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BTSC Survivor Pool Update: Week 1 results

Over 20% on contestants were knocked out the first week

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Entry into the Behind The Steel Curtain survivor pool closed at 1 PM on Sunday when the early NFL games kicked off. With four leagues completely filled with 100 entries, the fifth league finished with 46 participants. While technically there are 446 total entries, I have one entry in each league as the commissioner so there were 442 different contestants. Hundreds have entered, but only one can go home with the autographed Joe Haden Football.

The most common selection for Week 1 was the San Francisco 49ers in Detroit against the Lions which led the way in all five leagues. This game was a blowout early only to be close at the end when Detroit made a big comeback with a chance to tie it at the end. But almost doesn’t count as the 150 contestants who chose the 49ers made it through to Week 2.

The second most popular pick was the selection of the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. This game was never really close and allowed another 75 entries to move on.

The next most commonly picked incorrect game was the Jacksonville Jaguars traveling to the Houston Texans. While many expected the Texans to struggle this season, they jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back, eliminating 19 contestants.

One good sign was only 14 contestants failed to make their pick in time. Hopefully this number will drop to zero over the rest of the contest.

So after one week, 79% of the entries still remain. If you are still alive, make sure you enter your pick early so you don’t get knocked out due to a lack of selection. This is your reminder, so go make your pick now!

Weekly Update:

Upcoming Week 2 Games of Note:

  • Most heavily favored: Tampa Bay (-12.5) at home over Atlanta
  • Closest match up: Three games at (-3)
  • The Steelers match up: Pittsburgh (-5.5) at home over Las Vegas

(all lines are courtesy of as on 9/14)

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.