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
Week 9 was relatively uneventful for the staff when the dust had settled, but that does not mean it was not eventful. Pittsburgh, the clear and top pick, did everything they could to lose in Dallas, but somehow came away with a victory. Green Bay (over San Francisco) and Tennessee (vs. Chicago) took care of business, but the staff also survived three close calls for Houston, Kansas City, and even New England on Monday against the Jets. Only Justin Bonnema's pick of Washington (loss at home to the Giants) kept the whole staff from having their second perfect week this year. Nine staffers are still perfect on the year with half of the season already played out, but as mentioned many times, it gets tougher and tougher every week. Week 10 may look like an easy call, but nothing is certain in the NFL. Let's take a look and see what NFL Week 10 will have in store for the staff.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.