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 12 was almost a clean run for the staff, as only Devin Knotts and James Brimacombe took a loss on the week thanks to San Francisco's dramatic victory over the Rams on Sunday. Those two losses puts the group of 22 staffers at a strong 231-33 record for the year (87.5% correct) with five perfect 12-0 teams and seven more just one game back with one blemish on the season. That's quite remarkable given how unpredictable the 2020 campaign has been, but several weeks still remain. Anything can happen (and often does), and there are a ton of games to pick from in Week 13's 15-game slate. Let's take a look at the week ahead.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.