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It’s that time of year again. The NFL playoff schedule is set, and it a lot of drama to get there. Dallas racked up consecutive shutouts (over Washington and Philadelphia) for the first time in franchise history. It looks like their December/January slump might be over. We also saw Wes Welker go down for the year with a torn ACL and MCL, but based on the SoB collective, Julian Edelman (or as the media has been calling him, a Wes Welker Clone) should fill in nicely, at least against the Ravens. And if your name is Mike, then you’re an ornithologist, because you like the Cardinals.
In addition to picking winners of the games, the 11 expert participants also picked how many touchdowns both teams combined in each game would get, and home many yards the games top passer would throw for.
|BAL @ NE||NYJ @ CIN||PHI @ DAL||GB @ ARI|
|Name||Winner||TDs||Pass Yards||Winner||TDs||Pass Yards||Winner||TDs||Pass Yards||Winner||TDs||Pass Yards|
NFL.com also hosted a Pick ‘Em, where participants picked one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, and one team’s defense from the pool of all players in all games in a week. Points are allotted based on how each pick performed. Players can be switched out between weeks, but if they are left in any points they earned are doubled, tripled, then quadrupled for successive weeks. SoB also has a Pick ‘Em on nfl.com, though with only four SoB experts, that Pick ‘Em is a little less popular. The rest of the picks will be given when NFL’s host site makes them publicly available, or when the participants divulge them.
|Andrew||Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||Ray Rice (Ravens)||Marion Barber (Cowboys)||Randy Moss (Patriots)||Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)||Jason Witten (Cowboys)||David Akers (Eagles)||Ravens|
|John||Tony Romo (Cowboys)||Marion Barber (Cowboys)||Thomas Jones (Jets)||Julian Edelman (Patriots)||Randy Moss (Patriots)||Jermichael Finley (Packers)||Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots)||Jets|
|KC||Aaron Rodgers (Packers)||Ryan Grant (Packers)||Ray Rice (Ravens)||Julian Edelman (Patriots)||Miles Austin (Cowboys)||Jermichael Finley (Packers)||Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots)||Packers|
|Mike C||Tom Brady (Patriots)||Brian Westbrook (Eagles)||Thomas Jones (Jets)||Randy Moss (Patriots)||Jerricho Cotchery (Jets)||Tony Curtis (Ravens)||Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots)||Packers|