Nailed It! 2015: Thanksgiving Edition

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I don’t have much to say this week for a few different reasons. First of all it’s Thanksgiving week, and I know everyone is more concerned about food than what I have to say. Secondly, there wasn’t much complaining in the comments last week. Although to be fair, I didn’t really check the whole thing. And lastly, we only scored six points this week. Seriously, only six. While it made writing this article easier, it was not a very good week for the Pantheon. Let’s do better.

Anyway, 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.)

  • Philadelphia Eagles XX @ Detroit Lions YY
  • Carolina Panthers XX @ Dallas Cowboys YY
  • Chicago Bears XX @ Green Bay Packers YY
  • New Orleans Saints XX @ Houston Texans YY
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers XX @ Indianapolis Colts YY
  • Minnesota Vikings XX @ Atlanta Falcons 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.)

The Official CYST Spreadsheet

A quick reminder that there are three games on Thanksgiving (Philadelphia – Detroit, Carolina – Dallas, and Chicago – Green Bay), so please be sure to have those games updated in the spreadsheet before they begin as it will be locked when they do.

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.

  • Indianapolis @ Atlanta – Big Deal and Jmac34 both correctly predicted that the Colts 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.

  • Indianapolis @ Atlanta – BP correctly predicted that the teams would combine to score 45 points.

Winning team’s score

  • Green Bay @ Minnesota – Donny Donowitz III Esquire correctly predicted that the Packers would win with a score of 30 points.

Against the grain

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

  • Oakland @ Detroit  – FF0125 and MIB were the only two (out of 20!) who predicted that the Lions would defeat the Raiders.

Week 11 Leaderboard

Now on to the leaderboard!

There is again only one new name on the leaderboard this week. With the one point from his against the grain prediction this week, MIB moved into a tie for fourth place with eight points. The only other movement was from Jmac34. By scoring one more point, he moved from a tie for fourth place into a tie for third place with nine points. This is all well and good, but there are more and more people lining up just off the board. I believe that soon that we will see some of the five people with seven points, two people with six, or the five people with five points up on the leaderboard soon.

With that said, here is the leaderboard after Week 11 (in the case of a tie, the names are arranged alphabetically):

  1. Gabes222 – 11 points
  2. MKE – 10 points
  3. ALLSAINTSROW – 9 points
  4. Jmac34 – 9 points
  5. LSU – 8 points
  6. MIB  – 8 points

Unfortunately the streak of final scores came to an end at four weeks in-a-row. Oh well, I’m sure we will get more throughout the year.

Now that that’s out of the way, 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.