NFL Survivor Pool Picks Week 8: Advice and Predictions
If the theme of Week 7 was “blowout,” what will Week 8 have in store for us? Well, for starters, the slate is more competitive from a game-by-game perspective, and there are only two teams on a bye, which gives us more action to take in. There are some really good games to watch such as the Thursday night game between Arizona and Green Bay and the Sunday night game between Dallas and Minnesota. Hopefully we will have more than one game that is decided by three points or less.
As far as last week’s results go, we hit on 9 of 13 selections, which isn’t too bad considering we had a handful of underdogs selected. It’s important to note that as we move into Week 8 of the NFL season, now is about the time that all the “good teams” have likely been used up, so it’s time to switch our focus on either fading the bad teams or finding the right spots.
Here are my survivor plays ranked from strongest to weakest for Week 8 of the National Football League Season. The team I list first is my selection.
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Chicago Bears over San Francisco 49ers: I know it’s always a bad idea to pick bad teams, but the Bears simply can’t play any worse than they did against the Bucs. I expect them to bounce back in a big way here against a 49ers team that I’ve said time and time again is just not that good.
Detroit Lions over Philadelphia Eagles: Kudos to the Lions for going toe-to-toe with the Rams on their home turf. The Lions did not back down and were in a position to win the game if not for a late turnover. The Lions are the more desperate of the two teams, and they should be able to get their first win against a depleted and flat-out bad Eagles team.
Cincinnati Bengals over New York Jets: The Jets were blown out against the Patriots, while the Bengals blew out the Ravens. Try not to overthink this one. The Bengals will win this game easily.
Atlanta Falcons over Carolina Panthers: I don’t know what happened to the Panthers, but they look lost. They cannot move the ball on opposing defenses, and Sam Darnold is starting to regress back to his Jets form. The Falcons, while far from perfect, snuck by Miami and should have enough on offense to get another win.
Indianapolis Colts over Tennessee Titans: The Titans made a statement with last week’s win over the Chiefs, having now beaten both of last year’s AFC title combatants. The Colts got in the win column in a big way and now might have some momentum heading into this division showdown. The Titans are the better team, but the Colts are the better coached team. This is a toss-up, so I’ll take the home team.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Cleveland Browns: If the Browns were facing anyone other than the Broncos on Thursday night, they would have lost. The Browns did nothing on offense and escaped with the win. However, for those who are saying Case Keenum is not a significant drop-off from Baker Mayfield, you need to re-evaluate how you compare quarterbacks. The Steelers, while they have their own issues, are in a good spot here to get a win after a bye week in Week 7.
Buffalo Bills over Miami Dolphins: The Bills should have beat Tennessee. However, as the saying goes, should’ve, would’ve, could’ve. What’s worrisome is not the loss itself but the fact they gave up 34 points and were gashed by the run. I don’t think the Dolphins will have similar success, so I see a bounce-back game in the cards for the Bills.
Arizona Cardinals over Green Bay Packers: This could very well be the game of the week. And the fact that I’ve got it ranked so low on my confidence list is almost a crime. The fact of the matter is that both teams could win this game because both teams are really good. If I had to choose, I think the Cardinals’ defense will make one more play than the Packers and they will remain unbeaten.
Los Angeles Rams over Houston Texans: No bet against the Texans is a bad bet. The Rams had their scare last week against a motivated Lions team, but they should be prepared for this contest and an easy win.
Las Angeles Chargers over New England Patriots: The Patriots hung 54 on the lowly Jets, but I highly doubt they get over 21 in this contest. The Chargers are rested off a bye. And with KC losing, that opens the door even more for the Chargers to push for the division title. Chargers win this one.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New Orleans Saints: The Bucs are simply unstoppable. They have too many weapons on offense to cover, and the defense is among the best in the league. The Saints are among the worst teams in terms of offense, and we just don’t see them being able to keep up.
Washington Football Team over Denver Broncos: The Broncos had every chance to beat the Browns but squandered it away. Washington held their own against Green Bay, and we see that building some momentum coming into this game. I’ll take Taylor Heinicke over a hobbled Teddy Bridgewater
Dallas Cowboys over Minnesota Vikings: Both teams are coming into this game off a bye week, and both are coming in off of overtime wins. Both teams will be rested and have a bit of momentum in their corner, but I think the Cowboys’ offense will be too much for the Vikings to handle.
Kansas City Chiefs over New York Giants: It’s officially time to panic if you’re a Kansas City fan. They were completely manhandled by the Titans, and Patrick Mahomes looks like he’s forgotten how to play football. Times are tough, but I don’t see them losing to the Giants in prime time.
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