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
Once again, another big upset came in Week 16 with the Jets winning for the second week in a row - and who thought anyone would make that statement this year - which cost six staffers a victory last week. Adding the Cleveland loss to upsets of Arizona (San Francisco, two staff losses) and Houston (Cincinnati) made for nine losses for the staff, the worst result so far for the year. Overall though the staff has fared quite well this season, losing just 53 games across 22 staffers (299-53 record, 85% win rate), with five people still in the hunt for either a perfect season (Aaron Rudnicki and Jeff Haseley) or a tie at the top with one loss (Will Grant, Alex Miglio and Matt Bitonti). There is no doubt that 2020 has been a wild and crazy NFL season, and there is still one wild Sunday slate to go. It is going to be highly entertaining come Sunday, so let's start to take a deeper dive and try and help everyone win their pool.
THIS WEEK'S PICK SUMMARY
Here are the picks for this week.