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KD's 10-for-10 - Week #15 Update

Who would have thought? The unbeaten and unbeatable Packers had a tiny speed bump on the way to a perfect season - a mediocre team that had just fired its coach. And, at the other extreme, the hapless (and Manning-less) Colts, with no prospects of victory this season, only had to lose one more to clinch the "Suck for Luck" title.

On Topsy-Turvy Day, the unthinkable happened. The unbeatable Packers were beatable, and the worst team in the league knocked off a team that was playing with a playoff berth on the line.

You know what? I was sitting at my desk during the afternoon, after the morning services at my church and before the final presentation of our Christmas musical. I had the bootleg stream going of NFL RedZone, so I got to see a good chunk of each game. Neither one looked like an upset. Chiefs outplayed the Packers, and the Colts definitely outplayed the Titans.

Last week, I offered you an opportunity to not only enter your week #15 picks early (catch the "gimme" Thursday night game and get in the Cowboys game before you forgot), but I also offered you a chance to "pre-post week #16 picks.

Some of you did take me up on that. So, in the spirit of Christmas giving, and knowing that many of you still have travel in the days ahead, I am offering you a chance to pick both weeks #16 and #17 this week.

Obviously, with the train wreck of upsets this week (Colts and Chiefs, but also Redskins, Eagles, and night games), there are no 10-for-10s this week. And, there is no change at the very top of the leaderboard, although the top ten got shuffled a bit.

Here's this week's full report...

We did lose a few people this week, as only sixty-eight made picks on time. Here is the weekly participation table:

Participation
Week Submitted Skipped Total
1 81 0 81
2 86 26 112
3 96 30 126
4 86 43 129
5 76 53 129
6 80 53 133
7 74 61 135
8 77 62 139
9 80 66 146
10 79 73 152
11 75 80 155
12 76 80 156
13 73 84 157
14 76 82 158
15 68 90 158

For the third week in a row, there are no 10-for-10s. We started out great, as a bunch of got unanimously picked the Falcons against the Jaguars. Then, a bunch more of us unanimously picked the Cowboys.

Those games were fine, and there was talk in the comments about a bunch of 10-for-10s. But, then came the early game carnage. By the time the early games were over, nearly everyone had missed at least two (mostly the Packers loss and the Colts win). Congrats to Panzer84, the only one to pick the Colts. No one picked the Chiefs.

Pile on the Houston loss, and the other losses where most of us either picked against an NFC East rival, or picked fearsome AFC teams to win on the road at night three time zones away.

Our consensus was probably the worst it has been this year. We only picked eight winners, but six were solid (five were unanimous). We had five bad losses and three not-so-bad losses. Here are our composite scores for the week:

Week #14 Results (Home in CAPS)
Win Winners (we're great) Lose
68 Dallas TAMPA BAY 0
66 New Orleans MINNESOTA 0
62 Cincinnati ST. LOUIS 0
48 ATLANTA Jacksonville 0
46 ARIZONA Cleveland 0
40 New England DENVER 3
18 Detroit OAKLAND 9
Win Losers (we're bleep) Lose
0 KANSAS CITY Green Bay 64
1 INDIANAPOLIS Tennessee 56
5 Carolina HOUSTON 41
9 Washington NEW YORK GIANTS 27
7 SAN DIEGO Baltimore 24
4 PHILADELPHIA New York Jets 19
7 SAN FRANCISCO Pittsburgh 14
Win Pretty Even (we're indifferent) Lose
10 Seattle CHICAGO 13

The only perfect score this week was Rat-Pack. He submitted Thursday-Saturday picks and got both right. Sadly, he never got back with the other eight picks; so, his perfect record was 2-0. The best records for the week were the 8-for-10s posted on Sunday by liquidblake and slowmotion80, and matched on Monday by qbfannn and Travlr.

Congrats again to Jebediah Flibberbrush for continuing to maintain his slim overall lead, even though he had a tough week. His picks were all safe, but he missed four to allow the other leaders to close the gap. His safe picks (that were losses): Packers and Titans on the road; and, Giants and Texans at home; all, against weak opponents). He is still one ahead, but he has a new runnerup - illcowboy is back knocking at the door.

Here is the leaderboard, with the top scores this week the overall top scores:

Leaderboard
Week #14 Score Overall Score
liquidblake 8 Jebediah Flibberbrush 112
qbfannn 8 illcowboy 111
slowmotion80 8 Hookem Up 110
Travlr 8 mdlusk 109
@Tonekupone 7 ChiaCrack 108
Alpha 7 qbfannn 108
Ben24626 7 Travlr 108
BigBad Joe 7 ziggy 19 107
demarcus94 7 wittenfan 106
Hookem Up 7 Alpha 105
illcowboy 7 Benthere 105
meisternance 7 BigBad Joe 105
Nord15 7 JLMax09 105
One.Cool.Customer 7 Specific 105
Panzer84 7 tattooed cowboy 105
tattooed cowboy 7 One.Cool.Customer 104
ziggy 19 7 Panzer84 104
1Bullseye 6 scotscowboyfan 104
Aaron Burtram 6 Allan Uy 103
Allan Uy 6 GordBerl 103
Benthere 6 Pnut Gallery 103
CDMac24 6 1Bullseye 102
ChiaCrack 6 hookerhome 102
Cowboys_Attack 6 BishopWest 101
D_Carter 6 jstaubach 101
DarkKnight88 6 meisternance 101
Englishneil 6 Jason Pai 100
GordBerl 6 Jeremiah_24 100
Hatchetman337 6 lxblssng 100
HLCJ69 6 Rat-Pack 100
hookerhome 6 Antonio S 99
I am Ironman!!! 6 D_Carter 99
jazzbo251 6 Nord15 99
Jebediah Flibberbrush 6 demarcus94 98
Jeremiah_24 6 kitten mittens 98
JLMax09 6 Portland's Cowboy fan 98
j-man 6 WA_Cowboy 98
KD Drummond 6 Englishneil 97
LiveNDieBlue 6 jazzbo251 97
lxblssng 6 Tuna Helper 97
mdlusk 6 Grady90 96
Portland's Cowboy fan 6 88Deztined46 95
scotscowboyfan 6 Cowboys_Attack 95
Specific 6 neon greon 95
StarloverinWNC 6 TARHEEL PAUL 95
strobman 6 I am Ironman!!! 94
thehogster65 6 jakezze01 93
WA_Cowboy 6 cproctor6 92
Antonio S 5 liquidblake 91
cproctor6 5 KD Drummond 90
Grady90 5 StarloverinWNC 90
Jason Pai 5 @Tonekupone 87
Jessy S 5 Enja 87
jstaubach 5 Jessy S 86
kitten mittens 5 starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 86
nikeorlipstick 5 DarkKnight88 85
Pnut Gallery 5 Hatchetman337 80
TARHEEL PAUL 5 dbunny8it 79
ThatRodneyGuy 5 reron79 78
Timmy G 5 2 tied with 70

I have something new for you this week. Many have asked for average scores, so those who joined 10-for-10 during the season can compare their scores against those who have played every week. So, I added that into my spreadsheet, and the following table has all of the active players sorted by average weekly score.

For tabulation purposes, I excluded these people from the "active" section of the spreadsheet: those who have not participated for the past three consecutive weeks (or more) AND those who have played six weeks or fewer. So, if you have joined recently, and only played two or three weeks, you're included. If you played the first ten weeks and then left the country in November, you're included. But, if you dabbled for a couple of weeks early in the season and dropped out, you're not included.

Congratulations to Aaron Burtram and to the other two who have averages higher than our overall leader. I'm sure that each is thinking, "Man, if I had joined this contest at the beginning of the season...".

Here's that new table:

Average per week
Name Total Weeks Average
Aaron Burtram 55 7 7.8571
bcg08 46 6 7.6667
HLCJ69 45 6 7.5000
Jebediah Flibberbrush 112 15 7.4667
illcowboy 111 15 7.4000
Hookem Up 110 15 7.3333
strobman 44 6 7.3333
mdlusk 109 15 7.2667
ChiaCrack 108 15 7.2000
qbfannn 108 15 7.2000
Travlr 108 15 7.2000
Jason Pai 100 14 7.1429
Jeremiah_24 100 14 7.1429
LilZtretch 50 7 7.1429
ziggy 19 107 15 7.1333
reron79 78 11 7.0909
cproctor6 92 13 7.0769
D_Carter 99 14 7.0714
Nord15 99 14 7.0714
wittenfan 106 15 7.0667
Alpha 105 15 7.0000
Benthere 105 15 7.0000
BigBad Joe 105 15 7.0000
JLMax09 105 15 7.0000
Specific 105 15 7.0000
tattooed cowboy 105 15 7.0000
demarcus94 98 14 7.0000
kitten mittens 98 14 7.0000
Portland's Cowboy fan 98 14 7.0000
WA_Cowboy 98 14 7.0000
LiveNDieBlue 70 10 7.0000
NJcowboysFAN 56 8 7.0000
IMHO 49 7 7.0000
nikeorlipstick 49 7 7.0000
Rome One 21 3 7.0000
j-man 14 2 7.0000
One.Cool.Customer 104 15 6.9333
Panzer84 104 15 6.9333
scotscowboyfan 104 15 6.9333
Englishneil 97 14 6.9286
jazzbo251 97 14 6.9286
Tuna Helper 97 14 6.9286
StarloverinWNC 90 13 6.9231
dsmith12 55 8 6.8750
InkedKing 55 8 6.8750
Allan Uy 103 15 6.8667
GordBerl 103 15 6.8667
Pnut Gallery 103 15 6.8667
1Bullseye 102 15 6.8000
hookerhome 102 15 6.8000
The Penguin 68 10 6.8000
88Deztined46 95 14 6.7857
Cowboys_Attack 95 14 6.7857
neon greon 95 14 6.7857
TARHEEL PAUL 95 14 6.7857
Ben24626 61 9 6.7778
Rummob 54 8 6.7500
Babygirl71 27 4 6.7500
BishopWest 101 15 6.7333
jstaubach 101 15 6.7333
meisternance 101 15 6.7333
I am Ironman!!! 94 14 6.7143
CDMac24 47 7 6.7143
@Tonekupone 87 13 6.6923
lxblssng 100 15 6.6667
Rat-Pack 100 15 6.6667
slowmotion80 60 9 6.6667
ThatRodneyGuy 20 3 6.6667
jakezze01 93 14 6.6429
Pearson88 53 8 6.6250
starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 86 13 6.6154
Antonio S 99 15 6.6000
thehogster65 59 9 6.5556
DarkKnight88 85 13 6.5385
liquidblake 91 14 6.5000
Rohpuri 65 10 6.5000
Timmy G 65 10 6.5000
FuriousDman 58 9 6.4444
KD Drummond 90 14 6.4286
Grady90 96 15 6.4000
Dezstroyer88 70 11 6.3636
Enja 87 14 6.2143
Hatchetman337 80 13 6.1538
tsylvest 49 8 6.1250
dbunny8it 79 13 6.0769
Transplanted Texan 18 3 6.0000
JakBandit 12 2 6.0000
Jessy S 86 15 5.7333

Finally, here are the final two weeks of the season. If you want/need to pre-post your picks for either/both weeks, please feel free to make your picks on this FanPost. I will take care of tabulating them and acknowledging them on KD's next contest page, when it comes out. Remember, all normal "Sunday" games are on Saturday (Christmas Eve) this week. Last week, this upcoming Thursday night game would have been a "gimme". Now, with the Colts winning their first game last week, and the Texans losing at home, is it a gimme this week?

Week #16 Games (all "Sunday" games on Saturday)

Houston at INDIANAPOLIS (Thu night)

Denver at BUFFALO

Miami at NEW ENGLAND

Cleveland at BALTIMORE

Jacksonville at TENNESSEE

Oakland at KANSAS CITY

New York Giants at NEW YORK JETS

Minnesota at WASHINGTON

Tampa Bay at CAROLINA

Arizona at CINCINNATI

St. Louis at PITTSBURGH

San Diego at DETROIT

Philadelphia at DALLAS

San Francisco at SEATTLE

Chicago at GREEN BAY (Sun night)

Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS (Mon night)

Bonus - Week #17 Games (update - Giants/Cowboys are now Sunday Night; I moved them to last)

New York Jets at MIAMI

Buffalo at NEW ENGLAND

Tennessee at HOUSTON

Indianapolis at JACKSONVILLE

Washington at PHILADELPHIA

Detroit at GREEN BAY

Chicago at MINNESOTA

Carolina at NEW ORLEANS

San Francisco at ST. LOUIS

Baltimore at CINCINNATI

Pittsburgh at CLEVELAND

Tampa Bay at ATLANTA

Kansas City at DENVER

San Diego at OAKLAND

Seattle at ARIZONA

Dallas at NEW YORK GIANTS

The New Year's Day schedule called for thirteen early games and three late games. The Cowboys-Giants got flexed from an early kickoff into NBC's Sunday Night Football slot. So, the winner will now literally be the last team into the playoffs.

Happy picking! Merry Christmas! Go, Cowboys!

Fear the Star!

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