Over the past few years, we have given the subscribers of Footballguys.com some help in playing office pools, one of the most popular methods to follow the NFL aside from fantasy football leagues. For the past few seasons, the staff members have done the Staff Confidence Pool Challenge, where numerous staffers try and pick the winners each week with a confidence ranking, and Jeff Pasquino’s “For The Win” column where Jeff attempts to pick each and every NFL game against the Las Vegas spread. Both of these have been very popular features, so this year Footballguys is adding a combination of the two called the “Against the Spread” Challenge and also the Eliminator Challenge, where staffers have to pick a team to win each week. Just one? That sounds easy, but here is the catch – you can only pick the team you choose in a given week once all season long. Many contests and pools out there get pretty big, so an Eliminator (or Survivor) Pool can go 16 or 17 weeks.
Jeff Pasquino has provided some insight into this kind of contest with two preseason articles. The first one that describes this kind of contest along with some advice on how to pick a team each week:
The second article is rather interesting, which describes Jeff’s preseason plan to get all the way through 17 weeks. Will it work? We are about to find out.
This pool will run all season long, but to keep participation up, the pool will crown the staffer with the best W-L record for the season (which means that everyone in the pool will continue to make picks every week).
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
NFL Week 5 saw a few upsets, with two of them taking down four of the staff. The Tennessee loss in Buffalo cost Justin Howe and Andrew Garda (again, sorry), while Denver's loss at the Jets cost both Alex Miglio and Sean Settle. These four losses brought the total for the 16 staffers to 27, but Devin Knotts still remains undefeated (with a selection of Cleveland, no less). Half of the staff (8 of 16) are just one step behind at 4-1, and the fun is just starting with only five games behind us with 12 more weeks to go. Now let us take a look at the picks for Week 6.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week:
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