NFL CONFIDENCE PICKS WEEK 13 NFL 12/03-06-07-08/2020

RAVENS: QB Lamar Jackson  rushes for 94 yds.  RB Gus Edwards added 101 yds rushing, and RB J.K. Dobbins added 71 rushing yds in Tuesdsy’s victory over the Cowboys.


FOOTBALL TEAM ENDS

  1. STEELERS UNDEFEATED SEASON 23-17.BILLS get 1st MNF WIN since 1999
  2. BENGALS Safety SHAWN WILLIAMS and TITANS  TEAIR TART,  suspended 1 game.  For violations of UNNESSARY ROUGHNESS, and UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT.  Each one INTENTIONALLY STEPPED on an opposing player WILLIAMS stepped on the leg of DOLPHIN G SOLOMON KINDLEY as players were untangling themselves from a pile at the end of a play just before halftime.     TART stepped on the leg of  BROWNS  G  WYATT TELLER after he had knocked Tart into the backfield and away from a second-quarter play.      Each one will most likely file an appeal.

PACKERS:  QB Aaron Rodgers 1st player in NFL history to throw 35 TDs in 5 different seasons.  Rodgers is in 7th place behind Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, and Phillip Rivers in CAREER TD passes

PATRIOTS:  QB Cam Newton becomes FIRST QB in NFL history to have 4 games in a season with more than 1 RUSHING TD

VETERAN KICKER RETIRES: 35 Year old Stephen Hauschka is retiring after 13 seasons. Began career with RAVENS (2008-2009).  Then moved to Broncos for 2010 season.  Hauschka is most know for his six season with the Seahawks.  He played in 2 Super Bowls with a win in 2014.  A very reliable KICKER makin 88.8% of 197 FG attempts with the Seahawks, and 95.1% of  extra point tries. He moved to play for the BILLS in 2017.  Successfully making 87.9% o  33 attempts. and scoring the only 3 points in their loss (10-3) in the wild card game with the Jaguars.  He became a JAGUAR in 2020 but was cut after an 0-2 showing.  Career wise he ended with a FG85.2%, an EP of 95.7%.  A career long FG of 58 yds.  and 1149 points scored

FORMER RB: LaGarrette Blount officially retiring. Blount began his career as an undrafted free agent with the TITANS in 2010. But joined the BUCCANEERS, before the 2010 season.  He played the 2014 season with the STEELERS between 2 stints with the PATIROTS.  2017 saw with the EAGLES, and finished his career in 2018 playing for the LIONS   Blount last played in 2018.  He played with 6 different teams in his 9 year NFL career.  Spanning his nine-year career, Blount ran for 6,306 yards in and scored 56 touchdowns in the regular season. In eleven career playoff games, Blount totaled 600 yards and eleven TDs.

RAVENS/STEELERS:  Pass Wednesday COVID-19 tests

STEELERS, CHIEFS, SAINTS:  Can clinch playoff berths this week. 

BEARS:  QUESTIONABLE: QB Nick Foles (hip), DT Akiem Hicks (hamstring), G Germain Ifedi (calf), T Charles Leno (toe), LB Khalil Mack (back), WR Darnell Mooney (knee), WR Allen Robinson (knee), LB James Vaughters (knee), LB Josh Woods (foot)

BENGALS:  OUT: CB Tony Brown (hamstring), G Alex Redmond (concussion);   QUESTIONABLE: DT Christian Covington (illness), C B.J. Finney (back), LS Clark Harris (illness), CB Darius Phillips (illness), WR Mike Thomas (hamstring), DT Xavier Williams (back), S Brandon Wilson (hamstring)

BRONCOS:  OUT: S Trey Marshall;   QUESTIONABLE: WR Jerry Jeudy (ankle), RB Phillip Lindsay (knee), LB Malik Reed (shin)

BROWNS:   OUT: WR Khadarel Hodge (hamstring), WR Taywan Taylor (neck), CB Denzel Ward (calf);    QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Harris (ankle), DT Vincent Taylor (knee)

CARDINALS:   OUT: S Jalen Thompson (ankle);  QUESTIONABLE: DT Angelo Blackson (illness), DT Rashard Lawrence (calf), S Charles Washington (groin)

CHARGERS:  DOUBTFUL: LB Denzel Perryman (back); QUESTIONABLE RB Kalen Ballage (ankle), CB Casey Hayward Jr. (groin), DE Uchenna Nwosu (chest), WR Joe Reed.

CHIEFS:  OUT: LB Dorian O’Daniel (ankle);  QUESTIONABLE: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness).

COLTS: Acitvated DT DeForest Buckner from COVID-19 reserve list.  OUT: T Anthony Castonzo (knee), LB Bobby Okereke (ankle), P Rigoberto Sanchez (illness), S Khari Willis (back, quadricep);   QUESTIONABLE: T Chaz Green (back), TE Noah Togiai (knee).

COWBOYS: OL Zack Martin on injured reserve; for at least 3 games.

DOLPHINS: QB Tua Tagovailoa (left thumb injury), is EXPECTED TO START SUNDAY’S GAME AGAINST the Bengals.   DOUBTFUL: RB Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), RB DeAndre Washington (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: G Solomon Kindley (foot), WR Malcolm Perry (chest), 

EAGLES:  OUT: S Rudy Ford (hamstring);  QUESTIONABLE: CB Darius Slay (calf)

FALCONS:  WR Julio Jones (hamstring) and RB Todd Gurley (knee) questionable for Sunday’s game against Saints this week. WR Calvin Ridley missed Friday practice, with foot and ankle problems.  OUT: G James Carpenter (groin);  QUESTIONABLE: DE Dante Fowler (hamstring),  , CB Kendall Sheffield (illness)

GIANTS: QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.   QUESTIONABLE: LB David Mayo (knee)

JAGUARS: Jaguars:  OUT: LB Dakota Allen (hamstring), LB Kamalei Correa (hamstring), TE Ben Ellefson (knee), DT Davon Hamilton (knee), CB Sidney Jones (Achilles); QUESTIONABLE: WR Chris Conley (hip), T Jawaan Taylor (knee), S Jarrod Wilson (shoulder)

JETS:  FIRED: DC Greg Williams after questionable call which kept the team on its losing streak.  OUT: G Alex Lewis (not injury related);   QUESTIONABLE: G Pat Elflein (shoulder), T George Fant (knee, ankle

LIONS:  OUT: WR Kenny Golladay (hip), DE Da’Shawn Hand (groin), CB Jeff Okudah (shoulder);   QUESTIONABLE: DE Austin Bryant (thigh), QB Matthew Stafford (right thumb), RB D’Andre Swift (illness), S Tracy Walker (not injury related)

PACKERS:   OUT: C Corey Linsley (knee);   QUESTIONABLE: LB Krys Barnes (calf), RB Tyler Ervin (ribs), LB Za’Darius Smith (ankle).

PATRIOTS:    QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin), DL Adam Butler (shoulder), DL Byron Cowart (back), DB Kyle Dugger (toe), K Nick Folk (back), TE Ryan Izzo (hamstring, hand), CB J.C. Jackson (hip), FB Jakob Johnson (knee), G Shaq Mason (calf), QB Cam Newton (abdomen), WR Matthew Slater (knee), RB J.J. Taylor (quadricep).

PANTHERS: Place 8 on COVID-19/reserve list.  They are WRs DJ Moore, and Curtis Samuels.  Others are, Derrick Brown, Zach Kerr, Shaq Thompson, Greg Little, Michael Palardy ,and practice squad receiver Ishmael Hyman

RAIDERS: RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Jets.  OUT: S Johnathan Abram (knee), DT Maliek Collins (hamstring, ankle),  QUESTIONABLE: DT Maurice Hurst (ankle, calf), CB Isaiah Johnson (groin), CB Trayvon Mullen (illness)

RAMS:   OUT: LB Terrell Lewis (knee); QUESTIONABLE: C Brian Allen (knee), DT Sebastian Joseph (hip)   

RAVENS: ACTIVATE QB Lamar Jackson. ALSO on activation list are, FB Patrick Richard, LS Morgan Cox, and DT Justin Madubuike.   Activate RB Mark Ingram; along with DLs Calais Campbell, and Jihad Ward.  QB LAMAR JACKSON EXPECTED TO START TUESDAY AGAINST COWBOYS.  Removed from COVID-19 list are J.K. Dobbins, Matt Skura, Pernell McPhee, and Patrick Mekari.    WR Dez Bryant OUT tests COVID-19 positive.

SAINTS:  OUT: WR Marquez Callaway (knee), DE Marcus Davenport (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), RB Ty Montgomery (hamstring);  QUESTIONABLE: WR Deonte Harris (neck), CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring)

SEAHAWKS: WR Josh Gordon granted conditional reinstatement from his PED suspension,; and will be able to play in weeks 16-17.    DOUBTFUL: CB Tre Flowers (hamstring), RB Travis Homer (wrist, knee), T Brandon Shell (ankle);   QUESTIONABLE: DE Carlos Dunlap (foot), G Kyle Fuller (ankle), RB Carlos Hyde (toe), G Damien Lewis (groin).  DT Mone FIRST player on COVID-19/reserve list. Call up OT Chad Wheeler from practice squad

STEELERS LB Bud Dupree to miss rest of season with a torn ACL, received in Wednesday’s game against the Ravens.

TEXANS:  OUT: RB Cullen Gillaspia (back), RB C.J. Prosise (illness);   QUESTIONABLE: DT Ross Blacklock (illness)

TITANS: OUT:: CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), TE Jonnu Smith (knee), T Isaiah Wilson (illness);     QUESTIONABLE: G Rodger Saffold (ankle), DT Jeffery Simmons (knee).  DE Jadeveon Clowney OUT for Season, after knee surgery.  Will become a free agent in March, after healing from the surgery. 

VIKINGS:  OUT: TE Irv Smith (back), DE D.J. Wonnum (ankle, back)

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.

STEELERS LB Bud Dupree to miss rest of season with a torn ACL, received in Wednesday’s game against the Ravens.

BYES: BUCCANEERSPANTHERS

(All Times EST)

GAME # TV VISITOR SCORE   HOME SCORE CONFIDENCE RUNNING SCORE
THUR 12/03//20 20:20
         
NO GAME MOVED TO TUESDAY 20:05
   
SUNDAY 12/06/20 13:00
1 CBS Browns 8-3) 41 @ TITANS (8-3) 35 8 0/8
2 FOX SAINTS  (6-2 21 @ Falcons    (4-7) 16 5 5/3
3 CBS RAIDERS   (6-5) 31 @ Jets (0-11) 28 10 15/7
4 CBS Jaguars      (1-10) 24 @ VIKINGS  (5-6) 27 OT) 11 26/18
5 CBS Bengals      2-8-1) 7 @ DOLPHINS (7-4) 19 15 41/33
6 CBS COLTS   (7-4) 26 @ Texans (4-7) 20 7 48/40
7 CBS Lions (5-6) 34 @ BEARS(5-6) 30 6 48/36
SUNDAY 12/06//20 16:05
8 FOX RAMS (7-4) 38 @ Cardinals (6-5) 28 4 52/40
9 FOX Giants (4-7) 17 @ SEAHAWKS (8-4) 12 13 52/27
SUNDAY 12/06//20 16:25
10 CBS Eagles       (3-2-1) 16 @ PACKERS   (8-3) 30 12 64/39
11 CBS Patriots    (5-7) 45 @ CHARGERS   (3-7) 0 2 64/37
SUNDAY 12/06//20 20:20
12 NBC Broncos7-4) 16 @ CHIEFS    (10-1) 22 14 78/51
MONDAY 12/07//20 17:00
13 FOX Football Team (4-7) 23 @ STEELERS (11-0) 17 9 78/42
MONDAY 12/07/20 20:15
14  ESPN BILLS(8-3) 34 @ 49’ers (5-6) 24 3

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TUESDAY 12/08//20 20:05
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GAMES
 FOX Cowboys (3-8) 17 @ RAVENS   (6-5)
34 1 82/46
Points Possible 120 68%/38%
Tie Break (Total score Last Game) 47
Total 51
Points Off -4
GAMES 96 60%/40%

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