The Gridiron Gentlemen’s Super Fun Prediction League: Week 14

Bad news. It’s Week 14. That in itself isn’t awful of course, but it does mean the end of the regular season looms on the horizon like something, well, big and loomy. It also means there aren’t many opportunities left to close in on leader James in the Prediction League

Ground was gained by everyone last week. Everyone except Duncan. Having gone a rather magnificent 14-2 for Week 12, he slipped to a Fisher-esque 5-10 for Week 13. Whoops.

With everyone else having a better week than James, the scores currently sit at:

James: 110-68

Dave: 107-71

Dan: 105-73

Simon: 105-73

Duncan: 103-75

The gap is down to three, and there are some great match ups to look forward to this week:

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs

This has all the makings of being an epic Thursday Night encounter. Which probably means it will be 9-6.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Chiefs Raiders Chiefs Raiders Chiefs
28-24 27-24 31-24 27-24 24-21

Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles

The first of the divisional match ups in the NFC East this week. Probably the ugly sister of the two to be honest.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins
38-21 28-24 27-17 28-19 28-17

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts

If Andrew Luck had Brock Osweiler’s weapons…

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
24-17 28-24 41-13 30-19 30-17

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

The Satsuma Bowl Take II (see Dan, no ginger joke there).

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Bengals Bengals Browns Bengals Browns
24-14 22-19 24-19 31-17 21-17

Denver Broncos @ Tennessee Titans

Denver still have issues against the run game. Maybe not the best team to face DeMarco Murray coming off a bye week then?

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Broncos Broncos Titans Titans Titans
22-18 19-17 21-17 27-17 20-17

Arizona Cardinals @ Miami Dolphins

David Johnson has 100+ yards every week this season. I anticipate being able to say the same next week.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Cardinals Dolphins
31-24 28-16 28-17 19-17 20-17

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions

The NFC North – playing out exactly as everyone expected…

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Lions Lions Lions Lions Lions
35-21 32-17 24-13 27-14 24-14

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills

Hopefully Rex Ryan will have taken his wildcat to the vet this week to get spayed.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Steelers Steelers Steelers Bills Steelers
34-28 31-24 27-20 22-19 27-21

San Diego Chargers @ Carolina Panthers

I fully expect Cam Newton to come out for the first play wearing a cravat this week.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Panthers
28-19 31-14 28-19 24-17 17-14

Minnesota Vikings @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The most frequent pairing in this one could well be Blake Bortles to Xavier Rhodes.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings Vikings
21-17 30-10 24-13 24-17 17-14

New York Jets @ San Francisco 49ers

Nope, I got nothing.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Jets Jets Jets Jets 49ers
13-10 19-12 14-12 28-14 10-7

Atlanta Falcons @ Los Angeles Rams

Jeff Fisher probably spent the week preparing for Adrian Peterson this week.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Falcons Falcons Falcons Falcons Rams
42-10 24-17 37-14 30-10 21-17

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If one or both defences have an off day this week, expect points. Lots of points.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Buccaneers Buccaneers Saints Buccaneers Buccaneers
31-28 31-28 28-17 34-31 28-21

Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers hasn’t lost at Lambeau in December since forever. Guess who we picked?

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
37-31 35-28 31-10 24-20 24-21

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

The second of the two NFC East clashes. Did the Giants mention they’d already beaten the Cowboys this year.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Giants Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys Cowboys
21-17 24-21 28-24 17-10 27-17

Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots

This one has the potential to be a Monday Night classic. That’ll be another 9-6 then.

Dan Duncan Simon James  Dave
Ravens Patriots Ravens Ravens Patriots
16-14 15-13 17-14 19-17 21-17

So that’s Week 14. Some potentially excellent games and one or two absolute stinkers. A bit like our predictions really…