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Famous Name Faceoff: Colts 101 Weekly Pick’em Wild Card Edition

January 3rd, 2014 at 1:57 AM
By Steven Wright

Playoff time.

And it couldn't have arrived any sooner for our tastes, being the perfect time of year.

For Chris Brown, it's a chance at a fresh start with a clean slated record after a disappointing regular season.

I won the year long competition, finishing with a 167-88 record, 20 games better than Chris. However, he is riding a lot of momentum heading into the postseason, finishing strong with a 14-2 record in week 17.

For 12 teams, the time starts now on their final descent towards a championship. In the next 11 games, Chris and I get another chance at bragging rights.

As always, we select games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.

Onto our Wild Card weekend picks:

Kansas City at Indianapolis

Chris: Colts – Indianapolis was clearly the better team in the first meeting, and I don't see a big difference for this one. The Colts should come out strong.

Steven: Colts – Indianapolis is as healthy as they've been in awhile. I'm never a fan of sitting guys for an entire game when you already know your placement. Staying sharp is critical for long term success. The Colts make enough stops of Jamaal Charles to shut down the Chiefs' attack.

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Famous Name Faceoff: Colts 101 Weekly Pick’em Week 17

December 27th, 2013 at 11:03 PM
By Steven Wright

It's playoff time.

Yes, it's the last week of the regular season, but the postseason essentially begins Sunday when teams will be fighting for their lives and a chance to put themselves in position for at least one more game to be played while everyone else goes home.

If there was any postseason here at Colts 101, the positions were known weeks ago.

Chris Brown gave a valiant effort in his first year of the pick'em contest, but I was able to win the competition for the first time in the third season of the competition. Heading into the final week, I sit at 156-83, with Chris at 133-106.

Chris will look to make it respectable this week, as well as provide hope for some teams who need a lot of it to make the playoffs, while myself will continue to keep my picking skills sharp as we head into postseason.

As always, we select games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.

Onto our week 17 picks:

Carolina at Atlanta

Chris: Panthers – Helps Cam Newton will continue to play, and should win by at least 17.

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Famous Name Faceoff: Colts 101 Weekly Pick’em Week 16

December 21st, 2013 at 1:49 AM
By Steven Wright

A surprise collection of NFL games in week 15 helped produce the first time in five weeks Chris Brown or myself failed to select 10 games correctly.

It also did not do Chris any favors in trying to play catch up late in the year, as he fell further behind for the third straight week.

Chris is now a season high 20 games back, sitting at 125-98, with myself at 145-78 this year.

As always, we select games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.

Onto our week 16 picks:

Miami at Buffalo

Chris: Dolphins – Miami has a chance for the playoffs officially now, and should play their hearts out.

Steven: Dolphins – Thad Lewis is not anything up to par for what Buffalo wants to do.

New Orleans at Carolina

Chris: Panthers – Cam Newton will make sure they're ready to go in a tight game.

Steven: Panthers – New Orleans has road troubles just as we saw against St. Louis.

Minnesota at Cincinnati

Chris: Vikings – Cincinnati against a struggling team was bad last week, and any given Sunday these things happen.

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Famous Name Faceoff: Colts 101 Weekly Pick’em Week 15

December 12th, 2013 at 7:12 PM
By Steven Wright

The NFL playoff race continues to heat up as we head into the final three weeks of the season.

However, the Colts 101 pick'em competition is all but over.

Steven went a magnificent 14-2 last week, correctly picking all seven games that he and Chris Brown differed on to nearly seal the deal in the year-long contest.

Sitting at 136-71 for the season, Steven now holds an 18-game lead on Chris, who is at 118-89, with 48 games left to decide between the two of us. In other words, Chris needs to get over one-third of the final games right over Steven to have a chance.

It won't stop either from attempting to get the best record they can in picking games this season though, as Chris has plainly stated it's going to be a fight to the end.

As always, we select games straight up, and not for gambling purposes.

Onto our week 15 picks:

(NOTE: The remainder of selections from Chris will be included prior to the start of games on Sunday.)

San Diego at Denver

Chris: Broncos – Simplifying this pick as plainly picking the better squad.

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AFC South Spiraling Downward to Bottom of NFL

December 12th, 2013 at 5:42 PM
By Steven Wright

The AFC South has seen a steady decline in the quality of its teams since the 2007 NFL season, but this season is hitting a low in the last six years.

Nearly going overshadowed by the New England Patriots 16-0 regular season, the AFC South in 2007 had the best year of its 12-season existence and possibly of any division in history, sending three teams to the playoffs, all of whom finished above .500. It even saw its fourth-place finisher end up at 8-8.

Since that season, the Colts have been the division's only wild-card participant on two occasions, and have made six of the nine total playoff appearances by AFC South teams.

With the Colts set to make that seven out of 10 in already wrapping up the division crown in 2013, a deeper look around the league shows they hold the honor of being the only division champion so far, and have had a rather easy road in doing so.

The NFC East had been the clubhouse leader for most of this season, with its leader hovering around or being at .500 for several weeks.

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