NFC West Featured Columnist Competition: Week One Picks

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NFC West Featured Columnist Competition: Week One Picks
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Welcome to the first week of the 2009 NFC West Featured Columnist Competition.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this competition, please click here for a brief outline of the rules as well as a small bio of each contestant.

In short, this is a pick 'em competition. Contestants are in teams of two, each representing the team which they write for on Bleacher Report.

Each week, I will publish an article which announces the picks, such as this. Additionally, I will publish a results article once the games are completed, which will include weekly and yearly standings.

 

Observations from Week One Picks

  • Everybody likes the Colts, Cowboys, Pats, and SaintsWhile a number of games are heavy favorites (six or seven selections), only the Colts, Cowboys, Patriots, and Saints took the honor of being unanimous choices.
  • Nobody likes the Bills, Bucs, Jags, and Lions—One of these teams will pull an upset, and all eight contestants will equally suffer. Book it.
  • Rob and Scotty: The Odd Couple—Rob and Scotty agreed on the fewest choices of anyone. Of the 16 games available, these two agreed on only ten.
  • Chris and Steven: The Even Couple—Conversely, Chris and Steven seemed to be in harmony while picking. These two agreed on an astonishing fourteen of the 16 games.
  • Scotty might not have been sober—Apologies in advance to Rob for a few ill-advised selections. Among four choices which qualify for the Underdog Bonus, I took the Titans over the Steelers, the Chiefs over the Ravens, and (drum roll please) the Raiders over the Chargers. In all honesty, I think the Titans could do it and the Chiefs will do it (the Raiders might need an act of God).

 

Without further ado, here are the picks. Please comment below with your thoughts.

 

  Chris Steven Andrew Dray Rob Scotty Ron Seth
TEN@PIT PITT PITT PITT PITT PITT TENN PITT PITT
NYJ@HOU HOU HOU NYJ NYJ NYJ HOU HOU NYJ
MIN@CLE MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN CLE
MIA@ATL ATL MIA ATL ATL ATL MIA ATL ATL
JAX@IND INDY INDY INDY INDY INDY INDY INDY INDY
DEN@CIN CINCY CINCY DEN CINCY CINCY CINCY DEN CINCY
PHI@CAR CAR PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY PHILLY CAR
DAL@TB DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL DAL
KC@BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL BAL KC BAL BAL
DET@NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
SF@ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI ARI SF
STL@SEA SEA SEA SEA STL SEA SEA SEA SEA
WAS@NYG NYG NYG WAS NYG WAS NYG NYG NYG
CHI@GB GB GB GB CHI GB GB GB GB
BUF@NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE NE
SD@OAK
SD SD SD SD SD OAK SD SD
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