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  • 2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #18 Wild Card Weekend



    Happy New Year all and welcome to the playoffs!

    With just a few games remaining, Colts01 has joined brauneyz with 10 wins and taken over the points lead. Trumpetbdw, DaBearsFan, jhinkamp and Pruitt are all one game back at 9 wins. chris, Raven and mikesteelnation1 are all at 8.

    Current standings.

    Last weeks results.

    Season to date.

    We've made a few minor rule changes so you might want to read them this week.

    Now on to Week #18 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 I have suspended the 3 point rule for the playoffs to ensure we get as many of the games as possible. (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.
    • The All Upsets Option: Re-introduced for the playoffs, it is what it sounds like. Scoring is the same as that used for 'No Upsets'. Also like 'No Upsets', the pick must be made at least 5 minutes before the first game begins.
    • 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 #18 Upset Special Possibilities (odds by OddsShark). Underdogs in bold.

    Saturday Games
    • Bengals (+4.5) @ Texans
    • Vikings (+7.5) @ Packers


    Sunday Games

    • Colts (+6.5) @ Ravens
    • Seahawks @ Redskins (+3)


    Dave's Week #18 Upset Special:

    After hemming and hawing a bit, I've decided to take the Bengals again. They've been good to me this year.

    Comments 30 Comments
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Bengals

      I'm not gonna jinx the 'Skins
    1. cml's Avatar
      Don't feel great about any of these.

      I'll go with the Redskins, though.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Bengals.
    1. FrzzerBwler's Avatar
      Redskins
    1. Raven's Avatar
      No upsets
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Redskins
    1. Docta's Avatar
      No upsets
    1. DaBearsFan's Avatar
      Cincinnati
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      I'm taking the chalk.

      No upsets.
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      CIN,

      forgot to pick last week or was it the week 16, sigh...

      Really thought about IND, but BAL should be way up w/recently announced retirement of Lewis (last home game?)
    1. StarvinMarvin's Avatar
      Skins
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Colts +6.5
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Ugh! Gimme No Upsets, please.
    1. chris's Avatar
      skins
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      Bengals here.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
      Colts +6.5
      reverse jinx much?

      Colts as well
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      Colts.
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      Bengals
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Skins for me.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Rg hasn't done well vs top d's. Perhaps it's why a division winner is such a huge home dog, in such a big stadium that affords a homefield advantage.

      Scheme gets stopped with discipline.

      It's why I'm picking Cincy