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EASY MONEY: Updated ‘Survivor Pool’ picks for NFL Weeks 4-17


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BATSBY Sports guru Jay Clemons tweaks his Survivor Pool picks for Weeks 4-17, moving forward, starting with the Rams' attractive Sunday matchup against the Buccaneers.

Ever hear of an NFL survivor (or ‘suicide’) 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 had Russell Wilson and the Seahawks beating the Bengals at home in Week 1. By virtue of that, I cannot designate Seattle to win for Weeks 2-17.

The same held true for the Ravens (over the Cardinals) in Week 2; after that game, I can no longer pick Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and breakout tight end Mark Andrews 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 implausible occurrence for me in recent years — they’re entitled to all or some of the winnings (which can be quite lucrative).

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


WEEK 1 — SEATTLE over Cincinnati (correct)
WEEK 2 — BALTIMORE over Arizona (correct)
WEEK 3 — DALLAS over Miami (correct)
WEEK 4 —
L.A. Rams over Tampa Bay
WEEK 5 — Philadelphia over N.Y. Jets
WEEK 6 — New England over N.Y. Giants
WEEK 7 — Green Bay over Oakland
WEEK 8 — Detroit over N.Y. Giants
WEEK 9 — Buffalo over Washington
WEEK 10 — Chicago over Detroit
WEEK 11 — Minnesota over Denver
WEEK 12 — Cleveland over Miami
WEEK 13 — Kansas City over Oakland
WEEK 14 — Atlanta over Carolina
WEEK 15 — New Orleans over Indianapolis
WEEK 16 — Tennessee over New Orleans
WEEK 17 — Houston over Tennessee

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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