NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 11: Advice and Predictions
I’m starting to believe that momentum is not a real thing, especially in football. Teams who look great one week come out and play terribly the next, and the teams that were blown out come out and look like Super Bowl contenders. We saw a great example of that with the Cardinals and Niners last week, and we were on the wrong side of both contests. The most important thing to remember when handicapping football is that every week is a different beast and it should be treated as such.
Here are my survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 11 of the National Football League Season. The team I list first is my selection.
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New England Patriots over Atlanta Falcons: Don’t look now, but the Patriots have won four straight games and are breathing down the Bills’ neck in the AFC East. They are playing some really good football of late, and we believe they are far better than the Falcons, who just got obliterated on Sunday. Pats win this game by double-digits.
Carolina Panthers over Washington Football Team: The return of Cam Newton seemed to spark the team, and the Panthers put up 34 points on a depleted Cardinals team. Can they do it again against a similar Washington squad that’s coming off a big upset win over Tampa? I say they can.
Green Bay Packers over Minnesota Vikings: I’ll take Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams over Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen any day of the week. The Packers are great on both sides of the ball, while Minnesota still can’t be trusted to win the big game.
Cleveland Browns over Detroit Lions: The Lions are now on a two-week unbeaten streak after not losing on their bye week and tying the Steelers last week. The Browns were embarrassed by the Patriots on Sunday, but I see them bouncing back and taking care of business and beating the lowly Lions.
Buffalo Bills over Indianapolis Colts: Both teams come into this game off wins, and this is a rematch of last year’s Wild-Card Round without Philip Rivers under center for the Colts. I think the Bills are the more complete team. And with the Patriots breathing down their necks in the AFC East, the Bills need to win this game a little more.
Miami Dolphins over New York Jets: It’s at the point in the season where you just can’t trust the Jets anymore to even be competitive. They are looking at getting a high draft pick in the upcoming draft, and winning a game against a 3-7 Miami squad is bad for business. I believe Tua does enough with the starting job in this one and the Fins win their second in a row.
Baltimore Ravens over Chicago Bears: It was a brutal performance on Thursday by the Ravens, but they are in a prime bounce-back position against a bad Chicago squad. The Bears are off a bye, but not even that will be enough to slow down the Ravens in this spot.
Tennessee Titans over Houston Texans: No bet against the Texans is a bad bet. While they didn’t lose last week (they had a bye), the Texans are the worst constructed roster in the league. The Titans may very well be the best team in the entire NFL, and I see no scenario where the Titans lose this game.
Las Vegas Raiders over Cincinnati Bengals: I can’t quite shake the fact that the Bengals have given up a boatload of points over their last handful of games. The Raiders have been no better, but the Raiders can win this game at home against a team in Cincy that just doesn’t play well on the road.
Kansas City Chiefs over Dallas Cowboys: This is going to be a really good game, and part of me wants to take the Cowboys, but the other part can’t pass up getting the Chiefs at home at less than a field goal. This could be a high-scoring game. And with the uncertain injury status of CeeDee Lamb, the Chiefs have more weapons at their disposal
Arizona Cardinals over Seattle Seahawks: The return of Russell Wilson did not go as planned for the Seahawks, who were shut out by the Packers 17-0. The Cardinals are expected to have Murray and Hopkins back in the lineup as the pair missed the last two games (both losses). I see the Cardinals bouncing back in a winning way in this contest.
Los Angeles Chargers over Pittsburgh Steelers: The Chargers were beaten by the Vikings, while the Steelers tied with the Lions as Big Ben missed the game due to COVID issues. It’s unclear whether he’ll be under center for the black and yellow. However, even if he is, I think the Chargers are the better team and the team that desperately needs a win.
San Francisco 49ers over Jacksonville Jaguars: It’s impossible to trust either team in this game, but the Niners have the far superior roster with possibly the better coach. They are coming off a great win on Monday night, while the Jags are hung tough against the Colts but fell just short. I’ll take the Niners in this one despite not having any confidence in them.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New York Giants: The Giants find themselves in a similar position as they take on a juggernaut on the road on Monday Night Football. They gave the Chiefs all they could handle in Week 8. However, with the Bucs off a loss, I see pissed off Tom Brady going to work and making this an easy win for the Bucs.
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