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Silver and Black Pride’s Week 18 Pick’em competition: Pride on the line in season finale

Wrapping up the regular season

Los Vegas Raiders v Denver Broncos
Maxx Crosby vs Broncos Week 1
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With both teams eliminated from postseason contention, the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos will play for pride as the winner will take second place in the AFC West. This also means Silver and Black Pride’s Pick’em competition is nearing an end. We will keep it going through the playoffs but the regular season champion typically takes home the crown as the number of games per week decreases as each Sunday passes from here on out.

So, this is many people’s best opportunity to make up some ground!

As always, our competition is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook where you can find gambling lines and prop bets for the entire slate of Week 18 games. The Raiders are a little less than a field-goal favorite while the Indianapolis Colts are slight underdogs to the Houston Texans in a crucial playoff matchup on Saturday night, and the Buffalo Bills are road favorites in the battle for the AFC East against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.

As for the Pick’em competition, below is a look at where our writers stand after Week 17.

  1. Bill Williamson 167-89 (65%)
  2. Matt Holder 158-98 (62%)
  3. Ray Aspuria 148-94 (61%)

I’ve been doing pretty well lately as Bill and I tied for the most correct picks among the writers by going 11-5 last week. However, it’s too little, too late for me as Bill will still walk away with the regular season championship. Ray had a solid performance as well with 10 winners, but that did create some distance between the two of us for second place.

Community Standings

1. Chrome&Onyx 169-87

2. Sci-Town MA Raiders 168-88

t3. Dirty Harry 167-89

t3. Edgaredm08167-89

t5. 21Lefty21 165-91

t5. Duckman82 165-91

t5. RaiderFan 165-91

t5. Alaskan Raida 165-91

9. torindorn4life 163-93

t10. Bull City Raider 162-94

t10. Autumn Wind 162-94

t10. RaiderRich25 162-94

t10. Mooniac 162-94

t10. Wjdb#1972 162-94

Week 17 Top Pickers

t1.torindorn4life 13-3

t1. Running With the Night 13-3

t3. MichaelMatto 12-4

t3. Cunning Runts 12-4

t3. Bull City Raider 12-4

t3. Autumn Wind 12-4

t3. 21Lefty21 12-4

t3. Duckman82 12-4

t3. Chrome&Onyx 12-4

t3. PlumberSoCal 12-4

t3. RaiderRich25 12-4

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Chrome&Onyx has been at the top of the community standings for a while now and after a 12-4 performance last weekend, he/she is now in sole possession of first place heading into the final week of the regular season. But, Sci-Town MA Raiders, Dirty Harry and Edgaredm08 are all within at least two picks so the top spot is still up for grabs.

Shoutouts to torindorn4life and Running with the Night for being last week’s top pickers with impressive 13-3 performances! The community had nine people get 12 games correct and 18 with 11, so this was a great week for the group as a whole.

Keep it going and as a reminder, there are two games on Saturday this week so don’t procrastinate on your picks! Also, make sure to pay attention to who is and isn’t playing as that’s crucial in Week 18 with teams resting their guys for the playoffs.

Best of luck to everyone! Don’t forget to make your picks and may your picks be good!