NFL Survivor Pool Stories After Week 9
The biggest story coming out of Week 9 in the NFL was that of the New England Patriots finally meeting their match in the form of the Baltimore Ravens. After weeks of picking on teams with subpar quarterbacks, the Pats didn’t know what to do with Jackson, who befuddled New England’s top-ranked defense.
Like the Pats, several Survivor Pool players took a stumble in Week 9. Some of them chose to counter the Miami Dolphins and picked the New York Jets. If anything, they found out that it’s possible to underestimate the Dolphins and overestimate the Jets at the same time.
It’s another interesting week ahead in the NFL, but before that, let’s take a look at the current situation across all NFL Survivor Pools.
|Name of Pool||GTD Prize*||Entries||Survivors**|
|All Pro Pool||$29,670||319||60|
|Hall of Famer Pool||$231,500||249||24|
|*BTC-USD exchange rate at the time of publishing.|
|**Entries left after Week 7.|
We’re in the heads-up round of the biggest buy-in pool, Nitrogen but still lots of contenders in the other buy-in pools and the free pools.
In the main free-to-enter pool, after only nine got the boot last week, 53 were eliminated in Week 9 and only 6.5% remains in contention. Similar patterns across all buy-in pools, wherein only eight were eliminated after Week 8 but many couldn’t advance after Week 9 with a total of 126 eliminations. Overall, we’re down to nearly just 12% left in all buy-in pools.
The storm after the calm
Last week, surviving players in the Rookie, Captain, All Pro, MVP, Hall of Fame, and NITROGEN pools all went unschated. Hooray!
Everyone alive in those pools following Week 7 also made it to Week 9, but having back-to-back weeks of zero eliminated players is a trend that is simply hard to sustain, as evidenced by the combined 57 players whose entries got torched at the conclusion of Week 8. The Hall of Fame pool has 24 remaining players in contention, with User 189 still owning nine (9) picks. Will he navigate the waters of Week 10 without any hitch?
NITROGEN Pool down to two users
The Green Bay Packers had been winning games despite the absence of Davante Adams, so it’s quite surprising to see the team lose in the wide receiver’s first game back after recovering from a toe injury. The loss was especially debilitating to User 96913 in the NITROGEN pool, who picked the Packers to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers on the road in Week 9.
The Chargers weren’t going to allow Aaron Rodgers and company dominate them in Carson, slowing down the Packers in a 26-11 win. As for the remaining pair of survivors, one went with the Buffalo Bills (defeated the Washington Redskins) and the other had the San Francisco 49ers, who had to keep their backers on the edge of their seat in a 28-25 win in Glendale over the Arizona Cardinals.
Some games to look forward to in Week 10
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers
The Panthers have put Cam Newton on the Injured Reserve list, meaning Kyle Allen, so long as he is healthy, will be under center for the team the rest of the way. The good thing about the Panthers is that they still have running back Christian McCaffrey, who’s part of most MVP discussions plus a bend-but-don’t-break defense (We know it got hammered by the 49ers, but it’s still solid overall).
The Panthers can copy what the Chargers did to Green Bay in Week 9 in which LA’s pass rush was relentless in getting into the pocket and bothering Rodgers. The Panthers are No. 1 in the NFL with 34 sacks. As for the Packers, taking nothing away from the Chargers’ defense, Rodgers’ performance in Week 9 can be taken as a sign that he’s human after all.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Oh boy, this is a huge game on Monday night. The 49ers are the only undefeated team in the NFL with the New England Patriots taking a pie to their face in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens. But even with the 49ers going 8-0 to start the season, the Seahawks have done well enough to position themselves within striking distance of the top spot in the NFC West.
Russell Wilson is playing like a true favorite to win the NFL MVP, but he’ll be challenged by San Francisco’s defense that’s top in the NFL in total defense and second in scoring defense.
Don’t forget to check out more NFL Game Previews here at Nitrogen Sports Blog.
For all those who have survived, make sure you lock in your picks this week! Good luck!