Week Nine is in the books of the 2009 NFC West Featured-Columnist Competition.
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The NFC West went 2-1 in Week Nine. Does anyone remember the last time the NFC West had a winning record for a week? Call me crazy, but I think the Rams being on a bye-week kind of helped .
Here are the results and honors from Week Nine.
Week Nine Individual Standings (13 Games)
Seth 11, Steven 11, Andrew 10, Ron 10, Chris 7, Dray 7, Rob 7, Scotty 7
Week Eight Team Standings
Season Individual Standings
Andrew 96, Rob 95, Scotty 95, Seth 92, Steven 90, Chris 89, Ron 87, Dray 86
Season Team Standings
Seattle 190, San Francisco 182, Arizona 179, St. Louis 179
Monday Night Football Team Tiebreaker
St. Louis 18, Arizona 17, San Francisco 17, Seattle 17
Pick of the Week
Seth secured the only solo Underdog Pick of the week by selecting Dallas to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Maybe it's general disdain for the Cowboys, maybe it's Tony Romo in November, but no one wanted a piece of the Cowboys in this one...
...Except Seth, of course.
Good pick, Seth!
Fail of the Week
Rob (Chicago over Arizona)
I haven't seen a team beat this badly since the Pats-Bucs London debacle. Okay, so it hasn't been too long, but the Bears were absolutely owned in this one.
The Cardinals looked phenomenal, and to make matters worse, the guy I played in fantasy had Kurt Warner's four first-half touchdown passes (five total)...damn.
The Underdog Won't Go Away!
(Three Correct Underdog Picks)
After a breakout week in Week Eight, the Underdog Bonus doesn't want to go anywhere. This week, three different contestants capitalized on the Underdog Bonus.
Arizona has not finished in first place since Week Four, but their last two weeks have been admirable. Two consecutive silver medals landed the Cardinals FCs a league-high 37 points in that span.
Could it be time for an epic comeback?
Struck Out Swinging
Can't win 'em all, they say. After a few hot weeks, the Seattle FCs cooled off in prime fashion, missing a bevy of picks and landing in last place for the first time since Week One.
These two combined for three upset choices, all of which failed miserably. First place is still comfortably in tow, but a few more weeks like this and Rob and Scotty will start to sweat.
Closing the Gap
Yeah, the standings look pretty spaced out, but consider this: In Week Nine alone, the St. Louis FCs jumped seven points on the first place team. When that kind of movement is possible, who knows where this competition will be by year's end.
What Might Have Been
Had Houston held onto that fourth quarter lead...
Yeah, the Colts have looked dominant so far in 2009, but two men in this competition believed that the unbeaten streak would end this week (it didn't).
Despite a loss, Houston played well, holding a lead as late as the fourth quarter. Peyton Manning pulled a...Peyton Manning, however, and the Colts came back for the victory.
If Houston had held on to that lead, Steven and Scotty would have landed Underdog Bonus points, while everyone else would have taken a step back. It might not have shaken up the team standings too much, but hell if pride wasn't on the line.
Good week, guys.
That's it for Week Nine. Chip in on what you think.
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