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Beat the Spread Challenge: Week 8

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Some changes in the standings..notably me

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs Denny Medley-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.

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 7 High Level Overview

  • 6 games netted positive amounts (vs. 8 in Week 4)
  • 7 games netted negative amounts (vs. 6 in Week 4)
  • Biggest variances: Bengals had a -29.5 (and three of us picked them), Bills had -24.5 (two of us picked them) and the Texans were +17.5 (one person picked them)

Week 7 Results

Week 7 Favorite Underdog Fav Under Outcome Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
Week 7 Favorite Underdog Fav Under Outcome Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
LAC -6.5 Los Angeles Chargers Tennessee Titans 20 19 5.5 5.5
NE -3 New England Patriots Chicago Bears 38 31 -4
Ind -7.5 Indianapolis Colts Buffalo Bills 37 5 -24.5 -24.5 -24.5
DET -3 Detroit Lions Miami Dolphins 32 21 -8
MIN -3.5 Minnesota Vikings New York Jets 37 17 -16.5
PHI -4.5 Philadelphia Eagles Carolina Panthers 17 21 8.5 8.5
TB -3.5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cleveland Browns 26 23 0.5 0.5 0.5
JAX -4.5 Jacksonville Jaguars Houston Texans 7 20 17.5 17.5
BAL -2.5 Baltimore Ravens New Orleans Saints 23 24 3.5 3.5 3.5
LAR -9.5 Los Angeles Rams San Francisco 49ers 39 10 -19.5
WSH -1.5 Washington Redskins Dallas Cowboys 20 17 -1.5
KC -5.5 Kansas City Chiefs Cincinnati Bengals 45 10 -29.5 -29.5 -29.5 -29.5
ATL -4 Atlanta Falcons New York Giants 23 20 1
Total Week 7 -17.5 -11.5 -48.5 0 0 -20.5

Current Totals

  1. Paddi: 11 (No picks since week 1)
  2. Feslen -1 (He had the 2nd BEST week 7 with -17.5)
  3. Salti: -9 (No picks since week 1)
  4. Mark -27.5 (Well..first was fun for a week but a -48.5 takes me down to fourth)
  5. Sixtus: -65 ( Two of his three picks were positive, but the Bills -24.5 was too much to overcome)
  6. Pete: -72 (Two of his three picks were positive but the Bengals -29.5 was too much to overcome)

Beat the Spread Week 8

Week 8 Favorite Underdog
Week 8 Favorite Underdog
PHI -3 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville Jaguars
CHI -7 Chicago Bears New York Jets
CIN -4.5 Cincinnati Bengals Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DET -3 Detroit Lions Seattle Seahawks
KC -10 Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos
WSH -1 Washington Redskins New York Giants
PIT -8.5 Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns
BAL -1.5 Baltimore Ravens Carolina Panthers
IND -3 Indianapolis Colts Oakland Raiders
LAR -9.5 Los Angeles Rams Green Bay Packers
ARI -1 Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers
MIN -1 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans Saints
NE -14 New England Patriots Buffalo Bills
Total Week 8

Idiom of the week

Throw a spanner in the works – To complete an action that complicates a preconceived idea or plan and prevents it.

History: Equivalent to throwing a spanner into the gears and pistons of an engine and stopping it from functioning

Ex: I thought the Bills and Bengals would have a good week but Kansas City and Indianapolis threw a spanner in the works