NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 5: Advice and Predictions
It was a rather rough week for most teams that should have won, like the Saints and Titans, while teams like the Bucs needed all 60-minutes to come away with the win. And teams like the Rams and Broncos, who were both 3-0 heading into their Week 4 games, lost, leaving the Arizona Cardinals as the lone unbeaten team remaining in the NFL. If you had the Cardinals as the only unbeaten team left after Week 4, congrats, you are the only one in the world with a working crystal ball. Nonetheless, Week 4 was a solid week from top to bottom and I’m looking forward to Week 5 as we have some key divisional games like the Rams/Seahawks, Niners/Cardinals and a rematch of last year’s AFC Title game – Buffalo/Kansas City.
Here are my survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 5 of the National Football League Season. The team I list first is my selection.
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New England Patriots over Houston Texans: No bet against the Texans is a bad bet. The Patriots showed some life in their Week 5 loss to the Bucs, while the Texans have scored nine points in their last two games. The Pats’ D is good, and we don’t see the Texans being able to put up enough points to win this game.
Baltimore Ravens over Indianapolis Colts: I believe the biggest steal of the Week 4 was the Ravens as an underdog against an overrated Broncos team. The Ravens prevailed and will do so again this week against a mediocre Colts team.
Dallas Cowboys over New York Giants: I have no idea how the hell the Giants beat the Saints last week. They barely did anything good on offense, and the Saints pretty much just handed them the game. That won’t be the case this week as Dallas is actually a good team and has their sights set on their fourth straight win and a good grip on the division.
Arizona Cardinals over San Francisco 49ers: The Cardinals went into LA and beat a very good Rams team pretty soundly. Now they have to take on an overrated Niners squad, and I see that being no problem. The Cards can run and pass, while the Niners may start a rookie quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles over Carolina Panthers: Without McCaffrey, the complexion of the Panthers’ offense changes. They can no longer run the football or utilize the back out of the backfield. That makes them one-dimensional, and I think the Eagles do enough to win this game on the road in a very important game for them.
Tennessee Titans over Jacksonville Jaguars: It’s embarrassing to lose to the Jets. The Titans were a no-show in that game and should bounce back in a big way here. The Jags showed some fight vs the Bengals on Thursday but aren’t nearly good enough to contain Derrick Henry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Miami Dolphins: The Bucs didn’t play all that great in Brady’s return to Foxboro, but they still came away with the win. Now Brady gets back to Florida and gets to play another former division rival in the Dolphins, who he’s owned throughout his career. Take Tampa.
Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions: The Vikings didn’t get much going against the Browns as they were held to just seven points. I expect a much better offensive performance here against a bad Lions team. The Vikings’ defense held the Browns’ offense to just 14 points, and we see a similar outcome this week.
Green Bay Packers over Cincinnati Bengals: The Packers are the better team. They will win this game, and the Bengals will come back to reality after winning two straight games. Packers roll, and Aaron Rodgers puts up a 300-yard, three-touchdown performance.
Seattle Seahawks over Los Angeles Rams: Just when you think the Seahawks are done, they win on the road. Just when you think the Rams are the Super Bowl favorites, they lay an egg at home. Personally, I am not touching this game, but give me Wilson over Stafford.
New York Jets over Atlanta Falcons: Does anyone care about this game? The Jets pulled off a miracle win over the Titans, while the Falcons blew a good size lead to the Football Team. There are much better games to choose from than this one.
New Orleans Saints over Washington Football Team: Speaking of the Football Team, they are still not very good on defense, which was their staple from last season. Now they have to face a pissed-off Saints team that blew a big lead to the Giants. I see the Saints bouncing back in this one.
Denver Broncos over Pittsburgh Steelers: Two completely overrated teams do battle here, with the Broncos checking in at 3-1 and the Steelers 1-3. How can I call a 1-3 team overrated? Well everyone refuses to give up on the Steelers. However, if you actually watch the games, they suck. No QB, no RB, no good receivers. I’ll take the Broncos’ defense in this contest.
Los Angeles Chargers over Cleveland Browns: This should be a really good game, and the reason it’s so low on the list is because it could go either way. Both teams are playing some great football, but I think the Chargers have the edge in coaching and QB play.
Las Vegas Raiders over Chicago Bears: The Raiders were still asleep on Monday when the game began and fell behind 21-0 quickly. They almost came back, but it was all for naught. Good thing they get a mediocre Bears team to rebound against.
Buffalo Bills over Kansas City Chiefs: A rematch of the 2020 AFC title game. This game could go either way, and I’ll trust the Bills’ defense over the Chiefs’ defense. The Bills have been rolling right along, while the Chiefs aren’t without their struggles. Revenge game for the Bills.
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