NFL CONFIDENCE PICKS WEEK 15 NFL 12/17-19-20-21/2020

JETS: No longer winless beat Rams 23-20.  Downside; they are now tied with Jaguars for 1st overall draft pick.  Jags hold tie-breaker.

PATRIOTS Eliminated from postseason contention for first time since 2008.  (Longest in NFL history.  Another record for the Patriots).

SEAHAWKS: Clinch playoff spot.

BILLS: Clinch 1st AFC East title since 1995.

RAVENS: WR,  Dez Bryant catches 1st TD in over three years.

LIONS:  Fired, Special Teams Coordinator Brayden Coombs (It has been hinted; all coaching positions will be changed).

PANTHERS: Fire GM Marty Hurney.

PACKERS: QB, Aaron Rodgers sets NFL record, becoming 1st QB to throw 40 TDs in 3 separate seasons

NFL Discuss scheduling of 17th game next season.  No vote was taken.

NFL RULE CHANGE:  (In reaction to Dez Bryant’s ouster minutes before KO).  “If a positive test or high-risk close contact designation comes after the deadline for submitting game day inactives, a club can activate a new player up to 30 minutes before KO.     Inactives are required 90 minutes before KO.    The team “must place the effected player on COVID-19/reserve list”; before it can active a player priorly on inactive list or elevate a player  .

NFL notifies teams there will be no local playoff bubbles.

49’ERS:  C, Hroniss Grasu (knee), and  WR, Deebo Samuel, (hamstring), OUT.   CB, Emmanuel Mosley, (hamstring),   LB, Fred Warner (stringer), and  CB, K’Waun Williams (ankle), are Questionable.    QB,  Jimmy Garoppolo unlikely to play rest of season.  On IR since Nov 5,  (playoff outlook slight, no use in taking a chance on him getting hurt).

BEARS:  “Questionable” Sunday Vs Vikings are:  TE Jimmy Graham, and  LB Khalil Mack   Jalon Johnson (shoulder),   LB  “Questionable” Sunday Vs Vikings   S, Deon Bush (foot),  LB, James Vaughters, (knee)    CB, Buster Skrine, (concussion).  OUT

BENGALS:  DT Geno Atkins, on IR (right shoulder).  He will have surgery.     Moved DE Amani Bledsoe to active roster from COVID-19/reserve.   QB, Austin Ekeler,(knee), no practice.   QB Ryan Finley will take first reps.

BILLS:  S, Jaquan Johnson, (ankle), will not play Saturday Vs Broncos.   TE, Lee Smith, (knee), Questionable.   WO, John Brown, still on IR

BRONCOS: Cancel walk through when strength and conditioning coach Loren Landow tested COVID-19 positive.   Moved K, Taylor Russolino, and LB Josh Watson from practice squad.    G, Graham Glasgow (foot),  RB, Melvin Gordon, (shoulder),  RB Phillip Lindsay, (hip), and  S, Trey Marshall, (shin), listed (Questionable).

BROWNS:  ) QB, Baker Mayfield makes NFL history on MNF.  Baker has thrown the longest pass on record.  The “HAIL MARY” pass was thrown from his own 40 yard line, and bounced of the goal.  Although it was an incomplete pass the throw covered a distance of over 70 yds.  OUT:   G, Wyatt Teller, (ankle).   QUESTIONABLE: TEs David Njoku, (knee). and Austin Hooper, (neck), and CBs Denzel Ward, (calf) and Kevin Johnson (groin),   TE: David Njoku, (knee)   But, Coach, Kevin Stefanski, expects Ward and Hooper to play    OUT:   S, Andrew Sendjo  suffered a concussion and is in protocol. Also out is     G, Wyatt Teller, (ankle)

BUCCANEERS: Kicker Ryan Succop, Punter Bradley Pinion, and Long Snapper Zach Triner, placed on COVID-19/reserve.  The Bucs do not have backups on active roster  They do have Kicker Greg Joseph on the practice squad.  They have called in Punter Dustin Colquitt, Kicker Brett Maher, Long Snapper Garrison Sanborn for “visits”. RB Ronald Jones is scheduled to have a surgical procedure to have a pin placed in his fractured pinky finger on Tuesday.  LT,  Donovan Smith placed on COVID-19/reserve.  Will be unavailable for Falcons game.   UT, (Utility Tackle), Josh Wells, will fill in for Smith.  P, Bradley Pnion, K, Ryan Succop, and Long Snapper Zach Triner, Removed from COVID-19/reserve.

COLTS: P, Rigoberto Sanchez, (16 days after tumor removal surgery), has chance to play Sunday Vs Texans.  DT, Deforest Buckner, (ankle),   OT Anthony Castonzo (knee), Questionable.   TE, Mo Alie-Cox, (knee),   

CARDINALS: TE, Darrell Daniels, and DE Josh Mauro, return from IR.   PK, Mike Nugent moves up from practice squad.    QUESTIONABLE:    RB, Chase Edmonds, (ankle), and   CB, Dre Kickpatrick, (hamstring),  and    G, Justin Pugh, (calf).   OUT:  K, Zane Gonzalez, (back),   LB, Kylie Fitts, (hamstring),   DT, Jordan Phillips, (hamstring),    S, Jalen Thompson, (ankle).    OUT: 

CHARGERS: Placed Safety Darwin James on COVID-19/reserve.  WRs, Keenan Allen, (hamstring), and Mike Williams, (back),  Game Time Decision TNF.  RB, Austin Ekeler, (quad) expected to play.

CHIEFS: OUT: RB, Darwin Thompson, (illness),    LB, Damien Wilson, (knee).   DOUBTFUL:   T, Mike Remmers, (back, neck),    QUESTIONABLE:   T,  Eric Fisher, (back).     RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a HIP/ANKLE injury Sunday.  Early expectations are, he will miss rest of regular season.  But, may have a chance to return for post-season games.  More will be known after Monday’s MRI.

 COWBOYS: Owner Jerry Jones, confirms Coach Mike McCarthy will return as Coach next season.  CB, Deante Burton, (shoulder), OUT Sunday.  RB, Ezekiel Elliott and S, Xavier Woods (groin),  CB, Rashard Robinson, (knee) “questionable”.

DOLPHINS: QUESTIONABLE.   WR,  DeVante Parker suffered hamstring strain status   TE, Mike Gesiki, Game time decision,  and WRs Jakeem Grant ,   LBs, Jerome Baker, (knee), Elando Roberts (chest), and Kyle Van Noy,(hip),   G,  Ereck Flowers, (ankle),    Vs Patriots, Sunday

EAGLES: RT Jack Driscoll OUT for rest of season with MCL sprain.  CB, Darius Slay, still on concussion protocol.   CB, Avonte Maddox, (knee).   QUESTIONABLE:   S, Grayland Arnold, (hamstring),   DT, Malik Jackson, (concussion).  CB Darius Slay upgraded to Questionable.  

FALCONS:  OUT:  WR, Julio Jones (hamstring )out for second week.  CBs, Ricardo Allen, (concussion), and Darqueze Dennard, (quadricep),   DT, Marlon Davidson, (knee).   QUESTIONABLE: are   G, James Carpenter, (groin),   T, Kaleb McGary , (not injury related)

FOOTBALL TEAM: QB, Alex Smith (calf injury) needs rest and rehab. OUT.  QB, Dwayne Haskins, will Staer.  RB, Antonio Gibson, (toe injury), is “doubtful“.   RB, Lamar Miller has been signed as “insurance”.    OUT are,   G, Cole Holcomb, (concussion),   LB, Kevin Pierre-Louis (ankle).    

GIANTS:  QB, Daniel Jones, (hamstring, ankle). “Questionable .    CB, James Bradbury, placed on COVID-19/reserve; high risk contact.  OUT Sunday.   TE, Kaden Smith, (knee) added to injury report Questionable.   Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett, Positive for COVID-19.  But will work remotely.    Tight Ends coach, Freddie Kitchens, will act as play caller Sunday against Browns.    CB, Darnay Holmes (knee), OUT of Browns game.   TE, Evan Engram, (calf), Questionable.     Position Coach Bret Bielema will return, (immediately), to the Big Ten, (formerly Wisconsins Head Coach).  Bielema will move to his home state to become Head Coach of the Fighting Illini of Illinois.  He has signed a 6 year contract worth $4.2 million annually. 

JAGUARS:  CB, Chris Claybrooks, and OL, Andrew Norwell set to return from IR.   CB  Sidney Jones, (achilles), OUT.

JETS:  Kicker Sergio Castillo released after missing 3 of 4 FG attempts against Seahawks Sunday.  QUESTIONABLE: WR, Jamison Crowder, (calf).  

LIONS:  CB Jeff Okudah core muscle was successful.  Brought in QB Jordan Ta’amu for a “visit”   C, Frank Ragnow OUT has a FRACTURED THROAT.  (Result can mean respiration, swallowing, and speaking, can be disrupted).  Ragnow can breathe, and eat.  Team is trying to learn how long he might miss.  Lions will have to have contingency plan if Ragnow can play, but not talk. (He has not been talking this week).  QUESTIONABLE:  DT, John Penisini, (shoulder),  QB, Matthew Stafford, (ribs),  for Sunday game against Titans.   Sunday game.  OUT:   T, Tyrell Crosby, (ankle),   WR, Kenny Golladay, (hip),   DE, Da’Shawn Hand, (ankle),   CB, Darryl Roberts, (hip),  and of course C, Frank Ragnow.

PACKERS: G, Simon Stepaniak, (knee), and   TE, Jace Sternberger, (concussion) OUT.   WR, Malik Taylor, (hamstring), Questionable.

PATRIOTS: RB Damien Harris, (ankle),   CB J.C. Jackson (knee), and Jonathan Jones, (neck).    DTs Adam Butler, (shouler), and Byron Cowart, (back),   Ts, Jermaine Eluemunor, (ankle), and Juston Herron (ankle),   K, Nick Folk (back),   DT,  Lawrence Guy (shoulder),   G, Shaquille Mason (calf),   WRs,  Shaquille Mason (thigh), and Matt Slater (knee).   RBs, J.J. Taylor (quadricep), Darren Harris, (ankle) and  James White, (foot)  “questionable Sunday’s game Vs Dolphins.   CB, Stephen Gilmore, (torn quad), OUT, for season.  Will have surgery.

PANTHERS: Activate LB Adarius Taylor from IR.   Cut LB Chris Orr.   Activated DT Bruce Hector from practice squad/COVID-19.   Released Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu.   RB D.J. Moore activated from COVID-19/reserve list.   RB, Christian McCaffrey, doubtful.  OL, Dennis Daiey, (concussion), OUT, for Saturday’s Packers game.  OT, Greg Little, on IR, (ankle injury).   S, Tre Boston, (hamstring),   DE, Efe Obada (knee),   T, Russell Okung (calf), and   WR, Curtis Samuel (hamstring), (Questionable).

RAIDERS: Rookie  WR Henry Ruggs III placed on COVID-19/reserve list. OUT for TNF.  Elvated DE Vic Beasley to active roster. 

RAMS: T, Bobby Evans, and DB Nick Scott, on COVID-19/reserve.   QUESTIONABLE:   C, Brian Allen, (not injury related).  LBs,  Justin Hollins, (not injury related), and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo,  (not injury related).

RAVENS: WR: Dez Bryant activated from COVID-19/ reserve list.   QB  Trace McSorley and   QB Robert Griffin III placed on IR.    QB Lamar Jackson EXPECTED TO START.    DB Terrell Bonds activated from COVID-19/reserve, placed on IR.  WRs. coach, David Culley (illness), OUT Sunday. (Replaced by asst. coach Craig Ver Steeg). CBs, Devonte Harris, (ankle),  Marcus Peters, (calf), and  Tramon Williams, (thigh).   DTs, Calais Campbell (calf),  and Broderick Washington, (concussion).  S, Anthony Levine, (abdomen),   TE, Luke Willson, (hip),   DE,  Derek Wolfe, (neck, back). Are “Questionable”.    OUT are   CB, Jimmy Smith, (ribs, shoulder), and   LB Kristian Welch (foot).    

SAINTS:  QB Drew Brees to START Sunday against Chiefs Reclaiming Patrick Omameh off waivers from Raiders.  (Saints released him in September. Raiders picked him up).  Saints will have a roster exemption for Omameh until he is able to clear COVID-19 intake protocols with the team.     CB, Sidney Jones, (achilles), has been ruled out  for Ravens game.   OUT   WR, Michael Thomas, (ankle) on IR.  Will miss last 3 games .    G,  Nick Easton, (consussion),   QUESTIONABLE:   WR, Deonte Harris, (neck).    QB, Jameis Winston placed on COVID-19/reserve

 SEAHAWKS: DE, Carlos Dunlap (foot) and OT,  Brandon Shell (ankle), S, Damarius Randall, (foot), CB, Jayson Stanley, (shoulder,)  are “Questionable”. Sunday. 

STEELERS: G Matt Feller on IR (pec injury).  CB Joe Haden expected to return from concussion protocol.   RB, James Conner, (quad) OUT for MNF.

TEXANS:  Claimed RB Dontrell Hillard off waivers from the Browns.  QUESTIONALE:    CBs,  Phillip Gaines,(knee), and John Reed, (neck) RBs, Duke Johnson, (neck), and C.J. Prsoise, (ankle).    S, Lonnie Johnson, (knee).    

TITANS:  QUESTIONABLE  S, Kenny Vacaro, (illness), and   CB, Adoree Jackson, (knee), Questionable”. WRs Deebo Samuel and George Kittle OUT Sunday against Cowboys.    LB, Fred Warner, (finger), “Questionable .  RB, Raheem Mostert, (ankle), NO game designation, good to go. 

VIKINGS:  WR Tajae Sharpe has cleared waivers, now is free agent.  Waived S, Johnathan Cyprien.  Trying out K , Chandler Catanzaro.  K  Dan Bailey missed 4 FGs Sunday.   LB, Eric Kendricks (calf injury), and   TE, Kyle Rudolph, (foot), are OUT.   QUESTIONABLE: is   RB Alexander Mattison (illness).

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)

THURSDAY 12/17/20 20:20
1 FOX Chargers (4-9) 30 @ RAIDERS  (7-6) 27(OT)  4  0/4
SATURDAY  12/1920 16:30
2 NFL BILLS (10-3) 48 @ Broncos (5-8) 19 10 10/6
SATURDAY  12/1920 20:15
3 NFL Panthers (4-9) 16 @ PACKERS(10-3) 24 13 23/19
SUNDAY 12/20/20 13:00
4 CBS 49’ERS (5-8) 33 @ Cowboys (4-9) 41 2 23/17
5 FOX SEAHAWKS  (9-4) 20 @ Football Team (6-7) 15 7 30/24
6 FOX Bears (6-7) 33  @ VIKINGS (6-7) 27 5 30/19
7 CBS Patriots (6-7) 12 @ DOLPHINS(8-5) 22 1 31/20
8 CBS Jaguars (1-12) 14 @ RAVENS(8-5) 40 15 46/35
9 FOX BUCCANEERS (8-5) 31 @ Falcons (4-9) 27 8 54/43
10 CBS Lions (5-8) 25 @ TITANS (9-4) 46 9 63/52
11 CBS Texans (4-9) 20 @ COLTS( 9-4) 27 12 75/64
SUNDAY 12/20//20 16:05
12 FOX Eagles (4-8-1)  26 @ CARDINALS (7-6) 33 11 86/75
13 FOX Jets (0-13) 23 @ RAMS (9-4) 20 16 86/59
SUNDAY 12/20//20 16:25
14 CBS CHIEFS (12-1) 32 @ Saints  (10-3) 29 3 89/61
SUNDAY 12/20//20 20:20
15 NBC BROWNS  (9-4) 20 @ Giants (5-8) 6 6 95/67
MONDAY 12/21//20 2015
ESPN STEELERS(11-2) 17 @ Bengals (2-10-1) 27 14 95/53
Points Possible 136 70%/39%
Tie Break (Total score Last Game) 40 9/4
Total 44 56%/25%
Points Off -4

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