It was fun for a week to not have the field halved. But alas, four becomes two.
Chunk51 went with a seemingly safe pick — the Patriots at home against the Chargers. Final score: Chargers 41, Patriots 17. It was New England's worst home loss in ... quite some time.
Meanwhile, Zach Baker chimed in at the last minute with a Jacksonville over Denver prognostication. The Broncos' 20-7 triumph over Jacksonville included two touchdowns. By an offensive tackle.
I don't think the NFL likes having all these participants in the game. But the league got its wish, and we're down to two.
Chelsea Lou. Joel Hammond.
Chelsea made it safely by picking the Ravens to beat the Jets, given New York's injury woes. And the Gang Green hung around until the 4th quarter when Baltimore put them away with a Jamal Lewis touchdown to win 13-3.
Meanwhile, Joel picked an even closer game, Tampa over Detroit, although the odds were heavily leaned towards the Bucs. They eeked out a controversial 17-13 won over the Lions, and one call the other way could have made Chelsea the victor.
So on with our final two pickers.
If both finalists are wrong, they will pick again the next week. (It's kind of like the National Spelling Bee.)
Here's how our finalists stand:
Both finalists have used the Bucs (4-0) and the Colts (4-0).
Chelsea has used the Eagles (3-1) and the Ravens (1-2).
Joel has used the Steelers (2-1) and the Bengals (4-0).
Here's this week's slate of games (unpickables are italicized):
1:00 p.m.: Patriots (2-2) at Falcons (3-1)
1:00 p.m.: Dolphins (2-1) at Bills (1-3)
1:00 p.m.: Bears (1-2) at Browns (1-2)
1:00 p.m.: Ravens (1-2) at Lions (1-2)
1:00 p.m.: Saints (2-2) at Packers (0-4)
1:00 p.m.: Seahawks (2-2) at Rams (2-2)
1:00 p.m.: Buccaneers (4-0) at Jets (1-3)
1:00 p.m.: Titans (1-3) at Texans (1-3)
4:05 p.m.: Colts (4-0) at 49ers (1-3)
4:15 p.m.: Eagles (3-1) at Cowboys (2-2)
4:15 p.m.: Redskins (3-0) at Broncos (3-1)
4:15 p.m.: Panthers (2-2) at Cardinals (1-3)
8:30 p.m.: Bengals (4-0) at Jaguars (2-2)
MNF: Steelers (2-1) at Chargers (2-2)
Bye week: Raiders (1-3), Vikings (1-3), Giants (3-1), Chiefs (2-2)