Try to Not Laugh (The Disappointment of a Loss)

    (/bshrout shakes his head)  My percentage is holding steady this week.  I went 8-5 this week, which makes me 59-39 (60%) overall.  I was surprised by a few of the results.

    Looking back at Week 8: Who knew that St. Louis would upset Detroit at home?  Raise your hand if you expected Philadelphia to destroy the Giants.  I never would have expected Vince Young to rally Tennessee to a win the way he did (even if the formula had predicted it).  Nor would I have expected the schizophrenic Panthers to beat the Cards.  So far as our game goes, I had stated in other places that I could see the game going either way -- though, I must admit, I expected it to be more in the nature of a defensive struggle with whichever team had the ball last winning.  I did not anticipate our O-line getting so thoroughly dismantled.  It seemed like every run had a defender hitting the running back in the backfield, and every throw was made either with a defender hanging on Orton, or Orton rolling out for his life.  But that's neither here nor there since we still have 9 weeks left.

    This week, I'm adding two more statistics to the formula to see if they might increase accuracy: Give Away/Take Away Differential and Penalties.  We'll see what happens.

Now, on to Week 9 Predictions:

Bye:    Buf, Min, NYJ, Oak, SL, Cle

Washington 0 @ Atlanta 23
Miami 14 @ New England 40
Kansas City 3 @ Jacksonville 14
Houston 24 @ Indianapolis 47
Baltimore 22 @ Cincinnati 25
Green Bay 34 @ Tampa Bay 0
Arizona 12 @ Chicago 20

Carolina 6 @ New Orleans 55
Detroit 0 @ Seattle 9
Tennessee 0 @ San Francisco 15
San Diego 23 @ NY Giants 22
Dallas 24 @ Philadelphia 41

Pittsburgh 19 @ Denver 31

A couple of places where I disagree with the results generated by the formula:  I could see Kansas City taking the game away from Jacksonville, Houston surprising Indianapolis, Baltimore dropping Cincinnati, and Detroit upsetting Seattle.  I also think the Pittsburgh game will be another dog fight, but I believe we have a good chance of coming out on top of that one.

Now we'll see how it goes.  :)

13-3 Until We Ain't!!!!!!

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