Since we last checked in to our first annual Over/Under contest, six more teams have hit their number, making it ten teams to officially do so with only four weeks remaining. That leaves 22 teams hanging in the balance, meaning Las Vegas bookmakers have once again done their job by leaving us waiting until the season’s bitter end to collect our winnings.
Here are some observations for the six teams that just qualified and those of us who wagered properly, or improperly, on them:
The big winners in the casino this quarter are Dwin, Han, Dave W and yours truly who all cashed in on their nine or ten pointers. Seven of us have yet to win a single point but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of football left to be played.
Remember back on October 30th? We were all stuffing our faces with candy, putting the last touches on our Halloween costumes and the Buffalo Bills were only one win away from hitting their over of five on the season. Well, not much has changed since then. We still like our Reese’s, we’re still dressing funny and after losing five straight, the Bills are STILL one win away from their fifth of the season. Considering they still have to play the Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots and Tim Tebow, that fifth win might never come.
The Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders both have seven wins on the season, and their number was seven, so if you had the over and either of those two, you’ve pretty much cashed in. Same with the Miami Dolphins. Their projected win total was eight and they’re currently 4-8. They’ve won four of their last five, but with the Jets and Pats still on their schedule, one can only assume that ninth loss is inevitable, thus making their eighth win impossible and a winner out of anyone who had them under.
Behind the leadership of the saintly Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos are becoming the most talked about football team outside of Green Bay. After starting out 1-4, Denver has won six of its last seven. The Broncos are now 7-5 and tied with Oakland atop the AFC West. Their O/U for the season was 5.5 which means even Las Vegas wasn’t prepared for the coming of Tim Tebow. Not surprising since it’s a town full of sinners.
Shame on anyone (Aero, Diehardsports, Pistons Affiliated) who questioned Green Bay’s greatness. After only twelve games, the Packers have not only exceeded their projected win total of 11, but they’re also staring an undefeated season, as well as home field advantage in the playoffs and a repeat Super Bowl appearance, squarely in the face.
Despite losing key players, i.e., Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, the Texans still reside atop the AFC North at 9-3 and have already passed their O/U total of eight wins.
Most of us figured the Minnesota Vikings would be bad, with five of us (Big Bubba Z, Zbignu, J-Dub, Han and Dwin) cashing in on their misery. I’m not so sure any of us, however, thought Donovan McNabb would be unemployed by Week 13. I hereby propose the question to you readers… Donovan McNabb: Hall of Famer or not?
Wow, the Chargers stink. Do you think Drew Brees is happy he skipped town for the Big Easy? Sure they beat up on the lowly Jaguars Monday night and the division is still (barely) within their grasps, but six of us felt San Diego was a lock to finish over ten wins. Not gonna happen. They’re currently 5-7 and still have Detroit and Baltimore on their schedule. Either head coach Norv Turner or general manager AJ Smith should be looking for work this off-season, if not sooner.
Yet another disappointing year for the St. Louis Rams. Four of us predicted they’d finish over 7.5 wins. At 2-10, that is now impossible, as is any chance of them making the post-season
With only four weeks remaining, there are still plenty of points for us to cash in on, like a piñata that hasn’t yet spilled all its candy. Here are your updated standings:
Dave W. – 19 pts.; 26 possible points remaining
Hanahan – 14 pts.; 41 PPR
Frank the Crank – 13 pts.; 32 PPR
Dwindy – 11 pts,; 41 PPR
SportsChump – 10 pts; 36 PPR
J-Dub – 8 pts.; 26 PPR
Die Hard Sports – 6 pts.; 37 PPR
Big Bubba Z – 3 pts.; 42 PPR
Zbignu – 4 pts., 43 PPR
Drew – 2 pts., 34 PPR
Harry Balzac – 1 pt.; 51 PPR
The pointless: TopHatAl (55 PPR); Yaz (46 PPR); Ronbets (45 PPR); Pistons Affiliated (44 PPR); Aero (42 PPR); Chappy (39 PPR); Seth K (37 PPR)