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
Most of the staff was on the Colts, and Indianapolis did not let them down. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the Jets did not disappoint, as the Colts took an interception back for a touchdown on New York's opening drive and the rout was on for Indianapolis. The rest of the staff had to sweat nearly every pick, as only Pittsburgh came through with a win against Houston at home for the rest of the group. Starting with Jacksonville's loss to Miami on Thursday and then two late Sunday afternoon losses by Arizona (against Detroit) and the Chargers (vs. Carolina), the staff struggled to find wins in Week 3 and took a combined six losses for the week. That reduced the number of staffers with a perfect 3-0 start to 14, or just under two-thirds of the staff in the pool. The staff's combined record stands at 52-14, just under 80% correct - a rough start in a contest that only increases in difficulty with every passing week. As mentioned before, it is a marathon and not a sprint. Let's press on and see what NFL Week 4 will have in store for the staff.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.