was first down. They then took a victory formation and Johnson took a knee. Another timeout was called with :04 left to bring in Dustin Hopkins to win from 36 out, as the game was still tied at 13-all. Hopkins came out, and his kick sailed through, giving the Redskins their first win since Smith went down, 16-13, over the Jaguars, with the latter being a seven point favorite. Jacksonville was held to 192 yards, while the Redskins only fared slightly better at 245.

In Minneapolis, the Vikings started off quickly, racing to a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. What goes up must come down, because after three quarters, the Dolphins had sliced the lead to 24-17. They would get no closer, as Minnesota scored the next 17, en route to a 41-17 drubbing of the Dolphins. Minnesota wasn't without mistakes, as Cousins did throw another pick-six.

In New Jersey on Sunday, Derrick Henry was the difference maker in this one, as he pulled a Saquon Barkley from a few weeks ago, as Henry ran for 170 yards and two scores. Eli couldn't get anything going, nor could the aforementioned Saquon Barkley. The GIants did like the Cowboys above, and were shut out for the first time all season, and the Titans pitched their first shutout since December 2000. In an odd turn of events, the Titans were hit with a 15 yard penalty on consecutive delay of game penalties.

In San Francisco, a big surprise happened here, and since there are posts above about it, we all know how the gane ended score-wise, but how they got there...that's coming now. After getting slaughtered in Seattle two weeks ago by 27, San Francisco was looking for some revenge, as they had not beaten Seattle in nine straight games. There were a lot of long drives or scoring plays, as the 49ers were downed at their own 1 yard line and their own 2 yard line, plus they took a punt return from their own 3 yard line straight to the house. After three quarters of play, the Niners led, 20-17, but early in the fourth, Seattle got that field goal to tie it at 20. After trading field goals again, San Francisco had a three and out, giving Russell Wilson the ball back with just under 4½ to play. They had their own three and out, but was in five plays, as third down had to play three times, due to a penalty each way. Seattle punted, giving Nick Mullens 2:37 to get downfield enough to win with a field goal. About a minute later, Seattle had the ball again. They were able to get 12 yards before punting again, and with only :11 on the clock, Mullens said "forget it, let's go to overtime" by taking a knee. In overtime, Seattle got the ball first, and another three and out, giving San Francisco a chance to win, no matter the score, as Seattle had already held possession in the extra session. A pass interference penalty proved costly, as it gave the 49ers new life. On the ensuing play, the 49ers took it down inside field goal range, and a couple of plays later, Robbie Gould kicked one from 36, giving the 49ers a shocking win over the Seahawks, 26-23.

In Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger had not fared well against Tom Brady...even at home. Brady had only lost twice to the Steelers since 2001, when he started as quarterback. The Patriots came in on a five game win streak over the Steelers. Both quarterbacks threw interceptions, with Big Ben throwing two. Pittsburgh also had issues with the running back position, as James Conner was ruled out for the second straight game. Could the Steelers rise to the challenge and beat Brady, or would the monkey stay on Big Ben's back? Before we get to that...some highlights otherwise: Jaylen Samuels came in, usually as a tight end, but played as the back because Le'Veon Bell never showed to play, and Conner's ankle was giving him fits. Samuels rose to the challenge himself, as he ran for 142 yards while catching for 30 more, but the Brady-Gronk combo usually was too much. Pittsburgh solved that puzzle, by double and triple teaming Gronk, and he only had two catches for 21 yards. One downside for the Steelers was their kicker, Chris Boswell, who missed a 32 yard field goal early in the second half, which would have put the Steelers ahead, 17-7. It allowed Brady to try to comeback, and he almost did, even with Boswell's make from 48 game the Steelers a 17-10 advantage with just under three minutes to go. Brady got down the field enough to get in scoring position, but his pass to Edelman was off the mark, and the Steelers escaped with that 17-10 win, holding onto the division lead, but barely, as Baltimore won (above).

In Los Angeles, Nick Foles started in place of the injured Carson Wentz, and dèjá vu, Philadelphia was playing the Rams again in Los Angeles, after doing so last year...and again, after a Wentz injury. Would the same thing happen this year in the line of an Eagles win, or would the Rams exact revenge? Nick Foles had been in this situation before, and if everyone remembers, Foles led the Eagles to the Super Bowl and defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots, so he knew he could come up big in a game with major repercussions. At the break, the score was tied at 13. Philadelphia turned it on in the third, scoring the next 17 points to take a 30-13 lead with 15 minutes to play, but Los Angeles was not done. They scored the next ten to get back to within 30-23, and were driving again right after a missed field goal from Jake Elliott. Starting at their own 43 and with 68 seconds left, Jared Goff got down to the Philly 18 yard line and his pass to Josh Reynolds missed the mark, and the Eagles pulled off a 30-23 win, after being underdogs by two touchdowns.

And finally, in Charlotte, a couple of plays will be talked about for quite awhile...both happening in the fourth quarter, but before we get to that, some other highlights: Carolina got on the board first on a trick play...a 50 yard strike on fourth down from Christian McCaffrey, who had taken a handoff from Cam Newton. It was McCaffrey's first NFL pass, and it counted for a lot. It was the first time that the Panthers had a running back or wide receiver throw a touchdown pass in franchise history (the franchise began in 1993, but did not play their first game until the 1995 season). At the half, it was more a defensive game than an offensive one, as the Panthers led, 7-6, on two Will Lutz field goals. In the fourth, Alvin Kamara punched it into the end zone, but the ensuing two point conversion was odd, as Drew Brees was looking for Michael Thomas, but Donte Jackson had ideas of his own, and took that play from the 2 all the way the other way, giving New Orleans a 12-9 advantage, so yes, the defense can score on a PAT, although it is very rare. Just after the two minute warning, and the Saints driving, Tommylee Lewis fumbled the ball just before the end zone, and because the ball went out of bounds behind the "0 yard line", the call was a touchback, giving Carolina the ball on their own 20 (it is only from the 25 on a kickoff). Carolina couldn't get the ball beyond midfield, and the Saints won for the first time in over 20 years scoring 12 or fewer points, defeating the Panthers, 12-9.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 4-10 after the Colts squashed them. He's 7-7 picking his new "home" team, as no one was expecting them to do much with a fourth-stringer. LeoDaVinci is also 7-5 on his favorite team, but he was happy about the result. Dizart is 6-8 against his hated team...and all you have to do is look for the record of the team owned by Jerry Jones and reverse it to see how he has done!

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)

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


Spreads for each week are found here: http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_point_spreads.shtml or here: https://fantasydata.com/nfl-stats/point-spreads-and-odds (the second is only used if the first is not updated).
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 dg_dave (Mon Dec 17 2018 11:17 PM)
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#1215523 - Tue Dec 25 2018 01:33 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
Champion Poster

Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia




Week 16
Sat 22nd Dec
18 of 18 players lodged tips:
27-28
22-10
17-07
16-25
24-10
18-26
20-27
27-09
12-24
44-38
30-32
31-09
14-09
28-31
31-38
14-27
18
2
3
17
11
15
17
18
18
11
10
18
14
17
5
4
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
Baltimore Ravens
at Los Angeles Chargers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons
at Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Minnesota Vikings
at Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
at New York Jets (in OT)
Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Rams
at Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

wwe84 LeoDaVinci




You get one guess on who missed this game









.198

Tipping Comp Standings

position points
----- ----- ----------
TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-4 srini701 149 12 161 5 - 3
2 2 2-9 PaulE 148 10 158 2 - 2
3 3 1-4 toocool4u 146 12 158 3 1 3
4 5 1-10 Mustang 144 11 155 2 - 3
4 5 1-6 Daaanieeel 144 11 155 2 - 1
4 3 1-17 gtho4 146 9 155 2 2 4
4 9 4-14 Howie72 b 140 14 155 2 2 3
8 7 1-13 Dizart 142 10 152 2 - 2
8 9 1-9 Sypher 140 12 152 2 - 1
8 8 7-15 paper_aero 141 11 152 - - 0
11 9 8-17 N-Bomb 140 11 151 3 2 4
12 14 7-17 ElfTwinkle b 133 14 148 2 2 5
13 16 1-18 LeoDaVinci s 132 11 144 3 1 3
13 12 3-18 ozzz2002 135 9 144 3 6 11
13 13 11-18 dg_dave 134 10 144 1 - 1
13 17 7-17 gillyharold b 130 13 144 - 1 2
17 14 7-17 George95 133 9 142 - 1 0
18 18 1-18 wwe84 s 128 9 138 2 3 6
late starters 138**
---198----
weekly winners 169 14 183
wooden spoons 90 9 99
default . 9 .
on the road 86 7 93
at home 138 9 147
perfect picks 224 16 240
favorites 146 10 156
upsets 49r 77 6 83 52r
bonus points 49 5 54

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 Daaanieeel Dizart LeoDaVinci
srini701 toocool4u wwe84
2. + 1 srini701
3. + 1 srini701 Sypher
4. + 2 srini701
5. + 1 toocool4u
6. + 1 srini701
7. + 1 Mustang
8. + 2 Mustang
9. + 3 Mustang
10 + 2 Mustang
11 + 2 Mustang
12 + 2 srini701
13 + 2 srini701 gtho4
14 + 1 srini701
15 + 1 srini701
16 + 3 srini701
17 +



A very high scoring group this week, as 9 is the Wooden Spoon score, so we all got at least 56.25% correct...well done to all!

Barring a major setback, srini701 will take the gold next week, while PaulE and toocool4u will fight for the silver and bronze. The following four, only thre points back, could fly onto the podium, so stay tuned!

We had a few games go back and forth, while others started off slow then roared back, yet others were blowouts...so...

On to the games:

In Indianapolis, this game started out one way but ended far differently than imagined. After 15 minutes, the Giants held a 14-0 lead on a couple of touchdowns, one from Saquon Barkley on the ground and from Eli Manning to Scott Simonson. After the first half, the Colts got a touchdown to answer New York's field goal, giving the Giants a 17-7 lead at the break. One quarter later, the two teams traded touchdowns, but Marlon Mack got one more before the quarter ended, so the Colts cut the lead to 24-21 with 15 minutes to go. In the fourth, the Giants got another field goal from Aldrick Rosas, but with only a 27-21 lead, a touchdown and PAT would give the Colts the lead...and with just under a minute to go, that exact thing happened. The Colts coach, Frank Reich, called for a run play, but as Luck had seen the defensive setup, he changed the play to a pass play, which threw the Giants defense off, and the pass came down into Chester Rogers's hands, and Rogers took it straight to the house, giving the Colts that one point lead, at 28-27. Eli had a chance to take it downfield to give Rosas a chance to kick a game winning field goal, but Malik Hooper had other plans and the Colts held on to defeat the Giants, 28-27.

In Los Angeles, it was rookie versus veteran in this one, as Philip Rivers was taking on Lamar Jackson in a Saturday night showdown. With the Chargers at 11-3 and the Ravens at 8-6, you'd expect a Chargers win, right? Before you answer that, remember Jackson hasn't lost since he took over for Joe Flacco. Both defenses ran the first half, as the Ravens only held a 6-3 advantage, but in the third, Baltimore put the clamps on Rivers right after losing the lead early in the quarter, then answered with a touchdown of their own, retaking the lead. With the miscues of the Chargers, plus Rivers was getting swarmed, the Ravens took out the Chargers, 22-10.

In Miami, Blake Bortles was given a second chance with the Jaguars after Cody Kessler absorbed five sacks and hurt his throwing shoulder. After one quarter, the Jaguars and Dolphins traded touchdowns. In both the second and third quarters, the defenses were on fire, as neither team was able to score. In the fourth, the Jaguars took the lead on a field goal, and as Ryan Tannehill was marching the Dolphins down the field, Telvin Smith got in fron to fhte intended target and took the interception to the house, giving the Jaguars a 17-7 lead. For Miami, it was a must-win game to make the postseason, but the Jaguars played spoiler and defeated the Dolphins, 17-7.

In Nashville, this game started as ususal with Marcus Mariota getting the start, but just before the first half ended, so did Tennessee's hopes...or did it? Mariota got injured and it forced the Titans to lean on Blaine Gabbert, plus the Titans had been 0-7 when Mariota got injured in a game. The Redskins led 10-9 at the break, so the game was close. The Redskins added a field goal in the third, and after three, led 13-9, but Gabbert got his act together in the fourth quarter and got the Titans ahead with a touchdown, giving the Titans a 16-13 lead. With 1:17 to go and the Redskins driving, Josh Johnson threw a costly pick, and to make matters worse, he threw another one (this time for six) as time expired, giving the Titans a much needed 25-16 win to get back into the postseason.

In Charlotte, the Falcons came to town sans Devonta Freeman, but it didn't matter, as Cam Newton was out because of an injured shoulder. The teams traded touchdowns in the first and field goals in the second, to end the half knotted at 10 each. The Falcons turned on the after burners in the third, scoring twice while holding Carolina in check, and the Falcons beat the Panthers, 24-10.

In Cleveland, Hue Jackson came back to Cleveland after his sacking earlier this season to a lot of boos, mainly because he is Cincinnati's defensive coordinator now. The interim coach has gone 4-2 since Jackson's firing, and was looking for another win here. The Browns started off strong, racing out to a 16-0 lead after 30 minutes (of which all 16 points came in the second quarter, so Jackson's defense held them in check the first 15 minutes). Just like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott two seasons ago in Dallas, Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb have meshed well together in each of their rookie seasons, with Mayfield throwing 24 touchdowns over the season (three more and he sets another new NFL record - held currently by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson). In the third quarter, the Browns scored yet again, giving them a 23-0 lead, but things got interesting in the fourth quarter. Jeff Driskel got two touchdown passes of his own, and the Bengals actually outscored the Browns 18-3 in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late, and the Browns defeated the Bengals, 26-18, also setting several things of note: the first time since 2002 that the Browns swept the Bengals, the second time since 2007 that the Browns won seven games in a season, and first time since 2011 that the Browns will not be at the bottom of the AFC North.

In Arlington, Texas, the Buccaneers came to town, hoping to upend the celebrations for another week, as if everyone remembers, the Colts shut out the Cowboys to the delight of Dizart, who cannot seem to spell cowboy correctly...and why does he call Roy Rogers "the singing cowgirl"? The Buccaneers scored first, but the Cowboys answered the Bucs field goal with a touchdown, and a 7-3 lead. On the Bucs next possession, they got down to the Dallas 31 yard line before coughing up the ball, and the Cowboys recovered by taking it to the house. At the end of the first half, the Cowboys only led 17-14. Dallas then turned it on in the third, scoring ten unanswered points to take a 27-13 lead, but in the fourth, Tampa got a touchdown back, but could get no further, and Dallas clinched the NFC East, making Dizart very angry, as the Cowboys defeated the Buccaneers, 27-20.

In Detroit, the Vikings started off slow, as they only gained five yards of offense in the first quarter, although Detroit only held a 3-0 lead. In the second, it was more of the same until after the two minute warning, with Detroit leading 9-0. Kirk Cousins heaved a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half, capping off a 14 point surge in that final 92 seconds. In the second half, it wouldn't get better for Detroit, but did for Minnesota, as they extended their lead to 17-9 after three and scored ten more in the fourth, to take a 27-9 win out of Detroit and keep their playoff hopes alive.

In Foxborough, in an odd turn of events, the Patriots were actually rooting for the Eagles (more on that game momentarily) to win, because they were playing the Texans and want that second bye. Julian Edelman helped the cause on a fluke play...with the Patriots facing fourth down, Tom Brady got the ball to Edelman, but Edelman got rolled up, however, because the defenders were underneath him, Edelman never touched the ground, meaning the ball was still live, and Edelman took it to the house, giving the Patriots a 21-6 lead at this stage. The Bills got a touchdown back, but was too little too late, as the Patriots clinched their tenth straight AFC East title (setting a new NFL record), defeating the Bills, 24-12.

In New Jersey, this one was odd in a way of sorts, but the dust didn't settle after 60 minutes of play, even with the Packers trailing by 15 with 15 minutes to play. The Jets started out well, and had a lead of 7-0 after one quarter, 21-17 at the break, and 35-20 after three. Aaron Rodgers will not go down easily, and the Jets learned that the hard way. They allowed Rodgers to get into the end zone not once, but twice in that fourth quarter. On the second touchdown by Rodgers on the ground, the Packers went for two to go ahead by three, forcing the Jets to kick a field goal to tie the game. Rodgers's pass to Jimmy Graham was intercepted and taken back for a score, however, a flag came out, nullifying the two points for the Jets on a hold. Rodgers took it in himself from the 1, because a two point conversion still starts from the 2, unlike a PAT, which is snapped from the 15 yard line now, and with the penalty, went half the distance to the goal. The Jets did get that field goal to send the game to overtime, tied up at 38. The Packers won the coin toss, and started down the field. The Jets made a mistake with a pass interference penalty, moving the Packers from their own 40 to the Jet 27. After another run play, there were offsetting penalties. On the next play, the Packers got inside the 10, but then Rodgers almost had his third touchdown run, but negated, because of a hold. It didn't matter, because instead of running for the score, Rodgers threw for one to Davante Adams, and the Packers walked off with a 44-38 victory.

In Philadelphia, DeShaun Watsion accounted for four touchdowns, as did Rodgers above (and in the same fashion - two on the ground and two in the air), but the result was quite different. Nick Foles had four scores of his own, and while this game was feast or famine for the Texans (they scored only in the second and fourth quarters), the Eagles scored in all four quarters, with their last one being the game winner...a field goal from Jake Elliott, giving the Eagles a 32-30 win over the Houston Texans. Nick Foles threw for 471 yards, setting a new Philadelphia franchise record, and Zach Ertz set a new NFL record for most receptions by a tight end.

In Glendale, Arizona, the surprise of the day was the Gurley story...he was slated to play, but in the pregame warmups, the coaching staff decided that he would not play. As backup, the Rams signed CJ Anderson, who had played for the Broncos in the past. Turns out, it was a good time for them to do so. Arizona gave up 269 yards on the ground, of which Anderson got 167 of those. The Rams were all over the place, and blasted the Cardinals, 31-9, but of note, Larry Fitzgerald did something he had never done in 15 years as an NFL player...he threw Arizona's lone touchdown.

In San Francisco, defense was the story of this game, as neither team really did much offensively, and while it wasn't pretty, the 49ers had a 9-7 lead at the break. Chicago got a touchdown in the third, giving them a 14-9 lead through three, but things got interesting in the fourth. With Chicago driving, Mitchell Trubisky went for a slide, but a Niner player hit Trubisky, and some Chicago players took offense, forcing several out of the game on ejections. Allen Robinson almost made a costly mistake after the two minute warning, running and not taking a tackle to allow Trubisky to run out the clock. San Francisco was able to tip the ball out and recover the fumble, but Nick Mullens made a mistake of his own, by throwing deep into coverage, and that interception allowed Chicago to run out the clock and take that 14-9 win over San Francisco. If the Bears win next week and the Rams lose, the Rams will be playing the 6 seed, so Chicago has a lot to play for next week.

In New Orleans, this one went back and forth pretty much from wire to wire, because it was 7-3 to the Saints after one, then 17-14 Saints at the break. By the end of the third, Pittsburgh took a 28-24 lead, but the Saints had time for one more of their own. With the Steelers driving, the Saints defense forced a fumble, getting the ball back, but Pittsburgh answered that turnver with a blocked field goal, keeping the score at 28-24. Pittsburgh missed on a fourth down attempt, and that's when Drew Brees struck. He hit Michael Thomas for a two yard score, but the referees originally called Thomas down at the one, but upon review, noticed the ball had crossed the plane, securing the touchdown, giving the Saints a 31-28 lead with just under 90 seconds to play. Pittsburgh started down the field again, and got into field goal range, but Juju Smith-Schuster coughed the ball up, and New Orleans recovered, allowing Drew Brees to run out the clock, giving them the 1 seed in the NFC (as the Rams cannot overtake them - the Saints beat the Rams earlier in the season), and the Saints won over the Steelers, 31-28.

In Seattle, this one actually went back and forth for the most part, as Seattle scored first with a touchdown, but Kansas City answered with a field goal. Kansas City then scored a touchdown early in the second quarter, then Seattle punted after a three-and-out, but Kansas City gave the ball right back with a fumble, and Seattle took advantage, scoring another touchdown. Before the first half ended, the Chiefs coughed the ball up again, but as it was so late in the second quarter (the clock was <:15 left), Seattle only took a knee to end the half, but led, 14-10. Seattle came back after the break and outscored the Chiefs 10-7, to take a 24-17 lead into the fourth. Both teams traded a touchdown (KC went for two and got it), and Seattle got a second, while Kansas City got two field goals. It wasn't enough, as after Harrison Butker's second field goal, the Chiefs tried for the onside kick, but Butker's bloop went out of bounds, giving the Seahawks the ball and allowed them to run oout the clock, clinching a wild card berth, and defeated the Chiefs, 38-31. The Chiefs loss kept the Chargers division hopes alive, as the Chargers can win and hope for a Chiefs loss to take the 1 seed (neither Houston nor New England can pass either the Chiefs or the Chargers).

And finally, in Oakland, the possibility I will be mentioning the Raiders playing elsewhere is high, as the Raiders are not leased to the Oakland Coliseum next year, but will definitely be in Las Vegas come 2020. Regarding the game, the Oakland faithful showed up in droves, hoping for a win. Oakland started the scoring and by halftime, had raced out to a 17-0 lead. The Raiders have only shut out the opposition three times in their last 90 games in the first half, and all three are against the Broncos, also having been this game, plus the last two meetings between the teams. The Broncos got on the board in the third quarter, but it was just too little too late, as Oakland outscored Denver 10-7 in the fourth, and the Raiders defeated the Broncos, 27-14. For the Broncos, their running back could break an NFL record next week, as he is only 68 yards short of the undrafted rookie record of 1105 yards, set by Dominic Rhodes (who went to Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas, which was my high school alma mater).

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 5-10 after they took care of business. He's 7-8 picking his new "home" team, as he was hoping that Johnson could do it again. LeoDaVinci is also 8-5 on his favorite team, although it was probably closer than he expected. Dizart is 6-9 against his hated team...and all you have to do is look for the record of the team owned by Jerry Jones and reverse it to see how he has done! He's already rooting for Seattle.

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)

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


Spreads for each week are found here: http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_point_spreads.shtml or here: https://fantasydata.com/nfl-stats/point-spreads-and-odds (the second is only used if the first is not updated).
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 dg_dave (Tue Dec 25 2018 01:34 AM)
_________________________
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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#1216039 - Sun Dec 30 2018 10:44 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
Champion Poster

Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Due to just getting back from Virginia Beach and I have to work early, the final numbers will be up tomorrow night. The postseason thread should be up not too far from the same time...wish me luck scoring that one, y'all!
_________________________
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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#1216050 - Mon Dec 31 2018 01:18 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
srini701 Offline
Forum Champion

Registered: Wed Jan 04 2006
Posts: 9993
Loc: Hyderabad India           
Originally Posted By: dg_dave
Due to just getting back from Virginia Beach and I have to work early, the final numbers will be up tomorrow night. The postseason thread should be up not too far from the same time...wish me luck scoring that one, y'all!


If you can get me a win there too, I will wish you all the very best in scoring wink

Wishing you a very happy New Year in advance and a great 2019 though...
_________________________
"Don't use a lot where a little will do" -- Proverb

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#1216104 - Mon Dec 31 2018 09:12 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
Champion Poster

Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia
Originally Posted By: srini701
If you can get me a win there too, I will wish you all the very best in scoring wink


I'll say toocool4u will keep you on your toes, srini...still putting the post together...
_________________________
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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#1216112 - Mon Dec 31 2018 10:16 PM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
dg_dave Offline
Champion Poster

Registered: Sun Oct 05 2003
Posts: 23829
Loc: near Stafford, Virginia




Week 17
Sun 30th Dec
18 of 18 players lodged tips:
24-26
17-42
31-00
03-20
03-35
24-10
03-38
33-14
36-35
13-16
34-32
33-17
24-00
23-09
32-48
24-27
15
14
shocked
16
17
6
18
2
7
17
13
11
18
16
18
18
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Detroit Lions
at Green Bay Packers
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Chicago Bears
at Minnesota Vikings
New York Jets at New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers
at New Orleans Saints
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
Atlanta Falcons
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks







ozzz2002 N-Bomb








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FINAL Tipping Comp Standings

position points
----- ----- ----------
TW LW hi-lo LW pts TW
----- ----- -----------hf ws tbp
1 1 1-4 srini701 161 12 173 5 - 3
2 3 1-4 toocool4u b 158 13 172 4 1 4
3 2 2-9 PaulE 158 11 169 2 - 2
4 4 1-6 Daaanieeel 155 12 167 2 - 1
5 4 1-10 Mustang 155 11 166 2 - 3
5 4 1-17 gtho4 155 11 166 2 2 4
7 8 1-13 Dizart 152 12 164 2 - 2
7 4 4-14 Howie72 155 *9 164 2 2 3
7 8 7-15 paper_aero 152 12 164 - - 0
10 11 8-17 N-Bomb s 151 11 163 3 2 5
10 8 1-10 Sypher 152 11 163 2 - 1
12 13 1-18 LeoDaVinci b 144 13 158 4 1 4
13 12 7-17 ElfTwinkle 148 9 157 2 3 5
14 13 11-18 dg_dave 144 12 156 1 - 1
14 17 7-17 George95 b 142 13 156 1 1 1
14 13 7-17 gillyharold 144 12 156 - 1 2
17 13 3-18 ozzz2002 s 144 10 155 3 6 12
18 18 1-18 wwe84 138 11 149 2 3 6
late starters n/a**
---206----
weekly winners 183 13 196
wooden spoons 99 9 108
default . 9 .
on the road 93 8 101
at home 147 8 155
perfect picks 240 16 256
favorites 156 9 165
upsets 52r 83 7 90 59r
bonus points 54 5 59

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 Daaanieeel Dizart LeoDaVinci
srini701 toocool4u wwe84
2. + 1 srini701
3. + 1 srini701 Sypher
4. + 2 srini701
5. + 1 toocool4u
6. + 1 srini701
7. + 1 Mustang
8. + 2 Mustang
9. + 3 Mustang
10 + 2 Mustang
11 + 2 Mustang
12 + 2 srini701
13 + 2 srini701 gtho4
14 + 1 srini701
15 + 1 srini701
16 + 3 srini701
17 + 1 srini701



The NFL season has come to a close, and for some coaches, not on good terms. Our comp came out very close, as srini701 nips a surging toocool4u to win this by one point!

Until last week, George95 had zeroes across the board...zero wins, zero Spoons, and zero bonus points. In the final two weeks, he plugged all three holes.

A very high scoring group this week, as 9 is the Wooden Spoon score yet again, so we all got at least 56.25% correct...well done to all! Had ElfTwinkle gotten one more, everyone would have scored ten!

We had eight go Spoonless all season, so will have to look and see (on six of them - as Daaanieeel started this season, and dg_dave's mention is in the FT Hall of Fame - now sitting at 91 weeks and counting, or three weeks shy of the NFL record of 94 weeks, held by ozfei) when their last Spoon was. I believe there is another that is in the FT Hall for that as well, but will have to research.

We had a few games go back and forth, while others started off slow then roared back, yet others were blowouts...so...

On to the games:

In Baltimore, the Ravens knew a win put them in...but with a surgung Browns team, would it happen easily? Baker Mayfield tried his best, throwing for 376 yards and three scores, but Baltimore had the right moves at the right time early, going ahead 20-7 at the half. Cleveland stormed back and only trailed by two with under 3½ to play. Hoping for a stop, Cleveland had a chance for a winning season for the first time in 11 years, and knocking the stuffing out of Baltimore (Steelers fans were rooting for Cleveland - an intra-division rival). The Browns got the stop at the two minute warning, forcing the Ravens to punt. The Browns started at their own 26, and had a couple of plays get reviewed, because they were close, plus the booth reviews all close plays in the final two minutes of both halves. Both calls were confirmed, and that got the ball to the Ravens 39 yard line. After three straight incompletions, Cleveland decided to go for it on fourth down instead of attempting a 58 yard field goal. Mayfield threw it to the wrong side, and Baltimore escaped with the win, taking the AFC North crown, and keeping Cleveland from having a winning season, 26-24. [Comp organizer note: by the 2020 NFL season - I predict that the Browns will be in the postseason - look at what they did in just one year...go from 0-16 to 7-8-1.]

In Buffalo, it was the Josh Allen show this week, but the Dolphins weren't happy about it, as he torched the 'Fins for five scores, three in the air and two more on the ground. Miami wasn't much, outside of a two minute span, and Buffalo showed them up quite handily, defeating the Dolphins, 45-17, and for Kyle Williams, a defensive player, the team allowed him one offensive play, and he made the most of it, catching his first and last pass thrown to him.

In Green Bay, this one was not Aaron Rodgers's fault, but the Lions did it to him, knocking his helmet off his head on the second play from scrimmage, and then ultimately departing early in the second quarter. Green Bay's backup didn't fare too well, and it showed, as Detroit did all the scoring in this one, and even kicker Matt Prater got in the fun with a touchdown pass of his own on a fake field goal, and the Lions shut out the Packers at Lambeau, 31-0.

In Houston, a surprise turnaround for the Texans as they started 0-3, and looked poised to have another bad season (Watson and Watt's injuries last season did not help, and the Texans went 4-12), but a nine game win streak gave them a lot, and then played even the last four weeks to end this season at 11-5, The Texans also became the first team to go to the postseason after starting 0-3. Having DeShaun Watson as a quarterback, plus a defensive unit spearheaded by JJ Watt helps. Watt is one season short of tying an NFL record...15+ sacks on the season (Reggie White has five). The Texans were all over Bortles in this one, and the Texans held the Jaguars to a measly field goal, winning at home, 20-3.

In Kansas City, Patrick Mahomes concluded his rookie season with a statistic that only one other quarterback has pulled off...5,000 yards and 50 touchdown passes in the same season (nope, not Drew Brees, who has five seasons with 5,000 yards or more passing, but Peyton Manning - although Manning did not do it in his rookie season). The Chiefs were all over the Raiders, and blasted them 35-3, although Travis Kelce broke a record of a Patriot in the game...most receiving yards by a tight end, formerly held by Rob Gronkowski, but Kelce didn't hold it long (more on this in a bit).

In Minnesota, the Vikings signed Kirk Cousins away from the Redskins, and Cousins showed once again he falters under pressure. The Bears held the Vikings in check for the first half, but only led 13-3. The Bears would give up a touchdown in the third, but then scored the final 11 to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs (as Philadelphia had won slightly earlier), 24-10.

In Foxborough, this game was over before it really started, but we are talking about the Patriots and the Jets...and at the break, the Patriots held a 21-3 lead. It didn't get much better in the second half, as New England cruised to a 38-3 win, giving them a first round bye for the ninth consecutive year, their ninth consecutive 11-win season (a record - and Bill Belichick's 16th as a coach - also a record), their 13th overall bye, and a 12th straight season of scoring 400 points or more...must be a team that Dizart might like...

In New Orleans, with Drew Brees out because the Saints locked up the top seed last week, their backup played instead. Neither team really had anything to play for, but New Orleans did play some of their starters to keep them fresh for the postseason, including Michael Thomas, who needed just 24 receiving yards to set a new franchise record. Another reason Brees did not play: he had an NFL record of 74.4% of his passes caught, breaking the 72% mark from last season...set by Brees himself. As for the game, Carolina dominated this one, scoring the first 30 points before allowing Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints to outscore them 14-3 the rest of the way. The Saints only had bragging rights to play for (could have won 14 for the first time ever), but lost to the Panthers, 33-14.

In New Jersey, this one went back and forth, but our very own Dizart was highly agitated at the end of this one, but before I get to that, some other highlights: while Ezekiel Elliott was out as a healthy scratch (the Cowboys could not get to the 3 seed no matter what, nor could they fall to the 5 by virtue of winning the NFC East last week), Dak outplayed Eli Manning in all facets of the game, but Saquon Barkley kept it close. Dak's scores mainly went to new tight end Blake Jarwin (Jason Witten retired at the end of last season), but the one that irked Dizart was on the last one to Cole Beasley. The Giants said the pass was incomplete, but because it was after the 2:00 warning, the booth had to review. As I was watching the game in Virginia Beach yesterday, I saw the play both live and the replays...Cole's right knee hit the ground inside the end zone, and as the ball had broken the plane, the touchdown counted. Garrett decided to go for two and a win versus going to overtime, and it paid off, as Dak hit Michael Gallup for the winning conversion, and the Cowboys defeated the Giants, 36-35.

In Pittsburgh, the postseason was on the line...and even with a win, the Steelers needed help. It didn't start off well for them, falling behind 10-3 at the break. The Steelers got that touchdown back in the second half, then the teams traded field goals. Just after the two minute warning, the Steelers looked poised to go on, as they got a field goal up and good to take a 16-13 lead. A mere 48 seconds later, Jeff Driskel, playing for the injured Andy Dalton, had a pass fall incomplete to allow the Steelers to win the game, 16-13, but needed Cleveland to win, as Baltimore held the tiebreaker on Pittsburgh. As noted above, that did not happen, and the Steelers will be watching the postseason at home.

In Tampa, this one went back and forth...in a way. Tampa raced to a 17-0 lead, just to see Atlanta get 14 points right back, the second touchdown becoming historic in a way of its own...Matt Ryan didn't throw this pass, but was the receiver. He scored his first ever receiving touchdown on his first completed catch. The Buccaneers then scored a field goal, then gave up 17 of their own, giving Atlanta a 31-20 advantage. Atlanta then gave up two touchdowns of their own, falling behind 32-31 (Tampa went for two both times and missed on both). With 5:10 left, that gave Ryan plenty of time to get down the field, and while it wasn't pretty, he took every second of the clock but four, giving the reins to Matt Bryant to kick a game winning field goal, giving the Falcons the win, 34-32.

In Nashville, the winner of this game would take the final playoff spot (and the game got moved to the NBC slot at 8:20pm EST because of it). Marcus Mariota was unable to play due to an injury, and that was all the Luck Indianapolis needed (yes, a bit of a pun as Luck is Indy's quarterback). With Indianapolis starting their season at 1-5, January football was not looking likely, but Luck had other plans, and he made the plays when necessary, and the Colts moved on to the postseason, defeating the Titans, 33-17.

In Landover, Maryland, the Redskins just didn't bother showing up in this one, and the Eagles might as well have not bothered much on offense, as their defense gave up a total of 89 yards (no, that is not a misprint), and the Eagles flew into the playoffs by virtue of their win and Minnesota's loss (above), defeating the hapless Redskins, 17-0.

In Denver, the Broncos played spoiler in this one in a way, but not on this day. When the Broncos came to Los Angeles, they beat the Chargers. Denver had the favor returned to them, by losing at home, but had it not been for the defeat at home last month, Los Angeles would have been the top seed and the Chiefs the 5 seed and playing Baltimore, but that loss changed things. The Chargers didn't have much offense, as Rivers only completed 14 passes, but the defense held them in check, and took a two point conversion 102 yards, and the Chargers won in Denver, 23-9.

In Los Angeles, the Rams started off strong, buoyed by Mullins throwing three interceptions, and racing out to a 28-3 lead at the break. Mullins and the 49ers weren't done, because Mullins's favorite target, George Kittle, also broke Gronk's record (above) by besting out Kelce for the most receiving yards by a tight end (Gronk had 1,327, Kelce with 1,336, and Kittle with 1,377 - Gronk beat out Jimmy Graham that season by 17 yards at 1,310). Mullins did get the 49ers close, but the Rams prevailed, 48-32.

And finally, in Seattle, the Cardinals gave Seattle fits all game long. At the break, Arizona only trailed by a point at 14-13, depsite being a 15 point underdog at kickoff. In the third, they would tie it up at 21 with only the fourth quarter left. After trading field goals, Russell Wilson had 1:49 to get down the field enough to get a win, but had to start at his own 25. Had it not been for a 37 yard reception by Tyler Lockett, this game could have ended differently. Seattle was able to score on a Janikowski field goal as time expired to face Dallas next week in Arlington, 27-24.

We'll see how the comp organizer does against his former home team...he's 5-11 after they played more starters than he figured they would, capping his worst season picking them. He's 8-8 picking his new "home" team, as they didn't show up, and he picked them at 8-8 for the fourth straight year. Will he ever get over the .500 barrier with the Redskins??? LeoDaVinci is 9-5 on his favorite team, although it was probably closer than he expected. Dizart is 6-10 against his hated team...and all you have to do is look for the record of the team owned by Jerry Jones and reverse it to see how he has done! He's already rooting for Seattle.

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)

Now to hand the reins to illin...oh wait, he's on sabbatical, so I will be filling in as the NFL postseason organizer...on to the Super Bowl, everyone!

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


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Edited by gtho4 (Mon Dec 31 2018 10:47 PM)
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#1216131 - Tue Jan 01 2019 06:35 AM Re: Results & Standings .. NFL
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Phew! Close one but thanks a ton, Dave for a fine comp and great write ups ....and for the win in a season long comp ....this completes one more tick for me I think...

Congrats to toocool4u and PaulE for the podium finish...
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