2020 NFL Survivor Pool Stories After Week 9
Scares and close calls are happening more and more frequently as the 2020 NFL season rolls along. Week 8 certainly delivered plenty of those thrills that either nearly eliminated several survivors from contention, or have ultimately ended a good number of survivors’ runs altogether.
Kindly be reminded that rescheduled games will always be a possibility throughout the regular season that’s still enduring the effects of the global pandemic, and this could greatly affect survivor strategies for every survivor pool participant involved. As such, we still highly encourage all players to know what will happen to our survivor pools in the event of future cancelled/postponed games in any given week by reading up on the subject.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the data for our NFL Survivor Pools at the midway point of the NFL regular season, as well as our takeaways from all the action this past week:
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|**# of Winners or Entries left after Week 9.|
Avoiding the Pitt of Despair
The Steelers were the most-picked team in Week 9 and rightfully so, considering that they were facing the freefalling Cowboys. However, their woes on the road from previous seasons became apparent yet again early into Sunday’s game at Arlington, only for Dallas to ultimately blow their shot at upsetting the one remaining undefeated team in the league.
Pittsburgh is set for a rematch against Cincinnati in Week 10, and this matchup is another winnable situation for Mike Tomlin and his crew. Then again, their performance from the previous week left little to be desired, which could prove that the window for the Steelers as a surefire survivor lock has already closed.
Super Cam to the Rescue
In a similar situation as the Cowboys, almost nobody expected the Jets to put up a good fight against the Patriots on Monday night, let alone have a two-possession lead for the majority of the contest at that. Alas; Cam Newton saved many survivor players’ lives in Week 9 after the Pats – the second-most picked team in Week 9 after the Steelers – rallied to win in regulation by way of a game-winning field goal from ex-New York kicker Nick Folk.
It’s worth noting that both the Jets and Cowboys are on bye this week, which means the survivors left standing will have a much tougher decision to make in Week 10 compared to recent weeks. But as Week 9 had just shown, not every lopsided matchup can guarantee a winning survivor pick for as long as the heavy favorites continue to play down to their inferior competition.
Some games to look forward to in Week 10
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
The rematch of Week 7’s divisional clash between Philadelphia and New York will not draw many viewers in Week 10, but this game is ripe for survivor strategies nonetheless, especially for those who want to side with either of these two mediocre franchises after having exhausted nearly all teams with a .500 record or better to this point.
The Eagles entered their bye in Week 8 with a two-game win streak, whereas the Giants completed their season sweep of Washington for all two of their wins this season. The G-Men also lost to Philly by a single point the last time around, so one could make a compelling case for either of these two NFC East clubs as a viable survivor pick for the week.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
Despite the growing pains we’ve come to accept from rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins have been on a tear of late with four-consecutive victories and are 2-0 since making Tagovailoa as their starting QB.
That being said, Miami’s upcoming clash against the Chargers could very well be the best time to buy in on the team’s hype at its very peak. Even if this game ends up being a close one, you can almost smell the stink coming off of Los Angeles’ side from a mile away, as the Bolts have lost all six of their games this season by a single scoring possession.
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For all those who have survived, make sure you lock in your picks this week! Good luck!