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BTSC Survivor Pool Update: Week 1 results

The most common choice across all six leagues was a one-point game which came down to the wire

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Entry into the Behind The Steel Curtain survivor pool closed at 1 PM on Sunday when the early NFL games kicked off. With five leagues completely filled with 100 entries, the sixth league finished with 92 participants. While technically there are 592 total entries, I have one entry in each league as the commissioner so there were 587 different contestants. Hundreds have entered, but only one can go home with the autographed David DeCastro football.

The most common selection for Week 1 was the Seattle Seahawks at home against the Cincinnati Bengals which led the way in all six leagues. Surprisingly, the Bengals led by three at halftime and did not lose the lead until the fourth quarter. If Cincinnati could have moved into field goal range in either of their final two drives, 155 additional people would have been eliminated. Instead the Seahawks held on to win 21-20.

The next most commonly picked game was the Philadelphia Eagles at home over the Washington Redskins. There were 101 people very nervous as the Redskins held a 17–0 lead in the first half. But the Eagles fought back and took the lead in the second half to secure the 32-27 victory.

For the 91 people who chose Baltimore over Miami, they had nothing to worry about as the Ravens took a large lead early in the game and never looked back.

Unfortunately, the biggest reason for teams to be eliminated was owners not making their choice in time. A total of 26 people across all six leagues were eliminated due to not making a selection. The most common incorrect pick was from people buying too much into the Cleveland hype with 24 selections of the Browns. Another 21 contestants were knocked out because the Lions did not win their game. So for those of you who were curious, if you select a team who finished their game in a tie, you will be eliminated

So after one week, 82% of the entries still remain. If you are still alive, make sure you enter your selection early so you don’t get knocked out due to a lack of selection. If you want, you can make your picks weeks in advance and still change your choices up until the weekly deadline.

Weekly Update:

Upcoming Week 2 Games of Note:

  • Most heavily favored: New England (-18.5) on the road over Miami
  • Closest match up: Denver (EVEN) at home vs. Chicago
  • The Steelers match up: Pittsburgh (-3.5) at home over Seattle

(all lines are courtesy of as on 9/9)

So there you have it! Make sure you check back at Behind The Steel Curtain to stay updated on the contest. Even if you did not enter or have already been eliminated, feel free to check in and see how you would have fared each week.