ANNOUNCEMENT - Bracket Predictions Update
This year a new contest was added, the bracket predictions. Players had to predict the rankings of each division and the teams that would be present in each playoff round as well as the Super Bowl winner. The total of 59 entries for each of the 30 participants (five of them have incomplete brackets) was recorded here, so let's review how the season has played out so far.
AFC East: NE, BUF, MIA, NYJ
Who got it right: impertinence, MTZehvor, WiiStation360
Comment: A very predictable winner, but a lot of uncertainty surrounding the other three teams because all of them seemed mediocre at best. In the end Buffalo surprised most people, so only three people got the order right.
AFC North: PIT, CIN, BAL, CLE
Who got it right: BlowoverKing, Carl2291, Chris Hu, CityOfNoobs, Farsala, gergroy, ljigga, MTZehvor, NinjaBlade360, WiiStation360
Comment: A very predictable loser, but a lot of uncertainty surrounding the other three teams because all of them had the potential to reach the playoffs and win the division title. That ten people got this one right is quite a feat.
AFC South: IND, HOU, JAC, TEN
Who got it right: burninmylight, Carl2291, CityOfNoobs, NinjaBlade360, noname2200, RolStoppable, WiiStation360
Comment: A very predictable winner, but a lot of uncertainty surrounding the other three teams because they all were expected to suck. Seven people being correct is a decent number.
AFC West: DEN, KC, SD, OAK
Who got it right: arcane_chaos, Arkaign, BlowoverKing, CityOfNoobs, DolPhanTendo, impertinence, ljigga, LudicrousSpeed, VancelX, WiiStation360
Comment: A very, very, very predictable winner and loser, only the two teams in the middle were a toss-up. Ten people got it right, but this is less impressive than the AFC North. WiiStation360 got the entire AFC right and that makes him the only one who has been flawless for either conference.
NFC East: DAL, PHI, NYG, WAS
Who got it right: LudicrousSpeed, VancelX
Comment: Deemed as the hardest-to-predict division and rightly so. Not only did only two people get it right, but ten players were wrong across the board.
NFC North: GB, DET, MIN, CHI
Who got it right: CityOfNoobs
Comment: A predictable winner, but the rest of the order failed most people because Chicago's spectacular collapse on offense was unforeseen. This allowed Minnesota to finish in third, something that hardly anyone expected.
NFC South: CAR, NO, ATL, TB
Who got it right: N/A
Comment: It was a rollercoaster ride because of rampant suckiness in the division. In the end Carolina reigned supreme because they finished with a convincing streak of four wins that included embarrassing their rivals on their own turf. At least Tampa Bay lived up to expectations.
NFC West: SEA, ARI, SF, STL
Who got it right: BlowoverKing, Burek, CityOfNoobs, DolPhanTendo, gergroy, ljigga, noname2200, Zelhawks37
Comment: Similar to the AFC West, for most people the only question was who would be second and third. It was without a doubt the easiest NFC division to predict which is why eight people got this one right, compared to only three for the other three divisions combined.
Now let's take a look at the rankings. Each correct entry is worth one point. CityOfNoobs posts an impressive score (.750), especially when you consider that only ten people got over half of the entries right. However, the vast majority of players still has chances to move into the top 10, provided they made good playoff predictions.
On to the postseason. We already know the 12 playoff teams, so let's see who got that right.
AFC Playoffs: NE, DEN, PIT, IND, CIN, BAL
Who got it right: N/A
Five out of six: Blacksaber, BlowoverKing, Burek, Carl2291, chocoloco, Chris Hu, CityOfNoobs, Farsala, FatedReality, gergroy, Level1Death, ljigga, LudicrousSpeed, MTZehvor, noname2200, RolStoppable, VancelX, WiiStation360, Zelhawks37
Comment: While nobody was perfect, 19 people getting five out of six right is still a very good number. This is a reflection of the AFC being much easier to predict in general.
NFC Playoffs: SEA, GB, DAL, CAR, ARI, DET
Who got it right: N/A
Five out of six: N/A
Four out of six: BlowoverKing, ljigga, noname2200, WiiStation360
Comment: The results speak for themselves. Everyone got burned by the NFC South. Thank God that at least Seattle delivered.
The updated rankings show only minor shifts in positions. If two players were tied in points, the one who got more playoff teams right is listed in a higher rank. 44 of 59 entries have been completed, so there are only 15 points left to hand out. BlowoverKing, burninmylight, IamAwsome, lolz2222222222222222 and VisionarySine are already out of steam because they didn't predict beyond the wild-card weekend. CityOfNoobs will likely lose his lead due to misguided NFC East fanboyism.
This was the last announcement post of this week. Thanks for reading.