NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 16: Advice and Predictions
We are now down to just three weeks left in the regular season. And at this point, we have a new Super Bowl favorite, a new MVP favorite and a new last-place squad with the inside track for next year’s first overall pick. I know Week 15 has felt like a marathon. However, make no mistake about it, teams are in a sprint to the regular-season finish line, and there is plenty still left to play for. Good luck this week and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
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Week 16 Survivor Selections
San Francisco 49ers over Tennessee Titans: The Titans are still clinging to their AFC South division lead, but only just. They are falling apart slowly. And with a loss here, and a Colts win, it would be the Colts leapfrogging them for the division title. I like what the Niners have done lately, and I think they have too much firepower for the Titans to handle.
Green Bay Packers over Cleveland Browns: The Browns let a win slip away on Monday night, and with it, likely their playoff hopes. The Packers are in a dogfight for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. And at Lambeau Field, I simply see the Packers being too much for the Browns to handle.
Indianapolis Colts over Arizona Cardinals: I’ll take the team in better form at the moment, and that’s the Colts, who’ve won four of their last five games and have an extra day of rest/prep for this one. Something doesn’t seem right with the Cardinals. And if they can’t figure it out in a hurry, they could go from a cinch to win the division to a wild card spot and a road playoff game.
Atlanta Falcons over Detroit Lions: I don’t know where the Lions get off winning last week’s game and blowing their shot at the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. Either way, the Falcons are a better team and should be able to throw the ball all over the Lions’ weak pass defense.
Philadelphia Eagles over New York Giants: The Giants are lifeless. They’ve just shut down their quarterback, Daniel Jones. Saquon Barkley looks slow and like he’s never played football before, and the defense stinks. Philadelphia is fighting for a wild card spot and desperately need this win.
New York Jets over Jacksonville Jaguars: We were all fooled last week into thinking the Jaguars were all of a sudden going to be a good football team after the dismissal of Urban Meyer. We were so wrong. The Jets are showing a little bit of fight, and we like them in this spot to get the win.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Carolina Panthers: The Bucs are without Godwin for the rest of the year and possibly without Mike Evans as well. Good thing they have Tom Brady under center and Leonard Fournette, who should be able to run all over the weak Panthers’ defense.
Los Angeles Chargers over Houston Texans: It’s uncertain who will or won’t be in the lineup for the Chargers due to COVID, but I do believe they can beat the Texans regardless of who plays, as long as Justin Herbert is under center.
Buffalo Bills over New England Patriots: This is a revenge game for the Bills. The defense was called out for not being able to stop the Patriots’ run game in the last meeting, so I expect the Bills to show up in a big way. Even the offense couldn’t muster much because of the weather, so look for a big game from Josh Allen.
Cincinnati Bengals over Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens hung tough with the Packers and almost snuck away with the win despite missing Lamar Jackson. I don’t think the Bengals will be caught off guard by Huntley, and I like the Bengals roster a bit better than I do the Ravens. This is essentially for first place in the AFC North, which is currently occupied by the Bengals.
Seattle Seahawks over Chicago Bears: Does anyone really care about this game? Give me the home side because they have receivers that can actually catch passes from a real quarterback.
Denver Broncos over Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders found a way to win on the road in Cleveland on Monday and now return home tied at 7-7 with the Broncos. I think the Broncos’ defense will be the difference-maker in this one as they push themselves closer to a wild card spot.
Kansas City Chiefs over Pittsburgh Steelers: I really don’t know how the Steelers keep on winning football games, but that ends this week. The Chiefs are a better team on both sides of the ball. And unless Mahomes misses this game (Kelce and Hill may be out with COVID), they will win this game easily.
Dallas Cowboys over Washington Football Team: The Cowboys were able to sleepwalk their way to a 21-6-win last week vs the Giants. And with the Football Team playing on Tuesday and having a short week, I think the Cowboys are going to run up the score in this one.
Miami Dolphins over New Orleans Saints: Some teams just have other team’s number. That’s the case with the Saints and Bucs as the Saints were able to shut out Tom Brady and his makeshift receiving corps. Now they have to take on a Dolphins team that has talent and is pushing for a wild card spot. I’ll take the Fish in this one.
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