As we enter the final week of the regular season, DJ Crash maintains a slim one game lead over Fat Jesus and a two game lead over Ghost Rat. We maintain this competition through the post-season, so there are just 27 games left in our competition and in the 2013 season. Fat Jesus, Flip Stricland, and Gandhi all led the way at 11-5 last week, while Ghost Rat and Reyno Island each grabbed ten wins.
Rat’s Widow came in at 7-9 last week, giving her a 140-99 record for the reason so far. And while that leaves her in a battle with Reyno Island in a competition for the bottom of our standings, it’s time to reveal why her picks have been so impressive the season. The madness to her method? I gave her the full NFL schedule for the season in August and within two hours she handed me back her picks for the entire season. That’s right… her predictions for the season that we published several months ago included the winner of every game, and she’s been right at a 59% clip, a mere seven percentage points off of the lead. That’s not bad for someone who hasn’t made a single change to her picks as the year has worn on, and as those of us picking weekly have long ago abandoned Houston and Atlanta, the Widow has held tight. Next season she has promised to pick weekly like the rest of us, and I can only assume that means trouble for her competition.
Here are the standings through sixteen weeks:
|Like Gandhi, But Taller||161||104||16|
|Guest Quarter (coin flip)||130||135||47|
For the final week of the regular season, we have three unanimous picks: the Broncos, Saints, and Seahawks. Otherwise, there is a fair amount of disagreement among our contributors on the final full slate of games. By our accounting, the Dolphins will grab the final AFC playoff spot with a win over the Jets, coupled with a Ravens’ loss to Cincinnati. The Patriots should grab the #2 seed with a win over the Bills, though the Bills’ defense promises to give the Patriots’ makeshift offensive line some fits on Sunday. In the NFC, a Saints win will wrap up a wildcard spot, as Carolina looks to win the division. Finally, our money is on the Bears and Eagles to win the “win and you’re in” games this weekend. Our picks for the week follow:
|Writer||CAR @ ATL||GB @ CHI||HOU @ TEN||CLE @ PIT||WAS @ NYG||BAL @ CIN||PHI @ DAL||JAC @ IND|
|Writer||NYJ @ MIA||DET @ MIN||BUF @ NE||TB @ NO||DEN @ OAK||SF @ AZ||KC @ SD||STL @ SEA|