And we're back for week 4. Apologies for the delay in getting this newest round of games up. We've got what I think is a very intriguing group of games that could be tough to call.
Once again, thanks to everybody for following the formatting rules. We had one late entrant who didn't for one game and wasn't given credit for it. So, make sure to follow the rules. Since people have been doing such a good job with the formatting, I've moved the rules to the bottom of the post. Keep up the good work with the formatting and all will be well in the world.
This week's games will likely tell us whether some of these upstart teams are contenders or pretenders. One of the games I find myself most interested in is Dallas at Denver. The Broncos are 3-0, while the Cowboys remain a bit of a question mark (both wins being over less than stellar teams). Another matchup has the Jets heading to New Orleans in a huge battle of 3-0 squads.
Also, just a reminder that as always all times listed are pacific. On to the games.
St. Louis @ 49ers - Sunday 10/4 1:15pm
Green Bay @ Minnesota - MNF 10/5 5:30pm
San Diego @ Pittsburgh - SNF 10/4 5:20pm
Baltimore @ New England - Sunday 10/4 10:00am
NY Jets @ New Orleans - Sunday 10/4 1:05pm
Dallas @ Denver - Sunday 10/4 1:15pm
IMPORTANT NEW RULE
Up until now, folks have just posted their scores in any particular fashion, although howtheyscored has made requests for a specific format. Given the amount of time and effort howtheyscored has to put into determining the final results, I am implementing a requirement for how to format your scores (based on the spreadsheet howtheyscored has created). If you fail to follow this format, any incorrectly formatted scores for the week will be disqualified. The format is "Team A @ Team B: A score - B score." That basically is visitor @ home: visitor score - home score." Here's an example of how to do it:
Using Baltimore @ New England below, if you think New England will win 24-14, here's how it HAS to look:
Baltimore @ New England: 14 - 24
If you think Baltimore will win 24-14, it needs to appear as this:
Baltimore @ New England: 24 - 14
If you'd like you can bold the winner (Baltimore @ New England: 14 - 24), but that is not required (although probably a good backup in case you reversed the score by accident.
If you make a mistake in the formatting I'll reply to your score reminding you to correct it. To correct it, simply reply to your picks and post them in the correct format. Do not post your scores again at the bottom of the thread. I'll make sure and include these directions each week so people do not forgot and lose out on points. As I mentioned above, we're doing this to make howtheyscored's life easier in figuring out the scores. The # of regular commenters has increased dramatically since last season, so we're anticipating a greater # of prediction contest participants. While this is a new rule, I don't think it's all that difficult for folks to follow it.
If anybody has any questions at all about this, or anything related to the contest, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll answer them.