NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 13
We are officially at the quarter-poll of the 2019-20 NFL season, and to say it’s been anything short of stellar and unorthodox would be an understatement. Throughout the first 12 games, we’ve seen great plays, hilarious miscues, poor officiating, questionable coaching decisions, questionable decisions regarding COVID and the postponement of games, terrible season-ending injuries and a playoff picture that is no clearer today than it was a few weeks ago. I for one am looking forward to the last five weeks of the regular season as there are many things up for grabs such as first-round byes, division titles, MVP awards, ROY awards and the draft order, which has almost been determined. In terms of the Survivor Pool, if you are still alive and the pool is still going, you are doing great and are in an extremely tough contest. I got you covered this week to help you survive once more.
Miami Dolphins over Cincinnati Bengals: If the Dolphins are serious about holding onto or improving their current wild card position, they are going to need to beat the lowly Bengals. The Dolphins are coming off a 20-3 win vs the Jets and now get a Bengals team that’s starting Brandon Allen at quarterback. The Bengals are lost and should have no business staying close in this game.
Las Vegas Raiders over New York Jets: I took the Raiders last week and paid the price for doing so. They were abysmal against the Falcons, but I don’t see them being that bad against a bad Jets team. The Raiders know they cannot afford to lose these winnable games down the stretch if they want to sniff the postseason. The offense breaks out in this one and does enough to get the win.
Minnesota Vikings over Jacksonville Jaguars: It took all of 59:30 and a missed field goal from Carolina as time expired for the Vikings to escape with the win. The health of Dalvin Cook is up in the air. However, even without him, Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson should be able to handle a terrible Jaguars team.
Green Bay Packers over Philadelphia Eagles: I mean, did you watch both of these teams play last week? The Packers are a legit Super Bowl contender, while the Eagles may be looking at selecting another quarterback in the upcoming draft. The Eagles are terrible, and there’s no way they go into Lambeau Field and get a win.
Seattle Seahawks over New York Giants: It’s uncertain whether Daniel Jones will be back under center for the Giants. However, even if he is, the Seahawks should do enough to fend off the Giants and win their third straight game. The Seahawks are nearly unbeatable at home, and the Giants’ defense will be in tough to contain Russ and his weapons.
Kansas City Chiefs over Denver Broncos: The Broncos could start prime Elway and still wouldn’t win this football game. The Chiefs are too good, and the offense is likely to put up 28+ in this contest. We believe the Broncos will in fact have a legit QB under center for this game. However, does it really matter?
Pittsburgh Steelers over Washington: I know the Steelers are coming off their game against Baltimore and have less than a week to prepare for this game. However, they are the far superior team, and we don’t see Washington coming to Pittsburgh and grabbing the win. The Steelers’ defense will be too much, and the Steelers can inch their way closer to top seed in the AFC.
Atlanta Falcons over New Orleans Saints: I picked the Falcons over the Saints in Taysom Hill’s first game as a starter. That didn’t go well. I’m back aboard the Falcons after they showed me that they have some fight left in them. The Falcons should be prepared for this game. And with the Saints playing their second straight road game, I’ll take a shot with the underdog.
Detroit Lions over Chicago Bears: I could care less about this game. I’m only picking the Lions because maybe now that Matt Patricia is gone, the Lions will have a decent game plan and show up to play for their interim coach and for a little bit of pride. The Bears are still the Bears – a terrible offensive football team – and I’ll take Stafford over Trubisky any day of the week.
Indianapolis Colts over Houston Texans: Both of these teams come into this game after having contrasting results. The Colts were demolished by the Titans, and the Texans demolished the Lions. If the Texans had Will Fuller in the lineup (suspended six games), I’d take them. They don’t, which means their offense is now one-dimensional. Give me the Colts and their plethora of weapons to bounce-back in this game.
Tennessee Titans over Cleveland Browns: Both of these teams are 8-3 on the season, but I trust the Titans more. They can control the clock and run Derrick Henry down the Browns throat all game long. The Browns are one of those teams that are flying under the radar, but they rank in the middle of the pack in most categories on both sides of the ball and we just see the Titans being too much for them to handle.
Arizona Cardinals over Los Angeles Rams: Every time I hype up the Rams and call them a good football team, they find a way to blow a very winnable game. The Cardinals have been reeling a bit lately, losing two straight, and find themselves with little room for error down the stretch if they hope to make the playoffs. Nonetheless, I think the Cardinals are in a good spot here to bounce back.
New England Patriots over Los Angeles Chargers: After watching the Chargers completely mismanage the clock last week against the Bills, I’m taking the Patriots in this one based solely on the coaching matchup. Belichick is a much better coach than Lynn (obviously), and I think he’ll have his team ready to go on the road and not lose to a rookie quarterback.
Buffalo Bills over San Francisco 49ers: With each passing week and each passing win, the Bills are inching ever closer to their first division title in quite some time. This is an extremely winnable game for the Bills against a mediocre 49ers team, and I think they’ll have learned their lesson from their latest venture out west (a loss to the Cardinals). The Bills offense puts up 28+ in a solid win.
Baltimore Ravens over Dallas Cowboys: And lastly, we expect Lamar Jackson back for this one, but it’s still too early to call. The Cowboys quit on themselves last week, and we don’t see them bouncing back this week on the road.
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