SportsChump’s (and KP-Dub’s) Second Annual Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em Contest

Two years ago, I lost my mind.

Actually, that happened a lot longer ago but the specific moment I’m referring to is when I decided to give my own money to the reader who could best predict NFL winners.  Crystal balls ain’t cheap.

Kevin Paul of the The Wife Hates Sports and I used to do weekly run-downs of the entire NFL slate, even inviting guests to contribute, but I soon realized nobody bets like that.  I decided to narrow things down, choosing only five games each week.  After all, we only wager on the games we’re sure of and even then it’s not the greatest of ideas.

The point is I’ve decided to host that contest again and give away FIFTY DOLLARS OF MY OWN MONEY TO THE WINNER!  Kevin will also be contributing fifty to the cause meaning the winner of this contest will be walking home with A COOL HUNDRED BUCKS (and bragging rights which we all know is far more important).

Now do I have your attention?

Here’s how it works.  Every week, he and I will post the weekly NFL lines and some friendly advice.  Even the almighty J-Dub has offered to contribute his wisdom in haiku form.  You will choose FIVE GAMES and assign them confidence points based on that line.  Leave your weekly picks in the comments section on either his site or mine.  We’ll be checking both.  If you wager five points on a particular game and that team covers the spread, you get the five points.  If they don’t, you lose the five points.  It’s that simple.  YOU MUST PARTICIPATE AT LEAST TEN WEEKS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE.  I will track everyone’s points all season long and the person with the most points at the end of the season takes home the money.  If you don’t believe me, ask good old Hanky Panky who cashed a nice check of mine two years ago, which he promptly spent on house repairs and Yuengling, not necessarily in that order.

Here are the lines for Week One.  Happy gambling!

Atlanta – Philadelphia (-1.5)

Pittsburgh – Cleveland (+4.5)

San Fran – Minnesota (-6)

Cincinnati – Indianapolis (-3)

Buffalo – Baltimore (-7)

Jacksonville – New York Giants (+3)

Tampa Bay – New Orleans (-9.5)

Houston – New England (-6.5)

Tennessee – Miami (+1.5)

Kansas City – Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)

Seattle – Denver (-3)

Dallas – Carolina (-3)

Washington – Arizona (-1)

Chicago – Green Bay (-7.5)

New York Jets – Detroit (-6.5)

Los Angeles Rams – Oakland (+4.5)

SportsChump’s Picks for Week One

Five Points – Let it be known that I am not on the Jimmy Garoppolo bandwagon.  I’m not wishing the guy ill.  I just think him saying he was better than Tom Brady might have been a little premature.  We’ll soon find out as a whole new season begins this week… finally.  Winners of their last eight games, Jimmy went from back-up quarterback to dating porn stars.  Meanwhile, the Vikings were one of last year’s best teams.  I will take that defense against Jimmy G any day of the week.  Look for them to treat him like a porn star and not in a good way.  Vikes minus the six for FIVE CONFIDENCE POINTS.

Four points – There is a new sheriff in town in Las Vegas… or is it still Oakland, I’m not sure.  Don’t look now but Chuckie is back patrolling the sidelines, which means that hopefully Dennis Miller returns to the Monday Night booth.  I believe I remain the only person on this planet to have enjoyed that little experiment.  Trust me when I tell you his stand-up is far better than Tony Kornheiser’s.  Gruden returns to Monday Night Football this week, this time coaching against the high-falootin’ Los Angeles Rams.  Do you remember last year?  I do.  Todd Gurley won me my fantasy league almost single-handedly.  He might be the first to remind Jon Gruden that he should have stayed in the broadcast booth.  No Khalil Mack for Gruden means no win for the Raiders.  I like the Rams minus the four-and-a-half for FOUR CONFIDENCE POINTS.

Three Points – The Baltimore Ravens could be sneaky good this year.  Or I could be entirely wrong.  Meanwhile, the Bills will be starting Nathan Peterman who used to have a nice clothing catalog on those old Seinfeld episodes.  I’m taking Baltimore at home because I’m only laying a possession.  The Bills made the playoffs last year but they have far too many question marks in key positions to not start the season 0-1.  Ravens cover for THREE CONFIDENCE POINTS.

Two Points – The Giants were a disgrace last year.  The Jags shook up the world and made the playoffs, in a large part thanks to their defense and a lesser part due to the play of Blake Bortles.  The Giants finally signed that hot blonde Odell Beckham, Jr. to a record contract.  While their offensive line is still rickety, this will be Saquon Barkley’s NFL debut.  Even against a stout run, he’ll want to make a good first impression.  This year, we will see a revitalized Eli Manning.  Give me the G-Men plus the field goal for TWO POINTS.

One Point – Alright, I’ll bite.  Did any other teams do anything else this off-season other than Cleveland?  I know they were on Hard Knocks and all but Baker Mayfield became the most talked about white quarterback since Aaron Rodgers.  And why not?  He’s the next in line to succeed (unlikely) or fail (far more likely) as Cleveland’s QB… eventually.  I don’t expect the Browns to win this game but I think that home crowd will be fired up enough to keep this game close against Pittsburgh who generally gets off to a slow start.  I’ll take the Brownies and the four-and-a-half.



Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5, 45.5)

Predatory birds

Star quarterback will not start

Green birds still cover


San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings (-6, 46)

Cousins is a Vike

Viking fans fuck their cousins

But Vi-Queens still win


Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants (+3, 43.5)

Much hope in Gotham

But Eli is still Eli

A pick-six machine


Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts (-3, 46)

The return of Luck

Will simply not mean a fuck

As Indy still sucks


Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders (+3, 49.5)

NorCal v. SoCal

Al Davis’ ghost cannot help

Raiders get pillaged



KP’s Holiday-Not-Holiday Five Pack: Week 1

Considering my current visit to the Space Coast (in Florida), let’s treat these picks as a launching pad and smooth flight into the 2018 NFL season.

The first week or two of the year is always a tad bit tricky, so let’s hope that perhaps there’s a little more smooth and a bit less of a bumpy ride on re-entry. OK, enough of the cheesy NASA jokes, let’s get to the pigskin prognostication, shall we?

Oh and just in case you didn’t pick up on the trend, “FIVE” is the top confidence game of the week (as in, five points) and “ONE” is my fifth pick in the line, with all winners marked in BOLD.

FIVE – Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders (+4.5)
Chucky is back, but it could be a rude awakening, like a Child’s Play sequel’s rating on IMDB. The Rams head into ‘The Black Hole’ packing a ton of firepower on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, the Raiders sent Khalil Mack packing, cut Martavis Bryant and feature a head coach that hasn’t paced the sidelines in nearly a decade. Give me the LA Rams, a legit Super Bowl contender for the 2018 season.

FOUR – Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens (-7)
Well, the SportsChump already swiped the good Seinfeld line, so I’ll simply have to say this: If you have a team that relies on either Nathan Peterman or Josh Allen to move the ball on the road in Week 1, you go with the home team. In this case, it’s the Ravens, who addressed gaps at the WR position and have the pieces on defense to take control of this one early. Give me Baltimore by double digits.

THREE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-9.5)
The Saints have stewed for an entire offseason, reliving a heartbreaking loss to Stefon Diggs and the Vikings in last year’s playoffs. Place a very talented and hungry team in front of a raucous crowd, then toss in the interception-happy Ryan Fitzpatrick on the other side and you’ve got yourself a potential blowout. Give me the Saints to cover comfortably.

TWO – Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers (-3)
Take a talented Carolina defense at home, toss in leader Luke Kuechly and stack the box against Zeke and the Dallas offense. That should put the pressure on an unproven Cowboys receiving group that no longer has Dez Bryant or Jason Witten. An amped up Carolina home crowd should be ready and extremely loud. I’ll take Cam Newton and that new Norv Turner-led offense at home.

ONE – Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals (-1)
The road test worries me a bit, but it’s hard to know what this revamped Arizona roster is going to do. The Redskins, meanwhile, have an underrated O-line that suffered through a plethora of injuries last season. Toss in Alex Smith, an underrated winner that gets more out of his teammates, and this has the makings of a nice start for the ‘Skins in what is a tossup line.

…and LIFT-OFF!

Happy picking and enjoy the 2018 season!

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13 Replies to “SportsChump’s (and KP-Dub’s) Second Annual Weekly NFL Pick ‘Em Contest”

  1. Not gambling but the Dennis Miller reference had me rolling. Were we seperated at birth? He’s always been a favorite of mine, I emailed my go-to comfort hat to you

  2. Detroit wins 5cpts
    Rams win 4cpts
    Minnesota wins 3cpts
    Carolina wins 2cpts
    Tampa wins 1cpts

  3. Moose…

    Saw the hat, very nice.

    I haven’t listened to much Miller since he switched sides of the spectrum.

    And you should definitely enter the weekly pick ’em pool. $100 buys a lot of Dennis Miller hats.

  4. Nathan is officially in as our first entry outside of the holy triumvirate.

    Keep ’em comin’, folks.

    And remember, YOU ONLY HAVE TO GET ME YOUR PICKS BEFORE THURSDAY’S GAME IF YOU’RE CHOOSING THE THURSDAY GAME. I will allow picks up until Sunday’s 1 pmers if you’re so inclined.

  5. The CHAMP is here!
    The Hankster takes:
    5- LAR ruins Chucky’s return -5.5
    4- The Jacksonville Seminoles beat the NY Football Giants by 3.
    3- Pittsburgh can beat Cleveland with or without Bell by 4.5
    2- Carolina beats Dallas, because F Dallas, by 3
    1- GB blows by Chicago by 7.5

  6. Ok, here goes nothing

    Ravens – 5 cots
    Rams – 4 cpts
    Vikings – 3 cpts
    Patriots – 2 cpts
    Chargers – 1 cpt

  7. From NY to FL and Back…Waiting for the chump to come back and get more shots in the City once again. Might be the first year I get a full participation for the season so here goes week 1

    Ravens 5
    Lions 4
    Falcons 3
    Cardinals 2
    Bengals 1

  8. Hank, Moose, Fibbs and White Belt are all in under the wire with our first casualties of the season coming early. FIbbsy had Atlanta plus the points for three while White Belt had ’em for four.

    Philly covered, Atlanta didn’t.

    But don’t worry, boys. It’s a long season. Just remember to end up in the positive by season’s end. It’s far more difficult than one would think.

  9. Pittsburgh 5
    Carolina 4
    Jacksonville 3
    Seattle 2
    Bucs 1 (probably wrong , but I just can’t help myself)

  10. Deac is in as well giving us nine for the first week. There should be plenty more participants sneaking in by season’s end.

    Remember, you need to participate at least ten weeks to be eligible to win the hundred bucks.

    You’ll appreciate the strategy that comes with this contest by season’s end.

    Good luck, everyone, and happy football season!

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