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Defending Champion Schwab Breaks Through in Week 2 With Perfect Mark

It was a good week for most of Team OddsShark in the second of 17 legs of the world-famous Super Contest. But it was a great week for a select few, led by defending team champion Frank Schwab, who posted a perfect 5-0 record to move into a three-way tie for the group lead with Ty Schalter and Michaela Vernava at 7-3 through the first two.

Schwab’s Shutdown Corner entry included a road favorite (Tennessee Titans), two home favorites (Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons), a road underdog (Miami Dolphins) and a home underdog (Denver Broncos). Four of the five won easily, with the Dolphins needing to hold off the Los Angeles Chargers at the end to win and cover.

Vernava was one of eight Team OddsShark members to go 4-1 in addition to NESN colleague Mike Cole and fellow Bostonian Jon Anik. Cole and Anik both bounced back from brutal performances in Week 1 to get out of the cellar, which is currently occupied solely by Anthony Riccobono, who tied for second in the group a year ago. Riccobono went 1-4 in Week 2 to fall to 2-7-1 overall, ranking 25th among the 25 team members.

Chicagoans Sam Panayotovich and Joe Ostrowski both continued their winning ways as well, sitting tied for fourth in the group at 6-3-1. Ostrowski went 4-1 too while Panayotovich was 3-2 to stay just ahead of Brazilians Paulo Antunes and Jhenny Andrade, who also each went 4-1 to improve to 6-4 overall and tie for sixth. The other two team members who posted a 4-1 mark were Ben Eckstein and Rob Pizzola.

The top 6 consensus picks for Team OddsShark went 5-1 in Week 2, with the Steelers coming through for 11 of the members as their most popular play. Other teams that helped the group were the Washington Redskins (picked nine times), Titans (eight), Broncos (eight) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (six).

The Philadelphia Eagles tied the Buccaneers with six selections but failed to cover the spread in a road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, who were only picked four times by the team. The least selected teams in Week 2 were the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals (one each), with only one of them covering.

To view updated Super Contest standings for the entire field, click here.