Clark Hudson set the “CLARKBAR” extremely high in our Week 8 Gridiron Green.
High as in perfect.
Hudson wasn’t alone, either. Seven people went 13-for-13 in the Week 8 Green, including the Week 7 winner, Dan Rose.
What’s that saying about Lucky No. 7 and Unlucky No. 13?
For Rose, that’s quite the NFL fortnight – 26 out of his last 28 picks have bloomed to victory.
For Hudson, however, his Week 8 was a flower of a different color. He’s only had one double-digit week, and that was a 10-spot in Week 4.
The Tucson, Ariz., resident hung his hat on a Packers’ 37-23 tiebreaker; the Packers won 44-31, so Hudson hawked the weekly victory to be the last man standing.
Mr. “bojangles” remains your overall leader with 87 points, one point ahead of two others, two points ahead of Week 6 winner “pistolpete” and three points ahead of Week 5 winner “billcorwin.”
I thought I had a good week at 11-2, but that didn’t even put me at 1st and goal. Instead, I ran my modest overall total to 71 points, tied with “jwilson” as the lowest among the weekly winners and one point ahead of Hudson.
Bye: Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, N.Y. Giants, San Francisco.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Cincinnati at Miami (NFL Network) – One team has lost four in a row. One team has won five in a row. Pick: Bengals, 22-20. Line: Bengals by 2½.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Minnesota at Dallas (KASA) – Any truth to the AP to Dallas trade rumors? Pick: Cowboys, 34-16. Line: Cowboys by 10½.
Tennessee at St. Louis – If the Rams’ D plays like they did against Seattle on Monday Night Football, then who needs a quarterback. Pick: Rams, 17-13. Line: Titans by 3.
Atlanta at Carolina – Where did the good Atlanta go? Pick: Panthers, 21-20. Line: Panthers by 7½.
New Orleans at N.Y. Jets – And the Saints come marching in ... Pick: Saints, 30-20. Line: Saints by 5½.
Kansas City at Buffalo (KCNC, KREZ) – The Bills could be down to a fifth-string quarterback; that’s not ideal to upsetting the last of the unbeatens. Pick: Chiefs, 17-16. Line: Chiefs by 3.
San Diego at Washington – I like the Chargers off the bye week. Pick: Chargers, 27-23. Line: pick ’em.
Philadelphia at Oakland – Michael Vick wishes he could move like Terrelle Pryor these days. Pick: Raiders, 24-16. Line: off.
Tampa Bay at Seattle – Um, yeah, good luck, Bucs. Pick: Seahawks, 30-10. Line: Seahawks by 16½.
Baltimore at Cleveland – Where, oh where, did Ray Rice go? Pick: Browns, 17-13. Line: Ravens by 2½.
Pittsburgh at New England (KCNC, KREZ) – Big Ben thinks Brady is the best of the bunch. He is Sunday. Pick: Patriots, 21-16. Line: Patriots by 7.
Indianapolis at Houston (KOBF, KUSA) – Colts buck the Texans in Texas. Pick: Colts, 23-17. Line: Colts by 2½.
Monday, Nov. 4
Chicago at Green Bay (ESPN) – The battered Bears are in for more bruises on the Frozen Tundra at Lambeau Field this Monday Night Football. Pick: Packers, 33-17. Line: Packers by 11.