It’s only Thursday, but since the generous Juggle holiday schedule means we have Christmas Eve off, we’re running our football picks today. Lucky you! Also, for various end-of-the-year reasons, we’re taking next week off from posting altogether. This means that this will sadly be our last regular season NFL picks post.
As you may recall, we began the 2010 NFL season with a simple mission: to find the best and easiest way to win your office/family/other group’s football pool. (You know, the one you play for fun and definitely not for money.) While we’ve had our ups and downs, as the regular season begins to come to a close we’re happy to say that we’ve found what seems to be the optimal solution. Here it is:
Each week, use the picks of the ESPN “expert” who had the best record the previous week.
That’s really all there is to it. Take last week as an example. In Week 14 (2 weeks ago), “expert” Merril Hoge went 13-3. Since that was the best ESPN “expert” record that week we used his picks for the next week, Week 15. Using Hoge’s Week 15 picks, we went 11-5, which we think was pretty good. Since Hoge didn’t have the best Week 15 picks overall, however, this week, we’re using Chris Mortensen‘s picks (he was 12-4 last week). How will Chris do this week? While we can’t be sure, we’re confident he’ll have one of this week better records, which is of course why the system works.
Take a look at Mortensen’s picks, which are of course now our picks, as well as our baseless rationalizations of said picks, after the jump.
(Just like we’ve been doing all along, we’ll list the predicted winner of each game in bold and italics. Keep in mind we didn’t actually make any of the picks ourselves, but are instead using ESPN “expert” Chris Mortensen’s picks since he had the best record last week.)
Ravens at Browns
This game gets confusing if you remember that Baltimore used to be Cleveland and that the current Cleveland team is really an expansion team. If it’s all too much, just remember that the Ravens are good and the Browns are pretty bad.
Titans at Chiefs
Back in September, when Tennessee looked like a contender and Kansas City was a joke, this game would have looked very different. As recently as October it might have been close. Now it looks like a Chiefs blowout.
49ers at Rams
In the battleground that is the NFC West, each of these teams with a losing record can win out and make the playoffs. Although they’re on the road in St. Louis, Chris Mortensen thinks San Francisco will win this one.
As we mentioned up top, this will be our last set of NFL picks this season. It’s been a wonderful one, and we’re happy you could join us. We’ll be back in January for lots more fun, but until then, have a wonderful holiday and a safe, happy New Year.
And one last time, hey-let’s be careful out there.