NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 10
If you stuck with the Packers last week, you were rewarded handsomely as their game against the San Francisco 49ers was really never in doubt. As for the rest of the survivor week, I managed to hit four winners out of my top five selections, and I’m sure that was enough to get some people through to the next week. As far as Week 10 goes, I’m sure by now you’ve used all of the big guns and are going to need to tread water with the teams that reside in the middle of the pack. Well, fear not, I have you covered with two games that feature teams nobody would use, and I absolutely love the spot they are in.
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Minnesota Vikings over Chicago Bears: I’ve yet to give the Vikings out as a top three play, but this week I love them to get the win on the road vs. the Bears. The Vikings, buoyed by the return of Dalvin Cook, have been on a roll of late, winning two straight games against good teams. They still sit 3-5 on the season, but they have momentum right now and the offense has scored 28 and 34 points, respectively, over their last two games. The defense has also held opponents to just 22 and 20 points. And need I remind you how atrocious the Bears’ offense is? Vikings get the ground game working early and often in this one, and the defense holds the Bears to 17 or fewer points.
Las Vegas Raiders over Denver Broncos: Another team I’ve yet to suggest as a top three play in Survivor Pools. The Raiders come into this game winners of two straight and find themselves in the thick of a wild-card race. They’ve won the last two games in completely different fashions, scoring a low-event 16-6 win over Cleveland and a more thrilling 31-26 win over the Chargers. They can adapt to whatever the opposition throws at them, and we believe they’ll be able to move the ball at will against a Denver side that will be playing their second road game in as many weeks.
Tennessee Titans over Indianapolis Colts: It’s weird to say this, but I trust Ryan Tannehill more than Philip Rivers. Did you see Rivers performance last week against the Ravens? It wasn’t exactly a performance that inspires confidence. The Titans will be rested off their bye week, and they will run the ball down the Colts’ throat all game long and hit their go-to play-action pass plays with high success.
Buffalo Bills over Arizona Cardinals: I think this is a great spot for the Bills to go on the road and grab a big win against a decent Cardinals team. The Bills showed up in a big way last week against the Seahawks, and that momentum and a chance to further cement their status as division winners will be too much for the Bills to pass up. The Cardinals are a poorly coached team, and the preparation the Bills had for Kyler Murray (faced Wilson last week) should do them wonders on defense.
Baltimore Ravens over New England Patriots: Did anyone watch the Patriots struggle for 55 minutes against the Jets only to be gifted the game? I did, and I can tell you the Ravens are going to throttle them. There’s not much more to it than that.
New Orleans Saints over San Francisco 49ers: Did anyone watch the Niners get throttled against the Packers? I did and as seen above, the Saints are going to throttle them. The Saints have the weapons needed to put up another 35+ and the Niners offense, with Nick Mullens under center simply won’t be able to keep up.
Green Bay Packers over Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags showed some good fight to almost comeback against the Texans, but they still lost that game and gave up 27 points. The Packers are healthy, at home and are ready to distance themselves from the Bears in the NFC North. Packers win this one by 14+ and cover the big spread.
Carolina Panthers over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I was on the Bucs last week, and boy was that a colossal disappointment. The Bucs didn’t even show up, and one wonders how they’ll bounce back from that. I think the Panthers are the better team. And with Christian McCaffrey back in action, they have the best player on the field wearing their colors. The Panthers gave the Chiefs all they could handle last week, and I see them putting up another 30-spot against a bad Bucs’ defense.
Cleveland Browns over Houston Texans: I would be inclined to take the Texans, but the Browns are in the fight for a wild-card spot, and this is a game they cannot afford to lose. Sure, they’ll be without OBJ. However, off a bye week, they should have plenty of motivation to come out and do well here.
New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles: The Giants are one game back of the division, lead and that’s embarrassing considering they are 2-7 on the season. They have the better weapons on offense in this game, and we think the defense can step up and make one or two big plays to take down a mediocre Eagles squad.
Miami Dolphins over Las Angeles Chargers: Tua time is proving to be a big success over two games so far. And while it’s too early to anoint him, the Dolphins offense has definitely looked much improved. The Chargers, on the other hand, continue to find ways to lose ball games. And so how can you trust them when the spread is under a field goal? Simple answer… you can’t.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cincinnati Bengals: The status of Big Ben is unknown as he’s been placed on the COVID list. However, if he goes, the Steelers should have no issues dealing with a Bengals team that’s fallen flat of late, winning just one of their last four games.
Seattle Seahawks over Las Angeles Rams: And lastly, this game will be a great watch but terrible game to wager on. The Seahawks are due for a bounce-back defensively, while the Rams are coming off a bye and should be ready to go. I’ll take Wilson over Goff any day of the week, but Wilson is going to need to get much more help from the defense if the Seahawks have any hope of winning the game and maintaining their division lead.
Detroit Lions over Washington Football Team: Matthew Stafford or Alex Smith? I’ll take Stafford in this one. But why watch this game when you can watch The Masters?
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