Posted by: Dakota on 09/13/2013 at 2:39 pm. Filed under News, Sports.

After I Had a Solid Start in Week 1 (3-1-1 ats) This Week Could Separate the Men from the Boys!

As I mentioned last week I finally took the plunge and entered the Las Vegas Hilton NFL contest this year to match my handicapping skills against others around the country – this year they broke the number of entries which totaled 1034 players putting up $1500 dollars each making a prize pool of $1,551,000.  The top 30 places will get paid with about $550k going to 1st place! In the past the winner has predicted about 66% of its selections picking 5 games every week against the spread.  So in theory if you can somehow go 3-2 every week or 13-7 every 4 weeks then you have a shot on getting part of that prize pool!

Last week I ended up going 3-1-1 against the spread as my winners came from Denver -7.5 over Baltimore, Miami +1 over Cleveland, and Dallas -3.5 over Giants….my loss came from Pitt who just went the wrong way after Pouncey got hurt and was lost for the season…finally I pushed with Chicago -3 over Cinn thanks to a Sanu fumble with Cinn on the move late to increase their lead and a great touchdown catch by Brandon Marshall to put the Bears up 3 in the 4th quarter.

Week 1 results were kind of crazy with only 3 entries going 5-0 and on the flip side 57 entries went 0-5 – pretty remarkable if you ask me…. anyways my 3-1-1 record (1 point for each win and .5 for pushes) gives me 3.5 points which places me tied in the 45th spot out of the 1034.  8 entries did go 4-0-1, 33 went 4-1 and 35 players did what I did going 3-1-1 for 3.5 points – 52 players went 0-4-1.

This week’s card doesn’t look as easy in my eyes as last weeks did but nonetheless I still need to come up with 5 picks that I feel have a shot at covering the spread.  Here is what I’m going with:

Week 2 Selections

Carolina -3 over Buffalo

KC -3 over Dallas

TB + 3 over NO

Giants + 4.5 over Denver

Seattle – 3 over SF

Here below is the link to the contest – they have the weekly standings (I’m listed as and they post everyone’s selections Saturday late afternoon.

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