Confidence Picks, Week 13 12/03,06,07 /2015

Mostly lopsided games6 this week.  Only one game decided by a field goal,  another decided by a blocked field goal.  One game went into Over time.

Thanks to a blocked field goal Cleveland showed us how to lose a tied game  with no time left on the clock.

We weren’t looking forward so much to a Monday night game featuring the 2-8 Browns Vs. the 3-7 Ravens.  One can only guess at how few people tuned in to see this game.  But what a game!   Tied at 27 with the Browns 3 seconds to go.  The Browns set up for a game winning FG, from the Ravens 33,  A 51 FG attempt.  However the Kick was low.  The Result was a low kick which was tipped  by Raven Brent Urban, making his NFL debut. Will Hill scooped up the loose ball, and returned it for a game winning TD.  Giving the Browns the worst type of   loss imaginable.

Now as to the OT game.  Who better than the New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos.  The Manning-less Broncos hung with the unbeaten Patriots.  And in the end came out on top by a score of 30-24.

Are we actually witnessing the passing of the guard from Manning to Brock Osweiler?  Seems that way Osweiler has proven his mettle.  (So far).  We all know you don’t change a horse in the middle of a stream.

I am reminded of a stretch we had in my Basketball playing days.  We had a player, for  a while that sat the bench most of the time. (unless we had a big lead),  but one night while playing one of our biggest and toughest rivals.  Due to illness and injury, the Coach had no option but to put him in.  We were down by 8 points, the final quarter. Coach told us whatever you do,  “Do not let him have the ball…”.  He did get the ball once, but passed the ball to the referee.  Long story short we came back and won.  Not that we were superstitious, but we played that player in the last quarter, at the same time he entered the previous game.  We continued this procedure until we lost a game.  I think we had a 7 game winning streak going.  DON’T CHANGE HORSES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREAM.

Now let us look at the Colts, situation.  Backup QB Hasselbeck is on a roll,  But, The Colts will be eager to insert him into the starter row as soon as possible.  Afterall he is their future.  But with an experienced pro like Hasselbeck they have the luxury of waiting until Luck is completely ready to come back.  In Hasselbeck it would appear the Colts have the best backup QB in the league

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 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.   We use the Monday night game as a TIE BREAKER.  The tie is broke by the closest to the total (that is the COMBINED score of the two participating tams) 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

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 pt on the second game and lost you would still have a Positive 1.  HOWEVER. with the same scenario new scoring system would result with a -14 score.

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 MISS COPY OF THE GAMES AND TIMES FEEL  FREE TO EMAIL ME AND TELL ME I GOOFED.

I had some requests from the people who copy and paste, for their own pool to move the network out of the score column.  I aim to please.  So I hope this is better

GOOD LUCK TO ALL.

BYE WEEK:  NONE

All Times All Times EST

GAME VISITOR SCORE   HOME SCORE CONFIDENCE RUNNING SCORE
THURSDAY 12/03/15 20::25
  1 NFL
G.B. PACKERS
 27  @ Det. Lions
  23 7 7/7
   
SUNDAY 12/06/15 13:00
 2 CBS
N.Y. JETS
 23 @ N.Y. Giants
20 (OT)  3 10/10
 3 FOX
AZ. CARDINALS 27  @ St. L. Rams  3  12 22/22
 4 FOX
 Atl. Falcons 19
 @
T.B. BUCCANEERS
23
 2 24/24
 5 FOX
 CAR. PANTHERS
41 @ N.O. Saints
 38  14  38/38
 6 FOX
STL Seahawks  38  @ Min. Vikings
 7  1  38/37
7 CBS Hou. Texans  21 @ BUF. BILLS
30  6 44/43
8 CBS
Bal. Ravens  13 @ MIA. DOLPHINS
 15  10  54/53
 9 CBS CIN. BENGALS
37 @ Cle. Browns  3 15 69/68
10 CBS
J’ville Jaguars  39 @ TN. TITANS
 42  4  73/72
11  FOX  S.F. 49’ers  26 @ CHI. BEARS
20 (OT)
 8 73/64
SUNDAY
12/06/15 
 16:05
 




 12 CBS
 DEN. BRONCOS
17 @  S.D. Chargers 3  11 84/75
13  CBS K.C. CHIEFS
34  @  Oak. Raiders  20  5 89/79
 SUNDAY 12/06/15 16:25
 



14 FOX Phi. Eagles
35
 @ N.E. PATRIOTS
 28  16 89/63
SUNDAY 12/06/15 20:30
15 NBC  Indy Colts  10  @ PIT. STEELERS
45  13 102/76

   

MONDAY
12/07/2015 20:30
16 ESPN   Dal. Cowboys  19  @ WA. REDSKINS
 16 9  102/65

75%/48%

Tie Breaker (Monday 2 team total last game)  42
Actual Score  35
Points Off  +7
Possible Points 136