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  • 2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #8



    This weeks image is Larry Wilson, who spent his entire playing career with Cardinals and wound up sticking around with the team for another thirty years.

    chris, Colts01, Pruitt and jfkaspar hold the lead with 5 wins. Trumpetbdw, DaBearsFan, jhinkamp, brauneyz, cml and kidjock are a game back. Results and standings are at the end of last weeks thread.

    Now on to Week #8 of the FP Upset Special Challenge. Let's get busy.

    You can join us every week. You can join mid-season. If you miss a week, so what? Come back next week. We're just glad you're here. Talk smack if you want. Keep it clean and be prepared to back it up. There are some folks here at FP that really know football.

    Rules:

    • One pick per week
    • Your chosen team must be at least a (+3) underdog (Only games listed in this column are eligible)
    • Your chosen team must win the game outright (no 'pushes' or 'covers')
    • Season winner is the one with the most upsets correctly chosen between Week #1 through the Conference Championship Games (20 weeks all together)
    • There will be a points system to determine a winner in the event of a tie
    • Points will be accumulated by adding the game spreads for your correct picks (if you take Carolina (+4.5) and Carolina wins, you will be awarded a win and 4.5 points). Be careful making picks based on the number of points possible. Points only count if you are tied for the total wins lead when the whole contest is finished.
    • The No Upsets Option: Predict correctly that 'No Upsets' will occur in any given week and you will be awarded one win and a point total equal to the sum of all the spreads in that week's Upset Special. If you wish to exercise the 'No Upsets' Option, that prediction is due by 5 minutes prior to kickoff of the first game of the week in question. This includes Thursday Night Football and Saturday Playoff games. The 'No Upsets' option is confined to the Upset Possibilities listed in this article.
    • Picks are due no later than 5 minutes before the scheduled start of the broadcast time for your game. The FootballPros.com time stamp on your post is gospel.
    • Spread lines will be posted Wednesday and will remain static throughout the week. This isn't The Sports Book at Caesar's Palace, after all.


    Prizes to be determined but may include a cool icon denoting your status as *ahem* Upset Special Top Dog, a hat or t-shirt or possibly tickets to the Super Bowl (NOT!!)

    Week #8 Upset Special Possibilities (odds by OddsShark). Underdogs in bold.

    Thursday Night Football

    • Buccaneers (+7) @ Vikings


    Sunday Early Games

    • Redskins (+5) @ Steelers
    • Colts (+3.5) @ Titans
    • Panthers (+9) @ Bears
    • Patriots @ Rams (+7.5)


    Sunday Late Games

    • No Game Qualifies


    Sunday Night Football

    • Saints (+7) @ Broncos


    Monday Night Football

    • 49ers @ Cardinals (+7)


    Note:

    Jaguars @ Packers was dropped from the list because no one seems to be able to sort out what to do with the game.


    Dave's Week #8 Upset Special:

    The late games got squeezed by baseball again. Raiders @ Chiefs and the NFCE rematch of Giants @ Cowboys are small lines so we've got nothing there.

    I was tempted by the Rams but that game is being played in London which confuses things so I'm taking the Redskins over the Steelers.

    Comments 36 Comments
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      I plant my stink on the 'Aints to beat the Peytons.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      When I was a wee lad I was told about Larry Wilson - how he was an all-time great who was stuck on horrible teams throughout his career. Imagine Ed Reed on the Browns...

      Here's his Hall of Fame bio. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/me...?PLAYER_ID=232

      One fact made my jaw drop:
      .Once intercepted pass with both hands in casts. . .
      Come on! That is awesome!

      While a couple of the dogs are enticing against the spread, I am going NO UPSETS.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Taking the Redskins
    1. Docta's Avatar
      Gimme the Colts.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Bucs!
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Washington
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      redskins
    1. mocoholo's Avatar
      Is there a prize for most losses? I'll take the Rams.
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      Buccaneers (+7)

      MIN QB Ponder seems to be regressing, maybe they keep it out of his hands and let D, ST, & run O control game, but they were a bit lucky last weekend vs ARI

      I wasn't high on TB at the start of season, but their QB has been UP as of late, thinking the trend continues, even in the noisy confines of the vikings dome...


      I was thinking of 'skins as well, just who is more likely to lose at home? Steelers or Vikings? taking a chance on Bucs
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      So tempted to take No Upsets, but ...

      Colts, please.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Only seven games? And I don't really like any of them? Hmm...I'll take the No Upsets
    1. cml's Avatar
      I'll take Washington.
    1. Raven's Avatar
      Redskins +5
    1. chris's Avatar
      don't much care for any of these,but give me the Saints
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Tampa is tempting, except that road teams are 1-5 on Thursday nights this year (with the only win being a motivated Giants team coming off the opening night loss to Dallas over Carolina), and just 3-12 over the past 2 years. They're out.

      The Saints? Let's see... Peyton Manning, at home, in prime time, against the Saints defense. Joe Vitt ain't no miracle worker.

      I do find the Panthers to be intriguing. The Bears, coming off a divisional win at home on Monday night, could be vulnerable to a let down.

      Therefore, I'll take the Colts (+3.5)
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      A small part of me wants to take the Bucs. BUT...I will go with No Upsets
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Saints
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Rams
    1. jship2121's Avatar
      redskins
    1. FrzzerBwler's Avatar
      I'll join the no upsets bandwagon