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 16 was relatively quiet, with only two losses for the staff. Both Dave Larkin and Sean Settle stumbled with their Miami pick, but the rest of the staff moved on unscathed. The tough loss for Dave puts him out of contention for the staff title, as only Jeff Pasquino (13-3) is within striking distance of league leader Aaron Rudnicki (12-4). Should Aaron's pick fail and Jeff's pick win, there will be a two-way tie for the title. Game theory could really play a part in this, the final week of the NFL regular season.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week:
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