Staff Confidence Pool (No Spread) Week 8

Weekly Staff Confidence Pool (No Spread). NFL Office Pool Cheat Sheet

Looking to dominate your office pool this season? 19 Footballguys.com staff members are here to help you out. Each week they will pick the winners of every NFL game, and rank their selections based on how confident they are that the team will win. The most confident pick gets 16 points, and the least confident gets just 1. We'll even total up everyone's picks so you can get an 'overall consensus' on who our staff think will be the most likely winners. Each week we'll announce the weekly winners, and track the overall record for the entire season. A couple of things to note before we get to the picks:

  • Picks for this pool are straight up (no point spread considered). 
  • Picks are due on Wednesday nights, and may not reflect any late-breaking news. If your league allows for last minute changes, please make adjustments to your office pool accordingly. 
  • Our staffers also play in weekly picks Against The Spread, and Survivor Style 'Pick one Winner each week' formats as well. Check out the other weekly articles for more help with those type of games. 

RESULTS FROM LAST WEEK

After last week's season low in confidence points, the board rebounded nicely with some big scores. Keith Roberts finished at the top of the weekly chart by posting an impressive 110 confidence points for the week and only missed two games in total. Brimacombe narrowly missed his third consecutive win by posting 108 points, and he only missed two games as well. But Roberts allocated his confidence points a little better, and he was one of only 3 staffers to pick the Bears to upset the Panthers. It was an impressive week for both of them. 

Staffer KC TB TEN CAR NYJ ARI BAL NO JAC DAL SEA DEN CIN ATL WAS MNF TOT
  OAK BUF CLE CHI MIA LAR MIN GB IND SF NYG LAC PIT NE PHI TOT Pts
Roberts KC BUF TEN CHI MIA LAR MIN NO JAC DAL NYG LAC PIT NE PHI 46 110
  8 7 15 1 5 6 14 12 11 10 2 3 13 4 9    
Brimacombe KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN NO JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 49 108
  7 6 12 5 8 4 15 11 3 13 10 1 14 2 9    
Holloway OAK BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN GB IND DAL SEA DEN PIT NE PHI 41 103
  2 11 13 8 6 7 12 3 1 15 9 5 14 4 10    
Miglio OAK BUF CLE CAR MIA LAR MIN NO IND DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 48 100
  4 9 1 12 11 8 15 10 7 14 13 5 3 2 6    
Knotts KC TB TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN NO JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 44 100
  11 2 15 4 3 6 5 10 9 8 7 1 13 12 14    
Mamula KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN NO JAC DAL SEA DEN PIT NE PHI 50 96
  12 1 15 4 3 2 13 7 11 14 10 8 9 5 6    
Wood KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR BAL NO JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 47 96
  12 3 13 11 2 6 1 9 8 15 14 5 4 7 10    
Tuccitto KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN GB JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 49 96
  10 3 4 9 12 6 15 5 11 7 1 2 14 13 8    
Larkin OAK TB TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN GB JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 51 94
  7 3 14 13 6 12 5 4 2 15 10 1 11 8 9    
Bitonti KC BUF TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN NO JAC DAL NYG LAC PIT ATL PHI 52 94
  13 8 15 7 3 6 11 12 4 14 1 5 10 2 9    
Hicks OAK BUF TEN CHI MIA LAR MIN GB IND SF NYG LAC PIT NE PHI 56 94
  3 2 14 1 4 11 15 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13    
Grant KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN GB JAC DAL SEA DEN PIT NE PHI 51 94
  12 9 7 8 11 13 14 2 5 10 3 4 6 1 15    
Heiser KC BUF TEN CAR MIA ARI MIN NO JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 56 93
  15 13 10 9 8 3 6 14 5 4 12 2 11 7 1    
Haseley KC BUF TEN CAR MIA LAR MIN GB IND DAL SEA DEN PIT NE PHI 47 92
  11 8 10 5 7 1 13 6 2 15 3 4 14 9 12    
Pasquino KC TB TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN NO JAC DAL SEA LAC PIT NE PHI 47 85
  4 7 10 9 15 3 12 2 8 13 6 5 11 1 14    
Feery KC BUF TEN CHI NYJ LAR MIN GB JAC DAL NYG DEN PIT NE WAS 51 80
  14 13 10 1 9 6 15 2 7 5 4 8 12 11 3    
Garda KC BUF TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN NO JAC DAL NYG DEN PIT NE PHI 50 79
  13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 14 15 5 4 3 2 1    
Wimer KC BUF TEN CAR NYJ LAR MIN GB JAC DAL NYG DEN PIT ATL PHI 48 66
  12 7 11 10 6 5 4 3 9 14 2 8 1 13 15    
Away KC TB TEN CAR NYJ ARI BAL NO JAC DAL SEA DEN CIN ATL WAS    
Total Pts 154 12 199 124 51 3 1 93 107 201 98 41 0 15 3    
Home OAK BUF CLE CHI MIA LAR MIN GB IND SF NYG LAC PIT NE PHI    
Total Pts 16 112 1 3 77 110 191 30 16 7 22 39 173 100 161    
Tot Conf Pts 170 124 200 127 128 113 192 123 123 208 120 80 173 115 164    

Most of the leaderboard opened the week in the hole, picking Kansas City to easily win on the road against the Raiders. Oakland's big upset cost the board 154 points right out of the gate. Chicago's big win on Sunday morning cost the board another 124 points. The rest of the games went pretty much as expected which is why the scores were so high this week. 

OVERALL RANKINGS

Brimacombe's blistering pace is starting to have an impact on the overall rankings. He's extended his lead to 17 points on second place and is starting to pull away from the top of the pack. Roberts' win this week moved him into second, but he only gained 2 points on Brimacombe in the overall hunt. 

Staffer Wk01 Wk02 Wk03 Wk04 Wk05 Wk06 Wk07 Wk08 Wk09 Wk10 Wk11 Wk12 Wk13 Wk14 Wk15 Wk16 Wk17 Total
Brimacombe 85 112 77 79 81 56 108                     598
Roberts 90 112 67 86 69 47 110                     581
Grant 88 117 80 81 70 42 94                     572
Haseley 85 111 86 89 55 48 92                     566
Knotts 88 110 70 75 67 50 100                     560
Tuccitto 86 104 74 83 66 44 96                     553
Mamula 81 113 66 80 64 53 96                     553
Holloway 93 112 55 80 64 45 103                     552
Bitonti 78 105 73 85 56 41 94                     532
Miglio 72 99 67 84 62 43 100                     527
Feery 79 111 58 87 57 51 80                     523
Larkin 82 100 65 74 49 50 94                     514
Wimer 78 101 63 80 80 45 66                     513
Garda 85 111 67 73 65 32 79                     512
Pasquino 66 100 77 88 59 36 85                     511
Hicks 71 97 85 87 28 48 94                     510
Wood 102 90 81 65 49 27 96                     510
Heiser 42 89 81 79 54 42 93                     480

THIS WEEK'S PICKS

Here are the picks for this week.

Staffer MIA MIN CAR CHI ATL SF IND OAK LAC HOU DAL PIT DEN MNF
  BAL CLE TB NO NYJ PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC TOT
Miglio BAL MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC 49
  2 11 5 9 7 13 10 4 12 8 3 1 6  
Garda MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL PIT KC 45
  6 13 2 3 11 12 5 8 10 1 9 4 7  
Hicks BAL MIN TB NO NYJ PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC 48
  3 4 5 9 6 12 13 7 11 10 2 1 8  
Heiser MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE HOU DAL PIT KC 42
  3 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 2 4 1 13  
Feery BAL MIN CAR NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS PIT KC 45
  2 11 1 3 4 13 10 5 9 8 7 6 12  
Tuccitto MIA MIN CAR NO NYJ PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC 49
  3 10 2 12 4 13 11 6 8 7 5 1 9  
Larkin BAL MIN CAR NO NYJ PHI CIN OAK NE SEA WAS PIT KC 37
  9 13 4 11 3 12 10 2 7 6 1 5 8  
Knotts MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL PIT KC 46
  5 13 1 12 6 11 10 2 9 7 4 3 8  
Brimacombe MIA MIN CAR NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL DET KC 44
  2 10 3 12 7 13 11 4 9 8 5 1 6  
Wood BAL MIN CAR NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL DET KC 44
  1 10 2 5 9 13 6 3 12 7 11 4 8  
Haseley BAL MIN CAR NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC 43
  1 10 4 12 5 13 9 7 11 6 2 3 8  
Pasquino BAL MIN CAR NO NYJ PHI CIN BUF NE SEA DAL PIT KC 41
  11 7 1 5 12 10 2 13 6 8 4 3 9  
Mamula MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA DAL PIT KC 48
  4 12 6 11 7 13 10 3 9 1 5 8 2  
Roberts MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL PIT KC 41
  1 12 7 9 6 13 11 2 8 4 3 5 10  
Wimer MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN OAK NE SEA DAL DET KC 35
  6 7 5 4 11 13 10 3 12 9 2 1 8  
Bitonti MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA DAL PIT KC 42
  1 10 3 6 8 13 12 2 11 4 5 7 9  
Holloway MIA MIN TB NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC 44
  3 9 4 10 6 13 8 5 12 7 2 1 11  
Grant MIA MIN CAR NO ATL PHI CIN BUF NE SEA DAL PIT KC 44
  4 11 3 8 6 13 12 2 9 7 1 5 10  
Away MIA MIN CAR CHI ATL SF IND OAK LAC HOU DAL PIT DEN  
Total Pts 38 185 20 0 102 0 0 24 0 2 53 47 0  
Home BAL CLE TB NO NYJ PHI CIN BUF NE SEA WAS DET KC  
Total Pts 29 0 49 151 25 221 167 60 170 108 22 13 152  
Tot Conf Pts 67 185 69 151 127 221 167 84 170 110 75 60 152  

HEAVY FAVORITES

With a short schedule this week and a couple Vegas lines in double digits, it's no surprise that there are quite a few heavy favorites this week. Philadelphia, Minnesota and New England find their names near the top of everyone's leaderboard with all staffers picking these three to win this weekend. New Orleans, Cincinnati and Kansas City were also unaminous choices from everyone this week. Seattle also ranks near the 'bottom of the top' with all but Heiser picking them to win, but with fewer confidence points than the other teams mentioned. 

DUAL SUPPORT

Tonight's game with the Dolphins visiting the Ravens was one of the toughest to pick this week. The visiting Dolphins received slightly more confidence points than the Ravens, but the overall score of less than 70 shows this could go either way. The lowest confidence game is Pittsburgh at Detroit with just 60 total confidence points between the two teams. The Steelers are the clear favorite, but they have self-destructed a couple times this season and that's given people some pause before rating them too high against a scrappy Lions team. Carolina and Tampa have blown hot and cold this season, and the Bucs are a slight favorite to win at home in a game that also had less than 70 total confidence points. Stay away from this game if posssible. 

ODDS AND ENDS

91 is the maxiumum total points this week. Given the pile of unaminous picks as well, we shouldn't see a lot of movement in the overall leaderboard. A couple upsets could really hurt, but in general, it will hurt everyone so the impact won't be as visible in the overall season ranks. 

Good luck this weekend!