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Eliminator Pool: Week 16 - 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 15 was not kind to the staff as half of the 16 Footballguys' staff suffered a loss once again in a tough December. All week long the staff's picks were dropping like flies, starting with Andrew Garda's selection of the Chiefs at home against the Chargers. The pain continued with Denver's loss at home to Cleveland on Saturday, costing Ari Ingel's pick. Big hits to the staff continued all Sunday long, with Washington upsetting Jacksonville (4 staff picks), then Seattle losing on the road to the 49ers (one pick - Mark Wimer) and finally Devin Knott's selection of the Rams who also suffered a surprising loss to the Eagles. All told the staff went 8-8 for the week, and only three staffers really remain in contention for the league title. Aaron Rudnicki remains atop the standings at 13-2, while Jeff Pasquino and Dave Larkin are just one game back at 12-3. Game theory could really play a part in the final two weeks for these three, so keep that in mind with their picks as they get posted this week and next.


Here are the picks for this week:

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