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I'm pretty sure this was a first in 22 years of doing this column -- all five writers went 8-8 ATS last week! That's good news for Payne who still sits atop the field with a five game lead over DDD and six over me with two weeks to go. 

This week we have another rarity: no unanimous picks.

 EricksonPianowskiLissPayneDel Don
Raiders +6.5 at ColtsColtsColtsColtsColtsRaiders
Giants +6 at BearsBearsBearsGiantsGiantsBears
Buccaneers -13 at JetsBuccaneersBuccaneersJetsJetsBuccaneers
Falcons +14.5 at BillsFalconsFalconsBillsFalconsBills
Eagles -3.5 at TeamEaglesTeamTeamTeamTeam
Chiefs -5 at BengalsChiefsBengalsChiefsBengalsBengals
Jaguars +15 at PatriotsJaguarsPatriotsPatriotsPatriotsPatriots
Dolphins +3.5 at TitansDolphinsDolphinsDolphinsTitansDolphins
Rams -3.5 at RavensRamsRavensRavensRamsRavens
Broncos +5.5 at ChargersBroncosBroncosChargersBroncosBroncos
Texans +12.5 at 49ersTexansTexans49ers49ersTexans
Cardinals +5.5 at CowboysCowboysCardinalsCowboysCardinalsCowboys
Panthers +7 at SaintsSaintsSaintsSaintsPanthersPanthers
Lions +7 at SeahawksLionsLionsLionsSeahawksLions
Viking +6.5 at PackersPackersVikingsVikingsVikingsVikings
Browns -3 at SteelersBrownsSteelersSteelersSteelersSteelers
Best BetEaglesLionsSteelersBroncosPatriots
Last Week's Record8-88-88-88-88-8
2021 Record113-124-3115-122-3120-117-3126-111-3121-116-3
2021 Best Bet Record11-59-710-611-55-11
Unanimous Pick Record24-25    
Majority

I'm pretty sure this was a first in 22 years of doing this column -- all five writers went 8-8 ATS last week! That's good news for Payne who still sits atop the field with a five game lead over DDD and six over me with two weeks to go. 

This week we have another rarity: no unanimous picks.

 EricksonPianowskiLissPayneDel Don
Raiders +6.5 at ColtsColtsColtsColtsColtsRaiders
Giants +6 at BearsBearsBearsGiantsGiantsBears
Buccaneers -13 at JetsBuccaneersBuccaneersJetsJetsBuccaneers
Falcons +14.5 at BillsFalconsFalconsBillsFalconsBills
Eagles -3.5 at TeamEaglesTeamTeamTeamTeam
Chiefs -5 at BengalsChiefsBengalsChiefsBengalsBengals
Jaguars +15 at PatriotsJaguarsPatriotsPatriotsPatriotsPatriots
Dolphins +3.5 at TitansDolphinsDolphinsDolphinsTitansDolphins
Rams -3.5 at RavensRamsRavensRavensRamsRavens
Broncos +5.5 at ChargersBroncosBroncosChargersBroncosBroncos
Texans +12.5 at 49ersTexansTexans49ers49ersTexans
Cardinals +5.5 at CowboysCowboysCardinalsCowboysCardinalsCowboys
Panthers +7 at SaintsSaintsSaintsSaintsPanthersPanthers
Lions +7 at SeahawksLionsLionsLionsSeahawksLions
Viking +6.5 at PackersPackersVikingsVikingsVikingsVikings
Browns -3 at SteelersBrownsSteelersSteelersSteelersSteelers
Best BetEaglesLionsSteelersBroncosPatriots
Last Week's Record8-88-88-88-88-8
2021 Record113-124-3115-122-3120-117-3126-111-3121-116-3
2021 Best Bet Record11-59-710-611-55-11
Unanimous Pick Record24-25    
Majority Pick Record117-120-3    
2020 Record121-127-8128-120-8118-130-8115-133-8118-130-8
2019 Record126-124-6140-110-6127-123-6127-123-6134-116-6
2018 Record125-122-9134-113-9141-106-9N/A120-127-9
2017 Record117-125-14128-114-14117-125-14N/A98-144-14
2016 Record140-111-5130-121-5123-128-5N/A132-119-5
2015 Record134-114-8120-128-8114-134-8N/A121-127-8
2014 Record123-128-5140-111-5135-116-5N/A128-123-5
2013 Record132-114-10118-128-10123-123-10N/A128-118-10
2012 Record110-140-6125-125-6121-129-6N/A123-127-6
2011 Record121-128-7134-115-7124-125-7N/A127-122-7
2010 Record129-122-5134-117-5126-125-5N/A134-117-5
2009 Record123-130-3132-121-3131-122-3N/A126-127-3
2008 Record132-114-10128-118-10124-122-10N/A130-116-10
2007 Record127-120118-129127-120N/A130-117
2006 Record118-129N/A139-108N/AN/A
2005 Record121-126N/A127-120N/AN/A
2004 Record124-124N/A130-118N/AN/A
2003 Record121-126118-129124-123N/AN/A
2002 Record113-136123-126141-108N/AN/A
2001 Record124-113117-120118-119N/AN/A
2000 Record123-117134-106141-99N/AN/A

This week, we have no unanimous picks. We went 1-1 on unanimous picks last week, winning with the Titans, but losing with the Panthers, to bring our record to 24-25 on the year. We went 8-8 on majority picks (three or more writers) to go 117-120-3 on the year. We went 17-23 on unanimous picks and 118-130-8 on majority picks in 2020. 

WriterComment
Erickson I'm equally high on the Eagles and Rams, by a large gap over the lines, to the extent that both qualify as "what am I missing?" games.
PianowskiI feel like Mike Damone with the picks this year. Woke up in a great mood, and I don't know what the hell happened.
LissI like the Steelers getting three at home on Monday night after being embarrassed last week. I also like the Vikings getting 6.5 in Green Bay -- they beat the Packers earlier and hang with all the league's best teams. 
PayneDenver loves to run the ball, and the Chargers couldn't stop Rex Burkhead. Which double-digit favorite loses outright this week?
Del DonPats coming off two losses against Trevor Lawrence feels like an obvious blowout, but I'll be the sucker and lay the wood. 

The players:

• Jeff Erickson: RotoWire Senior editor, 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 Staff Picks Champ. Writes the Weekly Rankings. Covers and roots for the Bengals.

• Scott Pianowski: Fantasy expert for Yahoo! Sports, and also contributes to Rotowire.com. 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the Patriots.

• Chris Liss: RotoWire Managing Editor, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2018 Staff Picks Champ, 2003, 2004 co-champ. Writes East Coast Offense, Beating the Book and the Survivor column in addition to Staff Picks. Covers and roots for the Giants.

• Kevin Payne: Staff Writer, Writes our Waiver Wire column. Roots for the Bills.

• Dalton Del Don: Fantasy Expert for Yahoo! Sports, 2007 Staff Picks Champ. Roots for the 49ers.

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