The TMRzoo “Beat the House” Week 15 picks and predictions are live. The House was all over the membership in week 14, picking 14 games correctly over the member’s mere 11. It marked the second consecutive House win… the first time that has hapened in 2008. The Madden 09 simulation on the Xbox 360 tied the membership with 11. Get your week 15 picks in now and try your best to Beat the House, win some cool prizes, and move up the TMR Leaderboard in the process. Even if you haven’t played at all so far this season, you are still eligible to win some of the weekly prizes.
Here we go. It’s the second week of December football and the big boys are going to need to roll out their A-games to secure some playoff spots. Three division crowns have already been awarded, and another two can be secured in week 15.
The race for the AFC East title should pan out to be an interesting one. Currently, the Jets, Dolphins and Pats are all tied at 8-5 and there is a very good chance that the two also-rans won’t even make it into the playoffs with the Colts and Ravens currently in the lead for the two wildcard slots. None of the AFC East contenders play each other this week, but the Jets host Miami in the final week of the season.
There are three huge inter-division games this weekend, all with playoff implications. The early game is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are still very much in contention to win the division, but looks unlikely for both as Carolina currently holds that spot. The two appear to be the front-runners for the two wildcard slots. Unfortunately, they play each other this weekend and someone will come away with a loss. If the Falcons don’t win, they’ll fall back into a muddled wildcard pack, whereas the Bucs could survive the loss a little better.
The second big game is the Ravens hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers. A win will give the Steelers the division crown. If Baltimore can win, they’ll pull into a first place tie with Pittsburgh and if they stay there, we’d have to go deep into the tie-breaking process because the team’s records against the division and conference are very similar. It should be a great game that everyone should tune into if they can.
Finally, in a Sunday night showdown, the Dallas Cowboys are hosting the New York football Giants. The Giants have already locked up the division and most-likely a first round bye, but the Boys are still fighting for their playoff lives. The #1 seed is still not secured yet for the Giants, and they play the Panthers next week… the other team trying for that top seed. The Giants can’t lay down or take the Cowboys lightly, so it should be a great prime-time contest. A loss would most likely keep the Cowboys out of the playoffs.
Enjoy the weekend!
Beat the House
The rules of “Beat the House” are easy… Each week, our resident football genius will predict the outcome of all the week’s games. You, the members, agree or disagree with the “House” picks in hopes to achieve a better set of picks for the week. If the collective membership predicts more games correctly, then the House is beaten and prizes are awarded. What prizes? You’ll have to read on below.
Every member’s total picks will be tracked over the course of the season and displayed on the weekly leaderboard. At the end of the season, the member with the most correct overall picks will be named the grand prize winner. (Grand Prize sponsor is yet to be determined.)
Sound easy enough? It is. The best part is that there are no entry fees and no obligations. All you have to do is register in the TMR forums because we track your picks using that screen name… so choose it wisely.
If the House is beaten, one random member will win a DVD prize pack containing at least 3-5 DVDs. The pack will include at least one current-release DVD. Be on the look out for special releases and box sets as well. Again, this is only awarded to a member IF the collective membership Beats that House for that given week.
The member with the most correct picks each week is guaranteed a new Pro Grip Football, courtesy of NERF. If more than one member leads the pack in any given week, ties will be broken by overall picks on the year. Winners can choose from 7 pre-selected NFL team footballs. Not all NFL teams are available.
Along with the transition to the new site comes an exciting twist to the weekly activities. After members have made their weekly game selections, it is time to participate in the “Visionman Players of the Week”. Members guess who they think will be named the offensive and defensive players of the week. If both of those players are named as the NFL players of the week for that specific week, the member is awarded a Widow WGMI-1NG700 Intel Gaming PC, pictured above, from Widow PC. Please, PLEASE read the official rules for this part of the contest… espeically the spelling part.
For full system specifications on the Visionman Players of the Week prize PC, click here or the link above. Check out visionman.com to see everything else our friends at Visionman have to offer.
The Playboy.com Perfect Pick Set
Perfection is not easy to come by in the NFL… just ask the 2007 New England Patriots. If a member picks a perfect week, they should be rewarded. Our friends at Playboy and Playboy.com understand and appreciate perfection, so they will be awarding a full one-year subscription to the Playboy.com Cyber Club (a $240 value) to any member who guesses every game correctly in any given week. To be eligible for the Playboy.com Perfect Prize pack, you must be 18 years of age or older and must confirm that age using a valid credit card. Don’t worry, the membership is still on them.
So how does all that sound? All you have to do is register in the TMRzoo forums (if you haven’t already) and visit the Beat the House weekly picks page to make your selections. Tune back in on Tuesday, and every Tuesday throughout the season, to see the updated leaderboard and where you rank against The House and the rest of the membership.
If you’ve missed out on weeks 1 through 14, don’t worry, you still can win all of the prizes described above. Enter Now!!