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