There are only 7 games left in the NFL post-season. Will our Buddy, Snyder hang on to win our Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread - despite going 0-4 in the Wild Card round?
Here's how our pickers, Snyder, Scott Stafford, John Reidy and Colin Daniels see it going down in the Divisional games...
Baltimore @ Denver (-9.5)
The Ravens visit the Mile High City for the first time this season, fresh off a victory over the Colts in Baltimore. It won’t be Andrew Luck they face this time - and this time they’re not at home. The rested Broncos will play host for as long as they stay alive in these playoffs; and, if the line is correct, that should mean at least one more week. Denver toppled B’more not long ago - and it wasn’t close.
Colin’s pick: Baltimore +9.5
Reidy’s pick: Baltimore +9.5
Snyder’s pick: Denver -9.5
Scott’s pick: Denver -9.5
Green Bay @ San Francisco (-3)
The ’Niners destroyed the Packers way back in week one. That was a long time ago. Now Green Bay, fresh off a Wild Card victory over Minnesota, travels to California to visit Colin Kaepernick and top-seeded San Francisco in what should be the best game of the weekend.
Colin’s pick: Green Bay +3
Reidy’s pick: San Francisco -3
Snyder’s pick: Green Bay +3
Scott’s pick: Green Bay +3
Seattle @ Atlanta (-2.5)
The Seahawks are tough as nails. They were lucky to get out of Washington with a win, though. They’re much more potent at home, but they head out on the road this week, to Atlanta, to square off with Matt Ryan and a Falcons team that simply must make noise in the playoffs.
Colin’s pick: Seattle +2.5
Reidy’s pick: Seattle +2.5
Snyder’s pick: Atlanta -2.5
Scott’s pick: Seattle +2.5
Houston @ New England (-9.5)
The Patriots seem destined to face the Broncos in the AFC Championship game. First they must dispatch the Houston Texans. Can JJ Watt and the Houston defense rattle Brady enough to keep this game interesting?
Colin’s pick: Houston +9.5
Reidy’s pick: Houston +9.5
Snyder’s pick: New England -9.5
Scott’s pick: New England -9.5
The South Stands Annual NFL Pickoff VS the spread rolled on this weekend. Rather than the usual slate of 16 games to pick, our competitors had only four, the AFC and NFC Wild Card match-ups.
Colin Daniels and John Reidy each fared well, going 3-1 VS the spread for the week. Producer Scott Stafford managed 2-2. The current leader of the contest, however, our Buddy Snyder, went 0-4. That's not a good way to protect the lead.
Still, Snyder had opened a wide enough gap that he leads Colin by four games and Reidy by five. Snyder sits at 136-115-8 for the year, Colin at 132-119-8, Reidy at 131-120-8 and Scott Stafford is out of the running at 124-127-8.
On to the Divisional round!
It was an incredible final regular season week in the NFL. Playoff scenarios finally unfolded. Some teams, like your Broncos, had everything clicking, others, like the Dallas Cowboys, let their fans down.
In the South Stands Denver Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread we saw similar disparate performances. It all came together for Our Buddy Snyder who went 10-6 in his his picks and stretched his lead to a nearly insurmountable seven games. Producer Scott Stafford, on the other hand, suffered a let-down, managing only to pick five of 16 games correctly. Chances are Scott will be unable to dig out from the basement of the contest.
After week 17, Snyder leads the contest with a record of 136-114-11. Colin remains in second place ... but barely at 129-118-8. Reidy is one game behind Colin at 128-119-8 and Scott is six games back from Reidy at 122-125-8. At least Scott has his South Stands Denver Fantasy Championship trophy to keep him company.
It was another exciting week in the National Football League filled with surprises. As the season progresses it gets harder and harder to pick games versus the spread. There's just no telling who will cover and who will let you down.
This week we welcomed guest picker @OpieGoneMad to compete with our pickers in our Annual NFl Pickoff VS the Spread. He did well, but finished under .500 with a record of 7-8-1. Producer Scott Stafford equalled his effort.
Colin Daniels finished last this week, picking 5-10-1. Not good. John Reidy and Our Buddy, Snyder tied for the win at 8-7-1.
The season contest is tighter than RGIII's MCL. Snyder is still in the lead at 105-95-7 for the season. Reidy's close behind him at 102-98-7. Colin's one behind Reidy at 101-99-7 and Scott is one behind Colin at 100-100-7. The contest continues through the Playoffs and all the way to the Super Bowl.
It's week 13 already! Can you believe it? How time flies. For many of you, this will be your final week of fantasy football! The fantasy playoffs begin in most leagues next week. Wow. So...if you're on the bubble we wish you the best. Meanwhile, it's time for our week 13 picks in the annual South Stands NFL pickoff VS the spread.
The contest has certainly gotten more interesting. Week 12 saw our buddy, Snyder come back to earth a little bit. Now all our pickers, Colin, Reidy, Snyder and Producer Scott Stafford are within 5 games of each other. The pressure is on, you guys.
Adam Kinney of Mile High Sports / Denver Sports Nation Radio joins us for the second time this season as guest picker. He hopes to cool the burn he experienced last time.
Our picks for week 13 are, as they say on the web, after the jump.
Here's hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed all that the NFL had to offer and that you were treated to a delicious spread.
Speaking of spreads, the South Stands NFL pickoff versus the spread got a whole lot more interesting this week as our contest leader, Snyder suffered his worst week in a long while.
Snyder managed only a 5-10-1 record for week 12, allowing the three other participants to close ground on him. John Reidy won the week, going 10-5-1. Scott Stafford was one game back at 9-6-1, and Colin Daniels was another game back at 8-7-1.
Snyder was sitting on an impressive lead, but now it's down to one game. He's sitting at 92-77-6. Reidy's one behind him at 91-78-6. Colin is at 89-80-6 and Scott Stafford, who was way back a few weeks ago, is 87-8-2-6.
The NFL is pulling into the home stretch and so our our pickers. Every week counts, you guys.
Week eleven in the NFL gets underway tonight. Time sure flies, don't it?
Our pickers in our Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread, Colin, John Reidy, Our Buddy Snyder and Producer Scott Stafford continue to slug it out in what remains a relatively close contest. Snyder currently holds a the lead, as he has for three weeks now. It's unlikely that any of our pickers will create any separation this week, as all four picked this week's games pretty similarly.
This week we welcome Woody Roseland, a future guest on the South Stands Denver Fancast, as our guest picker. Woody is some kind of badass, and amputee, a helluva comedian, a cancer activist and a force for good in our Community. Most of us first got to know Woody when he played catch with Jeremy Guthrie. You can visit Woody's web site RIGHT FRIGGIN' HERE.
Our picks are "after the jump" (we stole that term from Deadspin)
Our 2012 NFL pickoff VS the spread rolls into week ten with our buddy, Snyder having taken a commanding lead over the past two weeks. Snyder's record for the year is 70-57-4 VS the spread. Colin's in second place at 66-61-4, Reidy's right behind Colin at 65-62-4 and Scott is improving his position by the week. After a slow start, our podcast producer stands at 61-64-4.
We have invited the enemy into our midst this week. @M1LEHIGHRAIDER is our first guest picker in several weeks not to be employed at Mile High Sports.
We can't get smoked by a Raiders fan, now can we? Wish us luck.
Our picks after the jump.
What a week! Our pickers were on fire! Both the current leader in our annual NFL pickoff VS the Spread and the guy who was in last place entering week 9 went an amazing 11-3 versus the number. Wow.
Our Buddy, Snyder and Producer Scott Stafford killed it. They're the 11-3 guys. John Reidy went 10-4, Colin Daniels went 9-5 and our third straight guest picker from Mile High Sports, Adam Kinney (@DSNAdam) went 8-6. This was the second week in a row that all pickers went above .500.
Snyder, who grabbed the lead in the contest last week, has not looked back. He's in the top spot at 70-57-4 on the season. Colin, who gave up the lead last week, is 66-61-4, five games off the pace.
Reidy is behind Colin by one game at 65-62-4. Stafford, who is battling back, is now 61-64-4 and inching ever closer to .500.
Our Annual NFL Pickoff VS the Spread rolls into week nine with a new leader, our Buddy Snyder.
With a record of 59-54-4 on the season, Snyder is the current king of the hill. But Reidy and Colin are hot on his heels and Scott Stafford is poised to make his move.
We reached out to the Mile HIgh Sports family for a guest picker again this week after Brandon Spano and Peter Burns turned in nice efforts in weeks seven and eight. Adam Kinney, Co-Host of Denver Sports Nation (weekends) joins us for week 9.
Our picks after the jump.