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Kickoff For The BTB Playoff Pick 'Em Challenge - Don't Be A Chicken, Submit Your Picks Right Now

Nothing you're doing right now is more important than this pick 'em challenge. You may think you have something more important to do, but trust me, you are mistaken.

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Hey BTB community,

to celebrate our Dallas Cowboys making the postseason, we're going to kick off our own Playoff Pick 'Em challenge here on BTB. Like we did during our Pick 256 Challenge during the regular season, we're going to ask you to pick the straight up winners for each playoff weekend all the way through to the Super Bowl.

But we'll use a different scoring system for our Playoff Pick 'Em than we did for our Pick 256 Challenge.

Our Playoff Pick 'Em will use a Confidence Points scoring system. Confidence Points are used to give a different weight to each game in each playoff round. You'll assign a point value (see below) to each game based on how strongly you feel about the accuracy of your selection. If your selection is correct, you'll receive points equal to the confidence-point value you associated with that game.

- In Playoff Weeks 1 and 2 (4 games each), the options will be 4, 8, 12, or 16 points.

- In Playoff Week 3 (2 games), the options will be 8 or 16 points.

- In Playoff Week 4 (Super Bowl), the only option will be 16 points.

This week, you will assign 16 points to the game you feel most strongly about, 12 points to the next game, 8 points to the next and 4 points to the game you feel least strongly about. You must assign those four values to the four games.

Here's an example of what your picks could look like:

Game Straight up winner Confidence Points
Arizona @ Carolina CAR 4
Baltimore @ Pittsburgh BAL 8
Cincinnati @ Indianapolis CIN 12
Detroit @ Dallas DAL 16

Importantly, you have to assign a different Confidence Points number to each game and cannot assign the same number to multiple games. In case you fail to adhere to these very, very simple instructions, your confidence points will be corrected using the consensus confidence points as a benchmark, if needed.

In the example above, if all four home teams were to emerge as winners, you'd get 16 points for the Dallas win and 4 points for the Carolina win. You wouldn't lose points for incorrectly picking the other two games. The maximum amount of points possible on wildcard weekend is 40, the lowest possible score is zero.

Wildcard Weekend 16 Picks

Click on the link below and you'll be taken directly to the Playoff Pick 'em entry form where you can select the teams you like for the win and assign your Confidence Points.

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 Playoff Pick 'Em 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 playoffs.


The fine print

Submissions for the Playoff Pick 'Em have to be in by the start of the first game on Saturday at 4:35 PM ET. To keep a level playing field for everybody, late submissions will not be accepted (all entries are time-stamped). This gives you a little over two days for your pick submission. In case of multiple submissions, we will always use the last submission as the final and valid one.

I will post a reminder and the interim consensus picks at the bottom of the News & Notes posts on Friday and Saturday.

For your reference, here are all the submitted picks in an Excel file. "X" marks participants whose Confidence points have had to be adjusted to meet the Pick 'Em rules.


Good luck with your picks.

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