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EASY MONEY: Survivor Pool picks for NFL Weeks 1-17


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Jay Clemons submits his Survivor Pool picks for the entire NFL season, starting with the Seahawks' layup matchup for Week 1.

Ever hear of an NFL survivor pool?

It’s a simple game of chance, where contestants are asked to select one lead-pipe cinch for wins in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, etc., with the caveat of only using a particular club once per season (in victory, at least).

For example, I have Russell Wilson and the Seahawks rolling over the Bengals at home in Week 1. By virtue of that, I cannot designate Seattle to win for Weeks 2-17.

The same holds true for the Ravens (over the Cardinals) in Week 2; after that game, I can no longer pick Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and explosive rookie Justice Hill to prevail the rest of the way.

Any incorrect picks automatically knock a contestant out of the pool. And if anyone should be left standing by Week 17 — an impossible task for me in recent years — they’re entitled to all or some of the winnings (which can be quite lucrative).

Here are my early full-season picks for 2019. Adding to the degree of difficulty, I can only choose teams to lose no more than twice.


WEEK 1Seattle over Cincinnati
WEEK 2Baltimore over Arizona
WEEK 3Minnesota over Oakland
WEEK 4L.A. Rams over Tampa Bay
WEEK 5Kansas City over Indianapolis
WEEK 6New England over N.Y. Giants
WEEK 7Washington over San Francisco
WEEK 8New Orleans over Arizona
WEEK 9Buffalo over Washington
WEEK 10Chicago over Detroit
WEEK 11Carolina over Atlanta
WEEK 12Cleveland over Miami
WEEK 13Denver over L.A. Chargers
WEEK 14N.Y. Jets over Miami
WEEK 15Detroit over Tampa Bay
WEEK 16Atlanta over Jacksonville
WEEK 17Dallas over Washington

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out,,, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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