Nailed It! 2015: Another Miraculous Week

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Four weeks into the season, and we have already had three correct final score predictions! That is almost one per week! (Yes, I did figure that out myself). I am amazed at how quickly they have come in what is otherwise a difficult time for our prognosticators. Outside of the correct final score prediction, there were only seven other points scored, bringing the total for the week to 10. We didn’t drop any from last week, so maybe we have hit the bottom, and will things will only get better from here.

I know that the season has been interesting, to say the least, but I still have faith in our prognosticators. I have seen the possibilities in years and weeks passed, so I will continue to wait and see if we can meet and exceed out previous bests.  We can do it!

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.)

  • Chicago Bears XX @ Kansas City Chiefs YY
  • St. Louis Rams XX @ Green Bay Packers YY
  • Jacksonville Jaguars XX @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers YY
  • New Orleans Saints XX @ Philadelphia Eagles YY
  • Washington Redskins XX @ Atlanta Falcons YY
  • Arizona Cardinals XX @ Detroit Lions 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.)

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.)

  • Minnesota @ Denver – MKE correctly predicted that the Broncos would defeat the Vikings with a score of 23-20!

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.

  • Carolina @ Tampa Bay – Staffords_Glove correctly predicted that the Panthers would win by 14 points.
  • Green Bay @ San Francisco – SDL and TheHairy both correctly predicted that the Packers would win by 14 points.
  • Detroit @ Seattle – Big Deal correctly predicted that the Seahawks would win by three 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.

  • Oakland @ Chicago – FF0125 correctly predicted that the teams would combine to score 42 points.
  • Minnesota @ Denver – Astro correctly predicted that the teams would combine to score 43 points.

Winning team’s score

  • Minnesota @ Denver BP correctly predicted that the Broncos would win with a score of 23 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 4 Leaderboard

Now on to the leaderboard!

There was a bit of a shake-up on the leaderboard this week. With a second correct final score this year, MKE moved up into second place with six points. Also, it’s kind of a big deal to see a new name on the leaderboard each week, and it’s even better when it is Big Deal that moves on. He moved into a three-way tie for fifth place by scoring another point this week. However, there are plenty of other people sitting just out of the top five that can move in any week (especially with how low scoring we’ve been thus far).

With that said, here is the leaderboard after Week 4 (in the case of a tie, the names are arranged alphabetically):

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

Again, I just wanted to give one last big shoutout to MKE.  The season is only four weeks old, and he has already had two correct final scores! Amazing. Maybe the rest of the prognosticators should steal his argyle to try and get a final score prediction right, too.

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.