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NFL Week 16 Fan Picks: Cowboys Fan Confidence Not Very High vs. Bills

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With the Cowboys out of playoff contention, fan confidence seems to be waning, at least among the participants of our weekly pick 'em contest.

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The Cowboys travel to Buffalo tomorrow for their penultimate game of the season, and the fans are not particularly enthusiastic about the Cowboys' chances. Neither do the bookmakers in Vegas, who have the Cowboys as 6-point underdogs, but oddsmaker Bookmaker.eu actually likes the Cowboys chances to cover:

Cowboys at Bills (-6, 42.5)

Our clients like the Cowboys and under in this matchup. We saw some big half-point buys from the opener of Dallas +6.5 to +7 so they wanted that key number. The total has dipped from the 44 we opened as the Dallas D isn’t sneaking up on anyone anymore, it’s playing very, very well. With some of the disjunction and injuries that we’re seeing going on in the Buffalo side, the underdog is live for an outright upset here.

Many Cowboys fans don't share that optimistic outlook. Only 45% of the Cowboys fans participating in our Pick 256 challenge picked the Cowboys for the win, one of the lowest values of the season.

Here's an overview of how the votes went for all the Week 16 games.

Week 16 Picks, 169 participants
Game Favorite BTB vote
SF @ DET (-10) Detroit 98%
PIT (-10.5) @ BAL Pittsburgh 98%
CLE @ KC (-11) Kansas City 97%
GB @ ARI (-4.5) Arizona 94%
SD @ OAK (-5.5) Oakland 93%
STL @ SEA (-13.5) Seattle 92%
CAR (-7) @ ATL Carolina 89%
NYG @ MIN (-6) Minnesota 89%
HOU (-5) @ TEN Houston 86%
NE (-3) @ NYJ New England 82%
CHI @ TB (-3) Tampa 79%
IND @ MIA (-2.5) Miami 66%
CIN @ DEN (-3.5) Denver 64%
JAC @ NO (-3) New Orleans 59%
WAS @ PHI (-3) Washington 57%
DAL @ BUF (-6) Buffalo 55%

What is your confidence level in a Cowboys win right now?

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Here's a link to the Excel file with all the picks for Week 16, for those who are interested in tracking the results themselves.

Pick 256 Tracker 2015 - Week 16.xlsx

Once you open the file, you'll see a blue title bar into which you can enter the winning teams to see where you end up among all participants. The title bar is currently populated with the winner of the Thursday game, as well as the consensus picks for the remaining games. If you want to see how you fared during or after the weekend games, simply input your own picks into the title bar and see how many correct picks you have.

In any case, have fun with the file and good luck with your picks.