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  • 2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #17



    It's hard to believe, but this week winds up the regular season and then we're on to the Wild Card round.

    After our leaders took a week off they got back at it last week. brauneyz won again and continues to lead the pack with 10 wins, Colts01, jhinkamp and Pruitt also won to stay just one win back at 9.

    Current standings.

    Last weeks results.

    Season to date.

    Now on to Week #17 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 #17 Upset Special Possibilities (odds by OddsShark). Underdogs in bold.

    Sunday Early Games

    • Eagles (+7.5) @ Giants
    • Jets (+3.5) @ Bills
    • Bears @ Lions (+3)
    • Texans @ Colts (+7)
    • Jaguars (+4) @ Titans
    • Panthers (+5.5) @ Saints


    Sunday Late Games

    • Chiefs (+17) @ Broncos
    • Rams (+11.5) @ Seahawks
    • Cardinals (+17.5) @ 49ers
    • Dolphins (+11) @ Patriots
    • Packers @ Vikings (+3.5)


    Sunday Night Football

    • Cowboys (+3) @ Redskins


    Dave's Week #17 Upset Special:

    No game really stands out this week begging me to pick it so I'll go with the Panthers.

    Comments 28 Comments
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Cowboys
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      How dare you sir!

      Colts (can't believe the spread is that big.)
    1. cml's Avatar
      Since I'll be rooting for them anyway, Colts.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Eagles +7.5
    1. DaBearsFan's Avatar
      Panthers
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Jaguars
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Eagles.
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Colts
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Eagles
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      panthers
    1. kidjock's Avatar
      Jets?
    1. StarvinMarvin's Avatar
      Picking this week with some teams (allegedly) resting starters and others playing for draft positions this is like picking during pre-season. What the hell... No Upset!
    1. chris's Avatar
      eagles
    1. Raven's Avatar
      Panthers +5.5
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      Eagles
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Jags, please.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Worked last week, so I'll go to the well one more time.

      Gimme the Vikings (+3.5)
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Jags
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      I'm gonna go WAY out on a limb and take the Cards.
    1. jfkaspar's Avatar
      Lions