By The Numbers: Superbowl LII

I finally managed to watch some playoff football this weekend, and wow, talk about controversy! Firstly, let’s check my picks and then we’ll get to the details.

Patriots 31, Chiefs 28 – Correct
Saints 30, Rams 27

I almost managed to pick both games correctly, but honestly the results should have been reversed. The Saints were completely robbed, when this happened:

How that doesn’t get called, I’ll never know. Whatever the case, this ended with them having to kick a field goal, and magically the Rams managed to get down the field in under two minutes in order to kick for the tie. Apparently the Saints didn’t put up much of a struggle in Overtime, but I didn’t catch that part. I did however watch the Pats/Chiefs game from start to finish, and it was turning into a good game by the fourth quarter. The Chiefs were simply fucked by officiating. First there was this:

Seriously, this is worse than the penalties to Clay Matthews that were happening at the beginning of the season. Where was he being roughed up? What a joke. Then to make things worse, this put the Patriots in position to tie the game and send it to overtime, but then a late flag comes down after the Chiefs intercepted Brady with under a minute to play in regulation. They should have sealed the deal right there, and honestly we should be seeing an NO/KC superbowl rather than the one we’re getting.

My pick for the winner of the Superbowl:

Rams 30, Patriots 24

I’ll probably watch it still, but I’m over this season. I can’t wait for September. After the big game I’ll do my tabulations for my season and this column will go back into hibernation.

By The Numbers: Championship Weekend 2018

Somehow or another I still have yet to watch any playoff football. I did manage to keep track of the scores though, and this week I am happy to announce a perfect score for the first time ever, I think.

Chiefs 24, Colts 20 – Correct
Rams 30, Cowboys 21 – Correct
Patriots 27, Chargers 14 – Correct
Saints 31, Eagles 24 – Correct

I honestly believed that the Colts and the Chargers didn’t belong in the playoffs in the first place, despite winning their Wildcard games. The Cowboys losing to the Rams wasn’t a huge surprise, but at the same time I didn’t really know which way that game was going to go. I called the Eagles’ playoff magic being over correctly, but it actually looked like they might pull it off for a while there. Whatever the case, I did good for the week, and I’ll be happy to add these correct picks to my season total. Next up are the Championship games, and well, we’ve seen several of these teams in this position before. Here are my picks:

Patriots 31, Chiefs 28
Saints 30, Rams 27

I hate the Patriots. I think everyone in the country outside of New England feels this way. It’s unreal how many times Brady has been to the Superbowl. It’s unreal that they do this year after year. I’m always happy when another team manages to knock them down a peg, but in the AFC there just aren’t that many competitors it seems. The NFC has seen quite a few different teams come to this point, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen the Saints there. I would rather the Saints win than the Rams, and I would rather the Chiefs won over the Patriots. I see the Saints being able to do so. I don’t see the Chiefs surviving the weekend. Either way, we’ll see what happens. I’m fairly confident these picks are the way things will pan out. We’ll have one last pick to make going into the Superbowl, and by this time next month I’ll be able to go over my summary of the season. Until then.

By the Numbers: Divisional Round 2018

I didn’t manage to watch any of the Wildcard games, but I wasn’t really looking forward to any of them either. I think there are going to be much more interesting games come this weekend during the Divisional round, so I’m going to do my best to watch at least a couple of them. I don’t really have a lot to say given my lack of watching anything in a few weeks, so let’s grade my Wildcard Weekend picks:

Texans 30, Colts 24
Cowboys 21, Seahawks 20 – Correct, almost got the score right too!
Ravens 28, Chargers 24
Bears 27, Eagles 21

Well, not too good there. I sincerely believed the Texans and Bears would win those matchups, but they both let me down. I kinda figured that the Chargers were going to win despite my picking against them, but I just can’t stand the team and will nearly always pick against them (I did pick for them several times through the year but only because they ended up being so hot and I wanted to improve my pick scores). But can they beat the Pats? is the real question. That seems unlikely, considering it’s supposed to be a snowy day. Anyhow, let’s move on to my picks for next weekend:

Divisional Round Picks:

Chiefs 24, Colts 20
Rams 30, Cowboys 21
Patriots 27, Chargers 14
Saints 31, Eagles 24

I don’t see the Chiefs losing to the Colts. But who knows, I didn’t see them making the playoffs this year either. I don’t see the Cowboys making it past the Rams, who have looked pretty solid this season, but again, anything could happen. As I said above, I think the Pats crush the Chargers in cold weather, and finally I think the Saints are poised to go to the Super Bowl this year, and the Eagles’ magic is about to wear out. Time will tell. I’ll check back in next week to see how my crystal ball worked out.

By The Numbers: Wildcard Weekend 2018

With the Packers out of playoff contention as of a couple of weeks ago, my interest in the playoffs themselves is pretty limited this year. Like last year, it’s a strange new feeling for me as a Packers fan, who went to the playoffs for eight years straight prior to 2017-18. With that said, I’m still going to try and watch some of them and I’ll keep making my picks so that I can get my season summary done by the end of the season. Let’s check my picks for Week 17:

Dolphins 24, Bills 21
Packers 27, Lions 20
Texans 28, Jags 17 – Correct
Patriots 24, Jets 7 – Correct
Saints 30, Panthers 21
Cowboys 23, Giants 20 – Correct
Falcons 21, Buccs 14 – Correct
Browns 21, Ravens 20
Chiefs 31, Raiders 13 – Correct
Bears 27, Vikings 23 – Correct
Steelers 23, Bengals 13 – Correct
Eagles 20, Redskins 10 – Correct
Chargers 17, Broncos 13 – Correct 
Rams 28, 49ers 10 – Correct
Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17 – Correct
Colts 21, Titans 14 – Correct

Well, that was one of my better weeks of the season. 12-4 is the record I wish my team had. This brings my season score to 147-116. Not bad, and probably a marked improvement over last year, but I did miss some picks last year whereas I was pretty religious about it this time around. With that said, I’m going to make my wildcard weekend picks just before the weekend starts:

Wildcard Picks:

Texans 30, Colts 24
Cowboys 21, Seahawks 20
Ravens 28, Chargers 24
Bears 27, Eagles 21

I hate picking the Cowboys to win anything in the post season, but they are the lesser of two evils in this case. The Seachickens have been a thorn in my side for too long. I couldn’t bring myself to pick the Chargers despite being the better team on paper, because being a Southern California resident, I’ve known far too many frothing-at-the-mouth fans of that team and I am disgusted. Lastly, it pains me to pick our rival Bears to win a game, but I don’t think the Eagles have the magic to get to the Super Bowl two years in a row, and the Bears have had a great year, perhaps they deserve it after a very long drought.

That’s all for now. I’ll check in next week to make my Divisional round picks. Until then.

By The Numbers: Week 17, 2018

As the Packers season is pretty much over, it doesn’t really matter that they managed to get a win over the Jets this week. It’s a nice morale boost I’m sure, as they can feel good going into the last week of the season, but come January they will be sitting at home and that’s not something my team is used to. Whatever the case, I’m still trying to have a better season with my picks this year than I did last year, and that should definitely be doable because last year I managed to miss some picks for Thursday night games along with missing one week entirely, so I can probably say it’s a job well done already. Let’s see how I did this week:

Titans 21, Redskins 16 – Correct
Chargers 28, Ravens 21
Colts 24, Giants 10 – Correct
Dolphins 20, Jags 10
Falcons 20, Panthers 13 – Correct
Browns 23, Bengals 21 – Correct
Cowboys 27, Buccs 14 – Correct
Vikings 30, Lions 13 – Correct
Patriots 35, Bills 16  – Correct
Packers 27, Jets 10 – Correct
Texans 28, Eagles 23
Rams 35, Cardinals 21 – Correct
Bears 28, 49ers 20 – Correct
Saints 30, Steelers 27 – Correct
Chiefs 24, Seahawks 20
Broncos 17, Raiders 9

Weekly score: 11-5
Season score: 135-112

It was a pretty good week pick-wise, and my season score remains positive. Let’s make some picks for the final week. I’ll also make my picks through the playoffs and tabulate things after the season is all said and done.

Dolphins 24, Bills 21
Packers 27, Lions 20
Texans 28, Jags 17
Patriots 24, Jets 7
Saints 30, Panthers 21
Cowboys 23, Giants 20
Falcons 21, Buccs 14
Browns 21, Ravens 20
Chiefs 31, Raiders 13
Bears 27, Vikings 23
Steelers 23, Bengals 13
Eagles 20, Redskins 10
Chargers 17, Broncos 13
Rams 28, 49ers 10
Seahawks 20, Cardinals 17
Colts 21, Titans 14

I’ll check back in next week. Until then.