Bengals Player Pick 'Em Wk 14 vs Houston

Well I'm getting next week's thread up quickly so I can't forget to get it up in time. With my going for surgery on Wednesday there is at least the possibility that I will still be so under the weather I can't come handle the scoring and post for the next week after the game next Sunday. If that is the case, Aether will sub in for me to handle that. Of course I hope that I will recover quickly and be able to watch the game or at least handle the scoring and all. But until it's all over I won't know for sure.

OK next week we face the Texans. Let's face it, this game has defensive battle and single-digit scores (or maybe teens) written all over it. Our defense is pretty good when it isn't facing an exceptional (arguably elite, though I hate to say it) QB whose offensive linemen get away with holding every single play. What with facing a third-stringer (admittedly a pretty decent one, but he's still an inexperienced rookie) we've got a shot to hold their score fairly low. But their defense is ALSO very good and our offense hasn't looked very explosive very often of late. So I'm not exactly counting on our offense to put up a very large number of TDs either...

Please remember to un-rec the previous week's post if you rec'd it previously...

Scoring recap post from last week is repeated below the jump as well as the summary version of the rules. (Review the original full write-up of the rules here if you like.) Pick your player in the comments and have fun!

Oh man. That was just so pathetic that instead of taking time to recuperate from a disappointing loss, I had to come vent instead. Look, I know it’s hard to be a ref, I do VB games and I know it’s hard to do it right at full speed and all that. It’s hard. I understand. But these guys are also paid professionals and it is long past time for the NFL to fix this crap. The inconsistent calling of penalties from game to game and ref team to ref team has just got to stop. It’s so utterly pathetic. I saw play after play (for what part of the time I could bear to watch) in which the Steeler line was holding — or at least skirting the edge of holding — against our DL. No flags. At least 120+ yards during that second quarter and two of those TDs belong to the refs because of that. But when I flip to another station, I see plays that are less blatant and arguably less realistically holds called as holds. Two different games, two different ref calls, the exact same crap called one way by one team and the opposite by another. It’s just pathetic. It’s wrong and it costs teams games, and whether it’s my team or somebody else’s favorite team doesn’t matter. It needs to stop. It’s time and past time for the refs to put an official or two ABOVE the action, either via mobile derricks of some sort or simply watching the above-game camera angle, to correctly diagnose what is and is not a hold, is and is not illegal hands to the face, is and is not a chop block, etc.

OK, done with the venting. At least I got one small favor from this game. Because the reffing (and admittedly also the playing of our team) was so pathetic, it’s going to be VERY easy for me to calculate the scores this week. We didn’t force or recover a single fumble, didn’t get a single INT, didn’t block a single kick, and we only had one TD, so only A.J. Green managed to score any points. Sucks, but at least it makes my life a bit easier.

Oh but I will give a quick shout-out to Grizzlyfox. His attempt to pick Big Ben to jinx him was quite hilarious. Pity it didn’t work. Next time maybe he should pick the refs instead.

With 40 legitimate entries this week (i.e. non-duplicates submitted at least 30 minutes prior to kickoff) and 12 people picking A.J., the following people all earned 28 points:

Cedric Benson Boat Party
Mr. X
diehard bengals fan 20
Paul Cannon
Boomer Lion

Added to previous standings, this gives us a week 13 leaderboard of:

1. Paul Cannon – 291 pts
2. Boomer Lion – 275 pts
3. BoomerEsiason’sLoveChild – 274 pts
4. Mr. X – 270 pts
5. The Dealio – 247 pts
6. diehard bengals fan 20 – 242 pts
7. Cry – 228 pts
7. MCSubtext – 213 pts
8. BonnieBengal – 212 pts
9t. duffmane – 202 pts
9t. James Schmid the great – 202 pts
10. Rockhound-11 – 201 pts
11. rudebengal18 – 197 pts
12. ephram – 192 pts
13. JerseyBengal – 185 pts
14. Aether – 173 pts
15. Jordan G – 171 pts
16. Cedric Benson Boat Party – 170 pts
17. ItsAlwaysSunnyInDayton – 169 pts
18. jim0ijk – 168 pts
19. bill schwab – 166 pts
20. Throw the ball – 159 pts
21. Pardon_My_French – 155 pts
22. featherman – 131 pts
23t. 70sav – 134 pts
23t. cincyplayoffwin2012 – 134 pts
24. TruWhoDey – 125 pts
25. Luke – 119 pts
26. LookingDeep – 113 pts
27t. WHYUS!! – 111 pts
27t. Alexneyer – 111 pts
28t. Grizzlyfox – 107 pts
28t. KyleStyle11 – 107 pts
29. biggie22 – 106 pts
30. these3words – 90 pts
31. jimbasa – 88 pts
32. DiabeticBengal – 83 pts
33t. Striped_To_Impress – 81 pts
33t. CBJKing – 81 pts
34. bengalsfanforlife – 72 pts
35t. i am will – 70 pts
35t. JADefense – 70 pts
35t. K312 – 70 pts
35t. Joe Goodberry – 70 pts
35t. BradDwayne – 70 pts
35t. CincyMike56 – 70 pts
35t. emeybee – 70 pts
35t. FriarBob – 70 pts
36. sexsalad – 55 pts
37. Richard L – 52 pts
38. occams_tiger_teeth – 45 pts
39. casapennec – 44 pts
40. Rocket_Man_G – 41 pts
41. Purple City Middie – 33 pts
42. ThreeofSpades – 28 pts
43. the Flying Pig – 27 pts
44. boynamedsue – 22 pts

And, by popular request, the alphabetical roll-call of people who have tried but failed to score any points for the entire season. In order to get on and stay on this list, you must have at least submitted a legitimate pick every week (though I’m not going back to recalculate things so I’m starting only with those who were qualified as of week 12) and continue to fail to score points any points for the entire season.


Here is a quick recap of the rules.

  1. Pick one player (Make it easy on me, make him the title of your post. Both first and last name please, and please try to avoid nicknames or blatant misspellings.) who is NOT officially listed as a QB, P, or PK on the roster.
  2. An offensive score is worth one point per participant who did not pick your player.
  3. A defensive player is worth 2/1/0.5 point(s) per participant who did not pick your player based on if he 2) actually scored, 1) gained possession of the ball for the team but didn't actually score, or 0.5) allowed the Bengals to gain possession by causing a fumble (or blocking a kick) that another Bengals player recovered. Sacks or tackles behind the line of and by themselves are not worth anything unless they are a strip-sack (0.5 points if we recover) or they are also a safety (2 points). All half-points will be rounded down. A blocked FG is always 0.5 for the blocker, a blocked punt is the same unless the blocker is the only person (on either team) to touch the ball before it becomes a safety (in which case it becomes 2 points).
  4. You score the maximum possible points for your player but only one time. So a defensive player who forces an opponent's fumble that Cincinnati recovers and recovers another opponent's fumble at a different point in the game is worth 1x points (not 1.5x cumulative).
  5. Keep commentary to the bare minimum please.
  6. Predictions on how they will score are not required, and if you provide one they don't net you any bonus if you are right nor do they detract if you are wrong (so long as they do actually score by game rules).
  7. Try to be original yet still pick somebody you think has a realistic chance to score or cause a turnover.
  8. Only ONE (1) player entry per contestant, per week is allowed. Unless your first player was on the roster at the start of the week and is put on IR/cut/traded before the next week, your first comment is your player, so pick carefully.
  9. Deadline for player entries each week is THIRTY (30) minutes prior to kickoff.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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