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Beat the Spread Challenge: Week 10

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Nice rebound week for a few people

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins Geoff Burke-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 9 BTS

Week 9 Favorite Underdog Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
Week 9 Favorite Underdog Feslen Pete Mark Salti Paddi Sixtus
KC -8 Kansas City Chiefs Cleveland Browns -8
NE -5.5 New England Patriots Green Bay Packers
CHI -10 Chicago Bears Buffalo Bills
MIA -3 Miami Dolphins New York Jets -4
MIN -5 Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions -10 -10
WSH -1.5 Washington Redskins Atlanta Falcons
CAR -6 Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8 -8
BAL -3 Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers 10 10
DEN -1 Denver Broncos Houston Texans 3
SEA -1.5 Seattle Seahawks San Diego Chargers 9.5 9.5
LAR -1 Los Angeles Rams New Orleans Saints
Dal -5.5 Dallas Cowboys Tennessee Titans 19.5
Total Week 9 25 5 -8.5 -5 -5 -8

Week 9 High Level Overview

  • 6 games netted positive amounts (vs. 5 in Week 4)
  • 6 games netted negative amounts (vs. 8 in Week 4)
  • Biggest variances: Bills -22 and Falcons +25.5

Current Totals

  1. Paddi: 1 (No picks since week 1)
  2. Feslen 4 (Feslen and I are teetering up and down in opposite directions YET AGAIN)
  3. Mark -13 (Stupid Lions..grumble grumble…)
  4. Salti: -19 (No picks since week 1)
  5. Sixtus: -61 (Bit by the Lions and Bucs but great eye on the Steelers)
  6. Pete: -68.5 (First positive week since Week 2! Got Steelers and Texans right)

Week 10 BTS

Week 10 Favorite Underdog
Week 10 Favorite Underdog
ATL -5.5 Atlanta Falcons Cleveland Browns
NE -6.5 New England Patriots Tennessee Titans
CHI -6.5 Chicago Bears Detroit Lions
NO -5.5 New Orleans Saints Cincinnatti Bengals
IND -3 Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars
KC -16.5 Kansas City Chiefs Arizona Cardinals
NYJ -7 New York Jets Buffalo Bills
TB -3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Washington Redskins
LAC -9.5 Los Angeles Chargers Oakland Raiders
GB -9.5 Green Bay Packers Miami Dolphins
LAR -9.5 Los Angeles Rams Seattle Seahawks
PHI -7 Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys
SF -3 San Francisco 49ers New York Giants
Total Week 10

Idiom of the week: Play it by ear

History: This saying has its origins in music, as “playing something by ear” means to play music without reference to the notes on a page. This sense of the phrase dates back to the 16th century, but the present use only came into being in mid-20th century America, primarily referring to sports. These days, the expression has lost this focus on sports and can be used in any context.

Ex: No plan for week 10, i’m playing it by ear.