I figured since all yous people chimed in with picks last week, I mine as well see how we all did. Small numbers are boring so I worked out a scoring system that gives 7 pts for a right pick and 3 extra pts for the person who got the closest pick for each game. Cute ain't it?
The people who picked the four games the closest-
Tennessee 20 - Baltimore 17, Ffej picked 21-17
Carolina 29 - Dallas 10, Broncolanche had the biggest margin of victory with 18 as no one came close to picking the score.
Green Bay 33 - Seattle 27, Evil Waldo was closest to the margin of victory. He had the Pack by 7 which it would have been anyway since they don't kick pat's in over time.
Indi 41 - Denver 10, About half of us picked the Broncos and no one who took the Colts had them by 31. BosSports takes the 3 pts for taking Indi by 17.
So here's your standings after the wild card weekend.
Y'see, I made my Wienerboard picks too early. I did end up taking both Indy and Tennessee (as well as GB and Carolina) on ProLine, which means I had a pretty sweet weekend.
Picks for next week....
New England by a hair over Tennessee. This will be football at its roughest, folks [/Dierdorf]
KC over Indy
Green Bay over Philadelphia
Carolina over St. Louis (just a hunch)
Rob asks Dave and Ric if they want to go backstage to play Hungry Hungry Hippos and Flair and Batista immediately bail. Flair wants to be Green. Man, EVERYBODY wants to be green. Except the girl in the commercials. She wanted to be pink. That either means that the ad agency was sexist or that she was communist. Of course Hungry Hungry Hippos is a rather capitalist game isnít it? No self respecting communist would play Hungry Hungry Hippos. Except Stalin. He LOVED Hungry Hungry Hippos. God, Iíve got no clue what the hell Iím rambling about anymore.-- Matt "Excalibur05" Hocking, Raw Satire writer extraordinaire
You know, I just can't call it the "WWE." I just can't. My body's rejecting it like a bad liver transplant.-- Bill Simmons, espn.com/page2
Green Bay over Philadelphia: Same pick as before. Not that I'm a huge Packer fan, but (a) Philly is banged up, (b) they're about due for their annual playoff flameout anyway.
St. Louis over Carolina: Same pick as before, leading to a downright ugly NFC Championship matchup.
Indianapolis over Kansas City: There are two AFC teams remaining that I'd like to see in the Super Bowl, and these aren't them. I'll go with Indy if only because I really don't care for Kansas City, but this is (IMHO) the weakest of my four picks.
New England over Tennessee: The Titans are just too banged up. It won't be a blowout, though.
"As far as my lack of professional courtesy and my obvious immature humor in referring to using your head as a pickle jar, well, I reserve my courtesy for those whom I respect. Your lack of personal integrity has given me much grief, and I find that thinking of your hollowed-out head sitting on top of my fridge and providing a safe haven for pickles is a comforting thought." -- the immortal Bill Mattocks
New England over Tennessee Indianapolis over Kansas City (there's no "D" in Chiefs) Green Bay over Philadelphia St. Louis over Carolina
New England over Green Bay in Houston
PS - No one near me in the stands commented on hearing Hasselback's bold statement upon winning the coin toss. I know I didn't hear it. Truth be told, we had a hard time hearing Bernie Kuckar on the field mike all day long.
CAROLINA PANTHERS v. ST. LOUIS RAMS - The Detroit Lions, of all teams, gave the rest of the National Football League one of the greatest gifts one can give: The blueprint to beat the St. Louis Rams at full strength. Sure, that game was at Ford Field, this one's on the carpet; Carolina, however, is on a roll and one of the few teams in the conference that match up very well against the Rams. If Stephen Davis gets his yards and Steve Smith gets hot again, the Panthers will squeak it out. PANTHERS 24, RAMS 20
TENNESSEE TITANS v. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - Week after week, the Titans have proved to be titans of a different sort. That performance by McNair & George last week in the second half was nothing short of amazing. That being said, the task ahead of them looks way too tall for my liking. Tom Brady got jobbed in the Pro Bowl balloting, the Master is sizing up his prey, it will be loud, and it will be cold. Tennessee is great, but they don't do what they did if it's cold in Baltimore over the weekend. PATRIOTS 27, TITANS 13
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS v. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - This is shaping up as the shootout of the year. Kansas City's defense plays much better at home, but it doesn't match up wel against Indianapolis' three-headed attack. Then again, Priest Holmes will have a field day against that atrocious Colts run defense, guaranteed. Back and forth this one will go all day long until karma finally catches up with Indy: Yes, folks, they need a long one to tie it and Vanderjagt the Asshole shanks it. CHIEFS 34, COLTS 31
GREEN BAY PACKERS v. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - Let's watch the progression: Irwin Favre dies, Brett plays the game of his life, the gods intervene viz-a-viz the Arizona Cardinals, then Al Harris. Yes, I believe - the Packers are a team of divine destiny. While this is a bad matchup for them on paper, this is not the same Packers team the Eagles smacked around earlier in the season. Defense is the buzzword of the day, and Favre will find a way in the end. PACKERS 16, EAGLES 13
If the WWF decided to use a Super Mario Brothers gimmick...
"Mah gawd, King! Garrison Cade just bounced a fireball toward Rene Dupree!" "And look, Mark Jindrak just jumped on top of Conway's head! I think he's out cold, JR!" "What're they up to now..where did that huge pipe come from?!" "They're going down in the pipe! They're..they're gone!" --Mike Sweetser
"Oh my god, JR. Cade just shrunk after he was hit by that chair!" "Here comes RVD, King. What's that he has in that bag?" "Are those Mushrooms, JR?" "Cade's eating the Mushrooms. BAH GAWD, KING! Cade just grew twice his size!" --Mr. Tuesday
Titans v. Patriots I think these are the two best teams in the NFL. Patriots ran all over the Titans, minus Haynesworth, earlier this year. I don't think that will happen again. Eddie George is back on top of his game. Over the last eight weeks he has 168 carries for 633 yards for a 3.7 average. The eight weeks before that it was 149 for 444 for 2.9. The titans can run again, they are the best at stopping the run, and there is little to no chance Steve Mcnair will have two bad games in a row. His rating against the Ravens was 56.5; the last two times he had a rating under 70.0 it was over 140.0 the next week. Titans take an early lead throwing and hold off the Patriots running and playing great defense. It will be close all the way though. Final score 23-21.
Yeah, I missed the first round. Do I get half-credit for just knowing the winners?
What drives me nuts is there are good reasons to go against all the AFC contenders...
Colts @ Chiefs: Karma, here we are. Vanderjagt, meet karma. Karma, meet Vandgerjadt. 28-27 Chiefs
Titans @ Pats: Eddie George was otherworldly last week. Steve McNair was not. I figure a reversal of fortunes here, with McNair proving why I don't like to bet against him. The Pats have done a great job all year, but this would make 13 straight. That just seems a little too crazy to me. 21-17 Titans
Panthers @ Rams: Fortunately, there will be at least 1 blowout this weekend. 35-23 Rams
Packers @ Eagles: I'm not picking against the spirit of a dead guy. I've seen waaaaay too many horror movies to go against the will of the dead. 24-17 Packers
The thing is, though, it's obviously hard for the NFL and ESPN to predict which teams are going to be good and which aren't. Some scheduling is obvious (why in the hell did Jacksonville, of all teams, get two MNF games?)