Win. Your. League.

Receive 3 Free Downloads More Details

Against The Spread Pool: Week 18

Footballguys.com Staff Pick NFL Games Against the Las Vegas Point Spread

Over the past few years, we have given the subscribers of Footballguys.com the Staff Confidence Pool Challenge, where numerous staffers try and pick the winners each week with a confidence ranking, and Jeff Pasquino’s “For The Win” column where Jeff attempts to pick each and every NFL game against the Las Vegas spread.  Both of these have been very popular features, so this year Footballguys is proud to bring you the combination of the two. The Footballguys.com Staff Against the Spread Pool Challenge. Multiple staff members (22) will pick the winner of each NFL game against the Las Vegas line.  As a tie-breaker, the person who is closest to the total points scored in 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 Against the Spread Champion. Picks and ranks are due on Wednesday, so any late-breaking news may not be reflected in the choices.   

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Here are the results from this week.

Road Team: CLE GB CHI DAL HOU NYJ WAS CIN CAR NO KC JAC ARI BUF OAK SF    
Home Team: PIT DET MIN PHI IND NE NYG BAL ATL TB DEN TEN SEA MIA LAC LAR    
Favorite: PIT DET MIN DAL IND NE WAS BAL ATL NO DEN TEN SEA BUF LAC LAR    
Point Spread: -13.5 -7.5 -12.5 -2.5 -3.5 -15.5 -3.5 -9.5 -3.5 -7.5 -3.5 -3.5 -8.5 -2.5 -7.5 -2.5    
Staffer Last Week's Picks MNF Year to
Tot Pts Date
John Mamula PIT DET CHI PHI IND NE NYG CIN ATL NO KC TEN SEA BUF LAC SF 44 138
Keith Roberts CLE DET MIN PHI HOU NE WAS CIN ATL TB KC TEN SEA BUF LAC LAR 44 132
Matt Bitonti CLE DET MIN DAL IND NE WAS BAL CAR TB KC JAC SEA BUF LAC SF 65 147
Jeff Haseley PIT DET CHI DAL IND NYJ WAS CIN CAR NO DEN TEN ARI BUF LAC SF 48 129
Jeff Pasquino PIT GB MIN PHI IND NE WAS BAL ATL NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC SF 45 132
Alessandro Miglio CLE GB CHI DAL HOU NYJ WAS CIN ATL TB DEN TEN ARI MIA OAK SF 55 133
Andrew Garda PIT DET MIN PHI IND NE WAS BAL ATL NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC LAR 45 137
Bear Heiser PIT DET MIN DAL HOU NYJ WAS CIN CAR NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC SF 44 142
Chris Feery PIT GB MIN PHI IND NE WAS BAL ATL NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC SF 45 126
Mark Wimer PIT GB MIN DAL HOU NYJ NYG BAL ATL NO KC TEN SEA BUF LAC LAR 69 141
Aaron Rudnicki PIT DET CHI DAL IND NYJ WAS BAL CAR TB DEN TEN SEA BUF OAK SF 40 133
Andy Hicks CLE GB CHI PHI HOU NYJ NYG CIN CAR TB KC JAC ARI MIA OAK SF 47 115
Dave Larkin PIT GB CHI DAL IND NYJ WAS CIN CAR TB DEN JAC ARI BUF OAK SF 50 138
Devin Knotts CLE GB CHI PHI HOU NYJ NYG CIN CAR TB KC JAC ARI MIA OAK SF 44 130
Justin Bonnema PIT DET MIN PHI HOU NE WAS CIN ATL NO KC JAC SEA MIA LAC LAR 48 135
Stephen Holloway CLE DET CHI DAL IND NYJ WAS BAL CAR NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC LAR 50 124
William Grant PIT GB MIN PHI IND NE WAS BAL CAR NO KC JAC SEA BUF LAC SF 47 135
James Brimacombe CLE GB CHI PHI HOU NYJ WAS BAL ATL NO DEN TEN SEA BUF LAC SF 42 132
Justin Howe PIT GB CHI DAL HOU NYJ WAS CIN ATL NO DEN TEN SEA BUF OAK SF 43 113
Danny Tuccitto PIT GB CHI PHI HOU NYJ NYG CIN CAR TB KC JAC SEA MIA OAK SF 49 136
Phil Alexander PIT GB CHI DAL IND NYJ WAS BAL CAR TB DEN TEN SEA MIA OAK SF 46 139
Jason Wood                                   126

Note - Jason Wood did not provide selections for Week 17.

Week 17 was pretty ugly for the staff, except for a few staffers that had strong weeks.  John Mamula, Keith Roberts and Matt Bitonti finished at 11-5 on the week, but only Jeff Haseley (with 9) joined them with a winning record.  Both John and Keith put down a total score of 44 for SF-LAR, so they finished tied for the week.  Overall the staff suffered a lot of losses and possibly their worst week of the year (Week 17 is tough), going 161-175 (47.9%).  Despite a rough week, the staff finished at 2,913-2,703 for a 51.9% winning percentage, which is a good result for mid-week picks for a larger group, but it was just shy of beating the Las Vegas winning standard (where you need to beat 11-10 each week, or 52.4%). 

FINAL STANDINGS

Here are the results for all of our staffers who entered picks for this season:

Staff Member Correct Picks Win %
Matt Bitonti 147 57.42%
Bear Heiser 142 55.47%
Mark Wimer 141 55.08%
Phil Alexander 139 54.3%
John Mamula 138 53.91%
Dave Larkin 138 53.91%
Andrew Garda 137 53.52%
Danny Tuccitto 136 53.13%
Justin Bonnema 135 52.73%
William Grant 135 52.73%
Jason Wood 126 52.50%
Alessandro Miglio 133 51.95%
Aaron Rudnicki 133 51.95%
Keith Roberts 132 51.56%
Jeff Pasquino 132 51.56%
James Brimacombe 132 51.56%
Devin Knotts 130 50.78%
Jeff Haseley 129 50.39%
Chris Feery 126 49.22%
Stephen Holloway 124 48.44%
Andy Hicks 115 44.92%
Justin Howe 113 46.31%

Matt Bitonti rounded out his strong season by going 11-5 in Week 17, wrapping up a near wire-to-wire run with his 147 correct picks on the year.  Matt finished five games ahead of Bear Heiser and six above Mark Wimer, running away with the title in 2017.  Eleven staffers had strong results, exceeding the Las Vegas standard of 52.4% for the season (highlighted in green in Table 2).  Seven other staffers had a winning record on the year (highlighted in yellow), showing that the staff seems to know a thing or two about the NFL.

Season Winner:  Matt Bitonti

I hope that you enjoyed following along with the staff and our pool throughout the season.  Best of luck to you in any playoff contests, and we will see you again in the fall. 

Happy New Year! 

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to pasquino@footballguys.com