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Hognostications Counterpoint NFL Week 11

By Mark Solway | November 14th, 2006

Hognostications Counterpoint NFL Week 11 So, where do the Hognosticators stand after 10 weeks in the NFL season? According to the Pool History , the following Hognosticators have won on a weekly basis: Week 1: TincoSkin Week 2: CLL Week 3: Cvillehog Week 4: theoneandonly9 Week 5: Scottish Hog Week 6: Kearney420 Week 7: gus Week 8: joebagadonuts Week 10: 1niksdeR Interestingly nobody has been able to win twice since the MNF score tie breaker was introduced. I notice also that JPM36, the leader in the Season Standings , has not won a single week. He has been third only once during week 4. But he has been consistently good in his percentages throughout the entire season. We have had some significant movements throughout these 10 weeks. Do you remember the prehistoric days when Redeemed was somewhere near the top of the standings? How far back does that sound? Well, let me tell you: exactly 10 games from the lead at this time with the gap widening week after week. There have been other less predictable changes in fortune. How about CLL? It looked for a while as if he could do no wrong whatsoever. A couple of disastrous weeks later, he finds himself in a more than decent fourth place and only four games from the lead. But it looked for a while that -nobody- could catch up to him. On the side of rising trends, how about 1niksdeR? His excellent and very unconventional picks have propelled him to the top of the standings over the last three weeks. He is living proof that going against the grain and conventional wisdom is a good thing in today’s NFL. There are also some interesting family connections to speak about. I am not going to say that they truly reveal who is the expert at home and who is the wannabe but … oops, I said it. NikiH is ahead of JansenFan by two games and SkinsChic is ahead of Jake by three games. Nothing that could not be recovered before the end of the season by the ones on the lower side of this friendly competition but still a bit of an incentive to go on. Another trend that has developed over the last ten weeks is the general tightening of the scores at the top of the table. There are 14 Hognosticators within five games from the lead between 83 and 78 wins (without week 9). From what we have learned during this rather unpredictable season, a difference of five games can happen any week between any combinations of Hognosticators. How are we doing vis-à-vis other media experts? As usual, some of our players are better, others are not. The scores for the ESPN crowd this week are: Schlereth 10 – 6 Theismann 10 – 5 Allen 9 – 7 Golic 9 – 7 Mortensen 9 – 7 Salisbury 8 – 8 Hoge 8 – 8 Jaworski 8 – 8 Compared to our scores in the Weekly Standings : 1 1niksder 10 – 6 2 SkinsChic 9 – 7 3 airhog 9 – 7 3 ArizonaHog 9 – 7 5 JSPB22 9 – 7 5 REDEEMEDSKIN 9 – 7 7 Jeremy81 9 – 7 8 Redskin in Canada 9 – 7 9 skins2win 9 – 7 10 EA7649 9 – 7 11 Mursilis 9 – 7 12 juansushi 9 – 7 13 riggins85 8 – 8 14 funbunch 8 – 8 14 HOSS 8 – 8 14 JPM36 8 – 8 14 SkinsJock 8 – 8 18 hailskins666 8 – 8 19 Countertrey 8 – 8 20 Fios 8 – 8 21 UK Skins Fan 7 – 9 22 TexasHog 7 – 9 23 Thaiphoon 7 – 9 24 bluskinsfanforeve 7 – 9 24 Cappster 7 – 9 24 gus 7 – 9 24 Justice HOG 7 – 9 24 NikiH 7 – 9 29 JansenFan 7 – 9 29 theoneandonly9 7 – 9 29 wbbradb 7 – 9 32 DCGloryYears82879 7 – 9 33 CLL 7 – 9 34 TincoSkin 7 – 9 35 FFA 7 – 9 36 rick301 7 – 9 37 Dangerfield 7 – 9 38 Jake 6 – 10 38 tazlah 6 – 10 40 joebagadonuts 6 – 10 The only conclusion I can draw from these comparisons is that the “experts” find the NFL this season just as unpredictable as the rest of us do, some of them even worse. 😈 The games for NFL Week 11 and my picks (compare them with Texas Hog’s own HERE ): Sunday, November 19 (ET) Vikings at Dolphins 1:00 PM Pick – Miami Raiders at Chiefs 1:00 PM Pick – Kansas City Titans at Eagles 1:00 PM Pick – Philadelphia Bengals at Saints 1:00 PM Pick – Cincinnati Steelers at Browns 1:00 PM Pick – Pittsburgh Bears at Jets 1:00 PM Pick – Chicago Patriots at Packers 1:00 PM Pick – New England Falcons at Ravens 1:00 PM Pick – Baltimore Rams at Panthers 1:00 PM Pick – Carolina Redskins at Buccaneers 1:00 PM Pick – Washington Bills at Texans 1:00 PM Pick – Buffalo Seahawks at 49ers 4:05 PM Pick – Seattle Lions at Cardinals 4:05 PM Pick – Arizona Colts at Cowboys 4:15 PM Pick – Indianapolis Chargers at Broncos 8:15 PM Pick – San Diego Monday, November 20 (ET) Giants at Jaguars 8:30 PM Pick – Jacksonville You can post your picks in this thread BUT you MUST fill the official Picksheet in the Hognostications Secton for them to count. The deadline for submission this week is Friday November 17 (9:00…

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