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 survived last week, as many were on the Rams (13 of 22), Ravens (3), or Buccaneers (2). Only Tampa provided much of a scare here, so nearly everyone rested easy in Week 4 - except for Sean Settle, who tripped up along with Dallas, as the Cowboys were run all over by the Cleveland Browns. That puts the staff at a combined 51-15 for the year (77.3% win percentage), and 14 staffers are still perfect on the young season. Week 5 is the first week with scheduled byes (not counting last week's Tennessee-Pittsburgh postponement), so Green Bay and Detroit are off the table. Once again the level of difficulty will increase, so let's take a look and see what NFL Week 5 will have in store for the staff.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.