NFL Week 9 Recap and “Beat the House” Results

NFL logoWhen do pitchers and catchers report again? The agony continued into week 9 as nothing is what it seems in the NFL. Of course, The House could not come close to accurately predicting the week’s worth of games, and fell to the members, 8 wins to 10.5. Yes, that is half a win you see there. The Madden 09 Xbox 360 simulation had it’s first bad week in awhile with only 6 correct picks. The sim still holds the season total though. The House now only has 2 weekly wins on the season, to the membership’s 6, with 1 tie.

The results to-date are:

* The House Madden Sim Members
Week 9: 8-6 6-8 10.5-3.5
2008 Overall: 68-62 79-51 77-53

The Challenge
In week 9, the House didn’t bend to far with it’s pick set. Two picks were disagreed on by the members, and one pick resulted in a 50/50 tie. The House pick of the Rams beating the Cardinals was not looked upon fondly as over 60% of all voting members just said no to that pick. The Cardinals didn’t have too hard a time handling what appeared to be a pretty hot Rams team who beat the likes of the Cowboys and Redskins in recent weeks. The second pick not liked by the members was The Houston Texans beating the Minnesota Vikings. As we all know, that didn’t happen either. The Vikings appear to be in turmoil with injuries, but it didn’t matter as they bested the mighty Texans… handing the House loss #2.

The third pick not fully agreed-upon by the membership was the Cleveland Browns over the Baltimore Ravens. It was a dead heat in voting so it does not count as a full membership win. It appeared that the Browns could have found that spark that carried them through most of last season, but it was just a tease. Brady Quinn is being thrown out to the wolves in week 10, so you know Cleveland does not expect to recapture their 2007 success.

We had 7 different members top the week nine leaderboard. There are some familiar names in that list… which means they’ve received prizes already, so picking a winner is a bit easier.

game ballSince the House was beaten, we have a DVD prize pack to award AND a game ball. With 11 correct picks, and 80 total on the year, ManningMVP2008 gets the DVDs. Member flraider also tallied 11 correct picks out of 14 and has earned the Nerf Pro Grip Football. Nice work.

Tune back in on Thursday morning to once again agree or disagree with the House’s NFL week 10 picks and predictions.

The League
I really don’t know what else to say about this season. Whenever I think I have a good read on a team, they do the opposite of what I expect. Teams I thought would rejuvenate what has become a stale NFL, like Jacksonville, Minnesota and San Diego, have really come up small and should take much of the blame of it’s current state. The 3-5 records the Jags and Chargers have posted so far is absolutely disgusting. They have no real injury excuses either. With key injuries to the AFC golden boys, Indy and New England, the conference is ripe for the taking… and only the Titans have consistently answered the call.

The NFC is in even bigger shambles. The reigning champs appear to be the clear-cut top dog of the conference, but who is next in line? Many national sportswriters wrote the Cowboys in as champs before the season even started. That bandwagon cleared out pretty quickly as the team is in shambles due to injury. There are some other decent records in the NFC, but which teams are really as good as their records? The answer is none, all have their major flaws. There is still time to clean it all up though. Just keep watching… or at least try to watch.

Fantasy Land

After reading the name of week nine’s second-highest fantasy point-earner, you won’t be alone when yo ask: WHO? Tyler Thigpen, in his third start as quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, had one hell of a game. Not only did he throw a TD pass, he caught one as well. The effort helped as the Chiefs took the favored Buccaneers into overtime.

Joining Thigpen in the top 3 are some other names that don’t grace the top of the fantasy lists too much. The top week 9 fantasy numbers were:

Derrick Mason
Wide Receiver – Baltimore Ravens
In 37-27 win over the Cleveland Browns
– 22 carries for 167 yards, 2 TDs. 6 catches for 42 yards.

Tyler Thigpen
Quarterback – Kansas City Chiefs
In 30-27 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
– 14/25 for 164 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. 6 carries for 22 yards. 1 receiving TD

Chris Johnson
Running Back – Tennessee Titans
In 19-16 win over the Green Bay Packers
– 24 carries for 89 yards, 1 TD. 6 catches for 72 yards.

Donovan McNabb
Quarterback – Philadelphia Eagles
In 26-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks
– 28/43 for 349 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.

Kurt Warner
Quarterback – Arizona Cardinals
In 34-13 win over the St. Louis Rams
– 23/34 for 342 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs.

To review the Week 9 picks, visit the Beat the House main picks page. The week 10 picks and predictions will be up early Thursday morning. Make sure you get your picks in early to move up the leaderboard and get another shot at beating the house. Check in often, the board can drastically change over the remainder of the football season.

Stay tuned to see who will be named the Visionman Players of the Week and if any members have won the gaming PC this week. We’ll update you as soon as the players of the week are announced.

For all other NFL and sports updates, check out the TMRzoo Sports Zone.

See you next week.