It was a good week to be a “vikingman.”
Along with watching Adrian Peterson rumble over the 2000-yard mark while his Minnesota Vikings slid into a playoff berth, Bayfield’s Nate Andrys clinched his own top spot in Week 17 of the local Gridiron Green.
Andrys, online handle “vikingman”, went 14-for-16.
And the Minnesota domination just kept on coming: Scott Rgnonti of Lakeville, Minn., won the national Green with a perfect score.
But Andrys Week 17 win couldn’t quite match the outcome on the real-life gridiron; “packerfan” Ann Laws didn’t let Green Bay’s final-week flop drag her down. Of our weekly winners, Laws, the Week 2 winner, stayed on top with 174 points, two slots ahead of “vikingman” and his 167. That tied Andrys with Week 12 winner Michael Rome of Durango, while fellow Duragoan Jeff Wells, the Week 15 winner, finished second with 168.
They say it ain’t over ’till it’s over. Well, it’s over: overall, “daniel” didn’t relent after jumping “tholeman” last week for the top spot in the Gridiron Green, and with regular-season football at and end, that’s where he’ll stay.
With 179 points, “daniel”, who scored double digits in all but five rounds, tops the Gridiron Green field, while “tholeman” and “edonelan” tied just behind at 176. Those top two held up in the Gridiron Gold, too, and “bsdossey” followed in third with 174.
The Gridiron Guru was 12-4 in Week 17 to up this year’s mark to 163.5-91.5. On to the wild cards:
Saturday, Jan. 5
Cincinnati at Houston, 2:30 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – the Texans had that first-round bye wrapped up weeks ago, right? Guess not. In this rematch of last year’s nearly identical wild-card-weekend kickoff, Houston needs to turn their steer around. But after dropping three of their last four, this Texas stampede has too much momentum to pull up before the cliff. Pick: Bengals 24-17. Line: Texans by 4½.
Minnesota at Green Bay, 6 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – sorry, “vikingman,” Minnesota’s sweet stretch is about to turn sour – the Pack doesn’t lose at Lambeau in the playoffs. The forcast: a balmy 27 degrees with a chance of snow flurries and touchdowns aplenty. Sure, Peterson will shred Green Bay’s depleted defense, but Aaron Rodgers will one-up AD all day. Pick: Packers 33-27. Line: Packers by 7½.
Sunday, Jan. 6
Indianapolis at Baltimore, 11 a.m. (KCNC, KREZ) – Chuckstrong lives on. The Colts without Chuck Pagano: hot. The Colts with Pagano: hotter. The Colts with Baltimore’s old d-coordinator on the sidelines: divisional playoffs. The Ravens have been hurting since their geriatric defense started adding injuries to age. Add a pinch of good (Andrew) Luck, and Ray Lewis returns Sunday for the final game of his career. Pick: Colts 24-17 Line: Ravens by 6½
Seattle at Washington, 2:30 p.m. (KASA) – Offensive rookie of the year vs. runner-up? Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are the hottest team in the NFL, but the RG3-led Redskins can’t be far behind. Griffin might edge Wilson in the rookie competition due to their interception differential (5 to 10), but against the 30th-ranked Redskins pass D, Wilson will carve, while Seattle’s solid defense holds solid. Pick: Seattle 27-17. Line: Seahawks by 3.