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This is a fun, last-minute NFL game to play with your friends

This is a fun, last-minute NFL game to play with your friends

By Jake O'Bannon

Back in 2012, I saw an article on the website formerly known as Grantland, giving the criteria for an NFL wins pool. I was confused, but it kinda looked awesome. 

Turns out it is awesome, and it's not too late to have one with your friends. 

It works like this - You find 10 people and you draw from a hat to see who gets picks 1-10. After you have that set, you use the following algorithm for each team's next two picks:

Team 1 — 1st pick, 20th pick, 26th pick
Team 2 — 2, 16, 29
Team 3 — 3, 13, 30
Team 4 — 4, 18, 25
Team 5 — 5, 15, 27
Team 6 — 6, 19, 22
Team 7 — 7, 11, 28
Team 8 — 8, 17, 21
Team 9 — 9, 14, 23
Team 10 — 10, 12, 24

I have no idea how these numbers were set, and neither did Bill Simmons in the article in which this game was originally posted. 

Important: You're drafting actual teams, not players. You can draft in person, through text, email, etc.  At the end of the NFL regular season, the person with the most total wins between the three teams they drafted is the winner. Pretty simple. 

Ten writers from The Prospects did a NFL wins pool this year, and this is how our draft turned out:

  • Stan West - (1) Packers, (20) Dolphins, (26) Falcons
  • Nick Chafey - (2) Patriots, (16) Ravens, (29) Eagles
  • Trey Stiles - (3) Seahawks, (13) Colts, (30) Lions
  • Matt Shellenberger - (4) Steelers, (18) Giants, (25) Chargers
  • Clay Milford - (5) Cardinals, (15) Washington, (27) Bears
  • Tyler Neal - (6) Panthers, (19) Jaguars, (22) Bucs
  • Jake O'Bannon - (7) Broncos, (11) Texans, (28) Saints
  • Michael Doutey - (8) Bengals, (17) Bills, (21) Cowboys
  • Tyler Copeland - (9) Vikings, (14) Chiefs, (23) Titans
  • Jordy Harris - (10) Raiders, (12) Jets, (24) Rams
    • Undrafted - 49ers, Browns

You should do it, too! Good luck!

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