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
Even though the staff was diversely spread out across 10 different teams, the group did amazingly well in Week 2, winning on every pick except for one. Only Matt Carey's choice of the Vikings over the Colts on the road kept the staff from going a perfect 22-0 last week. That 21-1 record moved the group to a combined 36-8 on the young season, but as mentioned before, it is a marathon and not a sprint. Week 3 will have its own set of challenges to be sure, and the large number of injuries across the league after just two weeks will only add to the level of difficulty. Let's press on and see what NFL Week 3 will have in store for the staff.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.