Week Five of the First Annual Gridiron Gab Pick ‘Em contest is upon us, and the participation has been great so far. I stated when this contest started that the rules are subject to change, and…they have due to the number of participants.
It was nearly impossible to come-up with a true tie-breaker, so instead of doing overall standings to decide who makes the playoffs at the end of the year, we’re taking weekly winners.
So for example, in Week One there were 30 possible points. The most anyone got was 25, and 15 contestants were tied at the end of the week. In Week Two, there were 30 possible points, and only four contestants were perfect there. Week Three, there were 50 possible points, and two tied there.
Some of you may be wondering, “Well if I’ve already won, what’s the sense in picking again until the playoffs start?”. Well that’s a good question. I would think competitive nature keeps you picking, but incase it doesn’t, we’ve come-up with a solution. For each additional week you finish among those with the most points, you’ll earn an additional 2 points per each week won. So, if you win in week three, then again in weeks four, five, six, and seven, then you’ll enter the playoffs with 10 points. Individuals who earn playoff spots, will also earn 2 points per victory. (i.e. 15 winners in week one. If those 15 individuals never win another week, they’ll start the playoffs with 2 points heading into the playoffs.)
You can view the current playoff participants by clicking HERE.
Whoever comes out on top each week, makes the playoffs at the end of the year and gets to compete for the prize. As a result of the “new” format, this has therefore become a weekly contest and anyone can still sign-up. So tell your friends, family, and co-workers!
For those of you signed-up already, don’t forget to make your picks by clicking HERE.
Also, Ryan over at Fantazzle.com has announced that the site has some special promos this week for other games on the site. There’s a 25% deposit bonus, a free fantasy football cap free-roll game with a $100 cash prize! Who doesn’t want an extra $100 in their pockets? You can check-out the promotions, as well as other fantasy games offered by fantazzle.com, by clicking HERE.
Now, back to this week’s games.
San Diego Chargers (4-1) at New York Jets (3-3) – 5 Points
I don’t think any team needs a win more than the Jets. Their season with such promise, coming off back-to-back AFC Championship appearances, but has been a huge disappointment thus far. The Chargers are trying to establish themselves as the favorites in the AFC West, but the Oakland Raiders and newly acquired QB Carson Palmer might just have something to say about that.
Chicago Bears (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2) – 5 Points
Chicago is also a team that had high expectations coming into the season, and have thoroughly disappointed with a 3-3 record. Tampa Bay is improving each week, and QB Josh Freeman has become one of the rising young QB’s in the NFL. The Bears need a win to at least try and keep pace with the Packers and Lions, while Tampa is currently tied for first in the NFC South with the Saints. The Falcons have underachieved so far, but one would think they’ll get it together before all is said and done.
Denver Broncos (1-4) at Miami Dolphins (0-5) – 5 Points
Tim Tebow is finally the starter in Denver, and is returning to his old stomping grounds for a match-up against the Dolphins. Miami has battled all season long, but just can’t seem to get things together for their first victory of the season. Ironically enough, the Dolphins are honoring the 2008 Florida Gators at halftime of the game on Sunday. That team was led by, guess who? Tim Tebow. Broncos fans have finally gotten their wish with Tebow starting, while Dolphins fans would love nothing more to spoil his first start this season.
Atlanta Falcons (3-3) at Detroit Lions (5-1) – 5 Points
This is a battle between two teams who had totally different expectations at the start of the season. The Falcons were a sexy pick for the Super Bowl, while the Lions were hoping for a 10 win season and at least a shot at the playoffs. While it’s safe to see the Falcons have underachieved, Lions fans wouldn’t call their team a bunch of overachievers. Atlanta is fighting with the Buccaneers and Saints in the NFC South, as the Lions are trying to reel in the Packers.
*Game of the Week*
Houston Texans (3-3) at Tennessee Titans (3-2) – 10 Points
No one expected this game to be a battle for first place in the AFC South at the start of the season, as that was reserved, once again, for the Indianapolis Colts. When Manning went down, it was assumed the Texans would finally get over the hump and into the playoffs as the division winner. After an off-season full of drama, no one – and I do mean no one – really expected the Titans to do much, even with Matt Hasselbeck at QB. The Texans started the season hot, but have since lost two-in-a-row. Tennessee, meanwhile, is coming off a bye week, which means they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Houston.
This should be a hard fought game, with the winner claiming sole possession of first place in the AFC South.
Happy Picking and Good Luck!