TWIF Pick 'Em: Wild Card Weekend

01/02/2014 6:25 AM ET
By Staff

Ross Tucker's victory in the season-long TWIF Pick 'Em allows us to post this throwback photo of Ross in 2006.(AP)
Want to test your football prognostication skills against the experts of This Week in Football? This season, you have the chance!

Each week, we will post the TWIF panel’s picks for every game on the NFL slate here on, so you can see how your thoughts compare to those of Ryan Ruocco, Howard Cross, Ross Tucker, and Gary Myers. In addition, we’ll also be keeping a tally of how Ryan and the gang do all season, so come January you’ll see who has bragging rights as the big winner among the panel.

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How predictable was the final week of the NFL season? Perhaps so predictable that the panel was 11-0 on their unanimous picks, but perhaps so “upsetting” that in the games where three panelists were in agreement, that group was only 1-3.

One of those games was San Francisco at Arizona, and as it turns out, a wrong choice of the Cardinals is the only thing that kept Ryan Ruocco from a perfect week; still, at 15-1, he won the final weekly derby, and ended up placing second to Ross Tucker (13-3) in the season standings. Gary Myers and Howard Cross were both 12-4 on a very successful week, meaning that out of 257 total picks made, even the last place finisher had a winning percentage better than .600 this season.

As spoiled in last week’s picks, Ross won the yearly trophy, but it’s Ryan who gets the individual award for most weekly wins; Mr. Ruocco won five weeks outright and tied for the lead in four others, besting Ross (two wins, five ties) in that category and earning a moral victory there.

As we head to the playoffs, we start somewhat anew; several NFL coaches are already out of a job, but each TWIF panelist has 11 games to exert their postseason muscle. The gang is unanimous on Sunday’s games but split 3-1 on Saturday’s, so Gary (Chiefs over Colts) and Ryan (Saints over Eagles) could take an early postseason lead if their horse comes through.

Let’s see who the gang has gone with for the Wild Card Round, but first, a look at the final regular season standings…

Ryan Ruocco: 15-1
Ross Tucker: 13-3
Gary Myers: 12-4
Howard Cross: 12-4

Ross Tucker: 170-86-1 (.663)
Ryan Ruocco: 168-88-1 (.656)
Gary Myers: 165-91-1 (.644)
Howard Cross: 156-100-1 (.609)

…and now, the panel’s picks for Wild Card Weekend:

Kansas City at Indianapolis (Sat. 4:30 PM)
Kansas City
New Orleans at Philadelphia (Sat. 8 PM)
New Orleans
San Diego at Cincinnati (Sun. 1 PM)
San Francisco at Green Bay (Sun 4:30 PM)
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco comments