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Eliminator Pool: Week 15 - Footballguys Staff Pick One Team to Win Each Week in a Eliminator / Survivor Pool Format

Over the past few years, we have given the subscribers of 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:

Survivor Pool Strategy

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.

I Will Survive

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).


NFL Week 14 was a total nightmare for most Survivor leagues, and the Footballguys' staff felt a lot of that pain. Upsets of Denver (1), New England (2), Pittsburgh (2), Houston (2) and Buffalo (3) gave the staff their worst week (10 losses out of 16 picks) since NFL Week 3. The weeks were completely different, as Week 3 was dominated by the Vikings losing to Buffalo (8 staff picks) while Week 14 had five different teams adding up to 10 losses. Aaron Rudnicki (12-2) lost his lead down to just one game over six staff members perched one game behind at 11-3. With just three weeks to go, it will be quite interesting to see how it all plays out.


Here are the picks for this week:

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