NFL CONFIDENCE PICKS WEEK 12 11/26-29-30/2020


TRIVIA: It isn’t often we see a team (Jets) 0-10; along with (Steelers) 10-0.

This will be the first time since 2005 without a Thanksgiving day prime time game since 2005. 


BROWNS: Win Sunday guarantees 1st non-losing season since 2007.

CHIEFS: WR Tyreek Hill has 203 receiving yds in 1st quarter.  Ends game with 269 yds.

SEAHAWKS: WR DK Metcalf has CAREER HIGH  177 yds. on MNF

COWBOYS: Strength and conditioning coach, Markus Paul, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning from team facility.  Died Wednesday at age 54.  Cause of death has not been determined at this time.

NFL shuts down all team facilities Monday and Tuesday to help combat COVID-19 spread,  TEAMS playing Monday and Tuesday are exempt.

NFL CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR WEEK 18 may become more real, as MORE COVID-19 cases show up in RAVENS camp.  Could be the RAVENS/Steelers delayed game not played.  Just have to wait and see.  Watch for game Sunday at 13:15.   MOVED ,(again),   THIS time to WEDNESDAY at 15:40.       

49’ers will need to find a “new home”.  Effective Monday,  Santa Clara County has banned  “ALL CONTACT SPORTS”; from holding practices or games for the next 3 weeks.

BEARS: QB Mitchell Trubisky to start against Packers, Sunday, as QB Nick Noles battles hip injury.

BILLS: LG Cody Ford out for season Ford suffered a torn meniscus, and will require 3-4 months to rehab.   

BRONCOS: Lose all 4 QBs to COVID-19, (Close Contact).  QBs; Drew Lock, Brett Rypien,  Blake Bortles, and Jeff Driskel.  Driskel tested positive Thursday.   The others were not wearing masks.  The Broncos most likely will bring up  practice squad WR  Kendall Hinton to fill the QB spot.  Hinton played QB for Wake Forest.  Also possible to play QB is 3rd string RB Royse Freeman.     QBS   Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles will be allowed to rejoin their teammates at practice Wednesday.

BUCCANEERS: CTR A. Q. Shipley MAY  have suffered a career ending neck injury in the 4th quarter of MNF game against Rams.

COLTS:  Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship named AFC Special Teams Player Of the Week.  Blankenship kicked the game winning field goal in the OT win against the Ravens.       Colts to play without RB Jonathan Taylor an CTR Ryan Keller,and  DT DeForest Buckner COVID-19/reserve list.  Also CB Isaiah Rodgers is “questionable”.  QB Phillip Rivers added to questionable list (Toe Injury).      PUNTER, Rigoberto Sanchez to undergo surgery Tuesday to remove a cancerous tumor. No word as to how much time he will miss.

COWBOYS: OL Zack Martin and Cam Erving will miss multiple weeks with calf and knee injuries.

DOLPHINS: Ryan Fitzpatrick likely starter against Jets; as Tua Tagovailoa, doubtful with injured thumb.

RAVENS/STEELERS GAME MOVED TO SUNDAY 13:15. DUE TO COVID-19 ISSUES.  Game moved again!  This time to Tuesday night at 20:00. . Now moved to WENESDAY at 20:00.  THIS MAKES THE 5TH TIME SLOT FOR THIS GAME. Originally scheduled for 20:00 Thursday, then briefly moved to SUNDAY at 11:15, then moved to 13:15 Sunday;   THEN moved to TUESDAY at 20:00.  NOW to play WEDNESDAY at 20:20.

EAGLES: RT Lane Johnson, out for the season with an Ankle Injury.    Backup QB Jalen Hurts to see increased playing time MNF against the Seahawks.

FALCONS: WR Julio Jones not expected to play against Raiders.

GIANTS: QB Daniel Jones suffered a hamstring injury in the 3rd quarter Sunday.  Will have MRI Monday.  Depending on seriousness, could miss some time.

JAGUARS: Fire GM Dave Caldwell after 1–10 start.  (10 straight losses),

JETS: QB Sam Darnold set to return, (from shoulder injury), this week against the Dolphins.

LIONS:  Fire Head Coach, Matt Patricia, and GM Bob Quinn.  RB Deandre Swift out of Thursday’s game recovering from Concussion.     Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a former Packers assistant, has been promoted to interim coach.

PACKERS: CTR Corey Linsley to miss 3-6 weeks with sprained MCL in left knee.

RAVENS: Seven players tested COVID-19 POSITIVE since Sunday night. They are; RBs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbin are not expected to play in Wednesday’s game.

Pernell McPhee and Calais Campbell. OL Patrick Mekari.  CTR Matt Skura. QB Trace McSorley   The team also reported an unconfirmed number of COACHES and SUPPORT STAFF.   A staff member has been disciplined for conduct related to the outbreak. (SINCE SUNDAY !  Doesn’t it make you wonder (?),  We have to self quarantine for 14 days.  Yet these players will be allowed to play with less than 7 days !!  MORE !!! More cases show up.     QB Robert Griffin III, (RG3), to start Tuesday’s game. (Wednesday ?).

STEELERS:  Fall victim a second time. Earlier this year they had to use their BYE week, early (4th week), because of TITANS COVID-19 problems.  Now they will be deprived of a PRIMETIME game because of RAVENS COVID-19 problems.       RB James Conner, and Special Teams Coach Danny Smith test COVID-19  positive

TEXANS: To cut WR Kenny Stills.  They termed it as a, “mutual parting”.  It is said this will give Stills a chance to sign with a “CONTENDER”      WR Will Fuller suspended 6 games for violation of NFL Perfomance Enhancing Substance.  Fuller said he thought the PRESCRIBED DRUG, was allowed by the NFL.   Also given a 6 game suspension for drug violation is CB Bradley Roby.

For those of you who are new here. This is  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 16 games.  The team you are most confident will win you would assign the number 16 and follow down to the team you are least confident in and assign that number 1.   You add up the TOTAL CORRECT PICKS.. That would be your score.  We use the Monday night (Last game played) 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.

YOU can adopt the scoring  described above.  Or, the optional method.  A  negative score for missed games.  We will continue to get a positive score for correct predictions.  EXAMPLE:   if you scored     1 pt on the first game and you had 15 pts on the second game and lost you would still have  1 pt.

1.  HOWEVER. with the same scenario new scoring system would result with a –14 score

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

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

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



(All Times EST)

THUR 11/26//20 12:30
1 CBS  TEXANS(3-7) 41  @  Lions (5-5) 25 3 3/3
THUR 11/26//20 16:30
2 FOX  Football Team (3-7) 41 @ COWBOYS (3-7) 16 2 3/1
SUNDAY 11/29//20 13:00
3 CBS Chargers3-6) 17 @ BILLS(7-3) 27 11 14/12
4 CBS RAIDERS  (6-4) 6 @ Falcons    3-7) 43 4 14/8
5 CBS DOLPHINS (6-4) 20 @ Jets (0-10) 3 14 28/22
6 FOX CARDINALS (6-4) 17 @ Patriots     (4-7) 20 1 29/23
7 FOX Panthers 4-7) 27 VIKINGS  (4-6) 28 7 36/30
8 CBS BROWNS (7-3) 27 @ Jaguars(1-9) 27 13 49/43
9 CBS Titans (7-3) 45 @ COLTS(7-3) 26 6 49/37
10 FOX GIANTS (3-7) 19 @ Bengals    (2-7-1) 17 10 59/47
WEDNESDAY 12/02/20 20:00
11 NBC Ravens  (6-4) 14 @ STEELERS  (10-0) 19 8 67/55
SUNDAY 11/29//20 16:05
12 FOX  SAINTS 5-2) 31 @ Broncos7-3) 3 12 79/67
13 FOX 49’ers (4-6) 23 @ RAMS (7-3) 20 15 79/52
SUNDAY 11/29//20 16:25
14 CBS CHIEFS (9-1) 27 @ Buccaneers (7-4) 24 5 84/57
SUNDAY 11/29//20 20:20
15 NBC Bears (5-5) 25 @ PACKERS  (7-3)


16 100/73
MONDAY 11/30//20 20:15
16 ESPN SEAHAWKS  (7-3) 23 @ Eagles      (3-6-1) 17 9 109/82
124          75%/25%
Points Possible 136
Tie Break (Total score Last Game) 50
Total 40
Points Off +10


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