Against The Spread Pool: Final Standings

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 (23) 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 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 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 last week:

Road Team: WASH NYJ TEN BAL NE DET PIT JAX PHI NO SD STL OAK TB SEA MIN        
Home Team: DAL BUF INDY CIN MIA CHI CLE HOU NYG ATL DEN SF KC CAR AZ GB        
Favorite: DAL NYJ INDY CIN NE CHI PIT HOU NYG ATL DEN STL KC CAR AZ GB        
Point Spread: -3.5 -3.5 -6.5 -7.5 -9.5 -1.5 -10.5 -6.5 -3.5 -4.5 -7.5 -3.5 -6.5 -10.5 -4.5 -3.5        
Staffer The Picks MNF LW YtD Win%
James Brimacombe WASH BUF TEN CIN MIA DET PIT JAX NYG ATL DEN SF OAK CAR SEA MIN 51 12 127 49.6%
Jeff Haseley WASH BUF TEN BAL MIA DET CLE JAX PHI ATL SD SF OAK TB SEA MIN 45 11 122 47.6%
Chris Feery DAL NYJ TEN CIN NE CHI PIT HOU PHI NO SD STL OAK CAR AZ MIN 42 10 129 50.3%
Dave Larkin WASH BUF TEN CIN NE DET PIT JAX NYG NO DEN STL OAK TB SEA MIN 37 10 136 53.1%
Maurile Tremblay DAL BUF TEN CIN NE CHI PIT HOU NYG NO SD SF OAK TB SEA GB 42 10 134 52.3%
Aaron Rudnicki DAL BUF TEN BAL MIA DET PIT HOU NYG ATL DEN STL OAK TB SEA MIN 42 9 127 49.6%
Bear Heiser WASH NYJ TEN CIN NE DET PIT JAX NYG NO SD STL KC CAR AZ MIN 48 9 130 50.7%
Danny Tuccitto WASH BUF INDY BAL NE CHI CLE HOU PHI NO SD SF KC TB SEA MIN 49 9 132 51.5%
John Lee DAL NYJ TEN CIN NE DET PIT HOU PHI NO DEN SF OAK TB AZ GB 47 9 136 53.1%
Justin Bonnema WASH NYJ TEN CIN MIA DET PIT JAX NYG ATL SD SF OAK TB AZ GB 52 9 137 53.5%
Jeff Pasquino WASH NYJ INDY CIN NE DET PIT HOU NYG ATL DEN STL KC CAR SEA MIN 51 8 129 50.3%
Andy Hicks WASH NYJ TEN BAL NE DET PIT HOU PHI NO DEN STL KC TB AZ MIN 39 8 133 51.9%
Dan Hindery DAL BUF TEN BAL NE CHI PIT HOU PHI NO DEN STL KC TB SEA MIN 40 8 124 48.4%
Justin Howe WASH NYJ TEN BAL MIA DET CLE HOU PHI NO DEN STL KC TB SEA GB 46 8 142 55.4%
Matt Bitonti WASH NYJ INDY BAL NE DET PIT HOU PHI NO DEN STL KC CAR AZ MIN 45 8 128 50.0%
Steve Holloway WASH BUF TEN BAL MIA DET CLE JAX PHI ATL DEN STL KC CAR AZ MIN 47 8 117 45.7%
William Grant WASH NYJ INDY CIN NE CHI PIT JAX PHI NO DEN STL KC CAR SEA MIN 45 8 131 51.1%
Clayton Gray WASH NYJ INDY CIN MIA CHI CLE HOU NYG ATL SD STL KC CAR AZ MIN 53 7 127 49.6%
Jason Wood DAL NYJ TEN BAL MIA DET PIT JAX PHI NO DEN STL KC TB AZ MIN 46 7 137 53.5%
Phil Alexander DAL BUF TEN BAL NE DET CLE HOU PHI NO DEN SF KC TB AZ GB 37 7 140 54.6%
Andrew Garda WASH NYJ INDY CIN NE DET CLE HOU NYG NO DEN STL KC TB AZ GB 50 6 126 49.2%
Mark Wimer DAL NYJ INDY BAL NE DET PIT HOU NYG NO DEN STL KC CAR AZ MIN 51 6 123 48.0%
Alessandro Miglio WASH BUF TEN BAL MIA CHI CLE JAX NYG ATL DEN STL KC TB AZ GB 49 4 131 51.1%

James Brimacombe won his first weekly title in Week 17 as he nailed 12 out of 16 games on the final Sunday of the regular season.  James barely edged Jeff Haseley (11 correct) in this final set of games.  The entire staff fared pretty well for a challenging final week, as the group finished 14 games above .500 (191-177, 51.9%).  The good results kept the staff above 50% correct picks for the year at 2,998-2,890 (50.9%), which is not quite enough for the entire staff to be beating Las Vegas. Here's hoping that the winning ways continue for the final week of the season.

As far as the overall standings, it all came down to Week 17.  Here are the final standings for 2015:

Staff Member Year to Date Year to Date
Total Win %
Justin Howe 142 55.5%
Phil Alexander 140 54.7%
Justin Bonnema 137 53.5%
Jason Wood 137 53.5%
Dave Larkin 136 53.1%
John Lee 136 53.1%
Maurile Tremblay 134 52.3%
Andy Hicks 133 52.0%
Danny Tuccitto 132 51.6%
William Grant 131 51.2%
Alessandro Miglio 131 51.2%
Bear Heiser 130 50.8%
Chris Feery 129 50.4%
Jeff Pasquino 129 50.4%
Matt Bitonti 128 50.0%
James Brimacombe 127 49.6%
Aaron Rudnicki 127 49.6%
Clayton Gray 127 49.6%
Andrew Garda 126 49.2%
Dan Hindery 124 48.4%
Mark Wimer 123 48.0%
Jeff Haseley 122 47.7%
Steve Holloway 117 45.7%

Justin Howe's 8-8 record was just enough to secure the season-long title for the Against the Spread pool for the staff this year.  Justin finished the year at 142-114, an impressive 55.5% winning percentage.  Phil Alexander finished two games behind Justin, while Justin Bonnema and Jason Wood tied for third with 137 correct choices this year.  Dave Larkin (136), John Lee (136) and Maurile Tremblay (134) round out the Top 7, which also happens to be the number of staff members who were good enough to beat Las Vegas (52.3% or better) - but only by a slim margin.  That just goes to show you how tough it is to beat the sportsbooks, especially if you play every game.

Congratulations once again to our weekly and season-long winners on the staff.  I hope you enjoyed this contest and that it helped you in some way in 2015.  Happy New Year and we will see you again next season! 

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


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