LandVest Announces New Project Manager

first_imgWoodstock– The Woodstock, Vermont, office of LandVest, Inc., a Boston based real estate firm and the Christies affiliate for the northeast, announces the addition of Janine Williamson Kanzler, Project Manager to its team of real estate sales personnel.Janine has lived in Vermont most of her life and began her real estate experience in the 1980s with Georgina Williamson, Inc. in Woodstock. Janine brings an extensive knowledge of the Upper Valley area and historical insight of Woodstock to the LandVest team.If you are considering listing your property for sale, or looking to buy that perfect new home, Janine can be reached at 802-457-4977 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img

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FB : Incoming Syracuse freshman trio helps lead Downstate to 3rd straight all-star game victory

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Redemption was sweet for Wayne Morgan.The highly touted SU recruit got burned for a touchdown on his first play in the Carrier Dome, but early in the fourth quarter, the Downstate right cornerback cracked Upstate quarterback Tyler Johnson to force a crucial turnover.Morgan put his helmet directly on the football, jarring it out of Johnson’s right arm and flying into the air. Teammate Marquis Burrell recovered to set up the game-winning drive and from there Downstate held on for its third straight victory in Sunday’s Upstate-Downstate Football Classic, an annual New York high school all-star game.‘It feels real good just to keep the trend going,’ Morgan said. ‘We’ve won three years in a row, so it just feels good to keep the trend going and not be the first loser.’Morgan was one of three incoming Syracuse freshmen who kept the trend going, along with right tackle Omari Palmer and running back Devante McFarlane. Morgan and Palmer factored heavily into Downstate’s 27-23 victory Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, while McFarlane suffered a right shoulder injury on the opening drive and spent the remainder of the game with his arm in a sling.Upstate defensive end Pancho Barnwell, who will attend Nassau Community College in the fall to improve his grades and potentially join the Downstate trio at SU in 2013, recorded 2.5 sacks and four tackles.‘It’s tough,’ Downstate head coach C.T. Chatham said. ‘They haven’t played a football game since what, late fall? It’s always a challenge, but I think our kids rose to the challenge at the end and I think it’s great for New York football that the game was so close. Quite frankly, that’s the kind of game you want.’McFarlane and Palmer gave Orange fans a potential glimpse of the future SU running game on the opening possession. McFarlane took a carry right side, and used a Palmer lead block to pick up 15 yards.While that was it for McFarlane – who Chatham said is ‘going to play a lot of football – Palmer kept opening up holes for all 48 minutes. He can be credited in large part for Downstate’s 185 total rushing yards, despite frequently matching up with Barnwell, Upstate’s starting left defensive end.‘(Barnwell) had to have been the better – I’ll just say it the best d-end I’ve gone against in a while,’ Palmer said. ‘… Right now it really seems like he wants to go (to Syracuse). We were talking – I was talking to him during the week – and it seems like he’s going to be there in two years.’With an early 6-0 lead, Palmer pancaked Upstate defenders on three consecutive plays. First, on a sprint right, Palmer got to the second level and cleared out a linebacker. Then, the 6-foot-3, 330-pounder pulled to lead a counter left, discarding another Downstate player. And finally, Palmer pushed his man straight over on a draw right.Three plays later, his second push powered quarterback Rich Czeczotka into the end zone for another Downstate touchdown.‘I haven’t won a championship in my whole life in anything,’ Palmer said. ‘It feels good to finally win.’The rest of the game didn’t go as smoothly as the first quarter. Upstate went on a 17-0 run in the second quarter, starting with a blunder from Morgan.Sidelined for the opening 12 minutes after missing practice from Wednesday-Friday, Morgan trotted onto the field oozing confidence. Wearing a red cleat on his left foot and a black one on his right, a full white sleeve on his right arm and a red skull wrap underneath his helmet, he swaged his shoulders and turned inward lining up at right cornerback.Across from him stood standout wide receiver Marcus McGill. McGill sprinted ahead 10 yards before turning back to the ball. Morgan hopped the route, but the throw never came. McGill took off downfield and hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass, so far ahead of Morgan that he was able to turn around and wait for the late pass in the end zone.‘I was focused on No. 7 (McGill) when I saw he kept running the stop (routes),’ Morgan said. ‘So I tried to break on the ball, but it was a great move. He did a hell of a job so I tip my hat to him.’But Morgan got the last laugh.His forced fumble ended an Upstate drive deep in Downstate territory. Then, with Downstate leading 27-23 and Upstate trying to put together a last-minute comeback, Morgan waved his arms to pump up the crowd.The Upstate offense stalled as Johnson threw three straight incompletions, and Downstate prevailed.‘When I’m playing football I’m just so focused on the game,’ Morgan said. ‘I want the crowd to feel just like me. Once the crowd feels how I feel, I’m going to make the play.’[email protected]last_img read more

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In Memoriam: Professor Paul Ilie

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC newsUSC professor emeritus Paul Ilie, an expert in European history and Spanish literature, died on July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 84 years old.Ilie is best remembered for his passion for intellectual engagement, his ability to genuinely communicate with people and his dedication to independent thought, according to USC News.Ilie graduated from Brown University with master’s and doctoral degrees in romance languages and literatures. He then taught at the University of Michigan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UCLA.=Ilie joined the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1982 and taught for 15 years before retiring as a professor emeritus in 1997. Aside from teaching, Ilie wrote over 100 academic articles and literary criticisms, authored eight books and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1965 to expand his research in Spanish and Portuguese literature.Shortly before his death, Ilie had been working on a novel concerning the 17th century Spanish King Felipe V. Jesús Torrecilla, a Spanish literature professor at UCLA and former doctoral student of Ilie’s, expressed the gratitude and admiration he felt for Paul Ilie. “It is hard for me to convey the deep sense of gratitude I have for Paul Ilie as a mentor and as a role model,” Torrecilla said to USC News. “I could not be the scholar and the person I am today without the influence of Paul. Because of this, I feel that even if he is sadly not around us anymore, he will continue to be with us always.”last_img read more

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Breaking: Roads closed as serious gorse fire breaks out in Kincasslagh

first_imgThe road to the pier at Kincasslagh has been closed in the last few minutes (5.45pm) by fire crews battling a serious gorse fire in the Kincasslagh area.The gorse fire has been raging since earlier today in the general Kincasslagh area.Fire crews from Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair together with locals are trying to extinguish the blaze but a persistent light wind is hampering their efforts. Fire crews are currently dampening areas around houses on the pier road to prevent the flames from getting near the buildings.Motorists and people in general are asked to avoid the area to prevent congestion until the fire is brought under control.Breaking: Roads closed as serious gorse fire breaks out in Kincasslagh was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgorse fireKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more

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Threat to leak photos of actress Emma Watson exposed as a hoax

first_imgAn online threat to release nude photos of British actress Emma Watson after she launched a gender equality campaign at the United Nations was revealed on Wednesday to be a hoax – and probably by a hoax group.Until late Tuesday night, the EmmaYouAreNext.com website, which appeared earlier on online message board 4chan, showed a countdown clock and a threat to release illegally obtained photos of the Harry Potter actress.Earlier this month personal photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton were posted on the image-sharing forum 4Chan.But the threat emerged to be a hoax, with the EmmaYouAreNext website redirecting to the web page of Rantic (www.rantic.com), an online domain that claims to be a social media marketing enterprise, that featured the message #shutdown4chan.”Join us as we shutdown 4chan and prevent more private pictures from being leaked,” said a statement on the sparce Rantic website, adding the company had been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this issue to attention.However, Rantic itself could be a hoax, according to various media reports. No media outlets were able to track down the company directly and emails sent by the Thomson Reuters Foundation bounced back.The incident happened after Watson, a United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, gave a speech in New York on Saturday amid a blaze of publicity, urging men to join the fight for gender equality and end violence and discrimination against women.Her speech marked the launch of “HeForShe” campaign that aims to mobilise 1 billion men and boys over the course of 12 months to support gender equality. By late Wednesday the number signed up to pledge to fight for equality had reached 100,000.advertisementlast_img read more

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Eugeneson Lyngdoh injured and out, ATK coach Terry Sheringham calls for action on ‘horrendous’ tackles

first_imgKey ATK and India midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh is out for sometime, head coach Teddy Sheringham confirmed ahead of their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai alias Marina Arena on Thursday.”He has got a bad knee. I am sure if we have got it scanned. I am not sure about the diagnosis at the moment. But he will be out for a little while. It’s quite a bad one but we are hoping for good news once specialists have read it and had a special opinion so that we know exactly what the matter is with his knee,” Sheringham told reporters on the eve of the fourth round of the Indian Super League (ISL) game.Lyngdoh picked up a knee injury during the club’s round three match against Jamshedpur FC last Friday and was seen limping out of the ground at the stroke of half time.There are chances that the former Bengaluru FC and India player would be ruled out of the season as the injury is serious.Sheringham also dashed hopes of star forward Robbie Keane getting his first start on the morrow. Despite travelling with the ATK squad for their away fixture against Chennaiyin FC here on Thursday, the Tottenham Hotspur legend will play no part in the tie, Sheringham said.”He is not involved tomorrow. It’s far too early for Robbie,” Sheringham told reporters ahead of the fourth round game.Sheringham came down heavily on the referees not taking stern action against “horrendous” tackles flying around in the ISL games.advertisement”There have been some horrendous challenges. In all the games, not just the games against us. It’s not an excuse for not having good results. I think there have been horrendous challenges that have gone unpunished. I think I am very very surprised there has not been more injuries because of some of the challenges that have gone on,” Sheringham said.”If they (the tackles) keep going unpunished, you’re going to get more injuries. It’s as simple as that. The referees have to be more on the ball about what’s happening,” Sheringham complained.Initially, Keane, who captained the Republic of Ireland and has 146 caps under his belt, was expected to be involved after the first three games as he was nursing an Achilles injury.”I expect him to start tomorrow and we will show huge respect which he deserves,” Chennaiyin coach John Gregory had said just before Sheringham’s media interaction.ATK, languishing at the foot of the table with just two points from three games, are dogged by a raft of injuries to key players like Jayesh Rane and Carl Becker.last_img read more

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PM Expresses Support for Chess in Jamaica

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players. Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness has declared his full support for chess in Jamaica because of its role in the development of the mind and the encouragement of strategic thinking.Addressing the official launch of the three-day Jamaica International Chess Festival, at a cocktail reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston on October 13, Mr. Holness noted that chess “ (can be) an alternative pathway to success that Jamaicans can venture into”.“It is a great game to teach patience and respect. Chess is a catalyst for social development in communities that are underserved. We need to give these alternative pathways to the youngsters in our communities so that they know there are other ways to success,” he said.Mr. Holness expressed hope that the Jamaica International Chess Festival will spark a general interest among the population to raise up the next generation of great players.The Prime Minister, who once coached and played chess while at his alma mater, St. Catherine High School, also expressed gratitude to and pleasure at the young and international chess grandmasters for travelling to Jamaica to teach the sport to other children.He hailed, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke and Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, Co-chairs and Executive Producers of the Inaugural Jamaica International Chess Festival for their role in staging the event.In his remarks, Ambassador, Dr. Nigel Clarke said chess “is a tool of solid upliftment that can be used to make good decisions”.He said the three-day event, which culminates today (October 15) is aimed at catalysing interest in the game among young Jamaicans, as well as broadening the reach of chess in the country.Additionally, he said it will “motivate and stimulate” existing local players to higher levels of achievement.Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley, who is Jamaican born, expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his support of the game, declaring that “Jamaica can be great at chess”.Woman Grandmaster and Canadian Women’s Champion, 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou said she wants to inspire the children of Jamaica to play chess and “start or continue to pursue whatever they want to achieve”.For his part, Attorney-at-Law and President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Ian Wilkinson said the staging of the international festival is a culmination of a dream. He On the final day (October 15), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, teams battled for supremacy in a four round rapid game.The teams consisted of the Woman Grandmaster and Woman International Master as well as the country’s National Age Group and CARIFTA Champions.last_img read more

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Transpacific Is the Most Unpredictable Trade at Present

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Service withdrawals and new tariffs sent Asia to West Coast North America container spot freight rates into hyper-drive from the end of July, but there could be a sting in the tail, according to the latest report by shipping consultancy Drewry.The Transpacific trade, the world’s largest deep-sea market, is currently the most unpredictable container trade which is once again a money printing factory for carriers. By the end of July, following earlier service suspensions ships were full, cargo was being rolled and carriers’ coffers were quickly filling up again.Drewry explained that the sudden cargo rush was attributed to US President Donald Trump’s imposition of new tariffs on a whole range of Chinese goods, which came into effect on September 24 and spurred American importers to bring forward supplies.“Unlike earlier rounds of trade tariffs from Washington, the list this time has a more visible impact on the US-China container trade as it includes more containerised consumer goods. Nonetheless, the rush to beat the September 24 deadline appears to have been slower than earlier anecdotal reports initially suggested.”Container shipments from Asia to the US increased in 3Q18 by 5% year-on-year to all coasts, but nothing like at the rate seen in 1Q18 ahead of the first tariff lists when annual growth was about 13%. For Asia to US West Coast specifically, volumes increased at a much slower rate than seen on both the East and Gulf coasts, rising by 2.5% year-on-year in 3Q18.“Reasons for the smaller than expected peak season spike could be that importers were already in possession of more stock following the earlier cargo stampede, and/or were less fearful of the impact the new tariffs would have due to a devaluation of the Chinese currency that almost matched the 10% hike in duties.”With US tariffs slated to be increased to 25% on January 1, 2019 “there is clearly scope for yet another artificially stimulated shipping season in November and early December.” However, Drewry said that there won’t be much left in the system for the early months of next year when carriers will depend on having a strong market to support negotiations for annual contracts, generally to be signed for May 1.“The extraordinary situation that the tariffs have created means that it is very difficult to pin down the underlying demand that exists in the Transpacific. Our rolling 12-month average suggests that it is fairly weak even with the stimulus provided by President Trump’s foreign policy.”“It would seem that carriers are banking on a prolonged cargo boom in the Transpacific,” Drewry said, adding that Maersk Line is reportedly about to phase two ships of 17,800 TEU into the 2M TP6/Pearl service serving Los Angeles exclusively that presently deploys 6 x 13,000 TEU units.“How long those ships, and indeed other smaller units, remain in the trade is an open question and will largely be decided by geo-politics over the coming months.”last_img read more

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Renowned Canadian pianist coming this May to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A renowned Canadian pianist will be coming to play in the Peace Region this May.Piano Six – New Generation artist, Angela Park, will be making a stop in Fort St. John as part of a spring tour.Park will be making a stop in Fort St. John on May 13 and 14 playing four school concerts at Margaret Ma Murray, Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Prior to the Fort St. John Concert, Daniel Wnukowski, will be playing in Fort Nelson on May 9 & 10 at the Phoenix Theatre.Originally founded in 1994, Piano Six creates live classical music events featuring six of Canada’s finest musical talent, bringing concerts to remote and rural parts of the country.For more information on the concerts, you can visit Pianosix.com.last_img

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BengalsRavens — On A Thursday Night — Is The Most Important Game

SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 8New England3825,4785 PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 3Miami4125,4802 8Philadelphia3816,0041 PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 6Minnesota4023,1180 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– 7Denver3922,6483 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 8San Francisco3831,0285 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 3Dallas4128,3835 BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 1Cincinnati4223,1280 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 Playoff %Playoff % 1Washington4223,6423 CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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