KD's 10-for-10 - 2013 Holiday Bonus #2

Ready for the Holidays? Want to post early for weeks #15-17?

My first Holiday Bonus was included in my week #11 FanPost. I have been taking early picks for both Thanksgiving weekend (week #13) and the current week (week #14). The past two years, our participation dropped off sharply the final weeks of each season. The Holiday Bonus FanPosts offer you an opportunity to post your picks at your convenience and not miss because of travels and travails.

This is the second of two Holiday Bonus 10-for-10 FanPosts. There won't be any updates or reports (those will still be in my regular FanPosts), but there will be the opportunity to submit up to three weeks' worth of picks:

  • Week #15 - Dec 12, 15-16 (final NFL Network Thursday game)
  • Week #16 - December 22-23 (final ESPN Monday game)
  • Week #17 - December 29 (doubleheaders on both CBS and FOX; NBC selects its game on December 24)

Byes were over in week #12. Each of these weeks will have a full slate of sixteen games. By design, all games in week #17 are division games. The NFL wants all closing games to be relevant and meaningful.

Week #15 - final NFL Network game. I guess the three hundred Toilet Bowls fill up the weekly schedules as we move into December. There will be no Thursday games after December 12.

Week #16 - weekend before Christmas - final ESPN Monday night game. That Sunday will be busy, with ten early games, four late games, and then Sunday night (and Monday night).

Week #17 - weekend between Christmas and New Year's - all games on Sunday, December 29. The rules are different for the final week. The original schedule has nothing for NBC. One of the games will be selected by NBC on Tuesday, December 24, and flexed into the Sunday night season closer. The past two seasons, NBC chose the Cowboys for its week #17 season finale

All week #17 games are currently assigned to their "normal" networks. Neither NFL nor ESPN will broadcast games during week #17. Every game that is not played in a western time zone is originally scheduled for the early slot. The only games originally scheduled for late slots are the four games at Arizona, Oakland, San Diego, and Seattle.

Both CBS and FOX are permitted to show doubleheaders after taking turns during the first sixteen weeks. They will each probably move more appealing games to their late-afternoon slots as well (after NBC picks its game).

I will edit this FanPost to adjust the game order each time that NBC and the NFL flex their scheduling muscles.

ADJUSTMENT #1 - NBC has flexed Chicago-Philadelphia into the week #16 Sunday Night slot, bumping New England-Baltimore back into the late (doubleheader) slot on CBS. I have adjusted the week #16 lineup below.

ADJUSTMENT #2 - As expected, after the Cowboys' win at Washington, NBC chose - for the third year in a row - to flex the Cowboys into the season-ending Sunday night slot. There are two games with "play-in" implications (winner wins the division, loser goes home), and they chose Philadelphia-Dallas over Green Bay-Chicago. FOX is featuring the other game in its late doubleheader slot, and has also moved Tampa Bay-New Orleans to the late slot. CBS has added Buffalo-New England to its late game schedule. I have adjusted the week #17 lineup below to match the new schedule.

Feel free to post any/all picks on here for the next three weeks (Thursday Game Only or the complete 10-for-10). Remember, just as on KD's weekly contest page, that you must submit all picks before the early games kickoff on Sunday in order to score 10-for-10. Late entries (late afternoon and night games) are only accepted when the Cowboys play later. After the Cowboys game kicks off (early or late) - no more entries.

You may split your picks between this page (say, Thursday Only) and KD's contest page (Sunday-Monday games). It doesn't matter to me. As long as picks are posted SOMEWHERE, I will find them and count them.

It would make my life easier if you could include the week number in your subject line, but I'm sure I can figure out which week you are picking if you format everything correctly.

Many of you may not need to make picks extra early, and prefer to wait for KD's page so you can account for last-minute events (late injuries, suspensions, resting of starters, weather conditions, etc.). But, for those who need an outlet to make picks early without having to wait for me or KD, I hope this is useful.

This FanPost is designed so you can make picks without affecting your Christmas and New Years' holiday plans. Many of you are students, and will be on Christmas break. Others will be traveling with your family - Grandma's, vacation, etc. Some have scheduled medical procedures during Christmas when work is slowest.

Merry Christmas from the hookerhome (I am not a "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays" type)!


Week #15 (December 12, 15-16):

Thursday (December 12)---------------------------

San Diego at DENVER

Sunday/Monday (December 15-16)--------------

Washington at ATLANTA

Chicago at CLEVELAND



New England at MIAMI

Philadelphia at MINNESOTA


San Francisco at TAMPA BAY

New York Jets at CAROLINA

Kansas City at OAKLAND

Green Bay at DALLAS (mandatory; must include)

New Orleans at ST. LOUIS

Arizona at TENNESSEE

Cincinnati at PITTSBURGH

Monday (December 16)--------------

Baltimore at DETROIT


Week #16 (Christmas weekend - December 22-23):

Sunday (December 22)-----------------

Miami at BUFFALO

New Orleans at CAROLINA

Minnesota at CINCINNATI

Denver at HOUSTON


Indianapolis at KANSAS CITY

Cleveland at NEW YORK JETS

Tampa Bay at ST. LOUIS

Dallas at WASHINGTON (mandatory; must include)

New York Giants at DETROIT

Arizona at SEATTLE

New England at BALTIMORE

Pittsburgh at GREEN BAY

Oakland at SAN DIEGO

Chicago at PHILADELPHIA (flexed to Sunday night)

Monday (December 23)--------------



Week #17 (final weekend; all games on Sunday, December 29):

Sunday (December 29)------------------------

Carolina at ATLANTA

Baltimore at CINCINNATI

Jacksonville at INDIANAPOLIS

New York Jets at MIAMI

Detroit at MINNESOTA

Washington at NEW YORK GIANTS

Cleveland at PITTSBURGH

Houston at TENNESSEE

San Francisco at ARIZONA

Green Bay at CHICAGO

Buffalo at NEW ENGLAND

Tampa Bay at NEW ORLEANS

Denver at OAKLAND

Kansas City at SAN DIEGO

St. Louis at SEATTLE

Philadelphia at DALLAS (mandatory; must include) (flexed to Sunday night)

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