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Golden Nugget wraps up 2nd playoff round; contestants hit better than 60% for 2nd straight week

Dave Tuley
VSiN.com senior reporter

December 11, 2017 11:56 PM

LAS VEGAS – The Dolphins' 27-20 upset of the Patriots on Monday Night Football had a hand in deciding the final second-round playoff matchup as the Golden Nugget’s $190,000 Friday Football Showdown now heads to the quarterfinals.

The contestant using the alias Mucked Nuts won with his final pick on the Dolphins plus-11.5 while his opponent, 30Mock, had the Patriots. Both finished 4-3 in their head-to-head battle but Mucked Nuts wins the tiebreaker as his best bet was the Bears-Bengals Over 38 (the Bears won 33-7) while 30Mock lost with the Browns plus-3.5 in their 27-21 overtime loss to the Packers).

The other three second-round matches were decided on Sunday. TwoNiner went 5-2 to advance over Schatzi and Brisket (4-3). Ned Landers also advanced with a 5-2 mark, but had already eliminated Handsome Henry (4-3) on Sunday as the latter couldn't catch him with both having the Dolphins on Monday night. Ed From Vegas went 4-3 against Super Mia (4-3 after also hitting with the Dolphins), but Ed From Vegas has already clinched as he won with his two top picks while Super Mia lost her second tiebreaker.

Last week, the eight first-round participants went 38-17-1 (69.1%). They didn’t fare quite as well this week at 34-22 (60.7%), but that’s still very respectable and quite impressive when considering all eight players lost with the Browns.

Here were the game-by-game picks from this weekend’s matchups: 

#5 MUCKED NUTS (4-3, ***ADVANCES***)
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
VIKINGS-PANTHERS UNDER 41 ***LOSS***
DOLPHINS 11½ ***WIN***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***
REDSKINS-CHARGERS OVER 46 ***LOSS***
49ERS 3 ***WIN***
BEARS-BENGALS OVER 38 ***WIN***

#12 30MOCK (4-3, ELIMINATED)
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***
ARMY 3 ***WIN***
REDSKINS 6 ***LOSS***
PATRIOTS -11½ ***LOSS***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***
49ERS 3 ***WIN***
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***

#6 SCHATZI AND BRISKET (4-3, ELIMINATED)
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
DOLPHINS 11½ ***WIN***
REDSKINS 6 ***LOSS***
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***
RAVENS-STEELERS OVER 43½ ***WIN***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***
GIANTS 4 ***LOSS***

#11 TWONINER (5-2, ***ADVANCES***)
CHARGERS -6 ***WIN***
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***
49ERS-TEXANS OVER 44½ ***LOSS***
BEARS-BENGALS OVER 38 ***WIN***
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
EAGLES 2½ ***WIN***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***

#7 ED FROM VEGAS (4-3, ***ADVANCES***)
PANTHERS 2½ ***WIN***
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
GIANTS 4 ***LOSS***
REDSKINS 6 ***LOSS***
49ERS 3 ***WIN***
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***
ARMY 3 ***WIN***

#10 SUPER MIA (4-3, ELIMINATED)
BRONCOS 1 ***WIN***
CARDINALS 3 ***WIN***
REDSKINS 6 ***LOSS***
GIANTS 4 ***LOSS***
EAGLES 2½ ***WIN***
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
DOLPHINS 11½ ***WIN***

#8 HANDSOME HENRY (4-3, ELIMINATED)
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
DOLPHINS 11½ ***WIN***
REDSKINS 6 ***LOSS***
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***
RAVENS-STEELERS OVER 43½ ***WIN***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***
GIANTS 4 ***LOSS***

#16 NED LANDERS (5-2, ***ADVANCES***)
BROWNS 3½ ***LOSS***
REDSKINS-CHARGERS OVER 46 ***LOSS***
49ERS 3 ***WIN***
DOLPHINS 11½ ***WIN***
EAGLES 2½ ***WIN***
RAVENS 5½ ***WIN***
ARMY-NAVY UNDER 46½ ***WIN***

The $190,000 Friday Football Showdown drew 95 entries this year at $2,000 apiece with the top 16 records from the 12-week preliminary rounds advancing to a bracket-style tournament the rest of the football season. The No. 9-16 seeds squared off last week with the survivors advancing to play the No. 5-8 seeds this past weekend. This week’s four winners will move onto the quarterfinals next weekend against the No. 1-4 seeds, who received double-byes.

We’ll return Friday afternoon with the selections of the eight quarterfinalists after the airing of the radio portion of the contest from 2-3 p.m. PT on The Las Vegas Sportsline on ESPN AM-1100 and lvsportsnetwork.com.

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