Monday, December 29, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 7 Results

Well, this was my wedding gift to Craig! He went 13-3 while I went 10-6. So, now he's got a 3-game lead heading into the playoffs, which we will pick. Hopefully, I can catch him before the Super Bowl!

Here's how last week's games went down for me:

Rams at Falcons
Patriots at Bills
at Bengals
Lions at Packers
Titans at Colts
Giants at Vikings
Panthers at Saints
Browns at Steelers
Raiders at Buccaneers
Bears at Texans
Jaguars at Ravens
Redskins at 49ers
Dolphins at Jets
Cowboys at Eagles
Seahawks at Cardinals
Broncos at Chargers

Presenting ...

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Helfrich!

My buddy Craig married the woman of his dreams this past weekend. Her name used to be Jill Bause, but now it's Jill Helfrich. I was blessed to be part of the wedding party and had a great time. The best part of the weekend, for me, was spending time with Craig and our friend Marty Graverson and getting to know two of Craig's other friends who live out of town now. They are great guys and I can see why Craig cherishes their friendship.

We had a nice dinner at Amish Acres Friday night before the rehearsal. After the rehearsal we played basketball for a few hours, which was a great time. The wedding went smooth and was very fun for me because I see weddings in a whole new light now that I've been married for 8 years. Plus, when you know the two people getting married are good for each other, it's hard to contain the joy you feel for them. The reception was at Elcona Country Club and was a blast. My wife and I haven't danced that much since we got married. In fact, I woke up sore the next morning!

So, I want to congratulate Craig and Jill. I can't wait to watch your friendship and marriage grow over the years!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2008 In Review - Fantasy Football

I'm sneaking this one into the 2008 In Review series because, technically, it is a look back at the year and it's all I could think of to write about today!

I was in three leagues again this season, each on a different game site (ESPN, Yahoo and Fox Sports).

The league I've been in the longest is called Terror in the Trenches and includes one of my oldest and best friends, Jeff Becraft. He works here. This was my fourth season in the league and I had finished fourth each year. I was actually the only team to make the playoffs each of those three seasons. Well, the wheels kind of fell off this year. We had the option of keeping up to 4 players from last year's team, but only one at each position. I was tired of finishing fourth and wanted a shot at getting over the hump and winning the league, so I decided to rebuild. Well, sort of. I actually kept two players who I felt were locks to be great in 2008 - Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Browns receiver Braylon Edwards. Other guys I could have kept included Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Packers receiver Greg Jennings.

Now, if you've followed the NFL at all this season you probably know that Edwards was a bad choice and Tomlinson's value dropped like a rock this season. You probably also know that Brees has a chance to become just the second player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards in a single season. Jennings has nearly 1200 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns this season.

So, my keepers didn't pan out like expected and it killed me this season. I finished tied for seventh place.

Jeff also invited me to a league for a second straight year called West MI Fantasy Football. I don't remember for sure how I finished the first year, but I think I did pretty well. This year I finished second in my division and had the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. I lost my first-round game and the fifth-place game, leaving me in sixth place.

Finally, I started my own league this year on I called it Dan's 16 and changed the scoring system around to try to make quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers have equal value. It was the first time I've played in a league with more than 12 teams. It is not easy to play in a 16-team league. The free agents list gets pretty thin.

Well, things worked out pretty well for me in this league. I only lost once and beat Derry Prenkert in the playoffs to win the title.

So, here are my postseason awards which include my players from all three leagues:

MVP: Matt Forte, Chicago Bears rookie running back. I owned him in all three leagues. I think there was only one week the whole season that I did not start him, and paid for it. I think he should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL, but there's a few other guys who could win it as well.

MDP (most disappointing player): Terrel Owens, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to have Owens on two of my teams, but he wasn't the consistently high-scoring player I was hoping for. He had some great weeks, but he also had some clunkers.

MSP (most surprising player): Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback. I went into the season thinking Rodgers would be pretty good, but he was great. I only owned him in the Dan's 16 league, but he finished as the third highest scoring player for the season in that league. And it was a good thing, too, because I traded away my only other QB (Eli Manning) before the first week of the season and there were only one or two guaranteed starters on the free agents list at any point during the season.

Best pickup: Tyler Thigpen, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback. Where did he come from? He wound up starting for me several times and I was never disappointed. Steelers running back Mewelde Moore was also a pretty good find.

Keeper (the one player from all three teams I would keep for next year if I could): Forte. He's just a rookie and unless the Bears change their entire offensive scheme and become a pass-crazy team, as long as he stays healthy his value is huge.

All-Stars (the best combined starting lineup from my three teams): QB - Aaron Rodgers, RB - Matt Forte, RB - Brandon Jacobs, WR - Randy Moss, WR - Wes Welker, WR - Anquan Boldin, TE - Kevin Boss, K - Mason Crosby, D/ST - Tennessee.

So there you have it, another year of Fantasy Football in the books. I can't wait for next season.

For any fantasy players out there, I could use your help. I'm thinking of changing things around in the Dan's 16 league next year. First off, I'll probably cut the teams to 14. I'm also thinking of eliminating the kicker and defense positions. I may also go to a more standard scoring system. What do you think? Any suggestions? Anyone interested in playing in that league next year?

NFL Predictions - Week 7

Still tied for the lead. Hopefully I can pull away this week!

Rams at Falcons - The Falcons actually still have a chance to win the NFC South, if the Panthers lose at New Orleans. Even if they lose, they're still in the playoffs. What a great story!

Patriots at Bills - Patriots need to win and get some help from the Jets, but I think that's exactly what will happen. Wouldn't it be weird to have a postseason without the Pats?

Chiefs at Bengals - Yucky.

Lions at Packers - There's no way the Lions win at Lambeau. Even with both teams eliminated from the playoffs, I think the Packers will play hard. They don't want to be the only team to lose to the Lions this season.

Titans at Colts - This is a tough one because it's a meaningless game, at least in terms of the playoffs. Do the Colts rest players for the playoffs? Do the Titans rest players? I guess I lean toward the Colts because they've been on a roll and probably want to keep that momentum going.

Giants at Vikings - Giants know they've got a bye in the first week of the playoffs, but the Vikings need this win to just make the playoffs. I'm guessing the Giants take it easy this week.

Panthers at Saints - The division title is still a lot to play for.

Browns at Steelers - Pittsburgh doesn't have much to play for, but this is still a decent rivalry game and I don't think the Browns can beat anybody right now.

Raiders at Buccaneers - Tampa Bay's not out of the playoff picture yet!

Bears at Texans - I really want the Bears to represent the NFC North in the playoffs. They need a win and a Minnesota loss. Or a win and a few other teams to lose to get a wild card.

Jaguars at Ravens - Baltimore is fighting for a playoff spot. Jags are fighting the desire to be done with this disappointing season.

Redskins at 49ers - Flip a coin.

Dolphins at Jets - Jets aren't eliminated yet, but neither are the Dolphins. If the Jets show up on defense, I think they win. A cold day in New York might be the worst thing for the Dolphins.

Cowboys at Eagles - There's too much motivation for the Cowboys not to win this one.

Seahawks at Cardinals - This is the most meaningless game of the season. Arizona is the most meaningless team in the playoffs!

Broncos at Chargers - This is the big one, the one I predicted here (only to count the Chargers out last week). Man, what a collapse by the Broncos. I guess they deserve to get eliminated.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 6 Results

Not a great week, but I'm still tied for the lead. The final week of the regular season should be very interesting - both for our picks and for the playoffs. There's a lot of very meaningful games on the schedule and a lot of team that still have a chance to get into the postseason.

at Jaguars
Ravens at Cowboys
Bengals at Browns
49ers at Rams
Saints at Lions
Steelers at Titans
Dolphins at Chiefs
Cardinals at Patriots
Chargers at Buccaneers
Texans at Raiders
Bills at Broncos
Jets at Seahawks
Falcons at Vikings
Eagles at Redskins
Panthers at Giants
Packers at Bears

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Wonder of Winter

If you live anywhere near the Michiana area you probably woke up this morning to a blanket of ice over everything outside. I wasn't able to open the driver side doors of my car because of the ice and it took probably 20 minutes of scraping after the car had been warming up for 20 minutes to get all the ice off the windows. I stopped along the driveway as I headed to work and took a few pictures. The one above is is of a branch of a pine tree that usually hangs about 15 feet above the ground. Today, it smacked my windshield (maybe 5 feet off the ground).

Much like this picture, I know it's kind of pretty, but it doesn't make me very happy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

2008 In Review: The 30s

During 2008 we celebrated four very significant birthdays. Katie and three of her best friends, Janelle Prenkert, Mindy Graverson and Rachael Thompson each turned 30 this year. That leaves only Mindy's husband Marty as a 20-something among that group of friends. He'll hit 30 some time in 2009.

Janelle's husband Derry set the bar high with a surprise party for Janelle in June. I felt like I had to at least match what he did so I threw Katie a surprise party in August. Then Marty followed suit and surprised Mindy in October. Rachel's husband Jason did not go the surprise route but still threw Rachael a great party to wrap up the celebrations.

Here's a picture of all the girls and some of their parties:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 6

Things are heating up in the DDDC Challenge. I'm in a tie with Craig for first place, but Derry and Dan aren't far behind. This week's games are going to be a real challenge to pick correctly. First of all, there's some really great matchups and second there's some games that are skewed a little bit based on the teams' playoff standings. Oh well, here it goes:

Colts at Jaguars - Even though they're pretty much a lock to make the playoffs, there's still a lot for the Colts to play for. Playoff seeding is very important.

Ravens at Cowboys - Many think Steelers-Titans is the game of the week, but not me. I think this one is the most fascinating game of the week. Both teams need a win to stay in the wild card picture. Both teams have been playing great defense lately. Both teams can also score some points (never thought I would say that about the Ravens). This was a tough pick.

Bengals at Browns - Why don't they just let these two teams have the last two weeks of the season off?

49ers at Rams - San Francisco seems headed in the right direction. Now, they're just playing for momentum and possibly a permanent job for Mike Singletary.

Saints at Lions - I don't know about all the tiebreakers, but based solely on records the Saints are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, so they still have a little to play for. Plus, you don't want to be the first team to lose to the Lions this season.

Steelers at Titans - I've been saying it for several weeks, but I think the Steelers are for real. Now, I'm starting to think they're the best team in the NFL. Their schedule has been brutal and yet they're 11-3. I think the Titans peaked too early.

Dolphins at Chiefs - Part of the reason I want the Dolphins to win is because I want to see the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins all tied for the lead in the division going into the last week of the season. Plus, the Jets and Dolphins play next week and I think the only way the Dolphins make the playoffs is to win that game.

Cardinals at Patriots - Cardinals have clinched their division and playoff spot, but the Patriots still have EVERYTHING to play for. Plus, the Cardinals don't appear to be as good as I once thought they were.

Chargers at Buccaneers - I think the Chargers' playoff hopes die this week.

Texans at Raiders - Another meaningless game, except that the Texans have been hot lately and may want to keep that going for some momentum heading into next season.

Bills at Broncos - Broncos nearly have the division clinched, but not quite so I think they play hard this week and then possibly take it easy on the Chargers next week if they clinch.

Jets at Seahawks - Again, Jets need every win they can get. I think they own the tiebreakers over the Dolphins and Patriots, so they control their own destiny.

Falcons at Vikings - Falcons aren't out of the playoff picture and the Vikings haven't clinched their division so this could be a really good game.

Eagles at Redskins - Somehow, Philly still has a shot at the playoffs.

Panthers at Giants - This is another candidate for game of the week because this game determines the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Giants' defense is too good to let this one get away.

Packers at Bears - Ugh. It kills me to do this, but I think the Packers have a hard time beating a motivated Bears squad in Chicago. I'd rather see Chicago win the division than the Vikings too.

2008 In Review: Vacations/Getaways

The time spent away from home in 2008 was very memorable for my family and me.

In order of memorability, here's the trips/getaways we took this year:

1. California in June

In front is my grandparents' dog, BJ. Sitting on the bench are my grandparents with my kids and in the back, from left, are my parents, my sister and Katie and me.

This was easily the best vacation my family (all 4 of us) has ever taken. It was the first time for my wife and kids to set foot in California. It was also the first time we got to visit my friend Chuck on his turf.

I knew this was going to be a great vacation when we woke up the first morning (after getting to my grandparents' house after midnight), the kids realized they were in a new setting and went outside to explore and David discovered snails. He loved them. Other discoveries included the orange, grapefruit, lemon and avocado trees in the yard.

Some highlights of this trip included: Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Hollywood, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Padres game, U.S. Open Golf Tournament (seeing Tiger Woods in person) and spending time with my grandparents, my half-uncle Steve and his family and Chuck.

2. Ludington in October

Katie and I set up the camera to take a timed picture on the rocks at the end of the jetty in Pentwater, Mich.

The main reason this one comes in second instead of third is because it was a getaway for just Katie and me. That makes it incredibly special and something that doesn't happen very often.

Katie and I were fortunate enough to obtain the use of a cottage near Lake Hamlin (thanks to Derry's parents) and spent a few days away from the kids. We did a lot of relaxing, watching movies, playing games, eating at local restaurants and sightseeing. We drove to Pentwater, which is the first town south of Ludington along the Lake Michigan shoreline, and revisited some of the shops and beaches where my family and I had spent time in the summers while I was in high school.

Above all, the trip was a time for Katie and I to connect in a way that is very difficult to do when you've got two young kids running around and begging for your attention.

3. South Haven over 4th of July Weekend

Craig is getting ready to bury David in the sand at the beach in South Haven.

This was kind of a last-minute decision to take off for the weekend and join our friends Craig, Jill and Craig's parents in South Haven for the weekend of the 4th of July.

We were tipped off about a week in advance that Craig was going to propose to Jill and then he called us the night it happened. So, the weekend ended up being not just a getaway for our family but a chance to celebrate with Craig and Jill. They're getting married on December 27, by the way.

While in South Haven we spent time at the beach, drove up to Saugatuck on July 4 for dinner and fireworks and spent some more time at the beach. Derry and Janelle Prenkert (and Katylynn) also drove up on July 4 but did not spend the night, so that was a lot of fun.

Monday, December 15, 2008

2008-09 College Bowl Game Picks

Craig has enjoyed the NFL Predictions so much that he suggested we make picks for all the College Bowl Games. This is going to be a bit more challenging, because I don't pay very close attention to the college game. Oh well, here it goes:

EagleBank Bowl
Wake Forest vs. Navy

New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State vs. Fresno State

magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl
Memphis vs. South Florida

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. Arizona

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Southern Miss vs. Troy

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Boise State vs. TCU

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii vs. Notre Dame

Motor City Bowl
Florida Atlantic vs. Central Michigan

Meineke Car Care Bowl
West Virginia vs. North Carolina

Champs Sports Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Florida State

Emerald Bowl
Miami (Fla.) vs. California

Independence Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech Bowl
NC State vs. Rutgers

Valero Alamo Bowl
Missouri vs. Northwestern

Roady's Humanitarian Bowl
Maryland vs. Nevada

Texas Bowl
Western Michigan vs. Rice

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Oregon

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. Air Force

Brut Sun Bowl
Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Boston College vs. Vanderbilt

Insight Bowl
Kansas vs. Minnesota

Chick-fil-A Bowl
LSU vs. Georgia Tech

Outback Bowl
South Carolina vs. Iowa

Capital One Bowl
Georgia vs. Michigan State

Konica Minolta Gator Bowl
Nebraska vs. Clemson

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi
Penn State vs. USC

FedEx Orange Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

AT&T Cotton Bowl
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Kentucky vs. East Carolina

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Utah vs. Alabama

International Bowl
Buffalo vs. Connecticut

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Ohio State vs. Texas

Ball State vs. Tulsa

FedEx BCS National Championship Game
Florida vs. Oklahoma

2008 In Review

I am not unaware of the fact that reading this blog has gotten quite boring lately. I write it and I'm bored with it! It seems like inspiration has been hard to find lately. That might be because the sun has been hard to find lately, or it might be because I'm having trouble finding the time and motivation to write down my thoughts.

Either way, you deserve better. For those of you who regularly check back here for new content and those who might just happen upon this space for whatever reason, I am going to do better.

I've got an idea for a new series. It's not completely original because it seems lots of people are looking back at the year of 2008 and recalling their favorite significant life-changing wake-up call boring best/worst of the year that is almost over. But, I'm going to do it anyway. Mine is going to take the form of the best/most significant/memorable items from a number of categories. I've got some categories in mind, but nothing set in stone yet.

If you've enjoyed the sports posts, don't worry. They're going to continue. In fact, the next post you read here will be my college bowl game picks. And sometime in the near future there is sure to be a fantasy football season wrap-up. But, there will also be some 2008 In Review posts coming very soon. I promise.

So, don't give up on me!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 5

I'm up by two games on Craig, trailed closely by Derry and Dan. So, it would be nice to have a good week to create some distance. We'll see.

Here's the NFL Week 15 picks, Week 5 in the challenge:

Saints at Bears - This pick is mostly because I'd like to see the Bears win their division. I think they have the best shot of any team from the NFC North at winning a playoff game, though that would probably be as far as they get. Plus it might help Matt Forte's chances of winning Rookie of the Year. Has he been great or what?

Bucs at Falcons - I don't think Tampa Bay will lose two weeks in a row, but wouldn't be surprised if the Falcons pull it off. Tough pick.

Redskins at Bengals - Does anybody care about this game? Maybe college seniors entering next year's draft.

Lions at Colts - Another highly-watched game by 2009 draft entrants. On the other side, the Colts have won six in a row and should pretty easily earn a wild card spot.

Chargers at Chiefs - Somehow, I can't seem to count out the Chargers in the AFC West. They're three games back right now, but should gain some ground this week. I still would like to see the Week 16 game between the Chargers and Broncos to decide the division winner.

Seahawks at Rams - Has there ever been a less interesting game?

49ers at Dolphins - I'd love to see the 49ers win their third straight, but I'd love more to see the Dolphins keep the pressure on the Jets and Patriots in the AFC East.

Bills at Jets - No way the Jets are losing three games in a row, which means they stay tied with Miami and New England.

Titans at Texans - I've heard some rumblings about an upset here. Seriously? Titans roll in this one.

Packers at Jaguars - Neither team has any shot left at the playoffs, so nothing left to play for but pride. I hope the Packers have more pride!

Vikings at Cardinals - Vikings need this one badly, but the Cardinals are good at home. Cardinals have clinched their division, but I still think they're good to let down.

Broncos at Panthers - So Carolina is for real. For some reason I really don't like them. But I also think the Broncos are bad.

Steelers at Ravens - WOW. Tough pick. The score of this game might be 3-2.

Patriots at Raiders - This could be a very tough game for New England to win. Or it could be a blowout.

Giants at Cowboys - No way the Giants lose two in a row.

Browns at Eagles - Combined with the Cowboys' loss to the Giants, this makes things really interesting for a wild card spot.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 4 Results

I went 12-4 this week and lead the rest of the pack by two games. The highlight of the week for me was correctly picking the San Francisco 49ers to beat the Jets (which leaves a three-way tie atop the AFC East). There were two lowlights, however: The Packers losing (why, oh why, did I have to become a fan of the Packers?) and everybody but me picking the Panthers Monday night.
Oh well, we've got a few weeks still to go. Plenty of time to stretch out my lead (or to lose it).
Here's how my NFL Week 14 Picks turned out:

Raiders at Chargers
Jaguars at Bears
Vikings at Lions
Texans at Packers
Browns at Titans
Bengals at Colts
Falcons at Saints
Eagles at Giants
Chiefs at Broncos
Dolphins at Bills
Jets at Niners
Patriots at Seahawks
Rams at Cardinals
Cowboys at Steelers
Redskins at Ravens
Buccaneers at Panthers

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

NFL Predictions - Week 4

My lead is dwindling, but one good week can boost me back up to a comfortable position. So, that's what I'm aiming for with these picks:

Raiders at Chargers - While things are definitely not going well for the Chargers, I still think there's a slim chance that they could win the division. It may well come down to Week 17 when they host Denver.

Jaguars at Bears - Weren't the Jags supposed to be good this year? As much as I would love to see the Bears and Vikings lose this week to keep Green Bay's hopes alive, I think both will win.

Vikings at Lions - Which of these remaining games do you think the Lions can win: Week 14 vs. Minnesota, Week 15 @ Indianapolis, Week 16 vs. New Orleans, Week 17 @ Green Bay. That's right, I'm calling a winless season for Detroit.

Texans at Packers - I think the Packers will do everything they possibly can to remain in the running for the Division title, but even if they win out it may not be enough.

Browns at Titans - The Titans get two more easy wins before facing Pittsburgh and Indy to end the season. Fortunately for Tennessee, these next two weeks should clinch the division title.

Bengals at Colts - With a slim lead in the Wild Card race, I don't see the Colts taking it easy on anybody the rest of the way.

Falcons at Saints - Falcons continue their comeback and continue to be a major factor in the NFC South.

Eagles at Giants - Until I see someone beat them, I'm convinced that the Giants are the best team in the NFL. Even without Plaxico "Gimpy" Burress.

Chiefs at Broncos - Yuck. I can smell this one already.

Dolphins at Bills - Are you kidding me? The Dolphins' playoff hopes are still alive? Which team is the best story this season: Falcons, Dolphins, Jets or Titans? I can't argue with any of them.

Jets at Niners - Does anyone else feel like the Jets are hanging onto the division lead by a thread? I have to pick at least one upset, right? If I'm correct and if the Dolphins and Patriots win, there's a 3-way tie in the AFC East!

Patriots at Seahawks - But just barely.

Rams at Cardinals - I still think the Cardinals could do some damage in the playoffs, depending on how home field works out.

Cowboys at Steelers - No doubt in my mind that this is the game of the week. Both teams need this one badly. I think the Steelers have the best defense in the league, but the Cowboys can be one of the best offenses in the league. Weather could help the Steelers.

Redskins at Ravens - Not a bad Sunday night game. The Ravens should be more watchable now that they can score some points!

Buccaneers at Panthers - Gruden keeps making himself more and more attractive to a certain college football program, doesn't he?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What Am I Seeking?

We're getting ready to start a new teaching series at Nappanee Missionary Church called Seek. It's only three weeks long and will help us filter through some of the stuff that can often sidetrack us this time of the year.

My job when we start a new series is to come up with a logo, or a general look to go along with the series. For Seek, my idea was to represent the craziness of the holiday season and how the things of God can sometimes get mixed up with the things of the world.

Here's the logo, although I don't know if this is the one we'll end up using or not.

Either way, working on this logo got me thinking about my life and my priorities during this time of the year.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in the things that keep me busy and keep my mind away from God. I'm not just talking about presents, decorations and food. I'm also talking about all the good things, like spending time with family and friends, finding ways to give to others and church activities.

When I let those things dictate my schedule and dominate my thoughts, there's little room left for reflecting on why I celebrate Christmas and thanking God for the amazing gift of His Son.

We have a tradition at our house on Christmas Eve where we all get down on the floor right by the Christmas tree and read the gospel story of Jesus' birth. It's a tradition I look forward to and want to keep forever.

I just hope Christmas Eve isn't the first time I stop and consider the magnitude of what God has done for me.

NFL Predictions - Week 3 results

OK, here's how it went down in week 13 of the NFL season. I didn't have an especially good week, but I surprised myself by picking a few games right that I didn't feel really confident about (like the Texans and Steelers). But I also misfired way too many times. And, worst of all, my Packers made it really hard on themselves to make the playoffs.

So, after Week 13, I'm still ahead, but not by much. You can check the standings on the right side of the page.

Here's the picks I made (the ones I got right are in green):

Titans at Lions
Seahawks at Cowboys
Cardinals at Eagles
Niners at Bills
Ravens at Bengals
Colts at Browns
Panthers at Packers
at Rams
Saints at Bucs
Giants at Redskins
Falcons at Charger
Steelers at Patriots
Broncos at Jets
Chiefs at Raiders
Bears at Vikings
Jags at Texans