NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 6
Due to COVID, the NFL has had to manipulate the schedule moving forward to accommodate a bunch of teams. Tuesday’s game between the Bills and Titans was just the second-ever NFL game played on a Tuesday. And I’m not going to lie to you, I wish we had more Tuesday football. This week, there is no Thursday night game, but we do get a double-header on Monday when the Chiefs travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills and the Cardinals travel to Big D to take on the Dak-less Cowboys.
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As far as last week’s selections went, it was a mixed bag. We hit our top two selections with the Cowboys and Seahawks, but the Chiefs fell flat on their face against Oakland. Let’s try and go perfect this week. These survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 6 of the National Football League Season. The team I list first is my selection.
Baltimore Ravens over Philadelphia Eagles: I’ve yet to give out the Ravens as my top selection for this piece, but now is the time to do so. Baltimore is coming off a dominating win against Cincinnati, and I expect more of the same against an Eagles team that is banged up on both sides of the ball and one that won’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up with the Ravens. This is as good a week as you’re going to get to use the Ravens. Make it count.
New England Patriots over Denver Broncos: Because this game got pushed back a week, I’m confident in the ability of the Patriots’ coaching staff to game plan for a Denver team that isn’t very explosive offensively. The defense should be able to contain the Broncos’ attack, while the offense (possibly Cam Newton) does just enough to get a much-needed win.
Miami Dolphins over New York Jets: It doesn’t get any more “2020” than this. The Dolphins, who suck, are laying nine-point to the Jets, who suck worse. So why is this game a top-three selection for me? Well, because the Miami Dolphins offense is good. And if they can score 21 points, they should be able to win. Joe Flacco is under center for the Jets, and they just released Le’Veon Bell. That’s not exactly a team I’m willing to bet on right now.
Los Angeles Rams over San Francisco 49ers: If Jimmy Garoppolo found life tough against the Dolphins defense last week, wait till he has Aaron Donald and Co. breathing down his neck for 60 minutes this week. The Rams are a good team and will get the win against a Niners team that is in shambles right now and is on the verge of a complete meltdown.
Detroit Lions over Jacksonville Jaguars: The Lions are coming off a bye week, while the Jags are coming off an embarrassing loss to the previously winless Texans. There isn’t much positive to write home about the Jags, and the Lions’ offense can put up points in a hurry. Detroit wins this one going away.
Houston Texans over Tennessee Titans: Now would be a great time for the Texans to grab a second win and carry some momentum into Week 7. The Titans are fresh off a dominating win vs. the Bills but have two less days to prepare (get rest) for a Texans team that played extremely well last week. We’ll call for the minor upset in this one.
Minnesota Vikings over Atlanta Falcons: The Dan Quinn era is over in Atlanta (finally), but we don’t see the losing ending any time soon. The Falcons just look like a lost team right now. And while coaching changes usually affect the team in a positive way in the immediate future, we like Minnesota to get the win on their home soil after blowing the game last week to the Seahawks.
Indianapolis Colts over Cincinnati Bengals: I’ve been a believer in the Bengals and Joe Burrow for the first few weeks, but the bubble burst last week, and I believe the Colts will bounce-back with a win here at home. The Colts had a chance to beat Cleveland last week but faltered, and we don’t expect them to do so again against another Ohio team.
Carolina Panthers over Chicago Bears: I’m still not sure how the Bears managed to win their last game against the Bucs. They seemingly did nothing for 58 minutes and won the game. I think the Panthers are the better team all around and are better coached. They have momentum coming into this game, and I think they make it count on their home turf.
Kansas City Chiefs over Buffalo Bills: After watching Buffalo’s performance on Tuesday against the Titans, I’ll gladly take the Chiefs in this one. They are more consistent and should have enough defensively to contain the Bills. Not to mention, the extra days of prep/rest the Chiefs have will only give them more of an edge. Mahomes outduels Allen, and the Chiefs win again
Arizona Cardinals over Dallas Cowboys: First off, prayers up for Dak Prescott. Here’s to a speedy recovery and a big payday when you return. Secondly, I don’t think the Cowboys can overcome that loss and be an effective football team moving forward. Andy Dalton is not the answer, and the Cardinals should be able to outscore the Cowboys simply based on how bad the Cowboys’ defense has been this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns: This is going to be a good game. Both teams have solid units on both sides of the ball. And usually when these two teams hook up, it’s an extremely physical contest. I think the Steelers being home gives them a slight edge, but we hardly have enough confidence to make it a top play.
Green Bay Packers over Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I like the Packers in this one, but the Bucs do have an offense built to put up plenty of points. This game could come down to the last possession, and we see better spots to use the Packers down the line.
Washington over New York Giants: Does anyone really care about this game? Daniel Jones vs Kyle Allen. Two defenses who can’t stop anyone. And two franchises that have been in the dumps for quite some time. Give me the Football Team based on how the Giants blew the game last week.
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