KD's 10-for-10 - Week #14 Update

This time last year, as the Cowboys were recovering from a 1-7 start, and a change in coach and culture, many on BTB were clamoring for an end to trying to compete. "Play McGee", "don't hurt draft position", and "build for next year" were cries heard everywhere.

I am a fan. Until all mathematical hope is snuffed out, I am looking for and sharing any path that could lead my beloved Cowboys onward and upward.

On the day that we "turned out the lights" on Dandy Don Meredith, I wrote my first FanPost - a tribute to Don Meredith from my memories as a boy watching him on TV and once a year at the Cotton Bowl. That night, I wrote my second FanPost - I Did the Math - an expression of hope against the wave of naysayers that declared the season over. Yes, it wasn't likely to happen (and, it didn't), but I did the math. I explained how the Cowboys (who had already lost eight games) could make the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Alas, a year ago, on another Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium, that hope died in a loss to the Eagles. My next two FanPosts anticipated that Sunday night and summarized it.

After I finish this one, I plan to revive that I Did the Math series. I appreciate the nice FanPost that Scarlet O did last week. However, even with the loss this past Sunday night, it is - believe it or not - still mathematically possible (not probable, but possible) for the Cowboys to gain the #2 seed and a first-round bye. Where else have you heard that since Sunday night? I'll update and link to it here when it is done.

In last week's FanPost, I shared my anguish at almost scoring my first 10-for-10. I was 9-for-9 with only the Cowboys-Cardinals game remaining. I closed that part of the FanPost by sharing my fanhood:

But, I’m a Cowboys fan. I don’t pull against them; and, I don’t pick against them. I would rather get 9-for-10 with that loss than have a 10-for-10 with an asterisk (*picked against Cowboys).

That's what I got; and this week, that's what ten of you got to share as you carried perfect 9-for-9s into the Sunday night game against the Giants.

As always, much, much more after the jump...

I know that the Christmas season (not, "the holidays") gets incredibly busy for many of you. It does for me, too. I was very late last week getting out my Fanpost. Assuming that many more wanted to get in on the "freebie" (Browns-Steelers game) last Thursday night, I offered to take Thursday Game Only picks, and even complete 10-for-10 entries. Your response was much more than I anticipated. With the Cowboys playing early this week (their annual December Saturday Night Special on NFL Network), I will make the same offer again. Except, this time I will offer two weeks.

Many of you will start traveling as soon as the kids get out of school (or, if you're a kid, when you get out of school). So, I will "pre-post" both Week #15 and Week #16 games. Feel free to submit anything/everything here, and I will make sure that you get counted in my spreadsheet and accounted for on KD's page.

Well, here goes. Enough preliminaries. Here is my report from this past week.

Each week, we have added at least one new player, and that was the case again this week. I took entries last week on my FanPost, and KD got his contest page up on Wednesday evening. We definitely had more participants for the Thursday game (sixty this week; only ten the previous week). We have been consistent for a couple of months now with weekly numbers in the mid-seventies. Here's the chart that tracks our weekly participation:

 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

For the second week in a row, there are no 10-for-10s. For the second week in a row, it was the Cowboys' last-minute loss that was the nail in the coffin. We started great (60-0 for Pittsburgh) on Thursday, and thirty-five were still perfect through the early games. However, many got burned by the 49ers, and only ten survived the late games.

We again had many games that we were "all in", and we had a couple that were almost ignored. We set another new record for "game avoidance", as only seven made selections in the Tampa Bay-Jacksonville game. Only two picked the Jaguars. This is the second week in a row for the Jaguars to play a team on a six-game losing streak.

Our composite record this week was 11-5. Our wins were strong; there were only six total misses in our ten biggest wins (530-6). However, our two biggest losses this week were killers (8-123). Everyone that ended up with 9-for-10 missed one or the other (NYG-Dal or SF-Ari). I actually got Arizona right, but I got burned picking against the Eagles (What can I say? I'm a fan; I'm not going to pick them to win).

We survived a couple of near-misses as New Orleans almost repeated their St. Louis stumble and were THAT close to losing in Nashville (where the Ravens did lose earlier). And, in another edition of "Tebow Time", Denver forced overtime with a 59-yard FG and won with a 51-yard FG.

We have become believers - we were unanimous (or near-unanimous) on: Broncos, Patriots (over Redskins), Packers, Steelers, Saints, Seahawks (at home), Chargers (in December), and anyone playing the Colts, Vikings, or Chiefs. We should become believers in the Texans. Both Houston and Denver have closed the deal, and won losable games the past two weeks. The Cowboys... There are other threads to vent about that. Here are the results from this week:

 Week #14 Results (Home in CAPS) Win Winners (we're great) Lose 73 BALTIMORE Indianapolis 0 68 New England WASHINGTON 1 67 GREEN BAY Oakland 1 60 PITTSBURGH Cleveland 0 54 New Orleans TENNESSEE 0 49 NEW YORK JETS Kansas City 1 47 DETROIT Minnesota 2 43 SEATTLE St. Louis 0 35 DENVER Chicago 1 34 SAN DIEGO Buffalo 0 18 Atlanta CAROLINA 7 Win Losers (we're bleep) Lose 5 New York Giants DALLAS 71 3 ARIZONA San Francisco 52 0 Philadelphia MIAMI 23 10 Houston CINCINNATI 16 Win Pretty Even (we're indifferent) Lose 2 JACKSONVILLE Tampa Bay 5

Finally, and we're starting to hit the home stretch with only three more weeks remaining. Our top nine are now at or over 100 through fourteen weeks. Nine more have either 99 or 98. I'm at 96, but that is a tie for 25th. There are still a lot of us bunched together near the top.

But, look at ol' Jebediah Flibberbrush. After a hiccup last week, he was one of those with 9-for-10 this week; so, no one is gaining on him this week. And, for the first time, he is two clear of the field. We had a total of fourteen 9-for-10s this week. The ten who were perfect except for the Cowboys were joined by four who picked the Giants and missed with the 49ers. Muted applause for them.

Here is this week's leaderboard, both the best from week #14 and the overall leaders:

 Leaderboard Week #14 Score Overall Score 88Deztined46 9 Jebediah Flibberbrush 106 Alpha 9 illcowboy 104 bcg08 9 Hookem Up 103 ChiaCrack 9 mdlusk 103 GordBerl 9 wittenfan 103 illcowboy 9 ChiaCrack 102 Jebediah Flibberbrush 9 qbfannn 100 JLMax09 9 Travlr 100 mdlusk 9 ziggy 19 100 nikeorlipstick 9 Benthere 99 One.Cool.Customer 9 JLMax09 99 StarloverinWNC 9 Specific 99 Timmy G 9 Alpha 98 1Bullseye 8 BigBad Joe 98 Aaron Burtram 8 Pnut Gallery 98 Allan Uy 8 Rat-Pack 98 Babygirl71 8 scotscowboyfan 98 Ben24626 8 tattooed cowboy 98 Benthere 8 Allan Uy 97 BigBad Joe 8 BishopWest 97 CDMac24 8 GordBerl 97 cproctor6 8 One.Cool.Customer 97 dbunny8it 8 Panzer84 97 demarcus94 8 Tuna Helper 97 Englishneil 8 1Bullseye 96 HLCJ69 8 hookerhome 96 Hookem Up 8 jstaubach 96 hookerhome 8 Jason Pai 95 Jason Pai 8 neon greon 95 Jeremiah_24 8 Antonio S 94 j-man 8 Jeremiah_24 94 jstaubach 8 lxblssng 94 KD Drummond 8 meisternance 94 kitten mittens 8 D_Carter 93 meisternance 8 kitten mittens 93 Pnut Gallery 8 Nord15 92 Portland's Cowboy fan 8 Portland's Cowboy fan 92 qbfannn 8 WA_Cowboy 92 reron79 8 88Deztined46 91 scotscowboyfan 8 demarcus94 91 Specific 8 Englishneil 91 TARHEEL PAUL 8 Grady90 91 Travlr 8 jazzbo251 91 Tuna Helper 8 TARHEEL PAUL 90 @Tonekupone 7 Cowboys_Attack 89 Antonio S 7 jakezze01 89 Cowboys_Attack 7 I am Ironman!!! 88 D_Carter 7 cproctor6 87 DarkKnight88 7 starbury_to_s-jaxci2000 86 Enja 7 KD Drummond 84 Grady90 7 StarloverinWNC 84 I am Ironman!!! 7 Enja 83 jazzbo251 7 liquidblake 83 Jessy S 7 Jessy S 81 liquidblake 7 @Tonekupone 80 LiveNDieBlue 7 DarkKnight88 79 Nord15 7 reron79 78 Rat-Pack 7 dbunny8it 75 slowmotion80 7 Hatchetman337 74 tattooed cowboy 7 Dezstroyer88 70 ThatRodneyGuy 7 The Penguin 68 thehogster65 7 Rohpuri 65 Transplanted Texan 7 LiveNDieBlue 64 wittenfan 7 Timmy G 60 ziggy 19 7 FuriousDman 58 7 tied with 6 NJcowboysFAN 56

As we approach Christmas, I am offering you a chance to enter Thursday, Thursday/Saturday, or all ten this week on this FanPost. Remember, with the Cowboys playing on Saturday, you have to get that pick in on time (can't wait until Sunday).

And, next week, for the first time in six years, Christmas Day is on Sunday. The NFL no longer plays on Christmas Day, so all the "Sunday" games will be on Saturday (Christmas Eve), including the late afternoon Eagles-Cowboys rematch.

So, my gift to you: schedules for week #15 and week #16. Submit anything/everything you wish. Just remember, there are Thursday games both weeks; and, Cowboys play the next two Saturdays.

Week #15 Games

Jacksonville at ATLANTA (Thu)

Dallas at TAMPA BAY (Sat)

Cincinnati at ST. LOUIS

Miami at BUFFALO

Tennessee at INDIANAPOLIS

Washington at NEW YORK GIANTS

Seattle at CHICAGO

New Orleans at MINNESOTA

Carolina at HOUSTON

Green Bay at KANSAS CITY

Detroit at OAKLAND

Cleveland at ARIZONA

New England at DENVER

Baltimore at SAN DIEGO

Pittsburgh at SAN FRANCISCO (Mon)

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

Houston at INDIANAPOLIS (Thu)

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

San Francisco at SEATTLE

Chicago at GREEN BAY

Atlanta at NEW ORLEANS (Mon)

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