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Nailed It! 2015: A Downward Trend

I didn’t want to see it happen, but it did. The points and participation slipped again this week. We have now gone from 20 points in the first week, to 15 last week, to now only scoring 10 points this week. There might be a pattern there, but I neglected to ask my elementary school-aged kids to try and find it for me. Maybe after next week, I won’t have to ask them to do that anyway.

Oh well, even with the week being a down week, we still had a good amount of participation. Some may say this is because I am making them do too much work filling in the spreadsheet. To which I say: “So? Just do it! It’s not that hard.” I would also probably add that if anyone can think of a better system, I might listen.  But since I didn’t mention anyone by name, I doubt they would read this paragraph anyway.

Okay, enough of my rambling, bring on the games!

The Games

As always, here is the slate for next week’s games. Simply copy and paste it to the comments, and add your predicted scores after the team names. (Substitute scores for the XX and YY.)

  • Carolina Panthers XX @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers YY
  • Oakland Raiders XX @ Chicago Bears YY
  • Houston Texans XX @ Atlanta Falcons YY
  • Minnesota Vikings XX @ Denver Broncos YY
  • Green Bay Packers XX @ San Francisco 49ers YY
  • Dallas Cowboys XX @ New Orleans Saints YY
  • Detroit Lions XX @ Seattle Seahawks YY

Once you have called your shots down below, please update the spreadsheet. Here is the link.  (Only update the cells in your own column.)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11aazv-Gkdbt684ST3ZvP5U2SHjFqoYGLLq0atXSg8b4/edit?usp=sharing

With all of that out of the way, read on to find exactly who Nailed It!

Final score

These are the people who have (somehow) correctly predicted the final outcome of a game. The only shot that was called that could be considered more famous than these belongs to Babe Ruth. Bow down before their wisdom! (And make sure you ask them for next week’s lotto numbers.)

  • None this week.

Scoring differential

These are the ones who correctly predicted the margin by which the victors would best their competition. These are also the ones to consult if you want to bet the spread.

  • Atlanta @ Dallas – ALLSAINTSROW and Big Deal both correctly predicted that the Falcons would win by 11 points.
  • Denver @ Detroit – LSU correctly predicted that the Broncos would win by 12 points.
  • Kansas City @ Green Bay – Staffords_Glove correctly predicted that the Packers would win by 10 points.

Total combined score

These are those who somehow managed to pick the correct total score but did not have any clue in how the teams would actually get there. Still, if you want to bet an over/under, you could do worse than consulting with them.

  • San Diego @ Minnesota – Nichels correctly predicted that the teams would combine to score 45 points.

Winning team’s score

  • New Orleans @ Carolina Gabes222 and LSU both correctly predicted that the Panthers would win with a score of 27 points.
  • Denver @ Detroit – MIB and SDL both correctly predicted that the Broncos would win with a score of 24 points.
  • Kansas City @ Green Bay Nichels correctly predicted that the Packers would win with a score of 38 points.

Against the grain

Oftentimes, our picks will be unanimous. However, there are those who will sometimes walk their own path.

  • None this week.

Week 3 Leaderboard

Now on to the leaderboard!

There was not much movment on the leaderboard this week. Gabes222 scored another point to maintain his top spot on the list with seven points. He is followed by ALLSAINTSROW and LSU who are tied for second after scoring one and two points this week, respectively. The only other movement this week came from Nichels, who with two points scored, moved up into a three way tie for fourth. Well done all of you.

With that said, here is the leaderboard after Week 3 (in the case of a tie, the names are arranged alphabetically):

  1. Gabes222 – 7 points
  2. ALLSAINTSROW – 4 points
  3. LSU – 4 points
  4. Jmac34 – 3 points
  5. MKE – 3 points
  6. Nichels – 3 points

Again, I just wanted to give one last big shoutout to all the people who continue to add their names to the halls of the Pantheon. It is great to see this steady (albeit declining) growth.

Now let’s give a little congratulatory clap to all the people who are listed in this article. Or not. Your choice.

If you would like to have your name forever enshrined in the vast expanse that is the internet, simply call your shot in the comment section below for the games of the NFC North and NFC South. Once you have done that, please update the spreadsheet using the link provided. I will be reviewing the spreadsheet and keeping track as the season goes on. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even see your name in the leaderboard!

If you cannot call your shots on Thursday, as is custom, it is still possible to participate. As long as your called shots are posted to the spreadsheet before it gets locked at the start of the games, I will include them.