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
Another big upset came in Week 15 with the Jets getting their first win of the year over the Los Angeles Rams. That crazy outcome took out the favorite to win this year's pool - Sigmund Bloom - giving him his first loss of the year. Sorry that I "Bloomed" you last week Sigmund, but that's the way these pools can go. I am certain that he was not the only tough-luck loser in Survivor Pools across the country. Jordan McNamara joined Bloom in the loss column with the Rams, while James Brimacombe took a loss with the Steelers on Monday Night Football. That's how crazy this season has been, and there are still two weeks to go. We have just two undefeated staff members in the pool (Aaron Rudnicki and Jeff Haseley) and we will once again go over their chances to run the table. Every NFL team is n play the rest of the year, so let's take a look at the possible picks for NFL Week 16.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.