Vince Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” For those who are still alive in survivor contests as the calendar turns to December, “excellent” would be a good word to describe the season. It might not take perfection to be the winner, depending on how many are left in your pool, but for anybody still standing at this stage of the game, it is quite an achievement.
I suffered my second loss of the season in this report last week with an example of what makes survivor pools so hard. The Eagles lost 13-7 to the Giants when Jalen Reagor dropped a fourth-down pass that hit him in the hands at the goal line. The Eagles had 5.1 yards per play to 4.6 for the Giants. Philadelphia ran for 6.3 yards per carry. The defense held the Giants to 264 yards and 13 points.
Four Eagles turnovers led to the loss, with one at the goal line and another on a ball picked off at the Giants’ 5-yard line. It takes picking the right teams but also being on the right side of luck and turnover variance, and sometimes that just doesn’t happen.
The survivor picks for this report are now 10-2 on the season, and the “Games to Consider” are 28-13 after going 2-1 last week. I still haven’t picked a single team twice, but since there are losses, I have recycled all 32 teams into the mix.
Let’s see what Week 13 has in store.
GAMES TO CONSIDER
Dallas Cowboys (-5) over New Orleans Saints
Could the Cowboys have some addition by subtraction Thursday night with Mike McCarthy home due to COVID-19? A lot of people in the sports betting community think McCarthy is one of the few things holding the Cowboys back, as his in-game decisions leave a lot to be desired.