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Beat the Spread Challenge: Week 6

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This just keeps getting worse and worse

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

How to play

Here is the way this game works. I will supply the Sunday and Monday matchups. With each matchup will be the line as of the last 24 hours. What you need to do is:

Step 1. Pick 3 teams who are NOT the favorites that you think will cover the spread

Step 2. Well…that’s it.

What you are trying to do, is select the three teams most likely to beat the spread. You will get the points POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE that each team earns vs. the Spread. Have I lost you yet?

Effective Week 6 forward : I am officially assessing a 5 point penalty to each week you do NOT pick to compensate for the slaughter that is staying in this game week in and week out. We all suffer through this together!

Week 5 notable stats

  • 7 games netted positive amounts (vs. 8 in Week 4)
  • 7 games netted negative amounts (vs. 6 in Week 4)
  • Biggest variances: Atlanta Falcons with a -20; Washington with -17.5

BTS Week 5

Week 5 Favorite Underdog Pt Fav Under Outcome Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
Week 5 Favorite Underdog Pt Fav Under Outcome Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
TEN -5 Tennessee Titans Buffalo Bills -5 12 13 6 6
CIN -5.5 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins -5.5 27 17 -4.5 -4.5
DET -1 Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers -1 31 23 -7 -7 -7
BAL -3 Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns -3 9 12 6 6
KC -3 Kansas City Chiefs Jacksonville Jaguars -3 30 14 -13 -13
NYJ -1 New York Jets Denver Broncos -1 34 16 -17
PIT -3.5 Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons -3.5 41 17 -20.5
CAR -6 Carolina Panthers New York Giants -6 33 31 4
LAC -5 Los Angeles Chargers Oakland Raiders -5 26 10 -11
PHI -3 Philadelphia Eagles Minnesota Vikings -3 21 23 5 5
SF -4 San Francisco 49ers Arizona Cardinals -4 18 28 14 14
LAR -7 Los Angeles Rams Seattle Seahawks -7 33 31 5
HOU -3.5 Houston Texans Dallas Cowboys -3.5 19 16 0.5
NO -6.5 New Orleans Saints Washington Redskins -6.5 43 19 -17.5 -17.5
Total Week 5 0 -10.5 6.5 0 0 -14

Current Totals

  1. Paddi: 21 (No picks since week 1)
  2. Feslen: 6.5 (missed out last week)
  3. Salti: 1 (he’s still positive!)
  4. Mark -7 (I feel like this was such a bad idea…)
  5. Pete: -11 (He was doing well until the Washington game on Monday)
  6. Sixtus: -56.5 (I’m calling it now, Sixtus is going to start an epic comeback this week, rally cap!)

BTS Week 6

Week 6 Favorite Underdog
Week 6 Favorite Underdog
ATL -3 Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CIN -2 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers
LAC -1 Los Angeles Chargers Cleveland Browns
SEA -2.5 Seattle Seahawks Oakland Raiders
CHI -3.5 Chicago Bears Miami Dolphins
MIN -10 Minnesota Vikings Arizona Cardinals
NYJ -2.5 New York Jets Indianapolis Colts
WSH -1 Washington Redskins Carolina Panthers
HOU -10 Houston Texasn Buffalo Bills
LAR -7 Los Angeles Rams Denver Broncos
JAX -3 Jacksonville Jaguars Dallas Cowboys
BAL -2.5 Baltimore Ravens Tennessee Titans
NE -3.5 New England Patriots Kansas City Chiefs
GB -9.5 Green Bay Packers San Francisco 49ers
Total Week 6

Idiom of the week

Damp squib Something that is a failure, often after a high anticipation

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase is not actually ‘damp squid’ (damp squids probably wouldn’t be considered failures, judging by their watery abode). This one apparently comes from the name of a dud 19th century explosive mining device. A damp squib was a squib that failed to perform because it got wet.

Ex: I felt great about my Miami pick as they were up 17 points over Cincinnati but it turned out to be a damp squib as they proceeded to lose the game by 10 points.