Confidence Pool - Week 18
by FBG Staff
January 2nd, 2013

This season, we are proud to bring you the return of the Footballguys.com Staff Confidence Pool Challenge. Nineteen staff members will pick the winner of each NFL game, and rank each choice from most confident (16 points) to least (1 point). As a tie-breaker, the person who is closest to the total points scored on the last Monday Night game will be the winner. Winners will be announced from week to week and the best overall record will be crowned Confidence pool Champion. Picks and ranks are due on Wednesday, so any late-breaking news may not be reflected in the choices. Also please note that no point spread is taken into account with these picks it is a straight up pick of which NFL team will win this week.

Last Week's Results

David Yudkin hung on to a slim lead, and narrowly took this week's top honors with an impressive 14 correct picks. Hicks also had 14 picks, but risked a bit more on the Atlanta game and it ultimately cost him the win. Overall winner Marc Levin missed four games this week, but it was still enough to hand on to the top prize for the season.

Staffer
CHI
NYJ
TB
CAR
HOU
JAX
CLE
BAL
PHI
ARI
KC
GB
MIA
OAK
STL
DAL
TOT
DET
BUF
ATL
NO
IND
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
PTS
Yudkin
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
IND
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
120
8
3
7
9
4
10
11
5
12
16
15
2
13
6
14
1
Hicks
CHI
BUF
ATL
CAR
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
118
14
1
11
10
7
3
4
6
2
15
16
8
9
12
13
5
Russell
CHI
BUF
TB
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
114
11
9
8
10
7
3
13
2
12
15
16
5
14
4
6
1
Bitonti
CHI
BUF
TB
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
BAL
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
113
10
8
2
9
7
11
3
1
5
16
15
6
14
13
12
4
Tremblay
DET
BUF
ATL
CAR
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
112
4
8
1
9
10
11
14
6
2
16
15
3
5
7
12
13
Levin
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
108
5
8
4
11
10
9
7
2
12
15
14
3
16
6
13
1
Holloway
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
106
12
9
2
11
10
1
8
4
6
16
15
7
14
5
13
3
Cummings
CHI
BUF
TB
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
DAL
105
11
6
5
12
9
4
10
3
7
16
14
8
13
1
15
2
Grant
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
102
5
6
3
8
12
7
4
1
10
15
16
11
14
2
13
9
Pasquino
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
IND
TEN
PIT
CIN
PHI
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
102
12
1
6
8
5
3
10
4
9
15
14
11
16
2
13
7
Larkin
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
DAL
102
15
12
11
8
6
2
7
3
1
13
16
4
9
10
14
5
Haseley
DET
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
100
7
11
10
9
8
6
5
4
3
13
15
2
14
12
16
1
Rudnicki
CHI
BUF
ATL
CAR
HOU
TEN
PIT
BAL
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
DAL
99
7
4
12
1
11
5
8
3
10
15
16
9
14
6
13
2
Hester
CHI
BUF
TB
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
OAK
SEA
WAS
98
9
8
5
7
13
4
1
14
3
15
16
12
10
6
11
2
Garda
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
BAL
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
97
16
7
8
11
14
15
9
6
10
2
4
13
12
3
1
5
Smith
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
DAL
91
16
15
14
13
12
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Gray
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
BAL
NYG
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
DAL
90
11
4
6
12
10
2
5
1
7
16
15
8
13
3
14
9
Wimer
CHI
BUF
ATL
NO
HOU
JAX
PIT
BAL
PHI
SF
DEN
GB
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
87
11
10
1
9
16
8
7
6
5
12
13
4
14
3
15
2
Wood
DET
NYJ
ATL
NO
HOU
TEN
PIT
BAL
PHI
SF
DEN
GB
NE
OAK
SEA
DAL
72
5
1
10
16
9
7
8
6
2
15
14
12
13
3
11
4
Away
CHI
NYJ
TB
CAR
HOU
JAX
CLE
BAL
PHI
ARI
KC
GB
MIA
OAK
STL
DAL
n/a
Tot Pts
173
1
20
20
171
8
0
23
16
0
0
107
0
9
0
23
Home
DET
BUF
ATL
NO
IND
TEN
PIT
CIN
NYG
SF
DEN
MIN
NE
SD
SEA
WAS
n/a
Tot Pts
16
130
106
163
9
114
144
63
110
263
265
26
231
98
221
54

Home teams dominated the week with only three road victories by Chicago, Tampa and Carolina. Houston's surprising loss took down 171 confidence points, and New Orleans was second, with 163 points risked in their upset loss to Carolina.

Overall Results

While weekly winners definitely get rewarded, it is the overall points winner that will take home the crown. Here's how the guys stack up against each other after the first week:

Staffer
W01
W02
W03
W04
W05
W06
W07
W08
W09
W10
W11
W12
W13
W14
W15
W16
W17
Total
Levin
105
85
57
102
90
40
79
78
88
79
99
102
94
92
98
102
108
1498
Gray
106
82
59
95
84
49
71
65
95
69
100
109
87
95
99
113
90
1468
Grant
98
87
58
102
88
44
87
77
85
67
101
88
95
85
93
103
102
1460
Hicks
98
95
55
102
79
51
76
56
78
74
99
105
71
101
88
106
118
1452
Yudkin
94
80
50
119
81
35
88
63
93
67
101
85
82
82
89
113
120
1442
Russell
104
71
52
100
84
46
71
81
87
78
102
75
86
70
112
104
114
1437
Bitonti
91
79
44
87
84
63
84
67
75
70
98
100
81
92
90
110
113
1428
Smith
94
113
44
90
90
62
85
75
69
65
87
98
92
88
87
97
91
1427
Rudnicki
78
83
55
107
81
32
81
73
94
81
98
101
93
91
91
85
99
1423
Hester
77
108
59
96
91
52
80
75
84
62
97
94
97
96
72
82
98
1420
Haseley
95
88
39
85
85
50
88
73
90
80
96
95
82
75
87
98
100
1406
Larkin
76
77
52
96
89
47
87
70
76
70
88
94
101
86
85
102
102
1398
Holloway
91
95
48
79
83
40
83
77
88
69
98
101
93
89
79
77
106
1396
Pasquino
81
86
62
99
78
41
86
75
71
63
98
97
79
88
78
111
102
1395
Tremblay
88
108
49
89
72
41
59
63
78
73
77
86
94
99
99
95
112
1382
Garda
87
50
62
103
80
46
78
69
88
83
97
89
77
90
86
90
97
1372
Cummings
90
63
47
96
82
67
87
67
70
60
94
87
63
69
110
103
105
1360
Wimer
79
60
44
70
89
57
61
78
91
69
88
104
101
69
96
93
87
1336
Wood
84
73
34
94
80
41
81
71
74
61
88
106
58
78
83
75
68
1249

Gray gave it his best shot, but ultimately Levin prevailed. Gray finished second and Grant held on to third. Wood finished at the bottom of the pack after a rough season.

Odds and Ends

Here is a summary of the weekly winners:

Staffer
Win Type
Win Type
Win Type
Win Type
Gray
Week 1
Week 9
Week 12
Week 16
Smith
Week 2
Garda
Week 3
Week 10
Yudkin
Week 4
Week 7
Week 17
Hester
Week 5
Cummings
Week 6
Russell
Week 8
Week 11
Week 15
Larkin
Week 13
Hicks
Week 14

Levin went the entire season without winning any individual week but his consistent performance week after week gave him the overall crown. Gray was the top performer with four weekly wins and Yudkin and Russell finished second with three wins each.

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