NFL Divisional Playoffs Jan. 10-11,2014. Confidence Picks

We had a fun week this last weekend.  We had one very good game.  One out of 4, means we had 25% good games, and 75% not so good.

I would have to call the Ravens win over the Steelers a surprise.  Perhaps not an upset.

The Interstate match up of the Bengals, and Colts, came off as I suspected.  One would think this would be a big rivalry.  From Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, is a mere 112 mile drive.  Just a bit over 2 hours apart.  But for some reason, that rivalry never seem to materialize.(Just for those who do not know.  Lucas Oil Stadium is also 181 miles from Chicago’s Soldiers Field.   about a 4 hour drive.  I imagine the fans of those two teams would love to see more games between the two….but not very likely.  Before the Colts came to town and the Bengals existed “Da Bears” were Indiana’s HOME TEAM).

Had Arizona been totally healthy, I little doubt they would have advanced.  …..But, that is why I picked Carolina.

There was little doubt in anybody’s mind the Cowboys, would triumph over Detroit.  Yeah I know some of you will bring up the so-called “CONSPIRACY CALL”.  The way I saw the play the on field reversal was the correct call.  The only problem was the OFFICIALS  failed to talk the call over before announcing it.   BUT how about: who was it Dez Bryant?  Or some Cowboy went onto the field without a HELMET.  That should have been an infraction, but the officials merely told him to go back to the bench.  Not only did he not have a helmet,  but as far as I was concerned it put a 12th man on the field who was neither entering to play, or leaving after a play.  Let me assure you I am not a Cowboys, or Lions fan.  Thus that makes me an “IMPARTIAL OBSERVER”.

Now we are down to what we call the Elite Eight.

Congratulations to all teams who made it this far.

 

For those of you who do not know how confidence ranking goes, let me explain

If we were playing an office pool,(which we ARE NOT).  The object is to score the most points. To obtain the score YOU rank the teams by how confident you are a team will win its game.  EXAMPLE:  Say this week we have 17 games.  The team you are most confident will win you would assign the number 17 and follow down to the team you are least confident in and assign that number 1.   We use the Monday night game as a TIE BREAKER.  The tie is broken by the closest to the total (that is the COMBINED score of the two participating teams) final score, without going over.

If we were playing this is how my sheet would look;  My pick will be in bold Capital letters.  you can use circling, underlining, or highlighting.  I will show my correct points in Bold

 

This year I am making a change in the scoring.  YOU can adopt the new scoring or continue to use the old scoring. This year we get a negative score for missed games.  We will continue to get a positive score for correct predictions.  EXAMPLE:  LAST YEAR if you scored 1 pt on the first game and you had 15 pt on the second game and was wrong you would still have a Positive 1.  HOWEVER. this year the same scenario would result with a -14 score.

I will fill in my picks Friday.  Until then feel free to:

Just copy and paste for your own Fun Pool Use.  Or to see if you can beat me.

IF YOU SEE I MADE A MIS COPY OF THE GAMES AND TIMES FEEL  FREE TO EMAIL ME AND TELL ME I GOOFED.

All Times EST

GAME VISITOR SCORE   HOME SCORE CONFIDENCE RUNNING SCORE
SATURDAY  01/10/15 16:35
  1 Bal. Ravens
31
 @ N.E. Patriots
35  3 3/3



SATURDAY 01/10/15 20:15

2 Car. Panthers
17 @ STL. SEAHAWKS
31  4 7/7
 
SUNDAY 01/11/15
13:05

 3 Dal. Cowboys
21
 @ G.B. PACKERS
26  1 8/8
 
SUNDAY 01/11/15 16:40
 
4 Indy Colts 24  @ DEN. BRONCOS
13  2 6/8
 Tie Breaker  (Sunday  2 team total) 52 GAME 4
Actual Score

 37
Points Off
 +14
Possible Points

10 60%/80%

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