- 1) 15% chance - a win (vs. Kansas City) and a N.Y. Jets loss loss or tie (vs. Cincinnati) and a Baltimore loss or tie (vs. Oakland) OR
- 2) 25% chance - a win and a N.Y. Jets loss or tie and a Pittsburgh loss or tie (vs. Miami) OR
- 3) 25% chance - a win and a N.Y. Jets loss or tie and a Houston win (vs. New England) OR
- 4) 10% chance - a win and a Baltimore loss or tie and a Pittsburgh loss or tie OR
- 5) 5% chance - a win and a Baltimore loss or tie and a Houston win OR
- 6) 1% chance - a Pittsburgh loss and a Baltimore loss and a Houston loss and a Jacksonville loss (vs. Cleveland) OR
- 7) 3% chance - a Pittsburgh loss and a Baltimore loss and a Houston loss and a N.Y. Jets loss OR
- 8) 2% chance - Pittsburgh loss and a Baltimore loss and a Jacksonville loss and a N.Y. Jets loss OR
- 9) 12% chance - Pittsburgh loss and a Houston loss and a Jacksonville loss and a N.Y. Jets loss OR
- 10) 1% chance - Miami loss or tie (vs. Pittsburgh) and a N.Y. Jets loss and a Baltimore loss and a Houston loss and a Jacksonville loss or tie
For some reason, the Broncos are currently in 5th, but would lose if Baltimore and the Jets both win. Basically, the Ravens and Jets control their own destinies.
Manwich Matchup of the Week
Philly @ Dallas - Winner gets the division. Loser gets the wildcard. There's also a strong possibility of these two teams having to play each other again next weekend. Eesh. Philly lost their center to a torn ACL, so I'm guessing that will become a problem.
Upset of the Week
Cincy @ Jets - I know the Jets just need to win to get in. However, I'm pretty certain the Ravens are going to beat the Raiders for one playoff spot, and things would be dull and boring if the Jets also won.
(Note: As I'm typing this, the jets are a whopping 10 point favorite!; The Bengals could still earn the #3 seed as opposed to the #4 seed)
Opening Round Playoff Game #18
Teams that have been eliminated: Cincy (against Denver in week 1)!, St. Louis, Washington, Buffalo (twice), Jacksonville, Tampa, Oakland, Detroit, San Fran, Atlanta (twice), Pittsburgh, Giants, Miami (twice), and now Baltimore:
Pittsburgh @ Miami - Both teams are on the ropes. Hell, both teams need help to even reach the playoffs. I don't understand how Pittsburgh could play so awful for a month before knocking off Green Bay and Baltimore. Miami seems to be riddled w/ injuries though...
Fantasy Football Season is Over. Congrats to the Champions!
Green Bay @ Arizona - How bizarre... these two teams could also end up playing each other next week as well. Arizona still has an outside chance at a #2 seed. Something tells me both teams just take it easy this week.
Indy @ Buffalo - Pick: Indy ( I think the backups will do okay this time)
New Orleans @ CAR - Pick: CAR (the Saints already have homefield and nothing to play for)
Jacksonville @ Cleveland - Pick: Jacksonville
Chicago @ Detroit - Pick: Chicago
New England @ Houston - Pick: Houston (I'm very torn on this game... but Houston would have to win to give the Bengals something to play for in the night game, as far as I understand... and I've missed every Houston game this year, but it seems like they should win this game, in what is the biggest home game since they became the Texans).
Giants @ Minny - Pick: Minny (Minny needs to win to get a bye)
San Fran @ St. Louis - Pick: San Fran
ATL @ Tampa - Pick: Tampa
KC @ Denver - Pick: Denver (Denver has an easy game... but will they hit one of their 10 scenarios???)
Baltimore @ Oakland - Pick: Baltimore (I'm calling it my "lock" of the week!)
Washington @ San Diego - Pick: San Diego
Tennessee @ Seattle - Pick: Tennessee
Under these picks... the Ravens and the Broncos (under scenario #3) will make the playoffs!
Last Week: 10-6
Manwich: 9-7 (Eagles beat the broncos)
Upset of the Week: 8-8 (The Colts benched their players to say "screw you undefeated record!")
NBA games of the Week-
last week's "Games of the Week" - The Nuggets beat the Hawks by 20 with 41 pts from JR Smith on TEN three-pointers; The Celtics beat the Magic by outrebounding them and holding the Magic to 33% from the field; The Cavs were clicking on all cylinders as they beat the Lakers by 15 (and got under the Lakers skin as well as they committed multiple technical fouls); the Blazers beat the Nuggets behind 41 pts from Brandon Roy and Juwan Howard starting at center (yes, both Blazers centers have now ruptured their patella tendons); the Cavs beat the Hawks behind a superior rebounding advantage, the defense of Delonte West, and the hot shooting of Mo, Z and Delonte.
ATL @ Cleveland - 12/30
Boston @ Phoenix - 12/30
Dallas @ Lakers - 1/3
Houston @ Lakers - 1/5