Sweep not in the Cards

Dec. 10, 2018Posted by NawFuL

 
Week 14 results

Sean

Leads By

1

131-75-2
11-5
132-74-2
9-7
101-105-2
11-5
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Jacksonville @ Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee
Sunday, December 9, 2018
N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo New York Jets
Carolina @ Cleveland Cleveland Carolina Cleveland
Atlanta @ Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay
Indianapolis @ Houston Indianapolis Houston Indianapolis
Baltimore @ Kansas City Kansas City Kansas City Baltimore
New England @ Miami New England New England Miami
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans
N.Y. Giants @ Washington New York Giants New York Giants New York Giants
Cincinnati @ L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers L.A. Chargers Cincinnati
Denver @ San Francisco Denver Denver Denver
Detroit @ Arizona Arizona Detroit Arizona
Philadelphia @ Dallas Dallas Dallas Dallas
Pittsburgh @ Oakland Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
L.A. Rams @ Chicago Chicago L.A. Rams Chicago
Monday, November 10, 2018
Minnesota @ Seattle Seattle Seattle Seattle
© 2018 Gehlke Bros. Football

We’ve reached the fourth quarter of the season, and if you had to describe the action to this point it would be something akin to an intense exchange of field goals, either side waiting for the opposing kicker to flinch. For the Bros, finding splits has been difficult, and winning them has been tougher still.

Week 14 marked just the third time in the 2018 GBF season that we’ve had four splits, but it was the first time that the Senior Bro succeeded in gaining multiple games in the standings, and it comes as he fights to make inroads on what was his largest deficit of the season to the defending champ.

There was no shortage of surprises on Sunday as several of the major playoff contenders stumbled. One of those was Houston, which saw its 9-game win streak snapped in a 24-21 home loss to Indy. That and the Browns’ 26-20 win over slumping Carolina guaranteed Glenn would at least lose no additional ground in the standings. But following Detroit’s 17-3 defeat of Arizona that gave Sean his lone split victory of the weekend, it came down to — as it always seems to do — the Sunday nighter between the Rams and the Bears.

Chicago has been something of a mystery as it has quietly built a 9-4 record and a 2½-game lead in the NFC North. The Rams, coming into the Windy City as the top seed in the conference, looked just as stumped at how to beat the Bears as previous opponents, their high-scoring passing game being bottled up by a stout defense that sparks comparisons to the 1985 Monsters of the Midway that won a Stupor Bore title. On Sunday night, the Bears beat the Rams, 15-6, to shuffle the playoff standings and help Glenn to a 2-game move up in the Surfy Trophy race.

But it is Sean, thanks to the ineptitude of the Cardinals, who still holds a 1-game lead (he hasn’t trailed yet) as he battles to defend his title with just three weeks remaining. The Junior Bro wraps up the week with a 9-7 record good for third place. Glenn and Ben tied for the best mark at 11-5. In a week that will be remembered for the “Miami Miracle” that saw the Dolphins stun the Patriots on the wild, final play of the game with no time remaining, we all managed to correctly pick Tennessee, Green Bay, New Orleans, the New York Giants, Dallas and Seattle. We are more than a bit chagrined, calling the Bay Area home as we do, that none of us predicted San Francisco or Oakland to get W’s. Every dog has its day, occasionally.

Pick, pick, pick, pick-up game

Dec. 3, 2018Posted by NawFuL

 
Week 13 results

Sean

Leads By

3

120-70-2
11-5
123-67-2
10-6
90-100-2
7-9
Thursday, November 29, 2018
New Orleans @ Dallas New Orleans New Orleans New Orleans
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Baltimore @ Atlanta Baltimore Baltimore Baltimore
Denver @ Cincinnati Denver Denver Denver
L.A. Rams @ Detroit L.A. Rams L.A. Rams Detroit
Arizona @ Green Bay Green Bay Green Bay Arizona
Cleveland @ Houston Houston Houston Houston
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville Indianapolis Indianapolis Indianapolis
Buffalo @ Miami Miami Miami Buffalo
Chicago @ N.Y. Giants Chicago Chicago New York Giants
Carolina @ Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Carolina Carolina
Kansas City @ Oakland Kansas City Kansas City Oakland
N.Y. Jets @ Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee New York Jets
San Francisco @ Seattle Seattle Seattle Seattle
Minnesota @ New England New England New England New England
L.A. Chargers @ Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Monday, December 3, 2018
Washington @ Philadelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia Washington
© 2018 Gehlke Bros. Football

December ushers in the stretch run for the 2018 GBF season, and following last week’s meltdown in the standings the Senior Bro found himself in the most dire situation coming into Week 13, four games in arrears to the defending Surfy champion, his biggest deficit of the year. With the margin for error getting slimmer, a quick turnaround was in order. “I need to get some base hits and hope for the grand slam,” Glenn said Sunday, mixing baseball metaphors with his football picks. There weren’t any home runs, but he did manage the equivalent of the pitcher walking one in.

The Bros came up with just one split for the weekend, and it was an unassuming contest between the Panthers and Buccaneers. Carolina, its playoff hopes very much in the balance, figured to be motivated against an unpredictable Tampa Bay team that has been mostly a disappointment this season. But the Panthers have been a disappointment themselves lately, coming in on a 3-game losing streak, and Sunday found Cam Newton at what might have been his worst. The Panthers’ quarterback was picked four times — three of those by Andrew Adams — as the Bucs won, 24-17, and moved the Senior Bro back to within three games of the lead.

Glenn’s 11-5 record was the best overall in the first non-bye week since the end of September. Sean stole second at 10-6, while Ben slid into third with a 7-9 mark. Everyone scored with picks of Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Seattle and New England. We all struck out on Dallas, Jacksonville and the L.A. Chargers. (Okay, no more baseball analogies this week!)