NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 16
I’ve touched on the subject of next year’s NFL Draft a few times over the last couple of weeks as we approach the regular-season finale in just one week’s time. I said how typical it would be of the Jets to go and do the one thing their fan base doesn’t want them to do; and that’s winning a football game and costing themselves a chance at drafting Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the first overall draft pick. Well, the Jets can’t even tank properly and are now sitting in the No. 2 slot that has a bit of intrigue around it but just doesn’t have the buzz of the No. 1 pick. Even if the Jets wanted to keep Darnold (for whatever dumb reason), they could have got a great haul from a team looking to swoop in for Lawrence. Instead, their options are Justin Fields or a much weaker package that is unlikely to better the franchise sooner than later. But I digress. The Jets cost a lot of people their survivor plays. And with just two weeks left, the pickings are slim.
Cleveland Browns over New York Jets: Can the Jets do the unthinkable and win another game and further screw up their draft spot in next year’s draft? I highly doubt it. The Browns have too much to play for, and the Jets are still a bad football team. Take Cleveland with confidence.
New Orleans Saints over Minnesota Vikings: This game is taking place on Friday, and the Saints have the benefit of staying home for this contest. They did well in their loss to Kansas City, but Brees still looks like he’s over the hill. However, I still believe, that with the Saints having plenty to play for, Brees and Co. can outlast a Vikings squad that’s lost two straight and are looking at a losing season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Detroit Lions: The Bucs came back from an early deficit against Atlanta to stay within striking distance of the Saints for the NFC South. Now they get to take on a Lions team that got trashed on the road vs. the Titans and that is simply too banged up to keep pace with the Bucs offense.
Arizona Cardinals over San Francisco 49ers: The Cardinals are on a two-game winning streak and are currently holding on to the final wild-card spot. If they intend to stay there, they are going to need to handle a 49er’s team that is going to be without several starters (what else is new?) and that will be relying on C.J. Beathard under center. Something tells me the Cardinals will score enough points to win this game.
Miami Dolphins over Las Vegas Raiders: The Dolphins have been a great surprise this season, while the Raiders, like usual, have been disappointing. The Dolphins absolutely need to have this game if they want to take another step closer to the playoffs. Right now, they are in the final spot, ahead of Baltimore, who is also 9-5. Oakland’s chances of making the playoffs are slim, especially now that they have to rely on Marcus Mariota in this game. Dolphins do enough offensively against a terrible Raiders’ defense to get the win.
Baltimore Ravens over New York Giants: I feel the theme of this article is talking about teams who need to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Ravens need this game and should win it with ease after what we saw from the Giants and Colt McCoy against the Browns. The Ravens are winners of three straight and are starting to find their mojo at the right time.
Cincinnati Bengals over Houston Texans: Letdown spot? For the Bengals? Possibly, but why would we trust Houston and more than we should? Houston is bad on defense. And we saw enough from the Bengals last week to believe they can duplicate their success on both ends of the field.
Chicago Bears over Jacksonville Jaguars: Because the Jets won their first game last week, the Jags are now in the pole position for Trevor Lawrence. Are they dumb enough to screw this up? I doubt it. They’ve already said that Gardner Minshew won’t start. And to me, that indicates waving the white flag. Nonetheless, the Bears have found a groove on offense and should score plenty of points in this one.
Kansas City Chiefs over Atlanta Falcons: You could give Atlanta a 17-0 lead to start the game and I’d still take the Chiefs. The Falcons stink, and no lead is safe with them. The Chiefs are well on their way to the No. 1 overall seed, and this game cements that for them.
Indianapolis Colts over Pittsburgh Steelers: How on earth can you trust the Steelers right now? They are a mess. They are banged up on defense and have no pop on offense. The Colts have won three straight and are playing great on both sides of the football.
Los Angeles Chargers over Denver Broncos: The Broncos showed their true colors last week against the Bills. They were terrible, and we believe the Chargers’ offense will be able to move the ball at will and score plenty of points. The Chargers also come in with extra rest, and a division rival at home is a game anyone can get up for.
Washington over Carolina Panthers: The Football Team played a good game against the Seahawks but fell short. They are still in the running for the NFC East and as such should be ready to play this game against a Panthers team that’ll be checked out and ready to start the offseason.
Seattle Seahawks over Los Angeles Rams: I can almost guarantee that the Rams are going to come out pissed off and want to make amends for the embarrassment of last week. However, every time I hype them up, they stink up the joint. I’m done with them. Seahawks win this and move closer to the division title.
Dallas Cowboys over Philadelphia Eagles: I believe the Eagles have the advantage at quarterback, but the Cowboys have too many skill guys that will give the Eagles’ defense headaches. The Cowboys have won two straight and were at home last week, while the Eagles were on the West Coast and now will be playing their second road game in as many weeks.
Green Bay Packers over Tennessee Titans: This is the game of the week as we have two teams that are a combined 21-7. The Packers are at home and as such we’ll give them the nod in this one. Aaron Rodgers continues his MVP-caliber season, and the defense will do it’s best to make Tannehill beat them and not Derrick Henry.
Buffalo Bills over New England Patriots: I know that the Bills clinched the division last week, but this is a team that is focused on taking the next step. I don’t think there was too much celebrating, and I believe they’d love nothing more than to whoop their division rivals one final time this season.
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