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, both Dave Larkin and I have written the “For The Win” column where Dave attempts to pick each and every NFL game against the Las Vegas spread. This has been a very popular feature, so this year Footballguys once again is presenting 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 previously with a preseason strategy article, which describes this kind of contest along with some advice on how to pick a team each week:
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, I did point out that Week 1 is tough, right? Seven of our staffers took a loss on opening weekend, with a few trap games snagging several people. Losses by the Colts in Jacksonville, the Eagles in Washington, and the 49ers and home against the Cardinals really told the story. All three games were in the "warning" category last week for both divisional contests (all three games) and two road favorites (Indianapolis, Philadelphia). Fortunately for about two-thirds of the staff, the Patriots, Ravens, Chiefs, and Bills all took care of business in Week 1 and got the win - but it is always a long, long season. Those who got through unscathed no longer have these playoff contenders available, so the level of difficulty will only increase each week. Just remember that 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.