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  • 2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #19 Divisional Playoffs

    2012 FP Upset Special Challenge: Week #19 Divisional Playoffs



    Four more playoff games will be played this weekend. The last time during the 2012 season that so many games are available to us. By Sunday evening, we'll be down to four teams and two remaining games prior to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

    With a win riding No Upsets last week, brauneyz has a 1 game lead over Colts01 and Pruitt and 2 games over Raven, Trumpetbdw, DaBearsFan and jhinkamp.

    Current standings.

    Last weeks results.

    Season to date.

    Now on to Week #19 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 #19 Upset Special Possibilities (odds by OddsShark). Underdogs in bold.

    Saturday Games

    • Ravens (+8.5) @ Broncos
    • Packers (+2.5) @ 49ers


    Sunday Games

    • Seahawks (+2.5) @ Falcons
    • Texans (+9) @ Patriots


    Dave's Week #19 Upset Special:

    While the NFC games appear more likely to be competitive to this observer, not everyone will agree. Some (not brauneyz!) will swing for the fences and go All or No Upsets.

    Either way, my course was preordained, give me the Packers!

    Comments 30 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Ravens
    1. kidjock's Avatar
      Seahawks
    1. chris's Avatar
      seahawks
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Packers
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Texans (+9)
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      If it's permissable, I would like to change my pick. I had chosen Seattle, but driving home from work yesterday I had a strong vision that the Falcons were going to win that game.

      Now, I may turn out to be Nostradamus, but knowing my luck, the vision will have been as accurate as one of Raven's on [I]That's So Raven[I].

      I'd like to change my choice to the Packers.
    1. DaBearsFan's Avatar
      Seattle
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      Seattle
    1. cml's Avatar
      Packers.
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      GB
      GB

      I guess their is a minimum number of characters...
      (can't just enter ' GB ') oh well...
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      I'll take the Ravens at +8.5, but it's not because I think it will actually happen.
    1. Raven's Avatar
      I'm going for the homer pick. Ravens + 8.5
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      I think SEA stands a fighting chance against ATL, but gimme the Pack, please.
    1. Swami's Avatar
      My pick is the Texans. I have talked myself into thinking they have a puncher's chance in this game. Seattle WILL win but I don't see that as an upset.

      Hope everyone's doing well and happy new year,

      Swami
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      Seahawks.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Ravens
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      Packers
    1. Docta's Avatar
      Packers.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      No upsets
    1. Afrocomb's Avatar
      Packers