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Default Section I. The Bare Essentials

Whenever possible, all of the games scheduled for Sunday and Monday night that week will be included in the contest. NOTE: Any game played earlier than Sunday; i.e., on Thursday or Saturday - will not be included, except in years when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and most of the games are played on Saturday, December 24 instead.

The first line for each game posted at the ScoresAndOdds.com web site after both teams had played their previous week's games will form the basis for the picks. On occasion this service will keep a game off the board initially - generally due to injuries etc. When this arises, a line from an alternate source may be used instead; this will be noted in the thread that starts that week's contest. Rarely, even the latter will not be available until very late in the week, in which event the game in question will be omitted from the contest due to time constraints.

In addition, each poster is required to designate three picks as Best Bets, which will be used to break ties between those who have the same overall spread records for the week. Pushes count as ties (half a win, half a loss) in determining both the overall and Best Bet records.
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Default Section II. Tie-Breaking Procedures

If, at the conclusion of the week's games, two (or more) pickers have identical overall records for that week, the following tie-breaking procedures will be observed, in this order:

1. Best Bet record.

2. Record in designated tie-breaker games; see Section III below.

3. Best Bet record in tie-breaker games.

4. See Section V below.
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Default Section III. Tie-Breaker Games

There will be five tie-breaker games per week, to be selected using the following steps, in order, until all five games have been successfully identified:

1. Games carried nationally by ESPN (usually Monday night).

2. Games carried nationally by NBC (usually Sunday night).

(If more than one game in the same week fits into the same of either of the above categories, the provisions of #3 below shall be used to determine priority therein).

3. Games, other than above, matching up the teams with the highest combined standing going into that week, each team being ranked from 1 to 32 pursuant to the procedure the NFL uses in its waiver system. The rank numbers of both opposing teams are added together, with priority given to the best combined ranking; as between games with the same combined ranking, the game whose teams have the best combined won-lost percentage shall have preference, and, if a tie still exists, the game whose lower-rated team is ranked higher shall have preference. For the first three weeks of the season, the previous year's draft order, in reverse, is used; thereafter the rankings are derived from the current season's records, subject to official tie-breakers. If two or more teams remain tied in the overall league standings after all tie-breakers have been exhausted, the average of the rankings tied for shall be observed as the rank number for all such teams; e.g., two teams that tie for 13th-14th are both counted as "13.5;" all three teams that tie for 24th-25th-26th are counted as "25."

NOTE: If a game is omitted from that week's contest due to no line having been released on it until too late in the week and it would have qualified as a tie-breaker game, the next game in the order of preference pursuant to the above rules will take its place.

In Week 17, the provisions of #3 above shall be superseded by the games that have the greatest impact upon the playoff scenarios. Specifically, priority will be given to games that have playoff implications for both teams; if there be not enough such games to bring the total number of tie-breaker games to five, next priority is given to games that have playoff implications for one team.

"Playoff implications" are defined in this order:

(a). A team may or may not make the playoffs, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(b). A team has clinched a playoff spot but may or may not win a division title, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(c). A team has clinched a division title but may or may not earn a first-round bye, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

(d). A team has clinched a first-round bye but may or may not earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in their conference, depending on the result of their game alone, or their game in combination with another or other games.

In all cases, the situation that pertains before the first game to be played that week shall apply, even if the result of an early game alters the scenario for a team playing later that week.

The order of priority listed above will be used to identify the necessary tie-breaker games; in the event that more games than are necessary meet the criteria, either for both teams or one team, within each segment, the order shall be used to determine which games qualify. If there be not enough games that even have playoff implications for one team to bring the total number of tie-breaker games to five, the provisions outlined in #3 above shall be used to identify the remaining games, except that any game involving a team that has already clinched their specific playoff seed in their conference will not be considered.
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Default Section IV. Use of Best Bets in Tie-Breaker Games

There are no limits - minimum or maximum - on the number of tie-breaker games that need to be included among each picker's Best Bets; if the tied pickers had the same overall record in the five tie-breaker games, the one with the best won-lost percentage in tie-breaker games designated as Best Bets will finish higher. (Example: Only one of A's three Best Bets was used in a tie-breaker game and the team so used covers, while B uses all three Best Bets in tie-breaker games and two of them cover; in that case A wins the tie-breaker because 1-0 is a better won-lost percentage than 2-1).

If a picker uses no Best Bets in any of the tie-breaker games, the resulting 0-0 record is treated as a .500 won-lost percentage; i.e., it neither outranks nor is outranked by another picker who goes 1-1. As between pickers with no losses, a 2-0 record does outrank a 1-0 record, etc., and as between those with no wins 0-1 is considered superior to 0-2, etc.
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Default Section V. The Final Tie-Breaker

If a tie still exists after the aforementioned steps have been applied, the following procedure shall be observed until a higher finisher has been determined:

Every game played that week will be ranked using the same criteria used to identify the tie-breaker games outlined in Section III above. The tied pickers' selections for the first game (the Monday night game in all weeks except Week 17) will be compared, and if one of the selections covered while the other(s) did not, the correct selection in this game will decide the tie-breaker. If the tied pickers selected the same team in this game, or the game ended in a push against the spread, the second game in the sequence shall be used, followed by the third, etc., until the tie is broken.

If a resolution has still not been reached after going through all of the games - that is to say, the tied pickers selected the same team in every game - the Best Bets will be used to decide the outcome, with the first unmatched winning Best Bet in the sequence deciding the outcome in that picker's favor, or the first unmatched losing Best Bet eliminating that picker (an unmatched Best Bet that pushed against the spread having no effect).

Any ties that may exist after all of the foregoing steps have been applied are not broken, and the result is a dead heat, with the tied pickers equally dividing the sum of the scores awarded to the places tied for (this can only arise if at least one game that week ended in a push against the spread).

In no case will two pickers be permitted to select both all of the same teams overall and all of the same Best Bets in a particular week. If this occurs, the picker who posted the selections last will be asked (via private message) to make at least one change, in either an overall selection or a Best Bet.

The complete order of priority for the upcoming week's games shall be posted in Section VIII below, and updated weekly.
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Default Section VI. Scoring

A total of 1,000 points will be awarded each week. Pickers earn points based on finishing position and the number of pickers in that week, as detailed in the following chart:


...................................................NUMBER OF PICKERS..........................
.........................2........3........4........5........6........7........8........9......10... ...11
1st
.................700....600....600....600....600....600....600....600....600....600
2nd................300....250....210....200....200....200....200....200....200....200
3rd..........................150....120....100....100....100....100....100....100......90
4th......................................70......60......50......50......50......50......40......40
5th................................................40......30......30......20......19......18......18
6th..........................................................20......12......14......12......13......14
7th......................................................................8........9........8......10... ..11
8th................................................................................7........6........8. .....9
9th..........................................................................................5........6 ......7
10th..................................................................................................5. .....6
11th.................................................................................................... ......5

...........................NUMBER OF PICKERS.....
........................12........13.......14.......15.......16
1st
..................600.....600.....600.....600.....600
2nd.................190.....180.....180.....180.....180
3rd...................90.......90.......80.......80.......80
4th...................40.......40.......40.......30.......20
5th...................18.......19.......18.......19.......18
6th...................14.......16.......16.......16.......16
7th...................12.......13.......14.......14.......14
8th...................10.......11.......12.......12.......12
9th....................8.........9........10.......10.......11
10th..................7.........7.........8.........9........10
11th..................6.........6.........7.........8.........9
12th..................5.........5.........6.........7.........8
13th.............................4.........5.........6.........7
14th........................................4.........5.........6
15th...................................................4.........5
16th..............................................................4


NOTE: The maximum number of pickers in any one week is sixteen (16). Once 16 pickers have made selections, the thread will be locked and no further picks will be accepted.

As an aid to pickers, each post bearing picks will be numbered, by means of a large, colored number being added at the top of the post, so that the number of pickers in that week can be determined at a glance.




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Default Section VII. Irregularities

Picks must be made by the kickoff of Sunday's early-time-slot games (1:00 PM ET); any picks posted after that time are void and the poster cannot earn any points for that week.

Any unpicked game (except for a game that was omitted from the contest due to no line being issued on it) counts as an automatic loss, even if the game ends in a push against the spread. A picker who left any game(s) unpicked in the original post will be requested (via private message) to add a selection(s) on such game(s); however, the Contest Administrator assumes no obligation to detect every single such instance, particularly in the case of picks posted very late in the week.

Picks submitted without Best Bets will be honored, but in case of ties such poster will be deemed to have finished in the lowest of the places tied for. In the case of fewer than three Best Bets being submitted, the omitted Best Bet(s) is treated as an automatic loss(es) for tie-breaking purposes. If more than three Best Bets are posted, the Best Bet record for tie-breaking purposes shall be the worst possible combination, out of three, that can be derived from the teams selected. In either event, the poster will be informed of the situation (via private message) and given the opportunity to add or delete a Best Bet(s), as applicable.

Under no circumstances can any pick (including a Best Bet) be changed once the post containing it has been issued an identifying number, except in the case of two pickers having selected both all of the same teams and all of the same Best Bets, in which event the last such poster will be requested (via private message) to make at least one such change. Failure to do so will result in the last such poster automatically losing the tie-breaker to the picker who posted the same selections first.
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Default Section VIII. Order of Priority: Week 1

1. New England at Miami
2. Oakland at Denver
3. Dallas at N.Y. Jets
4. Pittsburgh at Baltimore
5. Atlanta at Chicago

6. Philadelphia at St. Louis
7. Detroit at Tampa Bay
8. Indianapolis at Houston
9. Seattle at San Francisco
10. Minnesota at San Diego
11. N.Y. Giants at Washington
12. Tennessee at Jacksonville
13. Buffalo at Kansas City
14. Cincinnati at Cleveland
15. Carolina at Arizona
(Not included: New Orleans at Green Bay - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 2

1. St. Louis at N.Y. Giants
2. Philadelphia at Atlanta
3. Seattle at Pittsburgh
4. Chicago at New Orleans
5. San Diego at New England

6. Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets
7. Baltimore at Tennessee
8. Kansas City at Detroit
9. Green Bay at Carolina
10. Tampa Bay at Minnesota
11. Cleveland at Indianapolis
12. Houston at Miami
13. Oakland at Buffalo
14. Dallas at San Francisco
15. Arizona at Washington
16. Cincinnati at Denver
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Order of Priority: Week 3

1. Washington at Dallas
2. Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
3. Green Bay at Chicago
4. Atlanta at Tampa Bay
5. N.Y. Jets at Oakland

6. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia
7. Baltimore at St. Louis
8. Kansas City at San Diego
9. Houston at New Orleans
10. New England at Buffalo
11. Arizona at Seattle
12. Detroit at Minnesota
13. Miami at Cleveland
14. Jacksonville at Carolina
15. San Francisco at Cincinnati
16. Denver at Tennessee
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Order of Priority: Week 4

1. Indianapolis at Tampa Bay
2. N.Y. Jets at Baltimore
3. Detroit at Dallas
4. New England at Oakland
5. Denver at Green Bay

6. Buffalo at Cincinnati
7. New Orleans at Jacksonville
8. Tennessee at Cleveland
9. Pittsburgh at Houston
10. San Francisco at Philadelphia
11. N.Y. Giants at Arizona
12. Washington at St. Louis
13. Carolina at Chicago
14. Miami at San Diego
15. Atlanta at Seattle
16. Minnesota at Kansas City
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Order of Priority: Week 5

1. Chicago at Detroit
2. Green Bay at Atlanta
3. Tampa Bay at San Francisco
4. N.Y. Jets at New England
5. Tennessee at Pittsburgh

6. Oakland at Houston
7. Philadelphia at Buffalo
8. New Orleans at Carolina
9. San Diego at Denver
10. Seattle at N.Y. Giants
11. Cincinnati at Jacksonville
12. Kansas City at Indianapolis
13. Arizona at Minnesota
(BYES: Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington)
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Order of Priority: Week 6

1. Miami at N.Y. Jets
2. Minnesota at Chicago
3. San Francisco at Detroit
4. New Orleans at Tampa Bay
5. Buffalo at N.Y. Giants

6. Dallas at New England
7. Houston at Baltimore
8. Cleveland at Oakland
9. St. Louis at Green Bay
10. Philadelphia at Washington
11. Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
12. Indianapolis at Cincinnati
13. Carolina at Atlanta
(BYES: Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee)
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Order of Priority: Week 7

1. Baltimore at Jacksonville
2. Indianapolis at New Orleans
3. Atlanta at Detroit
4. San Diego at N.Y. Jets
5. Chicago vs. Tampa Bay at London

6. Green Bay at Minnesota
7. Kansas City at Oakland
8. Houston at Tennessee
9. Pittsburgh at Arizona
10. Washington at Carolina
11. Seattle at Cleveland
12. S. Louis at Dallas
13. Denver at Miami
(BYES: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco)
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Order of Priority: Week 8

1. San Diego at Kansas City
2. Dallas at Philadelphia
3. New England at Pittsburgh
4. Cleveland at San Francisco
5. Detroit at Denver

6. Washington vs. Buffalo at Toronto
7. Cincinnati at Seattle
8. New Orleans at St. Louis
9. Arizona at Baltimore
10. Miami at N.Y. Giants
11. Jacksonville at Houston
12. Indianapolis at Tennessee
13. Minnesota at Carolina
(BYES: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, N.Y. Jets, Oakland, Tampa Bay)
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Order of Priority: Week 9

1. Chicago at Philadelphia
2. Baltimore at Pittsburgh
3. N.Y. Giants at New England
4. Green Bay at San Diego
5. N.Y. Jets at Buffalo

6. San Francisco at Washington
7. Cincinnati at Tennessee
8. Tampa Bay at New Orleans
9. Cleveland at Houston
10. Denver at Oakland
11. Seattle at Dallas
12. Atlanta at Indianapolis
13. Miami at Kansas City
14. St. Louis at Arizona
(BYES: Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville, Minnesota)
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Order of Priority: Week 10

1. Minnesota at Green Bay
2. New England at N.Y. Jets
3. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco
4. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
5. Detroit at Chicago

6. New Orleans at Atlanta
7. Houston at Tampa Bay
8. Buffalo at Dallas
9. Baltimore at Seattle
10. Denver at Kansas City
11. Tennessee at Carolina
12. Arizona at Philadelphia
13. St. Louis at Cleveland
14. Washington at Miami
15. Jacksonville at Indianapolis
(Not included: Oakland at San Diego - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 11

1. Kansas City at New England
2. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants
3. Cincinnati at Baltimore
4. Tampa Bay at Green Bay
5. San Diego at Chicago

6. Arizona at San Francisco
7. Tennessee at Atlanta
8. Carolina at Detroit
9. Dallas at Washington
10. Oakland at Minnesota
11. Buffalo at Miami
12. Jacksonville at Cleveland
13. Seattle at St. Louis
(Not included: N.Y. Jets at Denver - Thursday)
(BYES: Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh)
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Order of Priority: Week 12

1. N.Y. Giants at New Orleans
2. Pittsburgh at Kansas City
3. Chicago at Oakland
4. New England at Philadelphia
5. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets

6. Houston at Jacksonville
7. Cleveland at Cincinnati
8. Tampa Bay at Tennessee
9. Denver at San Diego
10. Minnesota at Atlanta
11. Washington at Seattle
12. Arizona at St. Louis
13. Carolina at Indianapolis
(Not included: Green Bay at Detroit - Thursday)
(Not included: Miami at Dallas - Thursday)
(Not included: San Francisco at Baltimore - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 13

1. San Diego at Jacksonville
2. Indianapolis at New England
3. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
4. Green Bay at N.Y. Giants
5. Atlanta at Houston

6. Baltimore at Cleveland
7. St. Louis at San Francisco
8. Kansas City at Chicago
9. Tennessee at Buffalo
10. Indianapolis at New England
11. Dallas at Arizona
12. Oakland at Miami
13. N.Y. Jets at Washington
14. Denver at Minnesota
15. Carolina at Tampa Bay
(Not included: Philadelphia at Seattle - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 14

1. St. Louis at Seattle
2. N.Y. Giants at Dallas
3. Oakland at Green Bay
4. Houston at Cincinnati
5. Chicago at Denver

6. New Orleans at Tennessee
7. San Francisco at Arizona
8. Kansas City at N.Y. Jets
9. New England at Washington
10. Indianapolis at Baltimore
11. Buffalo at San Diego
12. Minnesota at Detroit
13. Atlanta at Carolina
14. Philadelphia at Miami
15. Tampa Bay at Jacksonville
(Not included: Cleveland at Pittsburgh - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 15

1. Pittsburgh at San Francisco
2. Baltimore at San Diego
3. New England at Denver
4. Detroit at Oakland
5. Green Bay at Kansas City

6. Carolina at Houston
7. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia
8. Seattle at Chicago
9. New Orleans at Minnesota
10. Washington at N.Y. Giants
11. Cincinnati at St. Louis
12. Cleveland at Arizona
13. Miami at Buffalo
14. Tennessee at Indianapolis
(Not included: Jacksonville at Atlanta - Thursday)
(Not included: Dallas at Tampa Bay - Saturday)
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Order of Priority: Week 16

1. Atlanta at New Orleans
2. Chicago at Green Bay
3. San Francisco at Seattle
4. San Diego at Detroit
5. Miami at New England

6. N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets
7. Arizona at Cincinnati
8. Philadelphia at Dallas
9. Cleveland at Baltimore
10. Denver at Buffalo
11. Oakland at Kansas City
12. St. Louis at Pittsburgh
13. Jacksonville at Tennessee
14. Tampa Bay at Carolina
15. Minnesota at Washington
(Not included: Houston at Indianapolis - Thursday)
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Order of Priority: Week 17

1. Dallas at N.Y. Giants
2. Baltimore at Cincinnati
3. Tennessee at Houston
4. San Diego at Oakland
5. Kansas City at Denver

6. N.Y. Jets at Miami
7. Pittsburgh at Cleveland
8. Carolina at New Orleans
9. San Francisco at St. Louis
10. Buffalo at New England
11. Detroit at Green Bay
12. Tampa Bay at Atlanta
13. Seattle at Arizona
14. Washington at Philadelphia
15. Chicago at Minnesota
16. Indianapolis at Jacksonville
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Default Section IX. Standings

................................Wks........1st.....2nd.....3rd........Pts
Jeff Boswell..............17...........10........1.........5........7040
Anthony.....................17............5.........7.........5........5500
Marc..........................16............2.........8.........5........3980
luke broadbent...........3.............0.........1.........2..........480
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