2020 NFL Survivor Pool Stories After Week 8
The 2020 NFL regular season officially reached the halfway mark of its campaign. Thankfully, the league hasn’t had any more conflicts in schedule following a two-week stretch of confusion due to the rise of COVID-19 pandemic cases.
Nonetheless, rescheduled games will always be a possibility throughout the regular season, which could greatly affect survivor strategies across the board. That being said, we still highly encourage all players to know exactly what will happen to our survivor pools in the event of future cancelled or postponed matches in any given week by reading up on the subject.
With the introductions out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the data for our Survivor Pools through eight weeks of football, as well as our takeaways from all the action this past week:
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Tilting with the Titans
Despite having a favorable matchup against the Bengals, the Tennessee Titans were shockingly upset by Cincinnati. In turn, this led to the surprising demise of two of our five remaining players from the NITROGEN Pool.
This goes to show that not all of our site’s best survivor players are found in our pools with much larger payouts. In fact, only five percent of survivors on average from the other eight pools went with Tennessee in Week 8.
An Easy Steal for the Steelers?
Only the Pittsburgh Steelers remain undefeated this season, and they’re currently projected to cruise to their eighth-consecutive victory without much of a struggle considering that they’re on the road in Week 9 to take on the downtrodden Dallas Cowboys.
Survivors who have yet to back the Steelers in their pools would be wise to do so this week as the race for the AFC North crown will intensify for the remainder of the season. Dallas’ back-to-back defeats against their similarly subpar division rivals from the NFC East goes to show that the team is far from competitive with third-string QB Ben DiNucci running the offense, and it does not get any easier with Pittsburgh’s mighty defense next on the slate.
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Some games to look forward to in Week 9
New York Giants vs. Washington Football Team
Options for survivor picks are running low as we hit the midway point of the season, which means some unsavory decisions might have to be made for the long term. And similar to Week 8, wherein a large portion of our surviving players escaped Week 8 by backing the Eagles, the Week 9 clash between fellow NFC East teams New York and/or Washington offers survivors the chance to side with either of these two struggling franchises from the worst division in the NFL.
The yet-to-be-renamed Football Team, in particular, has more than enough appeal as a survivor pick in this particular matchup. Head coach Ron Rivera and his boys from the Capital just snapped their five-game losing streak with an emphatic 25-3 win over Dallas last week.
Although, the Giants have also hung tough in their last three defeats, losing by just a total of six points and almost pulling off an upset over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Monday Night. Furthermore, it was Washington whom the G-Men defeated in Week 6 for their first and only win this season.
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
While we’re on the topic of disappointing teams, we might as well bring up Sunday’s contest between the two one-win clubs from the AFC South in Houston and Jacksonville. Both teams are coming off their respective byes with a lot more preparation and adjustments having been made by both sides entering Week 9.
However, the Jaguars are forced to roll the dice with their backup QB in sixth-round pick Jake Luton in place of the injured Gardner Minshew (thumb). With that in mind, perhaps making the Texans as a survivor pick this week is not a foolish endeavor, especially considering that they just beat the Jags at Houston a month ago, 30-14.
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For all those who have survived, make sure you lock in your picks this week! Good luck!