Normalcy returns to 10-for-10 this week. We didn't have any traitors/fans dialogue as all 199 picked the Cowboys this week. Cowboys won! This was a normal week.
Over the past two years, we have had huge week #1 numbers of participants. Then, each week, there are fewer and fewer. By the end of the season, only half (or fewer) remain.
This week, that tide was reversed. We did have seven miss week #6 who had played in week #5. But, eight returned this week who had missed week #5. And, we had nine new players this week. So, we actually had ten more this week than last week - not normal, but a good thing.
Here is the participation table:
|Week||Played This Week||Missed This Week||Total|
As a consensus, we got more right this week than wrong. Our ten wins were strong; two were unanimous (199-0). However, four of our five losses were bad. Because of them, there are no new new Hall of Fame members (read more about that below).
Here are our results this week:
|Week #6 Results (Home in CAPS)|
|Win||Winners (we're great)||Lose|
|119||CHICAGO||New York Giants||4|
|Win||Losers (we're bleep)||Lose|
|14||NEW ENGLAND||New Orleans||92|
|18||Pittsburgh||NEW YORK JETS||82|
|Win||Pretty Even (we're indecisive)||Lose|
There are had four teams - Denver, Jacksonville, New Orleans, and St. Louis - that we had picked correctly week as a group. Two remain (Denver - picked to win each week; Jacksonville - picked to lose each week). We missed our first Saints and Rams games, as we picked the Saints to beat the Patriots in Foxboro and we picked the Rams to lose in Houston.
Here's a look at how we have picked each team, each week (first letter - our pick; second letter - actual result):
|Picks/Results for Each Team/Each Week|
|Team||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 14||Wk 15||Wk 16||Wk 17||W||L|
|New York Giants||LL||LL||WL||LL||LL||LL||5||1|
|New York Jets||LW||LL||LW||LL||LW||WL||2||4|
For the second week in a row, we maintain a lead the Front Page Writers. Each week, One.Cool.Customer hosts a pick-em page where all the FPWs offer picks in every game for the week. I track their consensus picks for each game and compare it to our consensus for each game. Last week, we took the lead on them. This week, our preferences were the same as their consensus picks in all fifteen games. So, we maintain our two game lead.
Here is that updated table:
|2013 10-for-10 Consensus vs. Front Page Writers|
|Week||10-for-10 Wins||10-for-10 Losses||Front Page Wins||Front Page Losses|
Well, another week has come and gone, and the Hall of Fame has no new entries (I said this last week as well). Some came close. Two got as far as 9-for-9, but the Colts let them down on Monday night. We actually had twenty-five finish 9-for-10 this week. Eighteen had the Texans as their only miss; two each missed with Colts and Jets; and, one only missed the Vikings.Seventy-two more missed two, including our overall leader.
If you finished 9-for-10 (listed below), then you gained ground on the overall lead. If you finished 8-for-10 (also listed below), then you maintained your deficit. Everyone else - including me - lost ground. I lost two more games to him as I went "all homer", missed four of my first five, and then closed 5-for-5 on the late/night games.I have dropped five games in the past two weeks, and am now WAY back (almost in another ZIP code).
Congratulations to lsttexas for holding onto the lead for a third consecutive week, and for maintaining a two game lead over the field. However, others are gaining on him. Five are now tied for third, three off the lead. And, nine more are now only four back.
Here are the top scores this week, and the top scores on the overall leaderboard. KD will have all 278 scores when he posts the complete leaderboard on his next contest page.
|Top Scores This Week|
|Week #6||Score||Week #6||Score||Overall||Score||Overall||Score|
|Beast3n||9||Hookem Up||8||CowboyBaby||44||Oh Hai Doggy||41|
|CowboyBaby||9||InkedKing||8||Realist Larry||44||Portland's Cowboy fan||41|
|iidacii||9||JDobermans||8||BigHat in NewTexas||43||traceabides||41|
|j-man||9||Kegbearer||8||I am Ironman!!!||43||Wreck'emCowboys||41|
|Joe Ferraiola||9||Lajitas Lava||8||jakezze01||43||ziggy 19||41|
|Mikellie||9||LoboTX||8||jstaubach||43||9_to_88 all day||40|
|mikemc68||9||Longdistance fan||8||neon greon||43||Babygirl71||40|
|MSM33||9||lucke||8||Sean N||43||Cowboy Joe||40|
|Oh Hai Doggy||9||Max2||8||spur_for_life||43||CowboysBarry||40|
|Portland's Cowboy fan||9||mehrans9||8||swanhooch||43||D_Carter||40|
|Realist Larry||9||meisternance||8||Tallgrass Prairie||43||Enja||40|
|Sean N||9||milehightexan||8||Allan Uy||42||hookerhome||40|
|behind.enemylines||8||Rex Pfister||8||Hookem Up||42||MUTTS||40|
|BoydNation||8||Scurrah Jurrah||8||Lajitas Lava||42||Nord15||40|
|Canadian Cowboy_74||8||since '66||8||meisternance||42||Panzer84||40|
|Cowboy Joe||8||StarloverinWNC||8||skinny post||42||Souna21||40|
|CowboyinExile||8||Switters023||8||Through Thick And Thin||42||TheDemolitionDan||40|
|CowboyNeal||8||TARHEEL PAUL||8||Travlr||42||22 tied with||39|
|cowboyswin||8||Tennessee_Jed||8||Antonio S||41||19 tied with||38|
|cowdog||8||The Big Jim||8||Canadian Cowboy_74||41||14 tied with||37|
|Cowtoys||8||TheDemolitionDan||8||cowboyswin||41||6 tied with||36|
|dsmith12||8||traceabides||8||cwby4lf||41||6 tied with||35|
|f the romo haters||8||westmodelmarket||8||EchoEcho||41||5 tied with||33|
|fs65||8||wittenfan||8||HLCJ69||41||3 tied with||32|
|Gabby||8||66 tied with||7||Jebediah Flibberbrush||41||5 tied with||31|
**NOTE** I updated my table to fix "txcomets" with "bcomets", and I deleted the paragraph that followed when I fixed the table just above here. Let me redo the following paragraph:
This is another interesting week. Many games can go either way (I know, all games can go either way, or they wouldn't play them). Cowboys are early this week, so no late picks. Peyton goes home to Indy. Broncos are vulnerable (Cowboys showed how to score on them and JAGS showed how to slow them down; Colts know Peyton better than anyone). We have two winless teams at home. Will one of them get that elusive first win? JAGS are hosting three-time-zone Chargers, and the Vikings are looking to Josh Freeman, fresh off the street - to lead them against the Giants. We got burned last Monday night. How do we pick this one?
We also have winless Tampa Bay traveling to mighty Atlanta - mighty 1-4 Atlanta that has lost three straight and only didn't lose last week because it was their bye week. I bet we pick Atlanta this week 150-6, same as Houston last week at home to the Rams.
In response to complaints about each week's contest not being up quickly enough, I am - beginning this week - going to begin taking two weeks at a time. You may pick any combination on here and KD's page - week #7 Thursday Game Only, week #7 all ten, week #8 Thursday Game Only, week #8 all ten...
If you wish to make early picks on here for either weeks #7 or #8, I ask you honor these guidelines:
- Put what you are picking in the subject line (Week #7 - Thursday, Week #8, etc.). That will help me tremendously.
- Make your winners bold. The easiest way is to use asterisks before and after your selection. For example, Minnesota at *NEW YORK GIANTS* will look like Minnesota at NEW YORK GIANTS; or, Minnesota at *NEW YORK GIANTS* will look like Minnesota at NEW YORK GIANTS.
- Be sure to pick the Cowboys game. This is mandatory.
- Once you have made your ten selections, please delete the other games. That makes my life easier when I am tabulating close to two hundred picks each week.
- Please don't pick the Thursday night game after it has kicked off (or, worse, include it in picks that you post on Saturday or Sunday morning).
- When KD puts up his new contest page, please stop posting picks on here and post them on KD's page. It is easier on me if only one page is actively posting picks. I will still monitor both pages and will record your picks, wherever they are posted.
WEEK #7 (only fifteen games):
Thursday, October 17:
Seattle at ARIZONA
Sunday, October 20:
Tampa Bay at ATLANTA
St. Louis at CAROLINA
Cincinnati at DETROIT
San Diego at JACKSONVILLE
Buffalo at MIAMI
New England at NEW YORK JETS
Dallas at PHILADELPHIA (mandatory; must include)
Chicago at WASHINGTON
San Francisco at TENNESSEE
Cleveland at GREEN BAY
Houston at KANSAS CITY
Baltimore at PITTSBURGH
Denver at INDIANAPOLIS
Monday, October 21:
Minnesota at NEW YORK GIANTS
If you went to make early picks on any or all week #8 games, here is that list.
WEEK #8 (only thirteen games):
Thursday, October 24:
Carolina at TAMPA BAY
Sunday, October 27:
Dallas at DETROIT (mandatory; must include)
San Francisco vs JACKSONVILLE (in London)
Cleveland at KANSAS CITY
Miami at NEW ENGLAND
Buffalo at NEW ORLEANS
New York Giants at PHILADELPHIA
New York Jets at CINCINNATI
Pittsburgh at OAKLAND
Atlanta at ARIZONA
Washington at DENVER
Green Bay at MINNESOTA
Monday, October 28:
Seattle at ST. LOUIS