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 Dave Larkin’s “For The Win” column where Dave 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 once again is presenting 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
Well, the Footballguys' staff pretty much made that look easy. All but one of the staff (sorry Mark) earned Week 1 victories as the Eagles, Ravens, Chargers, and Seahawks all took care of business. Some of the games were closer than expected as Philadelphia trailed Washington at halftime and Seattle was in a tight battle with the Bengals, but both teams emerged victorious. The Chargers also were in a closer battle than expected with a post-Luck Indianapolis team, but Austin Ekeler pushed Los Angeles over the goal line in overtime. The most impressive team of the week was certainly Baltimore, who scored a franchise-record 59 points and still could have scored more (they took a knee late near the Dolphins' end zone), but Miami also looked extremely bad and could be the team to pick against the rest of the season. Sadly, Cleveland's home loss (by a large margin) to the Tennessee Titans tripped up Mark Wimer, but this is a marathon of a contest, not a sprint. On to Week 2!
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.