NFL CONFIDENCE PICKS WEEK 18 01/05-06/2023

 

BILLS/BENGALS: Monday game cancelled becoming  a No Contest.   it was determined by the NFL that the outcome of that game would have NO impact on playoff qualification for either team as both teams have clinched a playoff berth.  Other than the fact that a win would have set up the Bills an opportunity to vie for the number 1 seed now held by the Chiefs.   The commissioner has drawn up a number of possible scenarios for the owners to vote on that could even out the results that could come about by the cancellation.

BILLS: Damar Hamlin breathing on his on.

BILLS:  Damar Hamlin now talking.  One of the first things he asked, was “Did the Bills win?”    The next step is removing him from the ventilator and have him breathing on his own.  Full neurological recovery is expected.

Ravens/Bengals game finally scheduled.

COLTS:  Finally relent and will allow QB Sam Ehlinger to start this final week.  Good Luck to Ehlinger.  To support my previously made comments on this subject.  I hope he proves me right and shows how wrong the Colts have been by overlooking him. 

I am offering up as a possible decision Colts owner Jim Irsay may be mulling around in his mind.   It seems to me Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh may become the next Colts HC.  Providing Irsay makes a feasible offer, and allows him to have more SAY in team personnel and decision making.   Makes sense to me.  I figure Harbaugh is looking for a new challenge.  What could be more challenging than turning the Colts franchise around.

CHICAGO BEARS:  Owner, Virginia Halas McCaskey,  turned 100 and with 40 years as an owner is the longest TENURED, and oldest owner in the NFL .  She became the principal owner after her brother George “Mugs” Halas died of a heart attack in 1979.   Her father George Halas Sr.  is 3rd in all time wins as a coach.  Only Don Shula and Bill Belichick have won more games.

UPDATE RE: Bills’ DAMAR HAMLIN:  Hamlin remains sedated and on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.  Doctors see progress.

BUFFALO BILLS:  RE: Damar Hamlin’s Cardiac Arrest.  It is believed to be a result of Blunt Blow to the chest during the play.

NFL has announced the Bills/Bengals game will not be resumed this week.  But have made no decision on the scheduling of week 18 Ravens/Bengals game.

No news on when or if Bills/Bengals game will be played.    Also Ravens/Bengals game is still TBD.

NFL TRIVIA:  What year was the first SUPER BOWL played, and which team claimed the honor.   (Unscramble the answer just above the pick sheet).

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.

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

BYES: NONE

1695  GBPRAAEYCKEENRS*

(All Times EST)

GAME #

TV

VISITOR

SCORE

HOME

SCORE

CONFIDENCE

RUNNING SCORE

SATURDAY

01/07/23

16:30

1

ESPN/ABC

CHIEFS (133)

31

@

Raiders (610)

13

13

13/13

SATURDAY

01/07/23

20:15

2

ESPN/ABC

Titans (79)

16

@

JAGUARS (88 )

20

9

22/22

SUNDAY

01/08/23

13:00

3

CBS

Browns  (79)

14

@

STEELERS (88)

28

1

23/23

4

FOX

Panthers (6-10)

10

@

SAINTS79)

7

4

23/19

5

FOX

Jets (79)

6

@

DOLPHINS (88)

9

5

28/24

6

FOX

Buccaneers (88)

17

@

FALCONS (88)

30

7

35/31

7

CBS

Patriots (88)

23

@

BILLS (123)

35

10

45/41

8

FOX

VIKINGS (124)

29

@

Bears (313)

13

12

57/53

9

CBS

Texans (2131)

31

@

COLTS (4111)

31

2

57/51

10

CBS

 Ravens (105)

16

 @

BENGALS (114)

27

14

71 /55

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY

01/08/23

16:25

 11

CBS

Giants(96)

16

@

EAGLES (103)

22

15

86/70

12

FOX

COWBOYS(124)

6

 @

Commanders (781 )

26

11

86/59

13

CBS

Chargers   (106)

28

@

BRONCOS(412)

31

3

89/62

14 FOX

Rams (511)

16

@

 SEAHAWKS (88 )

19(OT)

8

97/70

15

FOX

Cardinals (412 )

13

@

49’ERS (124 )

38

16

113/86

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY

01/08/23

22:20

16

NBC

Lions (88)

20

@

PACKERS (88)

16

6

113/80

GAMES

         12-4            75%/25%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        83%/ 59%

 

Points

Possible

136

Tie Break

(Total score

Last Game)

49

Total

36

Points

Off

*1965 Green Bay Packers

+13

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