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Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:11

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 14

And just as quickly as I took back the lead, I bid it farewell once again.

Week 13 was not kind to me; I managed a subpar 7-9 record on the week. Stella didn’t have her best showing either, but her 9-7 was enough to turn my one-game lead into a one-game deficit. She’s on top again … and I haven’t got much time left to rectify that.

Of course, weeks like Week 14 certainly help. We’re once again at odds on fully half of the slate; eight games on which we disagree. Hopefully, that will serve to help my case this time around; if not, I could be looking at a tough hill to climb in the season’s final stretch.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:56

Patriots Progress Report - Third Quarter 2019

Safe to say that the New England Patriots team of the past four weeks isn’t quite the dominant force it was over the season’s first half. 2-2 isn’t the worst thing in the world – especially if it puts you at double-digit wins – but there’s no disputing that the Pats have come back to the pack.

Much of the onus for that regression has to be laid on the offense – the team has struggled to score and things seem just a bit … off. The defense has largely maintained its high level of performance, though they did show glimpses of what this team might look like if that D struggles.

Still, New England remains comfortable atop the AFC East, with a two-game cushion over Buffalo. This stretch did see them cede their spot as overall top seed in the conference, however. Regardless, this is a playoff team, even if their general performance this last month wasn’t quite up to par.

Let’s look at the month that was, shall we?

On to the Progress Report.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces the list of semifinalists for their Class of 2020 last week.

Leading the way among the first-year eligible are safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis. The trio is joined by 22 other hopefuls looking toward induction.

The list of 25 is to be trimmed to 15 in early January; after that, the selection committee will then choose five honorees from the remaining finalists. The Class of 2020 will be officially announced on Feb. 1 – the day before Super Bowl LIV.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:13

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 13

And look at that – I’m back on top!

Granted, it’s just one game, thanks to my 10-4 week. Stella did just fine at 9-5, but it wasn’t quite enough. And so I’ve regained my lead. Again – good weeks for both of us … just slightly better for me.

That could all change pretty quickly here in Week 13. Stella and I are at odds on eight games – fully half of the full 16-game slate. That’s a lot of room for one of us to make a move, although with the even number, we could just as easily wind up with another push.

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:35

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 12

And just like that, we’re back to square one.

Thanks to a stellar 11-3 week from Stella and a slightly-less-stellar 9-5 out of me, Kibbles and Picks is officially all tied up. We can basically just forget the first three months of the season and move forward from here.

And there doesn’t look to be a ton of movement after Week 12; Stella and I differ on just five of the week’s 14 games. That said, if one of us really crushes it, we can open up a not-insignificant lead. Regardless, since we’re at odds on an odd number, the tie will be no more. Someone will be winning at this time next week – it just remains to be seen who that might be.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 14:00

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 11

That was … bad.

I came out on top in Week 10, but my 6-7 record is hardly worth bragging about. Stella did just one game worse at 5-8, which doubles my lead and put me two games up on the season. Again – it’s a net win, but there’s nothing to be proud of about any of this.

Let’s hope that we see a rebound here in Week 11. We’re at odds on half-a-dozen of the week’s 14 contests. I’d call it an opportunity for one of us to make a big move, but the reality is that neither one of us has truly shined this season. For now, let’s just assume that this NFL season has been less predictable than usual thus far and this week will be the week that we start to lock it in.

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 15:00

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 10

It really has been an up-and-down year here at Kibbles and Picks.

Week 9 saw Stella put up a solid 9-5 record, while I lagged behind at a mere 7-7. That two-game bump cuts my season lead back down to a single solitary game. Things are just about as close as they can be.

And there’s a surprising amount of room for movement here in Week 10. While there are just 13 games on the slate, Stella and I differ on over half of them – seven, to be exact. It’s the kind of week that lends itself to a big shift in the standings. In which direction? Well, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:10

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 9

Things are getting serious.

No change in the overall picture – I maintain my three-game cushion – but that’s only because Stella and I matching killer weeks, with each of us going 12-3. I can only hope I won’t need to maintain this pace, because I don’t believe I have it in me.

Week 9 is another slate where we don’t disagree all that much. We’re at odds in just six of the 14 contests; not a lot. Still, if one of us happens to hit, we could nevertheless make a move.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:43

Patriots Progress Report 2019 – Halftime

What do you even say at this point?

The Patriots somehow managed to dominate the competition even more thoroughly in the season’s second quarter. The last four games have seen New England ruthlessly dispatch every team they faced, never winning a game by fewer than two touchdowns and often winning by more than three.

This team is 8-0 and has yet to really break a sweat. There’s no question that the schedule gets more difficult from here on in – you’d think that there would have to be some regression eventually, particularly on the defensive side. And yet … will there? We’ve never seen anything quite like it.

And if the Pats should fall back to Earth a little going forward, well – we’ll always have the first half.

On to the Progress Report.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 13:44

Kibbles and Picks 2019 - Week 8

Now we’re talking.

Thanks to a clutch 11-3 record this week, I’ve added to my season lead over Stella. I gained two games, courtesy of Stella’s still-quite-good 9-5; my lead is now up to three. It has been some time since I approached the midseason mark with a lead; I’m just crossing my fingers that I’m able to maintain.

There shouldn’t be a ton of movement this week – Stella and I differ on just six of the week’s 15-contest slate. Of course, there’s nothing to say that one of us won’t go five-for-six and make a four-game move.

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