I've been wanting to try this for a while, so here goes:
The goal is simple--pick the winners of as many games as possible. No spreads, just straight up winners.
(If you think Dallas beats Cleveland, pick Dallas.)
This week's games are:
Washington @ Giants
Detroit @ Atlanta
Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Seattle @ Buffalo
Jets @ Dolphins*
Kansas City @ New England
Tampa Bay @ New Orleans
St. Louis @ Philadelphia
Houston @ Pittsburgh
Jacksonville @ Tennessee
Dallas @ Cleveland
Carolina @ San Diego
Arizona @ San Francisco
Chicago @ Indianapolis
Minnesota @ Green Bay
Denver @ Oakland
The trick, though, is in the scoring: you get one point for every "player" who misses
a particular game. A "player" is anyone who registers at least one pick that week. In addition, there will be two "guest" votes each week to add points to the pot:
(1) "Majority Rules"--the team that gets the larger number of votes gets an additional vote. [If it's split 50-50, the home team gets the vote.]
(2) "Guest Pundit"--the guest pundit will pick after
all the games have been played, and will still get every pick wrong.
[This is to ensure that every game is worth at least one point.] This week's "Guest Pundit" will be "Marshall Faulk."
Also, if you forget a pick, or decide not to pick a winner, you automatically get it wrong.
Example: 18 PatsFans posters play. 12 pick Seattle, 6 pick Buffalo. MajorityRules is an extra vote for Seattle. If Seattle wins, the players who pick Seattle each get 6 + 1 (for the Guest Pundit), or 7 points. If Buffalo wins, the players who pick Buffalo each get 12 + 1 (for Majority Rules) + 1 (for the GP), or 14 points. If the game ends up a tie, the game is thrown out, and no one earns points.
The picks are due by noon ET on Sunday
. Note that games played on Thursday or Saturdays are BONUS games: if you pick them right, you get 10 points. If you pick them wrong, or miss the deadline, there's no penalty.
I want to do this all season long; I hope this goes well.
[Note: I edited to hopefully make this clearer.]