Last week saw the introduction of a new column here on PhinPhanatic.com, with a staff picks segment. With so many terrible teams this season, the picks are either murky to wade through or completely obvious in most cases. That said, it’s why they play the game as any team can win on any given Sunday.
Anyone can go through the matchups for the week and click a checkbox, it takes a lot to think through not only who we believe will win, but also what we believe the final score will be. The staff here has done a phenomenal job in their first week, and hopefully we see this continue here in week 5.
Last week, we had an intriguing week as far as picks go, but as a collective group our average scores brought the collective to a combined 11-4 record on the week – not bad for our first staff picks ever! This is represented in the standings by the “Staff Avg” entry under “Staff Member.” The “Exact” category will highlight any predictions where we hit the score precisely, and the “Within 3″ category will highlight any picks that were made where BOTH sides of the score were within 3 points.
As you can see, Tyler, Paul & the Staff Average all came in tied for first in the Win/Loss column at 11-4. Paul had the only exact score prediction (Giants/KC game), while Tyler and Dale-Paul both had 3 predictions that were nearly spot on in the “Within 3″ category. Only Alex came in wth a losing record this week, just missing by 1 game.
Next week, we’ll be adding a cumulative running total throughout the season that will incorporate all previous weeks.