Broadway NFL Pick ’Em: Week 4

Things are really starting to come into focus now in the NFL. We all should have a clear picture on who the pretenders and contenders are, right? I mean the DVOAE=mc² formula should easily predict everything you’d need to pick an NFL game or something.

The teams play the games, we try our best to pick them by using much more than formulas or stats. Sometimes you have to read the room and decide if teams like the Chiefs are going to continue to struggle or if the Jets will finally do something on offense (which would be just the Titans’ luck). Let’s dive in, shall we?

Victory Laps

  • I am giving this first one to Lebowski – the only one of us to pick Detroit in Week 3 – even though the Lions lost. They made a game of it, and it took an NFL-record 66-yard field goal to defeat them. Kudos, sir.
  • Jimmy stuck to his guns and called the Chargers in a shootout against the Chiefs.
  • Is it a victory lap if we all got the Cardinals pick over the Jaguars correct? I mean, it is the Jags. Oh well, count it.

Regrets

  • James has fallen out of first place. How is that Jets pick over the Broncos looking?
  • My regret was trusting the Steelers, it might be difficult to place any faith in a Big Ben-led team ever again.

Thoughts on this Week

  • Mike Miracles – No blurb from the semi-retired old-timer, but what he said last week was right, he is improving week over week. Five then 9 then 10 correct picks.
  • Austin Nelson – “I have no earthly idea why I am trusting Matt Nagy this week, but I am. I think the Bears find a way to win.”
  • Robert Greenlaw – “A defense that gave Aaron Rodgers fits, against an 0-3 Giants team without their two best receivers. What could go wrong for Jason Garrett’s offense? Probably everything.”
  • Justin Graver – “Jacoby Jajuan Brissett revenge game this week. The Colts chose Carson Wentz over him. How do you think he feels about that?”

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the picks this week shake out…

The unanimous decisions this week for the group:

  • I think it’s a safe bet every week that this group is going to pick against the Jags. The entire group is taking the Bengals in this cat fight.
  • I also think that this group will pick against the Jets every week (Week 16 will be interesting). The Titans are the unanimous choice this week.
  • No one circles the wagons like this group, and they have circled the Bills over the Texans.
  • This was a surprise for me. The group is all in on the Rams over the Cardinals. This one was a tough one for me, but apparently I am missing something.

The against-the-grain picks this week:

For my sanity, I am going to clarify what constitutes against the grain, until I change my mind. Three contributors or less picking a team will be considered against the grain, at least until I need more to fill in the gaps…

  • AARP Mike is the lone picker confident in the New York football Giants over the Aints.
  • Jimmy is hoping that the Chiefs’ descent continues taking the Eagles in this one.
  • James, a mainstay on the against-the-grain list, is taking the Steelers over the resurgent Packers. James, see my regrets above please.
  • Zach “he’s never wrong” Lyons is feeling patriotic taking New England over Tompa Bay.
  • Michael Lebowski Gilliam and Taylor Gamble are the only pickers doubting the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert and the Chargers, instead trusting the undefeated Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Coin Flips

  • The group got close with the Browns over the Vikings and the Dolphins over the Colts, 10 – 8 in both games. Justin Graver even went far enough to to guarantee the Jacoby Jajuan Brissett revenge game this week.

Find all the picks listed below (or click here to view in a new (larger) window). Please roast our contributor performances from last week in the comments, and let us know why you disagree with us this week.

Current Standings:

Broadway ProCorrect Picks
Wes Wisley33
James Esparza32
Justin Graver32
Robert Greenlaw32
Justin Melo31
Bill Ott31
Jonathan Boren30
Ryan Watson30
Ben Wright29
Easton Freeze29
Michael Gilliam28
Andy Simmons28
Austin Nelson28
Chris Ivey27
Zach Lyons26
Mike Herndon25
Taylor Gamble24
Davey Shepherd19
Jimmy Morris18

There is a new leader in the pickers clubhouse. Wes has chosen wisely recently and finds himself alone atop the standings. There is a large group within two wins of Wes, so he better not slack and miss a week of picks or something. James, the Justin’s, Greenlaw, Super Bill, The CEO, and yours truly are right in the thick of it. This is still anyone’s game.

Taylor and Davey both missed last week and finished with no points. James and Jimmy both finished last among the actual pickers with 8 wins each. The bottom of the standings are comprised of people that all missed a week, and Mike. Great job, Mike.

Tune in next week to see the results, and help us make fun of the losers who get their picks wrong. Let us know whose picks you hate or love in the comments below!

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