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Pick 256 Results & Leaderboard: It's Tough To Beat The NFL Vegas Odds

It's not easy picking NFL games, but 24 out of our 298 Pick 256 Challange participants managed to get more correct picks than the Vegas odds. Can we improve on that number in Week 12?

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Pick 256 is a season-long contest in which BTB members and readers get to pick the straight-up winners for all games each week. Overall, 298 BTB-members took part in the Pick 256 challenge last week, which proved to be a tough week to call.

The consensus pick of our Pick 256 participants only went 8-6 for the weekend. If you had simply picked the Vegas favorites straight up, you'd have gotten nine games out of 14 right. And where only four participants managed to outperform the Vegas lines last week, that number jumps to 24 participants this week

Can we improve on that this week? Join our Pick 256 challenge below to find out.

Week 12 Picks

Click on the link below and you'll be taken directly to the Pick 256 entry form where you can select the teams you like for the win.

The link above should auto-fill your BTB user name into the entry form (in most cases). In some cases, the link hasn't worked properly, so here's an alternative link that works without the auto-fill - just remember to spell your username correctly.

Alternative Pick 256 Entry Form

If you prefer not to use your BTB user name, or are not a BTB member, go ahead and enter a name of your choosing, but try to stick with that name throughout the season.

With all of that that out of the way, on to last week's results.

Week 11 Results

Top Finishers

You can find a full list of all results in a Fanpost by BTB-member Hookerhome to be published later today, so we'll stick to the headline results for now. We had five participants with 11 correct picks and 19 participants with 10 correct picks as follows:

  • 11 - Jim Vance, John R. Townsend, meisternance, prokopii, Speedy1211
  • 10 - Badboyz, boys.camncrew, Canadian Cowboy_74, Cowboy Joe, dandeogden, Fred G Samford, goddard55, hookerhome, kolten09, KRO, oldboysfan, Rathos, rhbgsherb, scotscowboyfan, Shadowcat, strobman, Trent Schoneweis, Wildhair, wittenfan

Season Ranking

Week 11 tore through our leaderboard like Godzilla tears through downtown Tokyo with a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound: Longtime leader Dcowboy lost significant ground after only getting six picks right, while Jebediah Flibberbrush created a four point lead at the top of the rankings with nine correct picks last week. Here's what the top of our leaderboard looks like:

Pick 256 Leaderboard
Correct Picks
Freebie Recipients
115 Jebediah Flibberbrush
111 boys.camncrew, Dcowboy, LoboTX
109 Prfbrain, revellyre
108 braininahat, , Oldboysfan, Pagrebo, UTCowboy FANSINCESB5*
107 aaa61aaa, cowboy1966, Florida dodger, Jeff Landrith, Mighty Blue Star, Rajohnnn, Spaceball Becho*, fs65*, GalTex*, kat31*
106 Chuck Sisco, JayRosser27 angie'sdad*, couboy12*
105 Buckywaters, CowboysWin, Edward Colon, ginge159, jtiddahr, mfoster, Specific, Wildhair, Yellowbeard Cowboy Joe**
104 cwby4lf, KRO, NorthStar99, Vancity Cowboy CowboysFan_Nepal**, Useful_Idiot_*
103 KETHRY1313, Lajitas Lava, lonewolfz28 yushay bohra Canadian Cowboy_74*, cowboyofthenorth*, dandeogden*, Lcdano24**, NYHorn*, ,rhbgsherb**, Trent Schoneweis*
102 1038games, BigDFanSince77, Bvanzanman, Roun2It, rptril, Starmesh23, wittenfan, Zubius Benthere*, cap2vator**, demon_hoya14**, Mike Easter*, nreyesjr02*, oddsbettor*, SHDad**, Tallgrass Prairie*, Vector_41*
"Full Timers" are participants who haven't missed a single week in our challenge, "Freebie Recipients" received one or two freebies (as denoted by the asterisks) depending on the number of weeks they missed.

The fine print

Submissions for the challenge have to be in by the start the Thursday Night game, which kicks off at 8:25 pm ET on Thursday. To keep a level playing field for everybody, late submissions will not be accepted (all entries are time-stamped). This gives you a two to three day window for your pick submission. In case of multiple submissions, we will always use the last submission as the final and valid one.

Here's how our missed game policy works:

  1. Three weeks of full participation in Pick 256 will qualify participants for one freebie for a missed week. Six weeks of full participation qualifies for two freebies for missed weeks and so on. The maximum amount of possible freebies is four over the entire season.
  2. The freebie points awarded for a missed week will always be the average of all participants for the weeks missed. Missing weeks will be filled in ascending order from Week 1 through Week 17.
  3. Participants who receive a freebie will be marked with an asterisk in our results tables. Two freebies mean two asterisks, and so on.

A spreadsheet with all the picks for Week 12 will be published here on BTB on Friday or Saturday. Good luck with your picks.

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