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NFL survivor pool strategy/picks, Week 1: Time to get our pools going

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We’ve got all the strategy you need to make it through the first week of a Survivor pool.

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The NFL returns on Thursday, with the New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs to get the season started. Fantasy football lineups are just about settled, but it’s also time to consider pick ‘em contests and Survivor pools.

We’re going to have the weekly prediction contest this season, and I’ll have a FanPost up later today with the games we’ll choose. In the meantime, I’m setting up a couple contests at Yahoo! for the site to join. The first is a traditional “Pick ‘Em” contest. We’re keeping simple, with you just picking each game straight up. We won’t get complicated with confidence points or the spread. The group name is Niners Nation and the password is go49ers. The group ID is 41069.

The second contest will be a Survivor Pool. In a Survivor Pool, you pick a different team each week. You can only pick a team once. If your team wins you stay alive. I have set it up so you get two strikes. If you lose once, you get another chance. If you lose twice, you’re out. Once you pick a team, you can no longer pick them this season. The group name and password are the same as for the pick ‘em contest. The group ID is 36660.

Over at SB Nation, we have three writers who rank out every game for the week in terms of using them for Survivor. The top three teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, and Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers travel to face the Cleveland Browns, the Bills host the New York Jets, and the Falcons travel to face the Chicago Bears.

I have to admit, I might be most intrigued by the Falcons. I’m tempted to pick against the Jets every week, but I also am not entirely sure about picking divisional games. The Jets and Browns are bad football teams, but divisional matchups, particularly this early in the season are not ideal.

Who are you taking?