Week 11 is in the books of the 2009 NFC West Featured-Columnist Competition.
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The NFC West went 1-3 in Week 11, and once again the only victory for this division came against themselves...This is becoming a sad trend in the NFL...Seattle was butchered by Minnesota, San Francisco fell short in a comeback bid against Green Bay, and St. Louis went down to Arizona, despite only having to face Matt Leinart for a significant portion of the game.
Here are the results and honors from Week 11.
Week 11 Individual Standings (16 Games)
Dray 12, Rob 12, Seth 12, Andrew 11, Chris 11, Scotty 11, Steven 11, Ron 10
Week 11 Team Standings
San Francisco 23, Seattle 23, Arizona 22, St. Louis 22
Season Individual Standings
Andrew 120, Scotty 119, Rob 118, Seth 113, Chris 110, Steven 110, Ron 107, Dray 106
Season Team Standings
Seattle 237, San Francisco 226, Arizona 220, St. Louis 220
Monday Night Football Team Tiebreaker
St. Louis 21, Arizona 21, San Francisco 21, Seattle 19
Once again the Pick of the Week features a losing effort, but Steven showed faith in a miserable Browns team when no one else did...against the Lions! You know your franchise has reached rock bottom when you are playing the Lions, and seven-of-eight contestants favor Detroit...Ouch.
If it wasn't for Matthew Stafford "Leftwich-ing" the Lions to victory, you could have attained a great Underdog Pick, Steven.
Almost a brilliant call.
Yeah, they started 6-0, but the Broncos have looked awful in the last four weeks.
On top of virtually handing the division away to the Chargers, the Broncos' defense has disappeared (compare the PA over the first six and the last four...)
I understand thinking Denver might get the best of San Diego again, but this pick turned out to be an epic fail.
The Underdog Died! - Zero Underdog Bonus Points
A few contestants took chances in Week 11. Andrew and Steven tried the Niners, Chris and Dray took the Ravens, Steven chose the Browns, Andrew and Scotty put faith in the Falcons, and Chris (as previously noted) opted for the Broncos.
Despite all of these Underdog choices, not a single one hit.
I guess it was "Favorites Week".
Hot Streak - Andrew/Ron/Steven (Nearly Perfect on the Last Half)
It's hard to find a hot streak in a week with three unanimous missed picks, but these three guys really picked up their stride in the afternoon/night games.
Good run, guys.
Struck Out Swinging - None
As previously noted, this was a very level week, so there wasn't a contestant who really screwed the pooch.
Congratulations to the group for this accomplishment!
What Might Have Been - Had Kris Brown hit that field goal (and Houston somehow won in OT)
Oh Kris Brown...The original Texan did in his team for the second time this season.
Had Kris Brown hit that field goal, the game goes to OT, and Houston has an equal chance at winning. Had Houston won, the standings for this week would have separated themselves.
Instead of SF23, SEA23, ARI22, STL22, we would be looking at SEA25, SF21, STL21, ARI20.
Bottom line: Had Houston somehow pulled off the comeback win, the Seattle FCs would have picked up this week's win in convincing fashion.
Good week, guys.
That's it for Week 11. Chip in on what you think.