Week Five is in the books of the 2009 NFC West Featured Columnist Competition.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the competition, click here for details, and please keep checking back for updates throughout the year!
The NFC West went 2-2 in Week Four of the NFL regular season. Seattle and St. Louis looked good for the first time in a long time, but San Francisco crashed down to earth and was blown out by Atlanta.
The picks this week were more like blowouts and less like victories. Translation: lots of red ink was used while grading this week's picks...
Here are the results and honors from Week Four.
Week Five Individual Standings (14 Games)
Rob 12, Scotty 12, Steven 11, Chris 10, Seth 10, Andrew 9, Ron 9, Dray 8
Week Five Team Standings
Seattle 24, Arizona 21, St. Louis 19, San Francisco 17
Season Individual Standings
Rob 63, Andrew 61, Seth 58, Chris 57, Ron 54, Scotty 54, Steven 54, Dray 53
Season Team Standings
Seattle 117, San Francisco 114, St. Louis 112, Arizona 111
Monday Night Football Team Tiebreaker
Arizona 11, Seattle 11, St. Louis 11, San Francisco 10
Dray was the only contestant in week five who had an Underdog Bonus choice all to himself. Seven of the eight contestants were drinking the Baltimore Kool-Aid, but Dray saw through it and picked the Fighting Cedric Bensons to prevail.
Honorable Mention goes to Rob and Scotty for being the only two to pick Atlanta over San Francisco, but they were at least in support of each other. In this choice, Dray was all on his own.
Fail of the Week—Derek Anderson (Cleveland Starting QB)
To be honest, there wasn't a single pick that was bad enough to warrant this choice.
Sure, anyone who took San Francisco (routed 45-10) or Jacksonville (ripped 41-0) could have been placed here, but pregame, those weren't awful picks.
So what to do with this space? Point out this stat line: 2-17, 23 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 15.1 QB Rating (somehow Cleveland won this game)
Interesting note: Vince Young was 0-3 for 0 yards and finished with a 39.6 QB Rating. This means that Anderson could have literally not completed a pass and been more efficient than he was...Ouch.
Hot Streak—Rob and Scotty (Identical Picks for 11/14)
For the first time in this competition, a set of teammates agreed on every single pick. It was going to be a boom or bust weekend for the Seattle contestants, and lucky for them it boomed.
Rob and Scotty hit a competition high 11 picks (Steven also hit 11 but did not hit an Underdog Bonus and was therefore in second place for points) en route to assuming the lead in the team competition.
How good was the week? For the first time all year, Scotty is out of last place!
Struck Out Swinging—Dray (7/14 Picks Correct)
At the close of the afternoon games, Dray had sole possession of first place in this competition. He hit seven of the eight games including an Underdog Score from the Bengals, giving him a competition-high eight points through eight games.
Then the afternoon and evening games struck...
Dray did not hit another game, going 0-4 in the afternoon games, and missing Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.
Overall, it was a tough week, but everyone ends up in this spot some time...
What Might Have Been—Had Miami Not Punched in that Last TD
There was a huge range of scores this week, as the final tallies were 24, 21, 19, and 17.
Had Miami lost tonight's game, the final scores would have read 22, 19, 19, 19.
Instead of minimal movement across the standings, there was a lot of movement (much to the agony of the J-E-T-S...)
We're Going Streaking! (Bring Your Green Hat!)
The last two weeks have been identical in terms of the first-place and last-place finishers in both individual and team standings.
Rob Staton has finished first place in the individual standings each of the last two weeks, while Seattle (Rob's team) has finished first in the team standings.
Conversely, Dray Miller has finished last place in the individual standings each of the last two weeks, while San Francisco (his team) has finished last in the standings.
Surely, this trend will turn, but it's interesting to note progression in picks.
Each week has featured a single-digit scoring effort from one of the contestants. One in week one, one in week two, one in week three, and two in week four.
The pace is quickening in week five, as Andrew (nine points), Ron (nine points), and Dray (eight points) continued the tradition...
That's it for Week Four. Chip in on what you think.