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NFL Survivor Pool Week 4 Recap

I Love L.A.

by Brice Freeman (@FreemanBrice)

We love it! That is, as long as you were wise enough to pick the correct L.A. team in Week 4 of your survivor pool. Both the Rams and Chargers were heavy favorites this week, but the results show it looks like another perfect day for those who chose the Chargers over the lowly Dolphins. For others who picked the undefeated Rams at home over the Buccaneers, it is cold and it is damp.

A popular choice to avoid elimination in survivor pools this football season is to put your faith in the team that’s lucky enough to face Miami. There ain’t nothing like ‘em nowhere. This strategy drove many survivors to Victory Boulevard, as the Chargers defeated the Dolphins, 30-10. For the third time in four weeks, Miami kept the game competitive in the first half, down 17-10, and actually had their first lead of the season that lasted for nearly four minutes. But true to form, QB Josh Rosen and company were dreadful in the second half and managed just 37 yards from scrimmage. The Dolphins have now been outscored 81-0 in the second half this year.

As for the Rams playing at home, the Santa Ana wind blowin’ hot from the north must have been a bit too much as they quickly fell behind Tampa Bay, 21-0. QB Jared Goff played poorly all afternoon – throwing three interceptions, losing one fumble, and missing two open receivers for would-be touchdowns. Disgruntled, and now eliminated, survivors muttered, “Look at that bum over there, man.” Goff managed to throw for more than 500 yards in the 55-40 loss, but was playing catch up all day which proved to be a little bit too rugged for a successful comeback.

Thanks to the Chargers, many a survivor is shouting, “I love L.A.” So, roll down the window, put down the top and crank up the Beach Boys, baby on your way to week five.

Here are some early considerations for next week, with point spreads coming from fivethirtyeight.com:

New England Patriots (-11) at Washington Redskins

Kansas City Chiefs (-10.5) vs. Indianapolis Colts

Los Angeles Chargers (-8.5) vs. Denver Broncos

Celebrate or commiserate your L.A. pick by grooving to Randy Newman’s classic 1983 homage to Los Angeles, I Love L.A.



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