Well, after last week, now seems like a good time to go over another feature of the concept of the confidence pool. A lot of times pools will have a feature where, in an effort to weed out a fluke bad week, the lowest score of your season will be thrown out and not counted towards your final season score. Let’s just hope that your pool includes that feature.
That’s all we need to say about week 10, time to move on!
Week 11 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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14 – NEW ENGLAND over Buffalo – Some say that the Patriots cleared their biggest hurdle on their way to a 16-0 season. Hard to argue that one.
13 – CAROLINA over Washington – The Redskins get to play an undefeated team for their second straight road game. Pretty sure this will turn out as “close” as it did in Foxboro a couple weeks ago.
12 – ATLANTA over Indianapolis – Atlanta got an extra week to prepare for an Andrew Luck-less Colts team. They probably didn’t need it, but they got it!
11 – SEATTLE over San Francisco – Just a couple years ago these two teams were competing for the top spot in the West…now they battle to stay out of the cellar. At least the Seahawks still look like they know what they’re doing on the field…at times.
10 – SAN DIEGO over Kansas City – I’m pretty confident that the Chiefs spent all of their “road division power points” last week in Denver. I don’t see that magic happening again this week.
9 – ARIZONA over Cincinnati – The Texans? Seriously? The Texans?? AT HOME??? Maybe the Bengals aren’t as dominant as their once-undefeated record led us to believe. Unfortunately for them they go against a Cardinals team that seems to be as people think.
8 – MINNESOTA over Green Bay – The Lions? Seriously? The Lions?? AT HOME??? Well while that was happening, the Vikings were showing the league that they are a legit contender.
7 – JACKSONVILLE over Tennessee – If the Jags want to make good on my bold prediction of them winning the division, they need to win what should be considered to be very winnable games.
6 – PHILADELPHIA over Tampa Bay – The Eagles took a blow losing Sam Bradford last week. Mark Sanchez should at least be able to do enough to beat the young Bucs.
5 – Oakland over DETROIT – Well, I guess this isn’t the year for the Raiders to complete their resurrection. Lucky for them they play a Lions team that may still just be riding a high from their win last weeks.
4 – BALTIMORE over St. Louis – Besides watching Todd Gurley be Todd Gurley, what’s the point of caring about this game?
3 – Dallas over MIAMI – Tony Romo is back (that cheering you hear in the background is coming from fans in Texas). My BOLD PREDICTION for this week is that IN HIS RETURN GAME, ROMO WILL PASS FOR AT LEAST 300 YARDS.
2 – HOUSTON over New York Jets – Well apparently TJ Yates is a franchise quarterback since the Texans always seem to find a way to win with him under center.
1 – CHICAGO over Denver – I would say that picking the Bears to pull the upset is because they won’t have to worry about playing against Peyton Manning…but does anyone think that would make a difference this season?
Bye weeks are a thing of the past – which means that the points are there to be had for the rest of the season. This part of the season is very crucial – we have a pretty strong understanding of how good these teams are and it’s just before some of the dominant teams start to pump the brakes to rest up for the playoffs.
Take advantage of the points while you can!
Week 12 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – GREEN BAY over Chicago – The Packers took control of the NFC North back last week and showed that they are still a threat to the NFC. That’s bad news for the Bears.
15 – CINCINNATI over St Louis – The Bengals are reeling. They’ll be motivated to make a statement this week.
14 – NEW YORK JETS over Miami – A pick this high is more on how bad the Dolphins have been rather than how good the Jets have been.
13 – Arizona over SAN FRANCISCO – Kaep is out for the year, and possibly out of San Francisco. That’s a good start for the 49ers, but it won’t help them this year against the hottest NFC team this side of Carolina.
12 – KANSAS CITY over Buffalo – The Chiefs are peaking at the right time. They seem to be running on all cylinders…literally since it seems they can just drop any random running back behind Alex Smith and they can be productive!
11 – JACKSONVILLE over San Diego – As “peaking” as the Chiefs are, that’s as, uh, well the opposite of peaking the Chargers are. They just seem out of sorts and they travel across the country to face a young Jags team hungry for a potential division title.
10 – Carolina over DALLAS – Dallas knows that they will need to contain Cam to have a chance…and it won’t matter! It won’t be as good as last week, but my BOLD PREDICTION is that CAM NEWTON WILL HAVE ANOTHER 4 TOUCHDOWN (PASS AND RUSH) GAME.
9 – SEATTLE over Pittsburgh – Seahawk fans were worried about a tough decision that would probably be made about the future of Marshawn Lynch this upcoming off-season. Thomas Rawls has done an amazing job of calming those worries!
8 – CLEVELAND over Baltimore – The Browns are the Browns and the Ravens have one of the worst records in the league and lost Steve Smith … and Justin Forsett … and Joe Flacco. Howard Cossell is rolling over in his grave that this is the late season Monday Night Football matchup.
7 – New England over DENVER – What a great matchup of undefeated tea…well another chapter in the epic Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning sto…uh, yeah doesn’t exactly have the same allure as it did this time last month.
6 – Tampa Bay over INDIANAPOLIS – Jameis Winston seems to be getting used to this whole NFL quarterback thing. Plus the Bucs are on the road…which apparently is a good thing for them!
5 – New York Giants over WASHINGTON – Confession time – it’s really hard to say anything interesting about the NFC at this point…
4 – DETROIT over Philadelphia – Two teams that have talent but no will to win. At least the Lions are at home.
3 – Minnesota over ATLANTA – The Vikings need this game to show the league they aren’t just fading away after losing at home to Green Bay last week. I see them squeaking this one out to keep pace with the Pack.
2 – New Orleans over HOUSTON – I would have picked the Texans, but how can you have confidence on a team that decides to bench the most reliable quarterback in their franchise – TJ Yates!
1 – TENNESSEE over Oakland – After a pretty strong glimmer of hope, the Raiders and their fans are back to a familiar place this time of year – looking at mocks for next April’s draft.
We are coming towards the end of the season. Every possible point is critical! This week will go a long way in determining how your standings will lay out. Looking at the schedule, the majority of the games this week could be very close with very close match-ups. In the games where there is a big difference in record, the better team is on the road.
So let’s put that strangle hold on the top spot for good!
Week 13 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – NEW ENGLAND over Philadelphia – Tom and Bill lose – Tom and Bill mad – Tom and Bill take out frustrations on next opponent.
15 – CHICAGO over San Francisco – Yes, it’s a 31 point confidence pool turnaround for the Bears from last week to this week. I guess winning in Lambeau then hosting San Francisco will do that for you.
14 – Carolina over NEW ORLEANS – The Panthers defense made Tony Romo feel like his broken collarbone was the best part of his Thanksgiving. The Saints offense isn’t what it used to be and won’t be able to do any real damage. This week’s BOLD PREDICTION is that THE PANTHERS WILL FINISH THE SEASON UNDEFEATED!
13 – PITTSBURGH over Indianapolis – I can see Antonio Brown having another huge game in this one. The Colts won’t have the fire power to keep up.
12 – Cincinnati over CLEVELAND – The Browns couldn’t even beat a depleted Ravens team last week at home, how can you even think they’ll be able to tame the Bengals?
11 – MINNESOTA over Seattle – The Vikings loss to the Packers a couple weeks ago was all due to their mental mistakes – they have corrected those and seem to be more focused than ever.
10 – BUFFALO over Houston – We saw last week the offensive weapons that the Bills have to utilize with big games from LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins. With a playoff spot in sights, look for Buffalo to keep the excitement level high.
9 – OAKLAND over Kansas City – The Raiders are up with another “must-win” game this week – they seem to do better at home with those.
8 – TAMPA BAY over Atlanta – Jamies Winston is doing what he can to sneak the Rookie of the Year award away from Todd Gurley. Lucky for him the Falcons are also doing what they can to hand games away.
7 – Arizona over ST LOUIS – Another divisional road game for the Cardinals. This will be tougher than it was in the bay, but the outcome should be the same.
6 – NEW YORK GIANTS over New York Jets – This is a game that the Giants will utilize their home field advantage to propel them to victory! … … … wait a minute … … …
5 – Green Bay over DETROIT – Can anyone figure out these Packers? The only think I can think of is that they will be playing mad tonight after losing to these Lions at home a few weeks back.
4 – Denver over SAN DIEGO – After handing the Patriots their first lost you would think the Broncos would be higher on this list. There’s just something about road division games that gets me a little worried.
3 – WASHINGTON over Dallas – The Cowboys are now without Tony Romo at quarterback again – we’ve all seen how this story goes.
2 – MIAMI over Baltimore – Well this looked like a great late-season matchup in August! Now, not so much. The Dolphins are at home so they get to win.
1 – Jacksonville over TENNESSEE – I put my faith in the Jags and they have let me down so far. Lucky for them they get a chance at redemption by playing the lowly Titans.
Which could very well mean that your fantasy football season is over! Sorry, but you know it’s a fact. There is still time to salvage something from this season though. Let’s start the final stretch of the season in a positive way!
Week 14 – HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!
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16 – CAROLINA over Atlanta – If you don’t have Cam Newton down as your MVP this season, you’re doing it wrong.
15 – DENVER over Oakland – The Raiders have proved over the last month that they are still steps away from being a playoff contender – which will bode well for the resurgent Broncos.
14 – NEW YORK JETS over Tennessee – Marcus Mariota has been a beast the last few weeks. I see things slowing down for the rookie against the Jets defense though.
13 – GREEN BAY over Dallas – Well the game doesn’t exactly have the same allure as their playoff matchup did this past January but the outcome should be the same.
12 – ARIZONA over Minnesota – The Viking showed last week that they may not have what it takes to run with the top of the conference just yet.
11 – KANSAS CITY over San Diego – Don’t worry Charger fans…the season will end soon!
10 – Seattle over BALTIMORE – Shame on you for sleeping on the Seahawks! (yes I know I picked against them last week!) Seattle is a second half of the season team and the Ravens are a waiting for next season team.
9 – TAMPA BAY over New Orleans – In the first third of the season the Rookie of the Year award was set to go to Amari Cooper. In the second third Todd Gurley snuck into the top spot. In the final third it seems like Jameis Winston may lay claim to the award.
8 – ST LOUIS over Detroit – Oh the Lions will apparently always be the Lions! I see their offense just shutting down this game – something the Rams’ defense will be sure to help with.
7 – CINCINNATI over Pittsburgh – While this divisional road game will be tougher than last week in Cleveland, the Bengals are on too good a roll to stop.
6 – New England over HOUSTON – There is a legit chance that the Patriots could lose three games in a row…it won’t happen…but there is indeed a chance!
5 – JACKSONVILLE over Indianapolis – The Jags almost won in Indy when Andrew Luck was at quarterback, they should be able to handle the Colts at home.
4 – CHICAGO over Washington – Ugh…just ugh…
3 – New York Giants over MIAMI – I feel that the Giants offense is ready to just explode. My BOLD PREDICTION for this week is that THE GIANTS WILL PUT UP AT LEAST 40 POINTS AGAINST THE DOLPHINS THIS WEEK.
2 – Buffalo over PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles shocked the world in Foxboro last week. It’s really hard for me to think that they can put together two consecutive solid performances though.
1 – CLEVELAND over San Francisco – I think the Browns will win this week…would you put them higher than the one point line?