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    Cris Collinsworth

    Former Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and Emmy-winning analyst from Sunday Night Football and Inside the NFL.
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  • 2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #15



    It's that time of the year when for a few special teams, everything is roses. For the rest, things look or at least feel a bit like the bruised and battered ball above. Here in Upset Special we still have a few more weeks left in our season to turn things around.

    brauneyz now leads the pack with 9 wins, followed by Colts01, jhinkamp, mikesteelnation1 and Pruitt all at 8.

    Current standings.

    Last weeks results.

    Season to date.

    Now on to Week #15 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 and you'll always have me to talk to down at the bottom of the standings.

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

    Thursday Night Football

    • Bengals @ Eagles (+4)


    Sunday Early Games

    • Jaguars (+8) @ Dolphins
    • Packers @ Bears (+3)
    • Buccaneers (+3) @ Saints
    • Colts (+9.5) @ Texans


    Sunday Late Games

    • Lions @ Cardinals (+5.5)
    • Seahawks @ Bills (+5.5)


    Sunday Night Football

    • 49ers (+5.5) @ Patriots


    Monday Night Football

    • No games qualify


    Dave's Week #15 Upset Special:

    It came down to choosing the Bucs great run defense (and awful passing D) against the Saints or Kaepernick/Harbaugh against Belichick and the Patriots now that they're on a roll. I'm taking the 49ers but it was close.

    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Curtis's Avatar
      While Foles is getting better with each start, the bengals pass rush is going to create problems for the eagles oline.

      No upsets.
    1. kidjock's Avatar
      49ers
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Bucs, please.

      Not a sport's psychologist, but I'm counting on the intensity of a longshot team over any spoiler. Now just watch the Bills pour it on and ruin the Seachicken's chances at WC.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Niners. Sorry, Clem. My stink is on them this week. 2-12 this year with my Upset Specials.
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      TB +3

      Their DL created havoc w/PHI OL last wk, but the team as a whole sorta had a brain freeze.... (more so w/2ndary)

      SF w/Kaepernick @home seems to be a winning formula, on the road looks like another story to me...

      last week I didn't realize I was going against the GB @home vs Det trend until it was too late, sigh... (but the longer it goes on, the more likely the streak will end, guess maybe next year?)

      I noticed JAC HC is in hospital, could be a rallying spot for team, and it is for state braggin' rights, but JAC has been cutting players, there seems to be a youth movement or is it lets see what they can do?
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      Tampa Bay
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Bucs +3
    1. StarvinMarvin's Avatar
      With nothing left to lose and having a giant "L" embossed on my forehead I proudly select

      No Upsets
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Cardinals.

      I'm in awe of B's 9 wins. That's just amazing.
    1. cml's Avatar
      Colts.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post

      I'm in awe of B's 9 wins. That's just amazing.
      Now you just jinxed me. Guess we're not going to Vegas after all.
    1. Raven's Avatar
      49ers +5.5
    1. chris's Avatar
      49ers
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I wish I could trust the Bills this week, but I can't. I picked both Philly and SF in the council this week, so I guess I'll take the Thursday night home dog.

      Gimme the Eagles (+4)
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      This is a big game for the Bengals - and I am not particularly enamoured with the way they perform in big games. So like a moron, I'm taking a team fresh off a 9 game losing streak.

      Eagles.
    1. FrzzerBwler's Avatar
      Tampa
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Pruitt View Post
      This is a big game for the Bengals - and I am not particularly enamoured with the way they perform in big games. So like a moron, I'm taking a team fresh off a 9 game losing streak.

      Eagles.
      You and me both. I immediately regret my decision.
    1. DaBearsFan's Avatar
      Tampa Bay
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Bears!
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      49ers