Staff Confidence Pool (No Spread) Week 16

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 15 RESULTS

Steve Buzzard crushed it last week. He finished the week with an impressive 122 points and only missed 3 of the 16 games. Even with losing 4 points on Monday Night by taking the Saints, Buzzard still finished five points ahead of Justin Howe who missed four games, but had 117 points. Mark Wimer missed five games, but also had 117 points. 

Staffer TB NYJ HOU ATL BUF CAR TEN CHI KC CLE GB DEN CIN MIA ARI DET TOT
  STL DAL IND JAX WAS NYG NE MIN BAL SEA OAK PIT SF SD PHI NO PTS
Buzzard STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 122
  3 10 5 9 1 13 15 11 14 16 6 12 7 2 8 4  
Howe STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE CHI KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 117
  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 117
  7 6 5 4 3 14 15 8 13 12 9 10 11 2 16 1  
Miglio STL DAL IND JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 116
  4 2 3 8 6 14 16 9 13 15 10 5 11 1 12 7  
Hindery TB NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 116
  6 8 7 9 3 12 15 13 14 16 5 11 2 4 10 1  
Garda STL NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB DEN CIN MIA ARI NO 115
  11 9 8 7 6 13 16 5 4 15 14 3 2 1 12 10  
Gray STL NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT SF SD ARI NO 114
  4 11 5 10 6 12 16 13 14 15 1 7 2 3 8 9  
Grant TB DAL IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 112
  1 2 3 6 5 13 15 8 14 16 10 11 9 4 12 7  
Tuccitto STL NYJ IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI DET 111
  12 3 11 1 13 4 8 15 6 9 14 16 7 10 5 2  
Brimacombe TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD PHI NO 111
  1 2 3 4 5 9 15 10 11 16 12 14 13 6 7 8  
Heiser TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 108
  11 10 9 8 7 12 14 6 16 15 5 4 3 2 13 1  
Pasquino TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 107
  3 9 6 10 5 11 16 13 14 15 8 1 12 7 2 4  
Rudnicki TB NYJ IND JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN SD ARI NO 106
  3 10 2 9 4 5 16 11 14 15 13 6 8 1 7 12  
Haseley TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN SD ARI NO 105
  9 4 14 8 1 11 15 5 10 16 6 2 13 3 12 7  
Larkin TB NYJ HOU JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA PHI NO 105
  4 12 3 10 2 7 16 14 13 15 8 6 9 5 1 11  
Lee TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 102
  6 9 1 12 10 13 16 3 11 15 5 7 8 4 14 2  
Bitonti TB NYJ IND JAX WAS CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 101
  4 13 6 10 9 12 16 8 14 15 3 7 2 1 5 11  
Wood TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF NYG NE MIN KC SEA GB PIT SF MIA ARI NO 99
  8 11 13 6 4 3 16 2 14 15 9 7 1 5 12 10  
Hicks STL NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK DEN CIN MIA ARI NO 97
  2 12 11 13 1 5 16 4 14 15 9 6 10 7 8 3  
Tremblay TB NYJ HOU JAX BUF CAR NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI DET 95
  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 94
  16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1  
Feery STL NYJ IND JAX BUF NYG NE MIN KC SEA OAK PIT CIN MIA ARI NO 89
  2 11 3 12 8 10 15 7 14 16 9 6 5 1 13 4  
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 PHI NO  
Total Pts 44 4 33 184 47 13 327 167 0 318 35 145 3 30 8 112  

Jacksonville's loss to Atlanta took down the entire board, but there were only 184 confidence points wagered on the entire game. The Saints were also a big upset on Monday night, but it still didn't impact the overall score. 

OVERALL RANKINGS

Well that just about wraps it up. Dave Larkin has a 'down' week with 105 points, and Alex Miglio continued his strong pace, pulling into a commanding 21 point lead with just two weeks to go. Justin Howe made a reasonable attempt to gain some ground, but Miglio is just too strong. It's going to take a major mistake by Miglio to lose this now. 

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 97 116     1261
Larkin 111 50 120 89 74 75 68 79 60 39 79 96 97 98 105     1240
Howe 109 42 112 92 84 66 91 81 41 40 62 90 95 103 117     1225
Tuccitto 100 54 117 89 88 66 81 84 55 33 71 73 96 95 111     1213
Buzzard 100 45 114 96 75 72 81 85 52 26 69 81 96 93 122     1207
Rudnicki 93 33 130 88 85 73 75 82 53 28 69 98 90 92 106     1195
Grant 106 51 117 88 76 68 72 88 49 29 74 84 95 85 112     1194
Wood 99 60 125 91 80 85 75 60 39 39 47 76 85 115 99     1175
Haseley 101 49 117 87 83 64 72 63 59 34 72 78 107 84 105     1175
Garda 92 50 120 97 78 73 61 72 48 36 70 91 91 75 115     1169
Tremblay 92 95 80 78 75 49 70 88 50 47 68 86 107 88 95     1168
Lee 96 39 101 96 82 71 63 72 56 36 69 88 91 105 102     1167
Pasquino 87 44 124 82 76 65 77 69 46 44 68 97 91 88 107     1165
Hindery 94 48 115 93 74 65 83 78 33 28 74 79 94 91 116     1165
Gray 88 46 128 83 70 82 79 83 41 28 64 80 80 83 114     1149
Bitonti 98 52 125 76 79 76 74 91 56 22 65 57 85 91 101     1148
Holloway 90 45 124 88 75 76 68 78 40 29 74 79 78 93 94     1131
Brimacombe 81 40 117 72 72 74 71 64 57 31 76 81 90 90 111     1127
Wimer 86 42 95 89 79 68 79 68 52 33 65 80 81 87 117     1121
Hicks 82 50 135 78 71 66 83 70 48 38 36 101 82 82 97     1119
Heiser 72 18 98 93 70 65 64 82 51 51 68 82 86 87 108     1095
Feery 81 43 114 95 89 51 70 71 50 31 58 76 85 84 89     1087

THIS WEEK'S PICKS

Here are the picks for this week:

Staffer SD WAS HOU PIT NE CAR IND DAL CLE SF CHI JAX STL GB NYG CIN MNF
  OAK PHI TEN BAL NYJ ATL MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN TOT
Rudnicki OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR IND BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA GB MIN DEN 44
  10 4 3 14 11 12 2 6 16 13 5 1 15 7 9 8  
Miglio OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN 47
  13 8 9 11 10 15 3 6 16 14 4 2 12 1 5 7  
Garda OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 40
  13 4 12 9 5 7 1 6 14 11 3 2 15 10 8 16  
Hicks OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR IND BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN CIN 55
  6 12 9 11 10 4 3 15 16 8 5 7 14 2 13 1  
Heiser OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 42
  12 11 10 16 9 13 8 14 7 15 6 5 4 3 2 1  
Feery OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR IND BUF KC DET CHI JAX SEA ARI NYG CIN 42
  4 10 9 14 12 13 2 1 16 6 3 11 15 8 5 7  
Gray OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR IND BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 41
  6 3 11 13 7 10 2 12 16 14 4 1 15 8 9 5  
Hindery OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 37
  9 3 2 14 11 13 5 10 16 12 4 1 15 8 7 6  
Tuccitto OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET CHI NO SEA ARI MIN CIN 49
  11 2 12 6 5 7 1 13 15 14 8 3 16 4 10 9  
Larkin OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA GB MIN CIN 45
  10 7 11 14 8 9 5 13 16 12 4 3 15 2 6 1  
Brimacombe OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR IND BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA GB MIN DEN 55
  16 15 7 8 9 6 5 10 11 14 4 3 13 2 12 1  
Wood OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR IND DAL KC DET CHI JAX SEA GB NYG DEN 46
  6 14 9 15 16 10 5 1 13 12 2 7 11 3 4 8  
Haseley OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA GB MIN DEN 44
  12 14 10 16 3 15 1 11 13 6 9 5 4 2 7 8  
Pasquino OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR IND BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 47
  13 9 12 14 4 11 2 10 16 7 8 3 15 5 6 1  
Lee OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR IND BUF KC DET CHI NO SEA ARI MIN DEN 44
  7 3 12 9 5 8 6 11 15 14 4 2 16 10 13 1  
Howe OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN CIN 42
  11 2 6 12 1 15 4 8 16 13 5 7 14 10 9 3  
Wimer OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN 33
  11 10 9 15 8 7 6 13 16 14 5 4 12 3 2 1  
Bitonti OAK WAS HOU PIT NYJ CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 42
  15 3 14 10 1 11 4 9 13 12 8 5 16 6 7 2  
Tremblay OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN 41
  11 2 9 13 3 8 4 12 16 14 5 6 15 10 7 1  
Holloway                                  
  x                                
Buzzard OAK PHI TEN PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN 38
  10 5 1 13 4 12 2 11 15 14 6 3 16 8 9 7  
Grant OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB JAX SEA ARI MIN DEN 42
  11 2 4 14 7 12 1 10 15 13 6 3 16 8 9 5  
Away SD WAS HOU PIT NE CAR IND DAL CLE SF CHI JAX STL GB NYG CIN  
Total Pts 0 86 180 261 108 218 27 1 0 0 17 54 0 16 9 21  
Home OAK PHI TEN BAL NYJ ATL MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN  
Total Pts 217 57 1 0 41 0 45 201 307 252 91 30 284 104 150 78  

HEAVY FAVORITES

This week Vegas came out with some big spreads, leading to a lot of heavy favorite picks this week. Oakland, Pittsburgh, Carolina, KC, Detroit and Seattle were all unaminous selections by everyone this week.Houston and Buffalo received support from all but one staffer, and the Cowboys and Titans have just 1 point of confidence on them this week. 

DUAL SUPPORT

Indianapolis at Miami is the toughest game to call this week. The Dolphins are a slight favorite, but the game itself received the lowest total confidence points of the week with just 72. The Saints and Jaguars is also a weaker contest, with just 84 total confidence points and the Jaguars being a slight favorite. The Monday contest between the Broncos and the Bengals is also a tough one with just 99 total confidence points and Denver being a reasonable favorite 78-21. 

ODDS AND ENDS

Holloway missed the cut-off this week due to the holidays, but his totals will be included in the article recap next week. 

With just two weeks to go, we'll spotlight the battle for the top spot. Larkin's going to need a lot to happen if he is going to catch Miglio now. 

Miglio OAK PHI HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA ARI MIN DEN
  13 8 9 11 10 15 3 6 16 14 4 2 12 1 5 7
Larkin OAK WAS HOU PIT NE CAR MIA BUF KC DET TB NO SEA GB MIN CIN
  10 7 11 14 8 9 5 13 16 12 4 3 15 2 6 1

The biggest game that can break Larkin's way is if Washgton beats Philadelphia. If the Eagles win, Miglio will be able to extend his lead. Larkin can also gain a little ground if the Packers and Bengals win, but he doesn't have a lot of confidence points on either team to make a huge dent in Miglio's lead. 

 

Good luck this weekend!