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January 02, 2012

NFL Playoff Pick 'em: Are you ready for some playoffs?

posted by apoch to fantasy at 08:24 AM - 26 comments

It's playoff time in the NFL, which means it's pick 'em time in the Sportsfilter. The rules (stolen from DJE's CFL pick 'em)

"THE RULES - How we do it

Here's how she works. You pick who you think will win, and by how much. You then get points based on the result:

- Picked the winner? You get 1 point.
- Picked the winner, and a spread within the Margin of Error? You get 2 points.
- Picked the winner, and you nailed the spread right on? You get 3 points.
- Didn't pick the winner, but nailed the spread right on? You get 1 point.
What's the Margin of Error?

It's a window around the spread that's defined as

spread - round(0.3 * spread) <= Margin of Error <= spread + round(0.3 * spread)

So you can get rewarded for being close to the spread even if you're not spot-on. The bigger the spread, the bigger the margin of error, so you don't have to be as accurate when predicting a blowout as you would when predicting a close game. Here are some examples:

Actual Spread Margin Starts at Margin Ends at
1 1 1
4 3 5
7 5 9
11 8 14
20 14 26
So if you picked Toronto by 15, here's how you'd fare given certain outcomes:

Outcome Your score
Toronto by 20 2 points (winner + spread within MoE)
Toronto by 10 1 point (winner only)
Toronto by 15 3 points (winner + nailed spread)
Hamilton by 15 1 point (nailed spread only)
Hamilton by 43 0 points (and deservedly so)
Any questions?"

The Games (all times Eastern):

Sat. Jan 07, 4:30 PM - Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
Sat. Jan 07, 8:00 pm - Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
Sun. Jan 08, 1:00 pm - Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
Sun. Jan 08, 4:30 pm - Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

In addition to picking the games, pick the following bonus questions for one point per correct answer (all stats via

Which kicker will score the most points (FGs + PAT)?
Which running back will have the highest YPC (10 carry minimum)?
Which will cause the most turnovers?

All picks are due by 4:00 pm EST on Saturday January 7th.

posted by apoch at 08:25 AM on January 02

Houston by 6
New Orleans by 13
Atlanta by 2
Pittsburgh by 8
Neil Rackers
Arian Foster

posted by bender at 09:36 AM on January 02

Houston by 6
New Orleans by 21
Giants by 1
Pittsburgh by 17
John Kasay (New Orleans)
Ahmad Bradshaw (New York)

posted by grum@work at 09:58 AM on January 02

Cincy by 3

New Orleans by 6

Giants by 10

Steelers by 13

Kicker: Jason Hanson (Det)

RB: Ben Tate (Hou)

TO's: Steelers

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:29 AM on January 02

Houston by 6

New Orleans by 16

Atlanta by 6

Pittsburgh by 8

kicker- Kasay

rb- Arian Foster


posted by dviking at 03:19 PM on January 02

Houston by 14

Saints by 24

Giants by 4

Steelers by 11




posted by owlhouse at 07:50 PM on January 02

Cincinnati by 4
New Orleans by 11
New York by 10
Pittsburgh by 13


posted by cl at 11:39 PM on January 02

Cincy by 3
Pittsburgh by 14
Nawlins by 13
Atlanta by 3

Kicking Points: Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham
RB Yards: Nawlins' Chris Ivory
Turnovers: Pittsburgh

posted by NoMich at 08:42 AM on January 03

Houston by 7
New Orleans by 11
Giants by 3
Pittsburgh by 10

Kicker: Jason Hanson
RB: Arian Foster
Turnovers: Texans

posted by holden at 11:27 AM on January 03

Houston by 7
New Orleans by 17
Atlanta by 7
Pittsburgh by 14

Kicker: Kasay
RB: Tim Tebow
Turnovers: New Orleans

posted by tron7 at 11:51 AM on January 03

Oh, fine.
RB: Sproles

posted by tron7 at 11:51 AM on January 03

Bengals by 5
Saints by 14
Giants by 5
Steelers by 12

Kicker: L.Tynes Giants
RB: C.Benson Bengals
Turnovers: Any team Tebow might have to throw against, in this case the Steelers

posted by cixelsyd at 12:14 PM on January 03

Houston by 4

New Orleans by 8

Giants by 6

Denver by 2 just to be different

Kasay (New Orleans)

Benson (Cincinnati)

New Orleans

posted by Folkways at 03:37 PM on January 03

I have no idea what goes on in the NFL save wfrazerjr's weekly picks, well that and Denver's got god on their side so both being the cold hard facts, i can not lose.

posted by Folkways at 03:50 PM on January 03

Houston by 4 New Orleans by 17 New York by 6 Pittsburgh by 3

Kicker: Kasay Running back: Darren Sproles Turnovers: New Orleans

posted by billsaysthis at 12:01 PM on January 04

Cincinnati by 9

New Orleans by 10

N.Y. by 3

Pittsburgh by 17

K: Nugent (Cincy)

RB: Bradshaw (NY)

Turnovers: Cincy

posted by tahoemoj at 07:31 PM on January 04

Bengals by 3 Lions by 1 (after being down by 28) Giants by 3 Steelers by 3 Kasay Redman New Orleans

posted by scully at 09:48 AM on January 05

That's odd. On my iPhone I added returns after each line. Oh well at least there aren't 20 slashes.

posted by scully at 09:49 AM on January 05

No singles? That means I have to do actual math.

Cincinnati by 7
New Orleans by 14
New York by 10
Denver by 1

Kickz: Nugent
Yardz: Cruz
Turnz: Denver

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:09 AM on January 06

DJE-just a heads up, the yards bonus is for the running back with the highest YPC with a 10 carry minimum. I doubt Cruz, as a WR, will get 10 carries.

Just tryin' to keep it fair

posted by tahoemoj at 12:44 PM on January 06

Whoops. I misread YPC as YAC. I guess that makes a slight difference.

Let's go with McGahee.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 02:01 PM on January 06

Cincinnati by 18
New Orleans by 14
Atlanta by 11
Pittsburgh by 21

Bryant (Atl)
Turner (Atl)

posted by tommytrump at 02:24 PM on January 06

Cincinnati by 2
New Orleans by 8
Pittsburgh by 9
Atlanta by 3

Kicker : Kasay
RB : Turner
TO : Pittsburgh

posted by littleLebowski at 02:28 PM on January 06

Bengals by 3
Lions by 7
Broncos by 1
Falcons by 4

Kicker: Prater, DEN
RB: K. Smith DET
TO: Lions

posted by boredom_08 at 10:13 PM on January 06

Using the principal of the Scientific Wild-assed Guess, here goes:

Riverboat Watchers (Cincinnati) by 3
Nawlins by 13
Ferrous Metal Workers (Steelers) by 18
Extraordinarily Large People (Giants) by 6

Kicker: Kasay
RB: Turner
Turnovers: Pittsburgh

posted by Howard_T at 10:15 PM on January 06

So I didn't follow the NFL at all this year, but since there is 10 minutes left to have some fun with it, here goes:

Cincinatti by 7

New Orleans by 11

Pittsburgh by 8

Giants by 10

Kicker - Suisham

Running Back - Benson

Turnovers - Pittsburgh

posted by rumple at 03:44 PM on January 07

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