The TMRzoo “Beat the House” Week 16 picks and predictions are live. The House returned to it’s losing ways in week 15, picking only 9 games correctly over the member’s 11. The Madden 09 simulation on the Xbox 360 tied the membership with 11. Get your week 16 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 in these final two weeks.
The herd has been thinned down to 18. 18 teams have either locked up a playoff spot or are still in the running for one. I expect a few more to drop after week 16.
There are two huge contests this weekend, one in each conference, and both are for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Titans host the Steelers in an early game on Sunday and in the Sunday evening game, Carolina will head to New York to take on the Giants.
The Titans and Giants have led their respective conferences all season long and finally, in these last few weeks, another team has just about caught up with them. In the case of the Giants/Panthers game, this game conclusively decides the #1 seed in the conference, no matter what happens next week. It is not as absolute with the Steelers/Titans since the Steelers would enter a tie when… I mean if, they should be victorious over Tennessee. So there is a possibility that the Steelers could lose next week and the Titans win, but guess which of them is playing the “already in the offseason” Browns and which has to travel to Indianapolis to play the hottest team in the league.
The Giants can actually fall all the way down to the 3 seed. If they lose this weekend, they play the Vikings in week 17, who could finish with 11 wins also, but would hold the tie-breaker in a head-to-head victory. As for the Titans, they have already locked up a first round bye.
There are plenty of playoff-caliber games this weekend, and most of them are featured. The NFL Network is hosting a Thursday/Saturday combo that includes three potential playoff teams still fighting for their lives. The Colts should be able to lock up their spot Thursday night, but the Ravens/Cowboys contest on Saturday could send the loser home packing for vacation.
Three of the four 4:00 games have playoff ramifications. The Vikings hosting the Falcons is the only with in which both teams have a stake. The Eagles and Jets take on teams that have been sprialling for some time now… although Philly is heading to Washington to play the Redskins. A division game this late in the season is never easy.
I hope you all have been enjoying the new edition of Beat the House this season. The House, and all of the TMR Zoo staff, wish you all the Happiest and safest of Holidays.
Enjoy the football weekend and the Holiday!
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.
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 15, don’t worry, you still can win all of the prizes described above. Enter Now!!