• FP 2016 Upset Special Challenge: Week Eight or Friggin' Stafford for MVP? Really?

    Hold your horses.

    Pump the brakes.

    Put down the crack pipe.



    I get it. Matthew Stafford has been REALLY good this season. He has been fabulous over his last sixteen games. He has some seriously impressive numbers through his first 100 games.

    But, how's about we let the guy win a few games against a few playoff-bound teams? Or - god freaking forbid - win an actual NFL playoff game...

    Anywhoodles, on to week eight.

    RichG sez:

    Rich Gapinski;282164]
    NAME TTL
    Biggie 5.210
    Hobbes27 5.180
    Amy 4.135
    Raven 4.125
    Chris 3.140
    Rich G 3.130
    Brian 3.115
    Ragar 3.100
    ScottDCP 2.090
    xmenehune 2.070
    Afrocomb 1.050
    Matt K 1.035
    jhinkamp 1.030

    Pretty fishy that the guy who runs this thing is now leading the pack. Hmmmmm.
    Thanks, Rich.

    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 or Saturday 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, once posted, will remain static throughout the week. This isn't The Sports Book at Caesar's Palace, after all.
    Let's. Get it. ON!!

    Week #8 Upset Special Possibilities

    Odds by OddsShark.
    All times Eastern.
    Underdogs in bold.

    Sunday 9:30 AM Eastern, London Game
    • Redskins (+3) vs. Bengals

    Sunday 1:00 Games
    • Jets @ Browns (+3)
    • Seahawks @ Saints (+3)
    • Chiefs @ Colts (+3)
    • Lions (+3) @ Texans
    • Patriots @ Bills (+7.5)
    • Cardinals (+3) @ Panthers

    Sunday 4:15 Games
    • Chargers (+4.5) @ Broncos
    • Packers (+3) @ Falcons

    Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM)
    • Eagles (+4.5) @ Cowboys

    Monday Night Football (8:30 PM)
    • Vikings @ Bears (+4)

    Biggie's Week #8 Upset Special: Aaron Rodgers indoors? Yes, please. Gimme the Packers (+3)

    Comments 24 Comments
    1. chris's Avatar
      cardinals
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Give me Rodgers and the Packers.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      I'll take the Chargers.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      bump
    1. Afrocomb's Avatar
      Bears might as well go for double disappointment!
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Cards.

      Seriously, Buffalo is a 3 point underdog? If you are going to Vegas take the Patriots at 7 different sports books. Buffalo's defense without Aaron Williams looks an awful lot like last year's defense, which played without Aaron Williams. Gronnet, Benkowski, whatever you want to call them, are going to combine for at least 250 yards and 3 TDs. The RBs will get at least 150 yards and 2 TDs. Congratulations, Amy.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      I'm also going with the Cardinals.

      I'm not sold, Scott, that the Pats will blow the Bills out. Rex is always ready for the Pats and Marty might not play. I expect us to win, but I always expect that. I see it being close, maybe a TD game, maybe less.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottDCP View Post
      Cards.

      Seriously, Buffalo is a 3 point underdog?
      No.

      Pats @ Bills (+7.5)

      There were so many (+3) games this week. I must have been on auto-pilot.
    1. jhinkamp's Avatar
      Lions
    1. Raven's Avatar
      Lions +3
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      A few options are jumping out this week, but at some point the Cleveland vibes have to extend to the football club.

      Cleve Brownies (+3)
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      bump
    1. Ragar's Avatar
      Lions
    1. xmenehune's Avatar
      hope I'm not late...
      game starts @4:25pm EST

      GB
    1. Matt Kocsan's Avatar
      I guess since I missed everything else, put me down for the Bears? Oof.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Lesson learned: Don't bet on the Lions when they are on the road.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt Kocsan View Post
      I guess since I missed everything else, put me down for the Bears? Oof.
      Not looking promising, Matt.

      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...arting-guards/
    1. Matt Kocsan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      Well, you've got to shoot, I guess.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt Kocsan View Post
      Well, you've got to shoot, I guess.
      Well, damn...
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Bears (+4) -- Matt and Afrocomb are the only winners this week. Ouch.