Staff Confidence Pool (No Spread) Week 15

Weekly Staff Confidence Pool (No Spread)

We are proud to bring you the return of the Footballguys.com Staff Confidence Pool Challenge. 22 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. See the other confidence pools for picks against the spread (ATS) or Survivor / Eliminator style.

WEEK 14 RESULTS

jason Wood stormed back to the top of the leaderboard this week with an impressive 115 point performance. Wood only missed four games last week, and three of them were at five confidence points or less. John Lee missed five games, but finished a full 10 points behind Wood. Justin Howe finished 3rd, but would have taken the top spot this week if Miami would have won the Monday night contest. 

Staffer MIN DET PIT NO IND SD WAS SF TEN ATL SEA BUF OAK DAL NE NYG TOT
  ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR BAL PHI DEN GB HOU MIA Pts
Wood ARI DET PIT NO JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA PHI DEN GB NE NYG 115
  16 11 8 1 4 15 5 2 12 9 14 6 3 10 13 7  
Lee ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 105
  13 2 4 5 7 14 8 6 10 16 12 3 11 15 9 1  
Howe ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA PHI DEN GB NE MIA 103
  13 3 1 5 7 15 4 2 9 12 16 6 10 14 11 8  
Larkin ARI DET PIT TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 99
  16 8 3 7 4 15 6 2 10 14 13 5 11 12 9 1  
Miglio ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA PHI DEN GB NE MIA 97
  15 1 9 6 4 11 7 2 8 16 12 5 14 13 10 3  
Tuccitto ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 95
  16 1 7 8 3 11 5 2 12 10 15 6 9 13 14 4  
Holloway ARI STL PIT TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB HOU MIA 93
  14 3 2 7 4 12 8 9 11 13 10 6 16 15 1 5  
Buzzard ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 93
  15 1 8 7 5 16 6 4 10 13 12 2 14 11 9 3  
Rudnicki ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 92
  11 7 5 8 6 13 4 3 9 12 15 1 10 16 14 2  
Hindery ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA PHI DEN GB HOU MIA 91
  13 5 8 10 7 15 6 4 11 14 16 3 9 12 2 1  
Bitonti ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 91
  11 12 1 5 6 13 7 2 10 14 9 3 15 16 8 4  
Brimacombe ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA PHI DEN GB NE MIA 90
  16 1 2 15 4 14 5 3 13 12 11 6 9 10 8 7  
Pasquino ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC WAS SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 88
  14 6 1 7 4 15 3 16 10 12 9 2 11 13 8 5  
Tremblay ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 88
  15 5 1 16 10 14 8 2 13 12 9 4 11 3 7 6  
Heiser ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC WAS SF TEN CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 87
  12 11 10 9 8 16 7 6 5 15 14 4 3 13 2 1  
Wimer ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 87
  13 7 6 11 5 10 4 3 12 16 9 2 15 14 8 1  
Grant ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 85
  11 9 6 12 5 15 4 1 13 8 16 3 10 7 14 2  
Feery ARI DET CIN TB JAX KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 84
  5 12 8 11 3 15 2 4 10 14 13 6 9 7 16 1  
Haseley ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE MIA 84
  15 12 11 9 1 16 5 3 13 10 14 2 8 6 7 4  
Gray ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB HOU NYG 83
  16 3 9 7 4 12 8 5 11 15 13 2 14 10 1 6  
Hicks ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB HOU MIA 82
  14 4 6 3 5 16 2 1 12 13 10 8 15 7 9 11  
Garda ARI DET CIN TB IND KC CHI SF NYJ CAR SEA BUF DEN GB NE NYG 75
  12 9 11 8 7 6 5 4 10 16 13 3 14 15 2 1  
Away MIN DET PIT NO IND SD WAS SF TEN ATL SEA BUF OAK DAL NE NYG  
Total Pts 0 118 13 1 35 0 10 58 5 0 275 62 0 0 169 29  
Home ARI STL CIN TB JAX KC CHI CLE NYJ CAR BAL PHI DEN GB HOU MIA  
Total Pts 296 15 114 176 78 299 109 28 229 286 0 26 241 252 13 55  

Oakland was the big upset of the week, taking down 241 confidence points when the beat Denver on the road. He Bengals, Bucs and Bears all were strongly favored to win this week as well, and their combined losses cost the field almost 400 more confidence points. 

OVERALL RANKINGS

Justin Howe's strong week pushed him up into 3rd place, but he's still over 20 points behind Larkin for second. Larkin and Miglio finished pretty close to each other and moved another week closer to their showdown for the top spot. With three weeks to go, it's extremely unlikely that anyone else will take the overal spot. 

Staffer Wk01 Wk02 Wk03 Wk04 Wk05 Wk06 Wk07 Wk08 Wk09 Wk10 Wk11 Wk12 Wk13 Wk14 Wk15 Wk16 Wk17 Total
Miglio 85 51 121 87 81 74 72 86 63 31 84 108 105 97       1145
Larkin 111 50 120 89 74 75 68 79 60 39 79 96 97 98       1135
Howe 109 42 112 92 84 66 91 81 41 40 62 90 95 103       1108
Tuccitto 100 54 117 89 88 66 81 84 55 33 71 73 96 95       1102
Rudnicki 93 33 130 88 85 73 75 82 53 28 69 98 90 92       1089
Buzzard 100 45 114 96 75 72 81 85 52 26 69 81 96 93       1085
Grant 106 51 117 88 76 68 72 88 49 29 74 84 95 85       1082
Wood 99 60 125 91 80 85 75 60 39 39 47 76 85 115       1076
Tremblay 92 95 80 78 75 49 70 88 50 47 68 86 107 88       1073
Haseley 101 49 117 87 83 64 72 63 59 34 72 78 107 84       1070
Lee 96 39 101 96 82 71 63 72 56 36 69 88 91 105       1065
Pasquino 87 44 124 82 76 65 77 69 46 44 68 97 91 88       1058
Garda 92 50 120 97 78 73 61 72 48 36 70 91 91 75       1054
Hindery 94 48 115 93 74 65 83 78 33 28 74 79 94 91       1049
Bitonti 98 52 125 76 79 76 74 91 56 22 65 57 85 91       1047
Holloway 90 45 124 88 75 76 68 78 40 29 74 79 78 93       1037
Gray 88 46 128 83 70 82 79 83 41 28 64 80 80 83       1035
Hicks 82 50 135 78 71 66 83 70 48 38 36 101 82 82       1022
Brimacombe 81 40 117 72 72 74 71 64 57 31 76 81 90 90       1016
Wimer 86 42 95 89 79 68 79 68 52 33 65 80 81 87       1004
Feery 81 43 114 95 89 51 70 71 50 31 58 76 85 84       998
Heiser 72 18 98 93 70 65 64 82 51 51 68 82 86 87       987

THIS WEEK'S PICKS

Here are the picks for this week

Staffer TB NYJ HOU ATL BUF CAR TEN CHI KC CLE GB DEN CIN MIA ARI DET MNF
  STL DAL IND JAX WAS NYG NE MIN BAL SEA OAK PIT SF SD PI NO TOT
Rudnicki TB NYJ IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 46
  3 10 2 9 4 5 16 11 14 15 13 6 8 1 7 12  
Miglio STL DAL IND JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 50
  4 2 3 8 6 14 16 9 13 15 10 5 11 1 12 7  
Garda STL NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB DEN CIN MIA ARI NO 65
  11 9 8 7 6 13 16 5 4 15 14 3 2 1 12 10  
Hicks STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK DEN CIN MIA ARI NO 61
  2 12 11 13 1 5 16 4 14 15 9 6 10 7 8 3  
Heiser TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 64
  11 10 9 8 7 12 14 6 16 15 5 4 3 2 13 1  
Feery STL NYJ IND JAX BUF NYG NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 49
  2 11 3 12 8 10 15 7 14 16 9 6 5 1 13 4  
Gray STL NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT SF SD ARI NO 52
  4 11 5 10 6 12 16 13 14 15 1 7 2 3 8 9  
Hindery TB NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 55
  6 8 7 9 3 12 15 13 14 16 5 11 2 4 10 1  
Tuccitto STL NYJ IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI DET 49
  12 3 11 1 13 4 8 15 6 9 14 16 7 10 5 2  
Larkin TB NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA PI NO 52
  4 12 3 10 2 7 16 14 13 15 8 6 9 5 1 11  
Brimacombe TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD PI NO 50
  1 2 3 4 5 9 15 10 11 16 12 14 13 6 7 8  
Wood TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF NYG NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT SF MIA ARI NO 53
  8 11 13 6 4 3 16 2 14 15 9 7 1 5 12 10  
Haseley TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN SD ARI NO 53
  9 4 14 8 1 11 15 5 10 16 6 2 13 3 12 7  
Pasquino TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 65
  3 9 6 10 5 11 16 13 14 15 8 1 12 7 2 4  
Lee TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 50
  6 9 1 12 10 13 16 3 11 15 5 7 8 4 14 2  
Howe STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE CHI KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 49
  6 12 5 7 8 14 16 1 15 13 9 4 11 3 10 2  
Wimer TB NYJ IND JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 52
  7 6 5 4 3 14 15 8 13 12 9 10 11 2 16 1  
Bitonti TB NYJ IND JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 50
  4 13 6 10 9 12 16 8 14 15 3 7 2 1 5 11  
Tremblay TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 49
  9 3 5 8 11 13 14 2 10 16 7 4 15 6 12 1  
Holloway TB NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE CHI KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 64
  16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1  
Buzzard STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 46
  3 10 5 9 1 13 15 11 14 16 6 12 7 2 8 4  
Grant TB DAL IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 47
  1 2 3 6 5 13 15 8 14 16 10 11 9 4 12 7  
Away TB NYJ HOU ATL BUF CAR TEN CHI KC CLE GB DEN CIN MIA ARI DET  
Total Pts 88 180 109 0 83 218 0 10 270 0 143 9 162 51 193 6  
Home STL DAL IND JAX WAS NYG NE MIN BAL SEA OAK PIT SF SD PI NO  
Total Pts 44 4 33 184 47 13 327 167 0 318 35 145 3 30 8 112  

HEAVY FAVORITES

New England, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Seattle were unaminous selections by he entire board this week. The Jets, Vikings, Pittsburgh, Cincinati, Arizona and New Orleans are also heavy favorites. 

DUAL SUPPORT

Miami and San Diego is the toughest game to call this week with the Dolphins having a slight edge 51-30. Tampa is the favorite tonight by a 2 to 1 margin, but the game itself has only 132 confidence points on it total. Buffalo over Washington is another close game, with the Bills being a slight favorite. 

ODDS AND ENDS

Three weeks to go and if you're in the hunt for the overall leader spot, you need to really focus on the tougher games and see if you can pick a few that the other contenders are not. If you're in the overall lead, depending on how far you are out in front, it's time to get more conservative with your picks. In our staff contet here, the only way that one of the top 3 guys will fall out of contention is if the start doing crazy things like putting 16 points on the Titans and hoping for an upset. If the Titans do pull off the win, everyone is going to lose points, so it's better for the leaders to back the trend. Stay strong now - it's down to the wire. 

Good luck this weekend!